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Match Report: South Melbourne vs. Manningham

Match Report: South Melbourne vs. Manningham

In an electrifying encounter at Petty’s Reserve, South Melbourne emerged victorious in a scintillating battle against Manningham. This marked the first-ever meeting between the two sides in senior football, with Manningham entering as a newly promoted side from NPL 2.

The match kicked off with South Melbourne initially struggling to find their rhythm, allowing Manningham to seize an early advantage. Ben Everson capitalised on a deflection off the post to put Manningham ahead 1-0. The home crowd erupted as Everson produced a moment of brilliance, lobbing the goalkeeper from nearly halfway to extend Manningham’s lead to 2-0.

However, South Melbourne quickly rallied, demonstrating their resilience and determination. Harrison Sawyer initiated the comeback, narrowing the deficit with a well-taken goal. Just before halftime, Nahuel Bonada found the back of the net, levelling the score and injecting renewed energy into the South camp.

Sawyer continued his heroics, rising to the occasion once again with a crucial goal moments before halftime, propelling South Melbourne into an unexpected lead at the break.

The second half belonged entirely to South Melbourne, as they showcased a dominant performance, relentlessly peppering Manningham’s goal with nearly 30 opportunities. Harrison Sawyer completed his hat-trick in style heading in a cross from Marco Jankovic, while Jordon Lampard marked his debut for the club with a clinical finish at the near post, sealing a comprehensive 5-2 victory on the road.

With this impressive win, South Melbourne extended their undefeated streak to four matches at the start of the season, sending a clear message of intent to their rivals.

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