Football returned home Friday night to SS Anderson Reserve, and with it came excitement. After last week’s stalemate with Oakleigh, it was vital to start the season off with a bang.
Home points are important, so with a string of four consecutive home games coming up, this was the perfect scenario playing against a Melbourne Victory team full of youth.
Adrian Zahra returned to the squad from injury after missing last week. The news that youngster George Krommidas would miss the entire season win an ACL injury during the week was added motivation.
Stjepan Gal was kept busy in the opening quarter of the game. Though the rest of the first half was played out like a game of chess between both midfields. No one wanted to take too many risks.
David Stirton found space hard to come by, though towards the latter part of the first half he found managed to create some space and muster a couple of shots.
With the first half in stoppage time Jamie De Abreu broke the deadlock to give the Sharks a one-nil lead. You could sense the pressure in the crowd being released just that little bit considering the amount of numbers Victory had behind the ball.
The second half was much of the same, though Victory found space out wide on both flanks and at times through the middle of the park which forced Port skipper Alan Kearney to be quite busy.
Alec Goodwin, Erhan Yalaz and Adrian Zahra all got game time, with the latter having come back from a minor leg injury.
A much needed victory and three points with Port Melbourne hosting South Melbourne under Friday night lights in round three.
“The result is first and foremost, after that, you start to analyse how that came about and what else could have been.”
[I’m happy with the] clean sheet, I thought the desire was where it needed to be.” Port Melbourne coach Eric Vassiliadis said.
Credit to: Jason Heidrich photography for the image