Sunday 15 March
Venue: BT Connor Reserve, Reservoir
Attendance: 1,500 (estimate)
Referee: Kevin Docherty
Preston Lions: Damir Salcin, Michael Miskas, Blaze Georgioski, Zeljko Popovic, Chris Toleski, Ivan Filipovic, Robert Dolevski, Bale Micovski, Robert Najdovski (Igor Kolevski 46), Igor Arsovski (Stuart Wilson 79), Mario Ladnjak. Coach: Zoran Trajceski.
South Melbourne: Andrew Sfetcopoulos, Rhodri Payne, Shane Nunes, Steven O'Dor, Fernando De Moraes (Danny Radojicic 75), Joseph Youssef, Sebastian Petrovic, Gianni De Nittis (Sam Torrens 51), Stiven Mrkela, Vaughan Coveny (Francesco Stella 65), Goran Zoric. Coach: Mike Michalakopoulos.
Goalscoring: Goran Zoric equalled the South Melbourne record for most goals in a league match, with four goals.
Debuts: Andrew Sfetkopoulos
Final game: Andrew Sfetkopoulos
Both clubs were celebrating their 50th anniversaries, but neither club had started the 2009 season particularly well. Preston at least managed to get off to a flyer in this game, scoring within the opening minute. From then on however, it was all South. Goals to Steven O'Dor and Joseph Youssef saw South go into half time 2-1 up, and Goran Zoric continued the onslaught in the second half with four goals - the fourth a volley from outside the box - and Danny Radojicic also chiming in.
Match Reports Edit
smfc.com.au: Seven reasons to smile
- ↑ http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/States/VIC/2009PLR.html
- ↑ OzFootball credits Preston's goal as coming in the 9th minute; it actually came in the 1st.