South Melbourne FC

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The traditional derby ends all square against Heidelberg

The traditional derby ends all square against Heidelberg

In a highly anticipated Round 5 NPL Victoria Derby clash against their arch-rivals Heidelberg United, South Melbourne FC showcased a strong lineup with the return of experienced players Javi Lopez and Andy Brennan, bolstering their squad with much-needed experience.

There was plenty of Blue and White in the stands, adding to the electric atmosphere of the match.

South Melbourne FC wasted no time asserting their dominance as they took an early lead courtesy of Harrison Sawyer, who expertly capitalised on a precise pass from Andy Brennan from the right flank.

However, Heidelberg United responded with a moment of brilliance from Joshua Pin, equalising the score just over the 20-minute mark with a stunning long range bomb that left Javi Lopez unable to intervene.

South could have gone into the break in front, where Nahuel Bonada found himself with a chance but his diving header narrowly missed the target.

As the game progressed into the second half, South Melbourne FC had several opportunities to clinch the victory.

Max Mikkola came agonisingly close to putting South Melbourne ahead with a glancing header that struck the crossbar. Mario Barcia also tested the Heidelberg keeper with a powerful long-range effort following some excellent build-up play by Cooper Halfpenny.

Despite a late attempt by Heidelberg’s Josh Pin, who was denied by a brilliant save from Javi Lopez, neither side could break the deadlock. The match ultimately ended in a hard-fought draw, with both teams remaining undefeated after Round 5.

The result ensured that both teams earned a well-deserved point in what was an enthralling encounter between two fierce rivals.

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