Friday, 23 May 2008

Fucking Season Defining Derby Match of Epic Proportions - Round 14 - South Melbourne vs Heidelberg United

Last time they met

Round 1, 2008, at Olympic Village

Heidelberg United 2 South Melbourne 1

Zoric put South ahead from close range in his debut for Hellas, but the visitors then went to sleep in a scrappy game. A backpass on a bumpy pitch led to the Bergers' winner, with South squandering late chances to level the game.

Preview
South hasn't won four in a row since it won five in a row in early 2005. The fans probably shouldn't get carried away with the recent three wins, against two relegation threatened sides and a below par Richmond outfit. Heidelberg has been solid, if perhaps unspectacular, and are looking to consolidate their place in the six, as South looks to bridge the gap. This game looms as season defining for both sides - if the visitors can take three points out of it, they maintain their momentum and put some hefty breathing space between themselves and the sides outside the top six. If South can get the win, that's four in a row, and all of a sudden there is massive momentum heading into the 2nd half of the season, and all the confidence and balls going in instead of out that goes with it. Heidelberg after a sluggish draw ridden start to their season, have registered a six game unbeaten run, 5 of those being victories. South hasn't had a draw for something like 17 consecutive league games, almost certainly a record. This one has draw written all over it. Should be a cracking game played in front of a crappy crowd unless you get your arse out there on Sunday and bring as many people as you can.

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