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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 August 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 AUGUST 2015 31 SPORT FFA Cup moves into round of 16 Heidelberg United, Oakleigh Cannons and Sydney Olympic feature in the next round Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced the fixture for the FFA Cup round of 16 midweek. Melbourne club Heidelberg United has been drawn against Sydney United at home, while crosstown rivals Oakleigh Cannons have drawn South Australian club MetroStars away and Sydney Olympic will face Hume City in Melbourne. Following the announcement Heidelberg striker Dan Heffernan said he was happy with the draw. "It's a good draw, obviously a home advantage," Heffernan said. "It'll be a tough game but it's definitely a winnable one for us. I'm sure they'll be thinking the same. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. crowd. With the magic of the cup it won't just be our fans that'll show up but it'll be fans of the game." The 28-year-old Englishman was instrumental in guiding his team into the final 16, finding the back of the net in the Heidelberg's 3-1 win over Broadmeadow Magic in the round of 32. In other results from that round, the Oakleigh Cannons defeated Far North Queensland 5-4 on penalties after that match finished 1-1. The round of 16 fixtures were drawn as follows: - Adelaide United v Sydney FC - Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix - Heidelberg United (Vic) v Sydney United 58 FC (NSW) - Hume City (Vic) v Sydney Olympic (NSW) - MetroStars (SA) v Oakleigh Cannons (Vic) - Lions FC (Qld) v Perth Glory - Rockdale City Suns (NSW) v Melbourne Victory - Palm Beach Sharks (Qld) v “There'll be a fairly large Western Sydney Wanderers FC NPL minor premiership race goes to the wire Western Suburbs closing in on State League title South Melbourne is back on course to win back-to-back minor premierships after last weekend's round, when Souths was the only team of the trio of title contenders able to take the maximum three points in a 4-2 home win over Port Melbourne last Friday night. Current leader Bentleigh Greens holds a three-point lead in the race for the minor premierhip, but because of its slip up last week in a 1-1 draw against Avondale Heights, it has left the door wide open for South Melbourne, whose turn it is to take on Avondale Heights away today. NPL ROUND 24 FRI 7 AUG FRI 7 AUG SAT 8 AUG SAT 8 AUG SUN 9 AUG SUN 9 AUG SUN 9 AUG FRI 14 AUG FRI 14 AUG SAT 15 AUG # TEAM 1 BENTLEIGH GREENS SC 2 SOUTH MELBOURNE FC 3 HEIDELBERG UNITED FC BENTLEIGH GREENS SC 1 - 1 AVONDALE FC SOUTH MELBOURNE FC 4 - 2 PORT MELBOURNE SHARKS SC GREEN GULLY SC 1 - 1 PASCOE VALE SC DANDENONG THUNDER SC 1 - 0 OAKLEIGH CANNONS FC WERRIBEE CITY FC 2 - 1 NORTHCOTE CITY FC MELBOURNE KNIGHTS FC 2 - 0 HUME CITY FC HEIDELBERG UNITED FC 3 - 3 NORTH GEELONG WARRIORS FC ROUND 25 FRI 14 AUG PORT MELBOURNE SHARKS SC V GREEN GULLY SC PASCOE VALE SC V MELBOURNE KNIGHTS FC OAKLEIGH CANNONS FC V WERRIBEE CITY FC AVONDALE FC V SOUTH MELBOURNE FC SAT 15 AUG NORTH GEELONG WARRIORS FC V DANDENONG THUNDER SC SAT 15 AUG SUN 16 AUG NORTHCOTE CITY FC V BENTLEIGH GREENS SC HEIDELBERG UNITED FC V HUME CITY FC MP W D L F A D P 24 15 7 2 44 22 22 52 23 15 4 4 43 20 23 49 23 14 5 4 44 23 21 47 4 MELBOURNE KNIGHTS FC 24 14 5 5 37 25 12 47 5 PASCOE VALE SC 6 HUME CITY FC 24 12 4 8 34 26 8 40 23 11 5 7 35 23 12 38 7 PORT MELBOURNE SHARKS SC 24 8 6 10 35 32 3 30 8 GREEN GULLY SC 9 NORTHCOTE CITY FC 10 AVONDALE FC 11 OAKLEIGH CANNONS FC 12 NORTH GEELONG WARRIORS FC 24 4 3 17 25 52 -27 15 13 WERRIBEE CITY FC 24 3 6 15 19 48 -29 15 14 DANDENONG THUNDER SC 24 4 3 17 28 61 -33 15 23 9 3 11 44 42 2 30 24 9 3 12 32 45 -13 30 23 7 7 9 31 30 1 28 23 7 5 11 30 32 -2 26 Bentleigh will not only need to arrest a recent form slump when it travels to Northcote City later today, but also try to boost its goal difference, which is inferior to South's. Both the Greens and Northcote have each won just one of their last five matches. Hume City shapes as a team which could have a major say in determining the race for the minor premiership as it meets two of the contenders in the