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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 8 August 2015
32 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 AUGUST 2015 SPORT Page 29 Greens, Bergers and Souths in race to the winning post Page 30 Greek under-18 basketball team crowned European champions DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 South rolls the Cannons in second-half romp Souths singing in the rain after 3-0 cup final triumph GEORGE STOGIANNOU A devastating 10-minute spell at the start of the second half delivered South Melbourne its eighth Dockerty Cup trophy last Sunday, in the cup final against Oakleigh Cannons at Lakeside Oval. Souths netted three times to dash the Cannons’ hopes of capturing its first major piece of silverware. The reigning premiers made two changes from the team that started in the FFA cup loss to Palm Beach Sharks at the Gold Coast midweek. In came Matthew Theodore and Leigh Minopoulos in place of David Stirton and Jake Barker-Daish. A tense opening half produced few clear-cut chances to either side. However, Souths had keeper Nikola Roganovic to thank for keeping the Cannons from scoring the opening goal when he foiled Oakleigh's Lambros Honos in a one-on-one after the Cannons' playmaker found himself on the end of a pass over South's back four. Two minutes into the second half, an attack down South's left flank by left back Brad Norton delivered the ball to striker Milos Lujic, via a Minopoulos backheel, who netted the final's opening goal. Minutes later, Lujic doubled South's lead and his personal tally, when he powered home an Epifano corner with a header. As the evening rain set in, so did the Cannon's woes, with South's holding midfielder Iqi Jawadi taking advantage of a slip-up to gain possession and set up Minopoulos for the third goal. South were well on top of the Cannons by this stage, controlling possession and producing the clearer chances. Milos Lujic's brace earned him the Jimmy Mackay Med- South Melbourne’s Man of the Match Milos Lujic spearheaded South’s win. PHOTO: CINDY NITSOS. our midfield really al for man of the match. After the game, South Melbourne coach Chris Taylor commented: "Moments win games and I think that's what happened tonight. The minute we got the first goal, we went on with it, moved the ball around and played some of the best football we've played all year. I thought once we scored the first goal, we dictated the terms and pretty much controlled the game after that ... I thought PAOK and Atromitos march on to Europa League qualifying play-offs Brazilian magic sparks Atromitos win PAOK and Atromitos have both progressed to the Europa League qualifying playoffs by seeing off their opponents in the second leg of their third round qualifying ties on Thursday evening. In Athens, Atromitos de- feated Sweden's AIK Solna 1-0 to advance 4-1 on aggregate, but not before home fans were forced to endure a 50-minute stoppage ear- ly in the second half due to a power failure. When play resumed, Atromitos' Brazilian import, Marcelinho, provided the spark of brilliance which won the game when he pounced on an AIK error, produced a fine solo run and scored a 67th minute winner. In Slovakia, PAOK also progressed in its tie against Spartak Trnav, drawing 1-1, for a 2-1 aggregate score, but not without some nervous moments for fans. PAOK missed chances to put the Slovakians away early in the match only for Spartak to square the tie with a 35th minute penalty goal to Erik Sabo. However, PAOK rallied after the break and scored an equaliser from Dimitris Constantinidis following an excellent cross by Nikos Korovesis. Yiannis Skondras then received a straight red in the 66th minute but the team from Thessaloniki held out to progress to the draw for Europa League play-offs alongside Atromitos and PAO. The draw takes place on Friday. Source: Kathimerini controlled the game well tonight ... Matty Theodore made a big impact for us." Cannons coach Arthur Papas commented after the match: "When you go one-nil down, you need to be able to show a bit more resolve and we didn't do that immediately in the end. We needed to stick together a bit longer, hold our heads up after going 1-0 down. We needed to be a bit more composed. They deserved to win based on the second half." Paok’s Dimitris Constantinidis cele- brates his equaliser against Spartak. PHOTO: KATHIMERINI.
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