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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 February 2016
SPORT 26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greens draw first blood against South to win Community Shield Bentleigh Greens drew first blood of the season and continued its dominance over South Melbourne in recent encounters to win the Community shield 3-nil on Friday evening at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex. Goals to Liam McCormick, Troy Ruthven and skipper and man of the match Wayne Wallace, in a 20 minute spell early in the second half, decided the contest in the Greens' favour. There's little love lost be- tween these two sides and a number of altercations broke out throughout the match, the first of which involved South newcomer and his direct opponent Troy Ruthven. Both teams set off each other, in an opening half of few chances. Greens striker Ryan Paczkowski had the best chance of the first half, but South keeper Nikola Roganovic was equal to the threat and saved the shot with his legs. The Greens moved speedster Chris Lucas to the pointy end of their attack and pressed higher up the park in the second half, and when McCormick found space in the box, down an inside channel, he made no mistake to open the scoring. The goal spurred the Greens forward as they pushed South into its own half, and when Wallace was The triumphant Bentleigh Greens team having just won the 2016 Community Shield. allowed to run at the centre of the South defence, he drew a free kick which Ruthven fired home past the wall and Roganovic. Greens keeper Ryan Scott then made a crucial double save from Andy Kecojevic as South tried to launch a counter-assault. However, hesitation in the South defence allowed Lucas to gain posses- sion in the box and cut the ball back for Wallace to score the Greens' third. South pressed forward in the last 25 minutes, producing a number of chances only to be frustrated by inaccurate finishing and Greens' keeper Scott. With seconds to go, another melee broke out after South's Epifano tangled with Wal- lace. When the dust settled the referee showed Epifano a red card. South coach Chris Taylor said after the match: "Give Bentleigh credit, they were clinical in front of goal. Our stats showed we had 16 shots to six. Full credit to them. Their finishing was deadly and ours was really poor …We haven't scored for three to four Fans gain right to appeal FFA bans Banned A-League fans will now have the right to access evidence used against them and lodge an appeal to an independent tribunal under a new Fan Banning Procedure ratified by the FFA board earlier this week. The new procedure introduces a number of major changes to the banning process, which came under review following protests from active supporter groups demanding greater transparency and fairness in the process, triggered by the publication of a confidential list of 198 banned fans late last year. The changes include: 1. The introduction of a Notice of Intention to Ban to a person facing a ban, rather than a straight out Ban Notice. This gives the person an op- FFA CEO David Gallop announces anti-flare campaign. PHOTO: WWW.FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA portunity to provide their own evidence and make a submission before the FFA makes its decision on the matter, something which wasn't possible under the old procedure. 2. The person facing the ban will now be able to access evi- dence that the FFA has collected, providing there are no legal impediments to accessing a particular piece of evidence. 3. If the FFA decides to ban the person in question, that person can now appeal the decision before a three-person Football Independent Banning Appeals Committee (FIBAC), consisting of barristers or other legal professionals. 4. The 198 banned spectators have the right to appeal their ban before the newly-established FIBAC panel. In an open letter following the announcement, FFA CEO David Gallop wrote: "We have made changes to make the system comprehensive in the way it deals with incidents, with greater transparency and a fairer procedure. “But I must make it clear; do not view these changes as a sign that our resolve has diminished in tackling troublemakers." The new Fan Banning Procedure forms part of an FFA review, which covered other matters related to fan behaviour including the lighting of flares. "FFA is committed to ridding the game of these people who masquerade as fans while lighting flares and other devices. We will also be implementing a campaign that will clearly illustrate the danger flares pose to people at football matches and will consider penalties for clubs whose fans take part in this illegal behaviour," David Gallop said in a statement. Source: www.football australia.com.au games now, so it's obviously a problem we've got. Overall we won't get measured on the Charity Cup. We'll get measured on the league, So serious stuff starts next week." After conceding that South may have had a slight ascendancy in the first half, Greens coach John Anastasiadis said they pressured high up in the second half. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. "I think we completely controlled the game in the second half. Took our chances well. Took the foot off the pedal in the last 15 minutes, so we'll have to address that, because if you allow a team like South to get back in the game with one goal, then anything can happen in the last 10-15 minutes. We'll make sure it doesn't happen again." Zerefos finishes on podium at the Mountain Aaron Zerefos has started his 2016 motor racing season in style, finishing second at the Bathurst 12 Hour Motor Racing in his 997 Porsche GT3 Cup Car. Zerefos has a big 2016 install with Porsche races in Australia and Europe. The Porsche Super Cup, which supports the Formula One, is a great series. "It's always good to represent Greece on the track and hopefully get some more good results this year for my fans," Zerefos said. A record crowd of 37,079 attended this year's Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in the first round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
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