Round 25 2018 v South Melbourne FC

After a win midweek to send Avondale FC to the FFA Cup Quarterfinals, it was a return to NPL Victoria action against historic club South Melbourne FC.

There were a few changes going into the match with a chance to rotate players to manage the physical loading of the gruelling 2018 season campaign.

Stefan Zinni returned to the starting line-up against his former club, as well as James Riccobene.

Both clubs were needing a win, as Avondale FC looked to keep the pressure on second place Bentleigh Greens SC and South Melbourne FC had both the opportunity to still make finals with a win, but also not clear of relegation with a loss.

The match started with both teams battling it out looking to control the ball early, but it was Avondale FC who grabbed the stranglehold of possession in the early period of the first half. With that possession came chances but not good enough to beat the South Melbourne FC keeper.

A run forward for South Melbourne FC saw their first entry into the box and an outstretched Chris Oldfield wasn’t able to take the ball and instead collect the attacker’s feet who would go onto score the penalty and give South Melbourne FC a 1:0 lead.

With the chances mounting for Avondale FC it would be Joey Katebian just before the break to head home the goal to take the scoreline 1:1 going into halftime.

The second half was the same attacking play and possession domination from Avondale FC, but the difference was converting the opportunities. Elvis Kamsoba had a game where he was impossible to stop and made the game 2:1 in the 54th minute, with an exciting run and finish, topped off by his famous celebration.

Only six minutes later he was able to double his tally and put a stamp on the game for an Avondale FC 3:1 lead.

The goals continued to flow as Kaine Sheppard and Jonatan Germano got in on the action with braces of their own.

South Melbourne was able to get a consolation goal, but Stefan Zinni added insult to injury as his last kick of the game scored Avondale FC’s sixth and finished with the scoreline 6:2.

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