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SMFC vs Oakleigh – Derby Match Preview

SMFC vs Oakleigh – Derby Match Preview

Thursday, 29 March 2012 4:18 PM

By John Kyrou

South Melbourne FC travels to Jack Edwards Reserve on Friday night to take on the Oakleigh Cannons in what promises to be an entertaining game. Both teams opened their 2012 Victorian Premier League campaigns with victories in the first round and will be looking to continue their winning momentum on Friday on a ground that has provided the scene for many entertaining battles in the past.

South celebrated its first home game at the newly renovated Lakeside Stadium in style with a 4-0 victory over newly promoted Moreland Zebras last Sunday afternoon. A double from Kyle Joryeff in the first half was complimented by goals to debutants Jason Trifiro and Dimitri Hatzimouratis (who came on as a substitute) in the second half. With players such as Joe Keenan, Rhodri Payne and Marinos Gasparis not even featuring last week, coach Peter Tsolakis has a selection headache already. South will be confident of defeating the Cannons as it usually plays well at Jack Edwards Reserve.

Oakleigh goes into its first home match of 2012 following a 2-0 away victory against Heidelberg United at Olympic Park last Sunday night. Former South player Ricky Diaco scored both goals for the Cannons with a goal in each half including a penalty. Oakleigh will be confident of defeating South on Friday as they knocked South out of the finals in 2011 thanks to Craig Goodwin’s 89th minute winning goal. Oakleigh has no fewer than six former South players on its books in Peter Zois, Goran Zoric, Jesse Krncevic, Rama Tavsancioglu, Daniel Dragicevic and Diaco and all will be keen to play well against their former employers.

Friday’s match kicks off at 8:30pm. Jack Edwards Reserve is always well attended by South supporters and the Club encourages all of its supporters to attend the match and support the team as it strives to continue its 100% record in 2012.

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