AFC Vs SMFC Match Day Preview
South Melbourne have rebounded after a round one loss to Bentleigh with two wins on the trot. They scratched out a win against Dandenong City and put in a solid performance in a derby win against Port Melbourne last week. South Melbourne are yet to fully hit their stride this season, and despite two wins in a row, looked vulnerable in both games. After missing the finals last year, they currently sit mid-table, with a win likely to propel them into the top six.
Con Tangalakis – 2019 is Tangalakis’ first full year in charge of South Melbourne, after taking over the reigns part way through last season. Before that he spent three seasons in charge at Oakleigh, helping lead them to the 2016 grand final and winning the NPL Manager of the Year award that same season. As a player, Tangalakis had stints at Oakleigh and Port Melbourne.
Gerry Sylaidos – A midfielder who had a great season last year at Northcote City, he trialled with the Newcastle Jets in the offseason.
Guiseppe Marafioti – Scored last week against Port Melbourne.
Nick Krousoratis – Quick, attacking player. He and Marafioti play very well together and create dangerous chances.