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North Geelong down Geelong in Cup opener

NG v G 3.2.12

North Geelong overwhelm Geelong in City of Greater Geelong Cup opener

Roy Hay

First Division club North Geelong overwhelmed local rivals Geelong by four goals to nil in the opening match of the 2012 City of Greater Geelong Cup at Bell Park Sports Club on Friday night.

On a balmy evening with a light breeze to keep the temperature down, North put pressure on the Geelong midfield and defence from the start.

As a consequence the Geelong attackers skipper Michael Nikolovski and Darko Lekovski were isolated for long periods, though the latter tested North keeper David Zilic in the third minute.

North were sharp on the flanks with Robbie Zadworny showing no signs of the injury that sidelined him for much of last season.

Aaron D’Antino had a shot saved by Geelong’s Romeo Purlija after six minute, but North got the breakthrough in the tenth.

A series of shots were blocked by the Geelong backline but Reha Kurul’s third effort flew into the net.

North took control thereafter with Geelong occasionally making breakaway attacks but there was no further score in the first half.

After the break  Zadworny came in from the left and squared the ball into the path of the onrushing Damien Morrell who thundered it past Purlija in the 44th minute.

Eight minutes later the attack switched to the right and this time Nathan Long finished the move neatly.

Finally Michael Anderson won the ball in midfield and ran through a tiring Geelong backline to complete the scoring in the 62nd minute.

Both sides rotated their players and the game finished with North looking once again like the favourite to lift the trophy.

On Sunday at 6 pm Corio plays Surfcoast followed by Bell Park against Geelong Rangers at 7.10 pm.

City of Greater Geelong Cup 2012

Hosted by Bell Park Sports Club

Team                                   Coach

Bell Park                              Steven Tillinger

Corio                                    Robbie Noggler

Geelong                               Peter Stojanovski

Geelong Rangers                Dale Harris

North Geelong                    Ante Skoko

Surfcoast                             Lindsay Falzon

Fixture

Day   Date           Time  Team                    G       Team                      G

Fri     3-Feb-12   7.10    North Geelong 4 (Reha Kurul, Damien Morrell, Nathan Long, Michael Anderson) Geelong 0

Sun   5-Feb-12   6.00    Corio                               Surfcoast

Sun   5-Feb-12   7.10    Bell Park                         Geelong Rangers

Fri     10-Feb-12 6.00    Geelong                          Surfcoast

Fri     10-Feb-12 7.10    North Geelong               Bell Park

Sun   12-Feb-12 6.00    Corio                               Bell Park

Sun   12-Feb-12 7.10    North Geelong               Geelong Rangers

Fri     17-Feb-12 6.00    Geelong                          Bell Park

Fri     17-Feb-12 7.10    North Geelong               Surfcoast

Sun   19-Feb-12 6.00    Surfcoast                        Geelong Rangers

Sun   19-Feb-12 7.10    Corio                               Geelong

Fri     24-Feb-12 6.00    North Geelong               Corio

Fri     24-Feb-12 7.10    Geelong                          Geelong Rangers

Sun   26-Feb-12 6.00    Surfcoast                        Bell Park

Sun   26-Feb-12 7.10    Geelong Rangers           Corio

Sun   4-Mar-12  3.00    3                                      4

Sun   4-Mar-12  5.00    1                                     2

League ladder

Team                                   P        W       D       L       F     A    Pts     G D

North Geelong                    1                1       0          0       4       0      3         4

Geelong                               1                  0      0           1        0      4        0     -4

Surfcoast                             0                                                      0         0

Corio                                    0                                                      0         0

Geelong Rangers                0                                                      0         0

Bell Park                              0                                                      0         0

Goalscorers

Given         Surname            Club              Goals

Total

Reha Kurul   North Geelong   1

Damien Morrell  North Geelong 1

Nathan Long North Geelong 1

Michael Anderson North Geelong 1

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