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South's win increases Kingz' misery

30/11/2003 09:48:44 PM Comments (0)

South Melbourne soared to the top of the National Soccer League ladder after completing the Football Kingz's weekend of woe with a 6-0 hammering at Melbourne's Bob Jane Stadium.

The Kingz's humiliating loss came just 48 hours after coach Ken Dugdale quit in protest over the club's travel policy.

The New Zealanders had to assemble at the Auckland airport at 3.15am on Sunday to travel across the Tasman for the match.

The Kingz would not return home until Tuesday, meaning those part-time players who had to work could not travel.

Already without suspended captain Chris Jackson, the Kingz also lost leading goalscorer Harry Ngata and striker Paul Harries.

The writing was on the wall, but few would have expected the Kingz's turbulent weekend to wind up in such devastating fashion.

Michael Curcija led South's romp with a club-record goal haul.

Curcija became just the fifth South player to score four goals as South left the crisis-ridden Kingz languishing at the bottom of the ladder.

A double from striker Ante Milicic helped Parramatta Power to a 3-0 win over Northern Spirit 3-0 at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night.

Milicic took his season tally to a league-high 10 with goals in each half as Power moved to second behind South Melbourne.

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