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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 September 2015
SPORT 30 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM West Adelaide adds NPL championship trophy to minor premiership Adelaide Olympic FC wins promotion to the SA NPL West Adelaide completed its resurgence as a powerhouse of South Australian football when it captured the state's top flight title, the PS4 NPL SA title, by defeating Adelaide Blue Eagles 4-2 in the grand final on Saturday. It's been a long time be- tween top flight titles for West Adelaide, the last one coming 24 years ago, and the team seemed in a hurry to complete the job of winning Saturday's final, scoring three goals in a devastating seven minute blitz inside the opening 20 minutes to effectively end the match as a contest. Wests got off to a dream start when Blue Eagles' keeper Pedran Sourjani had a nightmare moment. As far as grand final howlers go, they don't come any bigger than the moment the keeper missed the ball altogether with a routine clearance kick, allowing West's John Karatsas to steal it and tap it into an open net in the 14th minute. A sorry Sourjani limped off with a knee injury and was replaced by teenage keeper Josef Shyti. However he was helpless to stop a Tom Briscoe free kick moments later, which doubled Wests' lead. Briscoe then turned provider by cutting a ball back for Kosta Mantis to hit a first time shot into the net in the 21st minute. West Adelaide made it 4-0 with a 56th minute Alex Rideout goal from close range. Two late consolation goals to Blue Eagles' Matthew Charalambous and Alemayo Kedebe in the last 10 minutes restored some respectability to the scoreline for the Eagles. After the match, West Adelaide coach Paul Pezos commented: "We should have done better last time against the Eagles. This time around we were more clinical. You have to be in finals and I expressed that to the guys, you have to be ruthless and de- fend with your life. We were a little fatigued in the final 15 minutes, but credit to the guys for bringing it home." Meanwhile, West Adelaide can look forward to some Malvern City wins Under 18A final Side led by Ange Dallas wins Metropolitan Boys Under 18A championship after defeating Altona East Phoenix (PAOK) 3-0 Greek derbies in next season's NPL after Adelaide Olympic FC clinched promotion into the top tier for the first time in 10 years, by winning the second leg of the promotion play-off 4-0 away to Port Adelaide Lion Pirates on Friday evening. Despite being reduced to 10 men after the 19th minute dismissal of James Di- mopoulos, Olympic scored four times through goals to Sean Brennan, Fausto Erba (a brace) and Oliver Totani, for a 5-1 aggregate win over the two legs. Adelaide United youth coach ecstatic with championship triumph Michael Valkanis now looking to bigger things, with team featuring in NPL First Division next season Adelaide United youth squad coach Michael Valkanis has commended his side after its triumph in claiming the NPL State League title. Valkanis, who was appointed just over a year ago, set the bar high when he first took the senior coach's position and was ecstatic to see his visions met so early in his tenure. "In preparation for the first time competing in the local competition, I started off by stating my three objectives to all my staff and players," Valkanis told Adelaide United's website. Coach Ange Dallas (R) and assistant coach Steve Aivaliotis (L) with their troops. "One, to play good football; two, by playing this good Adelaide United youth head coach Michael Valkanis. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/BEN MACMAHON. football, to win the senior and reserve competitions; and lastly, to finish with the top goal scorer. "So when you look at it now, we reached for the sky and it paid off. But in the end it was all our hard work that did it and with the boys putting in so much effort we achieved it all." The side finished top over rivals Adelaide Olympic on goal difference, with both teams finishing on 66 points. The side's triumphant season means it will now feature in the First Division of the NPL next season - and Valkanis is relishing the opportunity. "We're going to look to play good football again next season," he said. "Our belief is that if we can play good football and we are as attacking and clinical as we were this season, we will definitely win more games than we lose and will be ontrack for more success."
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