A try by super-sub Saša Mitrović’s in the dying seconds won Serbian champions Dorćol the season-opening Super Cup, as they overcame arch rivals Red Star 32-30 in a thriller at the FK BASK Arena in Belgrade.
“It was a great game, the score could have gone either way,“ said winning skipper Dalibor Vukanović. “It was our team spirit that gave us the push in the end. Winning like this gives you confidence that can be cruical for the rest of the season.“
The fourth consecutive time these sides have met in major finals, Dorćol took an early lead through international backrower Stevan Stevanović, Dalibor Vukanović converting.
Red Star levelled soon after but were 16-12 behind at the break, Dalibor Vukanović with the first of two tries in a 16 point personal haul.
At the start of the second half, Stefan Nikolić leveled for the red and whites but Dorćol took control once again, in the space of five minutes the Vukanović brothers adding a try apiece.
With heavy rain falling, Red Star took advantage of the conditions to score three tries, Miodrag Tomić’s brace and Vojislav Dedić’s touchdown giving them the lead for the first time in the 77th minute.
But it was last year’s Grand Final winners who had final the final say, Mitrović the hero, giving Dorćol a second Super Cup in their history.
DORĆOL 32 (16)
Andrej Mora, Milan Avramović, Relja Petrović, Dalibor Samardžić, Ognjen Docić, Mirko Božović, Dalibor Vukanović, Aleksa Radić, Stefan Vukanović, Sergej Devetak, Ivan Ivanović, Stevan Stevanović, Stefan Nedeljković
Subs: Boris Lazin, Saša Mitrović, Luka Bulajić, Stefan Jovanović.
Tries: Stevan Stevanović (2), Ognjen Docić (12), Dalibor Vukanović (15, 60), Stefan Vukanović (55), Saša Mitrović (80)
Goals: Dalibor Vukanvić 4/5, Saša Mitrović 0/1
RED STAR 30 (12)
Miloš Zogović, Rajko Trifunović, Petar Milanović, Dragan Vasiljević, Vuk Štrbac, Vojislav Dedić, Stefan Nikolić, Slobodan Milenković, Vladislav Dedić, Danilo Kosanović, Miodrag Tomić, Miloš Ćalić, Velibor Srećković.
Subs: Fini Brodi, Denis Čengaj, Nikola Vasić, Nenad Žujić.
Tries: Velibor Srećković (7), Petar Milanović (24), Brodi Fini (28), Stefan Nikolić (47), Miodrag Tomić (67, 77), Vojislav Dedić (74)
Goals: Vojislav Dedić 0/4, Miloš Zogović 1/3