Oakleigh Upset South Melbourne At Lakeside

  • Oakleigh Upset South Melbourne At Lakeside

The Oakleigh Cannons have recorded their second win over the season after upsetting South Melbourne at Lakeside Stadium.

With both sides in dire need of a win, a Brad Norton own goal and a late Marcus Dimanche goal proved the difference.

There was plenty of feeling in the first half as both sides came into the match in desperate need of a win.

Playing on the counter in the early stages – it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 30th minute through a bit of generosity from the South Melbourne defence.

Cannons striker Harry White broke through and despite losing the ball continued to harass South Melbourne defender Brad Norton whose pass back to his goalkeeper ended up in the back of the net.

Buoyed by this lucky break, the Cannons grew in confidence as the half wore on – though were forced to defend as South Melbourne came close to equalising on multiple occasions.

Cannons shot stopper Honos was forced into a double save before clearing a Kristian Konstantinidis header off line – despite the protest of the South Melbourne players who were convinced it had crossed over.

Chances for both sides dried up in the second half, with the visitors shifting their attention to protecting their lead. 

With the match headed for a grandstand finish captain Tom Matthews lead from the front. 

The Oakleigh captain impressed shifting between right-back and centre-back, displaying great leadership and composure in the narrow win. 

With the contest deep into stoppage time, Dimanche sealed the deal for the visitors with his second goal for the season.

 

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