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Victorian Premier League update - Round 1

The Victorian Premier League season for 2009 got under way on the weekend.

Two games were played on Friday night and four on Sunday and all six matches ended with a winner and a loser, no draws.

Richmond Eagles vs Whittlsea Zebras

Richmond defeated Whittlesea Zebras 3-0 at Kevin Bartlett Reserve on Friday night.

An own goal in the 9th minute got the Eagles off to a good start and just eight minutes later a header from Richie Cardozo doubled their lead.

The returning Daniel Visevic rounded out the win prior to half-time with a driving finish.

Oakleigh Cannons vs Heidelberg United

Oakleigh Cannons scored a comprehensive 4-1 win over Heidelberg United at Jack Edwards Reserve.

New recruit Dario Matkovic started his Cannons career with a bang, putting in the first goal within the opening minute of the match.

Trent Waterson doubled the lead shortly thereafter and when Bill Damianos made it 3-0 on the half-hour mark, things looked bad for Heidelberg.

A Heidelberg goal prior to half-time gave some joy for the travelling fans but Ricky Diaco added a fourth for the Cannons shortly after the break to take a convincing win into Round 2.

Hume City vs Altona Magic

Reigning VPL premiers Altona Magic kicked off their title defence with a solid 1-0 over the newly named Hume City.

The only goal came in the 80th minute via a header from Nick Kalmar.

Preston Lions vs Melbourne Knights

Melbourne Knights came from behind to snatch a victory over Preston Lions at BT Connor Reserve.

The Lions scored in the 75th minute through Blaze Georgioski and it seemed as if that would be the end result.

Enter Cameron Watson who scored with a brilliant free-kick five minutes from time to equalize and then break the hearts of the Lions with a goal deep in injury time to snatch all three points.

Green Gully Cavaliers vs Sunshine Georgies

Green Cully opened up their account for the season with an impressive 3-0 win over Sunshine Georgies at Green Gull Reserve on Sunday.

On the hour, Mile Medjedovic knocked in an Andy Vargas free-kick for the opener and just ten minutes later, Vargas got one of his own when he hit a free-kick into the top corner of the Georgies goal.

To cap off a remarkable match, Vargas supplied the third goal with a pass to Kristijan Ivesic who controlled and netted brilliantly to round out the match.

South Melbourne vs Dandenong Thunder

Newcomers Dandenong got their first VPL season off to a great start with a resounding 1-0 win over South Melbourne at Bob Jane Stadium.

Rama Tavsancioglu capped his first match as captain of the Thunder with the only goal just prior to half-time.

Andrew Slevison
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