Heart to take on Port Melbourne tonight

Recent Melbourne Heart FC recruits Dylan Macallister, Steven Gray and Patrick Gerhardt are again set to feature when the side faces Port Melbourne at SS Anderson Reserve tonight.

Recent Melbourne Heart FC recruits Dylan Macallister, Steven Gray and Patrick Gerhardt are again set to feature when the side faces Port Melbourne at SS Anderson Reserve tonight.

Following a 4-0 triumph over the Victorian Champions League XI last week, Heart-s preparations will step-up a gear against the State League One leaders as Head Coach John Aloisi continues to make his mark ahead of his debut season in charge.

While Croatian striker Josip Tadic is yet to touch down in Australia, Aloisi has largely had a full complement of players to work with over the past month, and as demonstrated by Macallister-s debut brace last week, the squad-s new arrivals have taken little time to settle in.

However, tonight-s line-up will be far from full strength, with attackers Mate Dugandzic and Golgol Mebrahtu in addition to midfielders Fred and Jonatan Germano out of action as the quartet instead participate in light training at the Club-s La Trobe University headquarters.

The match though will provide an opportunity for Aloisi to cast his eye across a number of triallists including Andreas Govas and Josip Konyit, while 2011/12 National Youth League squad members Stipo Andrijasevic, Josh Groenewald, Jeremy Walker and Zac Walker will also take to the park.

The Club would also like to confirm next week-s proposed friendly against Richmond has been cancelled.

Squad vs Port Melbourne Aziz Behich, Clint Bolton, Simon Colosimo, Patrick Gerhardt, Steven Gray, Jason Hoffman, Nick Kalmar, Dylan Macallister, Michael Marrone, Andrew Redmayne, Matt Thompson, David Vrankovic, David Williams, Stipo Andrijasevic (T), Josh Groenewald (T), Jeremy Walker (T), Zac Walker (T), Andreas Govas (T), Josip Konyit (T), Sam Mitchinson (T)