A strong South Melbourne outfit took all three points on Sunday with a 3-0 victory at Lakeside Stadium over Melbourne Knights.
The derby match saw 5th-placed Knights and 2nd-placed South Melbourne battle it out to advance their positions on the North-West State League One ladder.
Following a lot of bad luck throughout the season with injuries, Tony Kolceg’s depleted starting XI marched onto the pitch with confidence and determination to claim the three points they came for.
The Knights started the first half very strong, holding most of the possession for the first 15 minutes and created some great play but a strong South defense made it difficult for the Knights to create any dangerous shots on goal in the attacking third.
It was South who had the first real chance of the game in the 6th minute but the Knights back line stood firm and quickly extinguished any danger.
In the 29th minute, Knights’ Corso used her pace in attempt to put one at the back of the net for the visitors but found it difficult to get through a strong South back line.
A 47th minute punch from the Melbourne Knights goalkeeper Arielle Cassar saved a great South Melbourne shot from the edge of the box unluckily landed right at the feet of Laszczak who found the back of the net putting South up 1-0 just after the half time break.
With an increased momentum, South created a few more chances before an outstanding run and through ball by Gleadell on South’s left wing put Greiser in a perfect position, who gave the home side a 2 goal lead in the 60th minute.
It was the Knights who had the next chance for a goal with Djordjevich’s impressive run in the 64th minute getting past three defenders, before her shot from a tough angle went wide of the goal.
South had the chance to go up 3-0 when they hit the back of the net in the 67th minute after an impressive build up from the back line but the goal was ruled offside.
In the final 10 minutes, South eventually increased the scoreline to 3-0 via a free kick just outside the 18 yard box. The initial shot was stopped on the goal line but a congested 6 yard box made it hard to clear the ball out of danger. After a mad scramble in the area, the ball found itself at the back of the net giving the home side their final goal of the game.
The Knights had a chance in the 87th minute when Annie-Rose Cassar played a through ball to Presinszky, who made a great run but couldn’t get to the ball, before it landed in the keepers hands.
In the dying minutes, South had a chance to make it 4 but Cassar made sure this wasn’t the case with a great save. This is ended up being the last action of the game giving South Melbourne their first win in three games.
Next week Melbourne Knights travel to South Yarra SC for a 3pm kick off where Kolceg’s women look to get back to winning ways.