space of just four days. On Sunday Hume travels to Heidelberg United with the third-placed Bergers need- lier in the season. Kingston then needs to follow up on Wednesday with a catch up game away to sixth placed NPL 1 West side Moreland City. Fifth-placed NPL1 E team Box United will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the previous week's shock 5-0 loss to bottom of the table NPL 1 W side Brunswick City when United hosts another bottom of the table team, Nunawading City today. Meanwhile, Brunswick City will be hoping to make it three wins from their last four matches when they travel to Ballarat Red Devils today. In-form South Melbourne striker Milos Lujic in action against Port Melbourne. PHOTO: SOUTH MELBOURNE WEBSITE. ing to win to stay in contention after its slip up on Monday evening with a 3-3 home draw against North Geelong. Hume then follows the visit to Olympic Village, with a trip to Lakeside just three days later for a catch up game against South Melbourne. At the other end of the NPL table, another three teams are locked in the fight for survival which could go all the way to the last round of the season. North Geelong, Werribee City and the once mighty Dandenong Thunder are battling it out for the play-off spot. Today's match between Mooy rewarded after standout season Melbourne City elevates midfielder to marquee status A stand-out debut season for Melbourne City has led to midfielder Aaron Mooy being elevated to the club's marquee position for the ALeague season. The 24-year-old has signed a three-year contract extension with John van ’t Schip's side. Mooy scored a club-high seven goals and had eight assists in 27 matches last season for City. The only two A-League games Mooy missed were when he was on Socceroos duty. "I'm really excited to resign with City," said Mooy. "I feel right at home at the club and it's a really exciting time to be here." Van ’t Schip said Mooy had quickly become a role model for City's younger players. "We certainly see Aaron as being vital to our plans for the forthcoming season and beyond so we are very excited to have Aaron re-sign with the club," he said. Source: AAP North Geelong and Thunder looms as a sudden death match for the loser. In NPL1 East, round 24 action, third-placed Kingston City has a heavy schedule to deal with as it tries to keep alive its chance of pipping Richmond Eagles to the runner's up play-off spot. Trailing Richmond by four points but with a game in hand, City must keep winning and hope that Richmond slips up. This weekend Kingston travels to Shepparton to take on fourth-placed Goulburn Valley Suns, hoping to repeat the victory over the Suns when they last met in the reverse fixture ear- In State League NW 1, league leader Western Suburbs is fast closing in on a league title in its 50th anniversary year. With just three rounds to go, and five points clear, it's just two wins away from clinching the title and it could win it as early as tomorrow if other results go its way and it wins its home game against Diamond Valley United. In State League SE 1, South Springvale and FC Clifton Hill are battling it out for second spot behind leader Mornington. Souths is a point ahead but faces a tough job to stay ahead of Clifton Hill which has two games in hand. Souths hosts fourth placed Frankston Pines today whilst FC Clifton Hill hosts Warragul United. Azerbaijani footballer arrested in relation to death of journalist One of Azerbaijan's top footballers has been arrested in relation to the death of Azerbaijani journalist Rasim Aliyev. It was reported that Aliyev had criticised Javid Huseynov for his on-field behaviour via a Facebook post, where he wrote the footballer was "ignorant and unable to behave himself". Huseynov scored the winning goal for his side FC Gabala when it took on Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol, and celebrated by waving a Turkish flag. Following the criticism it was reported by Azerbaijani media that Aliyev had been attacked after meeting a man who posed as Huseynov's cousin - he later died in hospital. Huseynov is one of six people arrested in connection to the death.
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