South Melbourne took the honours in the first installment of the ‘traditional derby’ for 2016, with a clinical 5-2 win over the Melbourne Knights on Friday Night.
Andrew Marth was forced into two changes from last week, with injured pair Ben Surey and Ivan Grgic dropping out of the team and being replaced by Nikola Jurkovic and new signing Damian Miskulin.
Jacob Colosimo playing his 100th league game for the club, got the home side off to a dream start just three minutes into the contest, cooly heading home an Andrijasevic cross from close range.
The lead lasted just five minutes, as Milos Lujic quickly restored parity heading home a Schroen cross in similar circumstances to the Knights’ opening goal.
Matthew Millar then put the visitors into the lead on the 12th minute mark, reacting the quickest to Lujic’s shot which rebounded off the post to slot home.
Undeterred by seeing their early lead disappear, the Knights quickly found their way back into the contest on the 21st minute mark. Stipo Andrijasevic was again the architect with another pin point cross to assist James McGarry who headed past Roganovic into the bottom corner.
South’s goalkeeper Roganovic did well to prevent Colosimo restoring Knights’ lead in the 24th mi-nute, saving down low from a one on one opportunity. Whilst at the other end Michael O’Farrell pro-duced a stunning save to deny Milos Lujic from close range.
A poor clearance on the stroke of half time, allowed South Melbourne to regain the lead arguably against the run of play with Milos Lujic capitalising on the opportunity. The goal seemingly zapping the confidence of the home side who almost conceded again before the break, with O’Farrell again at the rescue.
The second half didn’t begin with a flurry of goals as the first half, but it wasn’t without it’s talking points. A South Melbourne counter attack in the 60th minute resulted in debutant Damian Miskulin seeing red for a last man challenge, whilst there was no doubt about the decision, the play leading up to the counter attack saw the home fans screaming for an offside decision that never came.
Jacob Colosimo thought he had restored parity for the 10-men Knights in the 69th minute, but this time the assistant referee ruled him offside much to the dismay of the home support.
South finally took advantage of their numerical advantage as Luke Adams headed home a corner in the 79th minute, which was quickly followed by Matthew Millar’s brace just a minute later to seal a the result for the visitors.
The loss see the Knights sit just outside the top 6, however are only a game behind. Next week the Knights face co-tenants Avondale FC, with kick off scheduled for Friday 8:30pm
Shots: MK 9 SM 17
Target: MK 4 SM 10
Corners: MK 6 SM 10
Melbourne Knights Squad. 1.Michael O’FARRELL, 5.Milan BATUR, 6.Damian MISKULIN, 8.James MCGARRY (10.Marijan CVITKOVIC 71’), 9.Jacob COLOSIMO, 11.Nikola JURKOVIC (2.Luke JURCIC 81’), 13.Anthony KATIFORIS (17.Robbie ZADWORNY 64’), 16.Jason HICKS, 18.Joshua BREKALO, 19.Nick GLAVAN, 21.Stipo ANDRIJASEVIC.
Not Used: 12.Anthony DEZIC, 20.Harry CAKARUN.
Goals: Jacob COLOSIMO 3’, James MCGARRY 21’.
Red Card. Damian MISKULIN 60’.
South Melbourne Squad: 1.Nikola ROGANOVIC, 4.Michael EAGER, 5.Luke ADAMS, 7.Nicholas EPIFANO (14.Chris IRWIN 76’), 8.Mathew THEODORE (99.Iqbal JAWADI 83’), 9.Milos LUJIC, 11.Brad NORTON, 12. Amadu KOROMA, 17.Marcus SCHROEN (77.Steve HATZIKOSTAS 90’), 18.Matthew MILLAR, 23. Matthew FOSCHINI.
Not Used: 21.Zaim ZENELI, 27.Leigh MINOPOULOS.
Goals: Milos LUJIC 8’ 44’, Matthew MILLAR 12’ 80’, Luke ADAMS 79’.