Former Socceroo and one of FC Bulleen Lions’ favourite sons Mark Bresciano was in attendance to see the club collect their first points in the Victorian top flight since 2006 as they beat Oakleigh Cannons 1-0.
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An even opening to the contest saw both sides struggle to create any clear-cut goal scoring opportunities in a fast-paced first fifteen minutes before Cannons winger Goran Zoric tested Grffin McMaster at his near post with the shot-stopper producing a fine save down low.
A slick move from the visitors then saw Zoric slip in Dimitri Hatzimouratis’ whose close range shot was well saved by McMaster who reacted well to prevent an opener.
The Lions scored when Sami Nour’s exquisite turn on Aron Wilford seeing him cut inside into the box before seeing his goal-bound shot deflect off John Black and past a wrong-footed John Honos in Cannons goal.
Some neat play from Bulleen substitutes Shayan Alinejad and Dean Lorenzi saw Nour slipped through on goal by the latter, only for Honos to come to Oakleigh’s rescue with a quick-reaction save.
A spill from McMaster off Zoric free-kick ensued in a frantic goal-mouth scramble where Oakleigh substitute Ross Frame seeing his effort blocked away from goal,
The Welshman had another chance to find an equaliser only for his volley from close-range to go off target as the visitors pushed hard for an equaliser to little avail as Bulleen hanged on for a memorable three points to kick-start their home fixtures for the campaign while the Cannons have now gone 180 minutes without a goal.
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