Souths v Syd Utd

Grand Final report by David Arnold
South Melbourne v Sydney United

I didn't go as I would rather not give either team $30.

An excellent, spiteful game in which Hellas were 1-0 down at halftime and stormed their way to 3 goals before conceding a late consolation to Croatia.

Sterjovski opened the scoring, meeting a corner at the back post and finishing in classical fashion.

Micallef wasn't shy to hand out the cards, although he did need them. At least 10 found their way into the book and Trimboli, as ever, escaped the referee's attention when vigurously shoving Day to the ground.

Hellas equalised when Lozza played a short corner to the edge of the 6 yard box and Trimboli, unmarked, placed a perfect header into the net. It was only his 4th goal of the season.

John Anastasiadis had just crossed the touchline, coming on for Curjica, when he whacked home from Coveny's knockdown that Gibson failed to hold. At 2-1, I sensed the game had passed from Croatia (thankfully).

It was Anastasiadis again with the final Hellas goal. Clarkson sent Panopoulos? away on the right and his short cross eluded Coveny but not Anastasiadis, who finished and handed Hellas their repeat title.

Townsends late strike wasn't enough for Croatia, who have done extraordinarily well with limited resources, but whose future must now be in doubt, even with $250,000 for the Culina transfer to Ajax from Sydney Hellas. South Melbourne Hellas will represent Australia (ahem) in presumably the qualifications and possibly the final event of the World Club Championship.