Almanac Soccer: A Six-Pointer Top of The Table Clash Favours South Melbourne

Memoir of  The Geezer

Chelsea bringing Kepa on (2022 League Cup Final v Liverpool), only for the lad to take the worst penalty you’ve ever seen is proper Sunday League, init? Guaranteed Big Dave, there, would’ve at least hit the target. Even with those rugby boots on his trotters. Hard and low. Laces through it. Make the keeper work. No messing about. @trekuartista95

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1979 Ipswich Town 2-1 Barcelona.
Eric Gates celebrating the first of his two goals.
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A Six-Pointer Top of The Table Clash Favours South Melbourne

St Albans Dinamo away, top of the table clash, one hour drive from Rowville. Hard enough that fuel costs are exploding along with toll roads on the freeways. Jesus Christ, whatever. The only thing that gets me going in life is doing photography at NPL games, especially with South Melbourne since most people know who I am and don’t feel like a complete stranger. Even though I do it all for free, its still what I love to do.

And what do you know, former Richmond and Crows footballer Ivan Maric was there who holds a seat in the St Alban’s club committee, and of course embracing his Croatian lineage too and being involved in that community. That’s one for the Footy Almanac geezers out there who love their Aussie Rules. Photo attached.

 

Ivan Maric – Source: Author

 

 

The game itself was memorable to some degree. It was a vicious game without any red cards being dished out. There was electricity in the air as Dinamo fans packed out their small grandstand and filled up all the seats along the wing, yelling and whining at every call that went against their way or a foul that goes unnoticed.

Brad Norton copped a bloody knee as a half-arsed sliding challenge from a Dinamo player had his stud nip the skin and create a gash. These blokes weren’t afraid to get in there and clash with ankles.

But South weren’t afraid to dish out receipts and hand over some hard tackles of their own. South managed to score the opener after Marcus Schroen whipped one into the box. The ball pinballed around a few heads until Patrick Langlois picks it up uncontested and bundles it home. Few minutes later, after the Dinamo players had their heads dropped, capitalised on a second from Jai Ingham’s driven pass into the penalty box, only for a defender to knock it in for an own goal.

Frustrations amounted and Dinamo looked for every chance they can get to draw a foul and edge closer for a goal to get back into the game. Much to the dismay of South’s centre back Marko Jankovic, who had them in the back pocket and shrugging off their forward charge and disposing of any threat, until they start to drop like flies and theatrically beg for the referee to give a free kick.

“Shut the fuck up and get up you pussy” was bellowed out as he towered over one bloke with a sheepish face. He tried to save face and repair his ego with a mouthful of exchanges and chest bumps, causing some skirmishes on the field while you hear the angry Croatians cursing and throwing insults towards the players. A small pocket of Hellas fans were situated in the far corner and belted out a few chants of Come on Hellas to support their boys in the meantime.

One dirty tackle 2 minutes from halftime by South caused a small melee and shirt pulling again. Here was I hoping for a few punches as I have a knack for watching boxing and UFC.

The set-piece free kick resumed play and immediately Dinamo had scored. Half time was called straight after. South Melbourne 2, Saint Albans Dinamo 1.

Dinamo Pull One Back – Source: Author

Dinamo fans were not fond of South Melbourne at all and made their presence known as they ran towards the players tunnel to hurl more verbal abuse and slap the fence around to cause intimidation.

The second half could have gone either way. Notably Dinamo had plenty to equalise but thanks to some outstanding point-blank saves by South’s new keeper, Javier Lopez, Dinamo were denied of any more goals to enjoy.

By the 85th minute, South scored their third from a corner. Patrick Langlois heads it home to secure his brace and lead the tally for the golden boot in the league after four rounds.

Late into stoppage time South earned a penalty after a clumsy challenged. The bloke probably wanted to call it a day and have a smoko right after that. Harrison Sawyer buries it in for a fourth and South run out 4-1 winners and remain undefeated with 4 wins out of 4.

Video of MATCH HIGHLIGHTS found at the bottom of the article.

Next game is this Friday night as they host Hume City who remain rock bottom with two points to their name.

To see Luke’s published album of the game, click HERE

Post Celebrations
Source: Author

 

 

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