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VPL Elimination Final, 2009

Hume City 2 (Alfonso Opazo 1, Andy Vlahos 47) def South Melbourne 0[1]

Sunday 23 August

VenueEpping Stadium

Attendance: ???

Referee: Senko Rastocic

Lineups Edit

Hume City: Lou Acevski, Issy Erdogan, Serdar Pir, Tansel Baser, Ross Thompson (Mehmet Karakilic 67), Brendan Beni, Tony Sterjovski (Turhan Sumbul 85), Michael Bosevski, Zoran Petrevski, Alfonso Opazo, Andy Vlahos. Coach: Andy Vlahos.

South MelbourneStefaan Sardelic, Shane Nunes (Sam Torrens 58), Rhodri Payne, Steven O'Dor, Vaughan Coveny, Gianni De Nittis, Joey Youssef, Rama Tavsancioglu, Fernando De Moraes, Goran Zoric (Francesco Stella 46), Sebastian Petrovic (Eddie Cetkin 75). Coach: Mike Michalakopoulos.

Milestones Edit

Final gameVaughan Coveny, Shane Nunes, Francesco Stella, Goran Zoric, Mike Michalokopoulos (coach)

Summary Edit

South had crept into the finals with little sense of winning form, and on a blustery afternoon at Epping Stadium they went behind within a minute of kick off, when Stefaan Sardelic's poor clearance lead to Opazo opening the scoring. South took time to settle, but then began creating some chances, and despite going into halftime 1-0 down must have felt they were in with a chance. Unfortunately South were caught napping, and Andy Vlahos headed home to double Hume's lead, and virtually put the game beyond South, in what would be Mike Michalokopoulos' last game as coach.[2]

Match Reports Edit

Neos Kosmos English Weekly: South's finals march ends in heartbreak.

References Edit

  1. http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/States/VIC/2009PLR.html
  2. http://www.smfc.com.au/michalakopoulos-ends-coaching-tenure/

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