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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 April 2015
32 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 APRIL 2015 SPORT In quite a ridiculous fixture, ladder leaders Melbourne Victory take on Brisbane Roar again. Is it time for Victory to start cleaning the trophy cabinet? A-League fans can be forgiven for complaining about deja vu. Three days after Melbourne Victory took on Brisbane Roar, they are facing them again for round 26. The extra match is thanks to the round 18 cancelled fixture due to inclement weather. But will we see a different result this time? Victory claimed the 2-1 win on Wednesday thanks to early goals from Carl Valeri and former Roar player Besart Berisha. Captain Mark Milligan says the team is looking much better after the game and has worked hard to get back to winning ways after the shock loss to Newcastle last weekend. "I think we got that intensity back that we'd been lacking from the Newcastle game," he said after the Brisbane match. "We'll recover tomorrow morning, we'll have a look at this match and although it's the same team it's a different match on Saturday." This match could all but secure the Premier's Plate for Page 28 Sight no limit Page 29 Big names return in round 3 9 771321 167062 Same match, three days later Victory. With a three-point lead at the top of the ALeague and only one match left in the season, there's a lot riding on it. Sydney FC are just three points away from Victory and face what looks like an easy fixture against Newcastle Jets. One win in their next two matches is all Victory needs to secure the Plate. The final six are all but confirmed. With Perth Glory out of the finals thanks to the salary cap fiasco, Brisbane Roar gets a free ticket into the top six. Currently sixth-placed Melbourne City will come up against a hugely deflated Glory on Sunday when they travel to nib Stadium. It'll be interesting to see how home fans react to the match after one of their team’s best seasons ends in humiliation and disqualification. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 Besart Berisha and former teammate Thomas Broich showing no animostity. Govas’ long-range goal goes viral Heidelberg United’s Andrea Govas has been overwhelmed with the response at his long-range goal. He’s now preparing for a grudge match against his old team HELEN VELISSARIS Andreas Govas' phone hasn't stopped ringing. After his long-range goal from last week's match against Green Gully went viral, he's been inundated with calls, messages and well wishes. The club posted his screamer on Sunday and watched the views climb, as media outlets around Australia and the world picked up on it. SBS World Game called it the "greatest goal you'll see this season - in any league in the world". The goal was just one of three Govas netted for Heidelberg United in a whopping 8-2 win against Green Gully. "My phone just didn't stop, Facebook, Whatsapp messages, emails, text messages from all over the world saying ‘Oh my god what did you do?’," he tells Neos Kosmos. "I got quite a few phone calls from Greece too and some of the Greek newspapers contacted me for some interviews. It was very surprising." The former Kalloni FC player returned to Australia two years ago, where he trialled for Melbourne Victory and settled at Oakleigh Cannons. His move to Heidelberg this year was in part thanks to his formative football years when he played at the club as a junior. He says he's improved dramatically at the club thanks to his own fitness regime and the tutelage of coach George Katsakis. "I'm at a different level this year and I'm also linking up better with my teammates," he says. "I've got a very good chemistry on and off the pitch. To me that was very important." He admits that Oakleigh Canons didn't give him that Andrea Govas after scoring a hattrick in the Green Gully match. PHOTO: MARK AVELLINO. sort of feeling despite the positives the club offered. "They've got really good players and a great coach who’s really passionate, but generally what Oakleigh lacks is cohesiveness," he says. "At Heidelberg it's the exact opposite. You know exactly what's expected and everyone does what they're supposed to do." A very useful thing for a natural midfielder. His past and present, though, are about to meet as the player prepares for a huge match against his old team. Oakleigh Cannons welcomes Heidelberg on Sunday in a blockbuster Greek derby. Topping the NPL ladder, Heidelberg will enter the match with confidence, especially since they managed to get eight goals past in their last match. Coach Katsakis knows he must field a team that will give him options for its upcoming FFA Cup preliminary match next week. Oakleigh Cannons enter the Sunday match tired from their own FFA Cup match win, but have a couple of good results under their belt that could see them get the upper hand. Govas hopes he'll be meeting a tired Oakleigh rather than a resurgent one, but is excited nonetheless. Govas will take on former team Oakleigh Cannons on Sunday. "I've been looking forward to this game for a long time, a lot of my family and friends have been looking out for this one," he says. "For me the most important thing is we go there and we're going to win and we continue the way we're going and perform well. " Oakleigh Cannons takes on Heidelberg United at Jack Edwards Reserve at Edward Street, Oakleigh at 5.45 pm. PHOTO: AAP/DAN PELED.
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