Green Gully SC are back at home this weekend for a blockbuster contest against league leaders South Melbourne at Green Gully Reserve.

Gully’s finals hopes took a hit last weekend, losing 3-2 against fellow top six contenders Dandenong City at home, which was their first defeat under new coach Ramon Falzon.

Both Gianluca Ianucci and Jamie Latham found the net in the second-half, while Emmanuel Peters also registered an assist in his club debut, teeing up Latham for Gully’s second goal of the game.

However, their best efforts were nullified by the visitors, who jumped into sixth as a result of the win and extended Gully’s gap outside the top six to seven points with five games remaining.

Their next test comes in the form of South, who are now on track to securing their second NPL Victoria Premiership in the space of three years.

Esteban Quintas’ side returned to the winners list this week with a 1-0 win over Dandenong Thunder, days after they locked in their place in the Dockerty Cup semi finals with a stirring victory against Heidelberg.

Golden Boot leader Harrison Sawyer returned to the starting lineup in a big way against Thunder, scoring his 14th goal of the season and extending his lead atop the charts heading into the finals rounds of the campaign.

Courtesy of their win against Thunder and Avondale losing to Altona, South are now seven points clear atop the standings and can all but seal the Premiership with a win this weekend, with Avondale taking on third place Oakleigh on Saturday (both sides level on points).

Gully lost the reverse fixture earlier this season at Lakeside Stadium 3-0, and haven’t beaten South in the league since May 2018 (11 straight games).

Kick-off is at 1 PM, with the Under 23s in action shortly after 3:30 PM in a top of the table clash.

Gully fell to defeat against Dandenong City over the weekend, while South defeated Thunder 2-0, closing the gap to three points between the two sides heading into this Saturday.