Friday, 21 June 2013 9:09 AM
By John Kyrou
South Melbourne FC travels to John Cain Memorial Park to face Victorian Premier League leaders Northcote City on Sunday afternoon.
South is the only team to have beaten Northcote in 2013, defeating them 3-2 in extra time in the Fifth Round of the State Knockout Cup on Queen’s Birthday Monday. The two sides meet again on Sunday, this time in League competition, with Northcote having won eight and drawn one of their nine VPL matches this season. That leaves Goran Lozanovski’s side eight points clear of South on the ladder, with Northcote having 25 points from nine games as South sits in fourth place with 17 points from nine matches. South could end the round in second place should it defeat Northcote and Bentleigh Greens (away to Green Gully) and Hume City (away to Melbourne Knights) fail to pick up maximum points.
Northcote goes into the match having grounded out a professional 0-1 victory against Dandenong Thunder at George Andrews Reserve last Friday night. Milos Lujic’s 65th minute goal was the difference between the two sides. South goes into the match on the back of the 2-2 draw in the derby against the Melbourne Knights. South twice fought back from a goal down and shared the points with their rivals thanks to a Brad Norton goal in the 24th minute and former player Ljubo Milicevic’s own goal in the 62nd minute. South’s last two League matches have both been draws and the Club will be hoping to win three points this weekend.
In the corresponding fixture played on Sunday 26 August last year, striker Steve Burton’s 74th minute goal was enough for South to triumph 0-1. South will be hoping for a similar result this weekend.
Sunday’s match kicks off at 3pm at John Cain Memorial Park .
Last time we met
State Knockout Cup – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj0SOxX91XM