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VPL Round 1, 2007

Sunday 4 March

South Melbourne 3 (Ricky Diaco 3, 86, Billy Natsioulas 20 ) drew with Heidelberg United 3 (Nick Sabljak 18, 22, Andy Vlahos 57)[1][2]

VenueBob Jane Stadium, Albert Park

Attendance: 4000 (est)

RefereeSenko Rastocic

Lineups Edit

South MelbourneDean Anastasiadis, Sam De Vito, Steven O'Dor, Billy Jones, Billy Natsioulas, Ricky Diaco, Dino Djulbic, Ramazan Tavsancioglu, Fernando De Moraes, Nick Curtis (Frank Drakopoulos 80), Gianni De Nittis (Trent Waterson 67). Coach: John Anastasiadis.

Heidelberg United: Pasi Schwalger, Theo Constantinou, Robert Liparoti, Daniel Jones, Peter Apolevski, Tony Ouliaris, Sebastian Petrovich, Andy Vlahos, Nick Sabljak, Jim Drossos (Robert Dolevski 86), Nick Marinos. Coach: Kon Pappas.

Milestones Edit

DebutsRicky Diaco, Frank Drakopoulos, Billy Jones, Trent Waterson

Final game: Billy Jones

Summary Edit

South came out firing in the opening 20 minutes, but despite new recruit Ricky Diaco scoring after just three minutes, a Dean Anastasiadis blunder from a tame Nick Sabljak free kick saw the scores levelled. Billy Natsioulas restored South's lead almost instantly, but another Anastasiadis blunder from another Sabljak free kick saw the visitors draw level again. Anastasiadis' day went from bad to disastrous when he misjudged a through ball, allowing former South man Andy Vlahos to round him and give the Bergers the lead. Diaco managed to rescue a point for South with a late goal, the final act in an exciting but mistake riddled game.

Match reports Edit

smfc.com.au - South Melbourne v Heidelberg United - Match Report

References Edit

  1. http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/States/VIC/2007PLR.html
  2. The smfc.com.au match report does not match the OzFootball data with regards to the timing of Natsioulas' goal. I suspect the latter is mistaken.