Georgies win opener


Caroline Springs George Cross made a winning start to life in the Victorian Premier League 1 competition.

After back-to-back promotions, the Georgies face a new challenge this season in the second highest competition in the state.

On Saturday, the Georgies got their season off on the right note, beating Melbourne City, 3-2.

The Georgies started the better of the teams and led 2-0 before City hit back with two of its own to have the scores locked at 2-2 at half time.

The Georgies were able to find a winner in the second half to win, 3-2.

Russell Currie scored twice for the Georgies, with Jordan Tucker scoring the other goal.

Speaking to the club’s broadcast partners Onflow Media, Georgies coach Eric Vassiliadis said they were happy to come away with the points.

“It was a really cagey affair,” he said. “We know these sort of academy teams are coming ready and prepared. It’s always going to be a challenge.

“For us the work rate and the endeavour, the desire to buy into how we want to play was exceptional.

“The outcome was one thing but when you sort of work really hard to get two goals up and they score two world class goals which are undefendable, it has the impact of potentially affecting and disrupting the morale of the group.

“I thought the group’s desire to come in after the second half and stay focused, stay positive, was the highlight.

“A good way for us to start. We’ll take this one and move on.”

The Georgies this week face Werribee City on Saturday evening at home.

Meanwhile in the opening round of the Australia Cup, Melton Phoenix started with a big win against Elwood City.

The Phoenix led 1-0 at half time before piling on the goals to come away with a 4-1 in the knock out competition.

Westside Strikers won in thrilling circumstances against Mentone. After playing all the second half with 10 men, scores were locked at 1-1 at the end of extra time.

The Strikers eventually won 11-10 on penalties.

Spring Hills is also through to the next round with a 4-1 win against Tullamarine.