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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 April 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2016 27 SPORT Kingston City hosts Thunder in Anzac Day blockbuster Lozanovski faces the Lions first up GEORGE STOGIANNOU Northcote City supporters will be hoping that the return of former coach Goran Lozanovski marks the start of a revival for the embattled NPL1 club. Lozanovski will be in the dugout at John Cain Reserve today for his first game back in charge, and it will be interesting to see what changes the coach brings to the team for today's round nine match against FC Bulleen. Speaking on the club's Facebook page earlier this week, Lozanovski said "the message (to the players) will be to get something out of this game”. “What is important until the transfer window opens up, is to pick up as many points as we can. My plan is to restructure the team, put people in positions where I think they can do a good job and have a lot more discipline than what I've seen in the past. We will grind out results if we have to. If it's going to be ugly football for us to start getting points on the board, then so be it." At the other end of the NPL 1 table, both South Melbourne and Heidelberg United host teams from the bottom half of the table tomorrow in their round nine league matches. Heidelberg hosts Richmond SC full of confidence following a stirring comeback win away to Bulleen Lions last Monday. However, coach George Katsakis will be mindful of Richmond's capacity to upset the top dog as it did to South Melbourne earlier this season. South hosts youngster Melbourne Victory after a strong win against Oakleigh Cannons last Sunday and midweek cup win at Altona Magic. In NPL 2 East, the match of the round is easily Monday night's eagerly-anticipated clash between Kingston City and Dandenong Thunder at the Grange. Both teams sit undefeated at the top in first and second spots respectively on the ladder. Thunder, which has won all of its eight games this season, sits in second spot because of a three-point penalty from the FFV tribunal for playing a suspended player. Both coaches have had to rotate their squads to some extent to accommodate midweek FFA cup action and injuries. Kingston will be without the injured Simo Jovanovic and Velibor Mitrovic, while Thunder striker Amir Heidelberg United striker Kaine Sheppard (C) celebrates a goal in last Monday’s win over FC Bulleen Lions. Osmancevic remains in doubt for the clash. "Two important players will be missing but our squad is a lot stronger than we've had for the last two or three years,” City coach Nick Tolios says. “I'm confident that whoever comes in and replaces those guys will be just as significant and important to the team. For us it's going to be a test to get a result and keep that unbeaten run going, and try not to drop points at home. "They (Dandenong) are a great outfit. Their front three have been fantastic. Defensively they're very sound. It's going to be a test for both teams. We're just as strong going forward, pretty strong defensively as well. Literally it will come down on the day to who puts their chances away, because hopefully in games like this there's not going to be too many. It's who stands up on the day. From my end I just hope it's a close encounter - two teams testing each other and having a go." In State League SE 1 round four action, high-flying Malvern City will attempt to keep its winning start to the season going when it hosts PHOTO: MATT MORDEN. sixth-placed Mooroolbark, while at the other end of the table, South Springvale will be desperate for its first points of the season when it visits ninth-placed Manningham United. In State League 1 NW, Yarraville travels to top of the table Altona Magic today, while Western Suburbs hosts Banyule City in a mid-table clash tomorrow. South Melbourne and Kingston City win through to round 6 of FFA Cup State League clubs bow out of cup The big guns rolled onwards but the little guns were silenced by stronger opponents in midweek FFA Cup round five action. Leaders in their respective NPL leagues, South Melbourne and Kingston FC both won through to the next round over State League opponents whilst State League 1 clubs, South Springvale, Yarraville FC and FC Clifton Hill each bowed out of the competition after losses to NPL clubs. South Springvale's 5-1 loss to NPL 1 club Avondale FC on Tuesday night ensured there would be no magical cup run for the fans of the Warner Reserve club this season. Souths almost made it to half time without conceding but poor marking in the box allowed Avondale's Milojevic to head home a free kick just before the break. A second-half hattrick to Avondale's Khraphko within seven minutes ended South's dream of another extended cup run. Both Yarraville and Clifton Hill started well against their NPL opponents. Yarraville managed to hold St Albans Saints at bay for most of the game and even went ahead in the 65th minute despite earlier going a man down. However, two goals in two minutes by Baressi turned the game completely in the Saints' favour before Monek sealed the 3-1 results for St Albans in the 83rd minute. Clifton Hill, in contrast, took the game to its NPL2 W opponent North Geelong Warriors by twice taking the lead in the opening 20 minutes. However, the Warriors were able to equalise both times before taking the lead in the 33rd minute in an exciting, fast-paced opening half. An early second-half goal gave North Geelong a two-goal cushion before Kene Eze completed his hattrick in injury time, to give the Warriors a 5-2 win. NPL 2 E League leader Kingston City scored the biggest winning margin of the round when it defeated State League 4 club Endeavour Hills Fire SC 8-nil at home on Wednesday night. City's Zdenek Koukal helped himself to a hat-trick, while Damian Iaconis, Kostas Droutsas, Rowan McNammee, Muad Zwed and Simo Jovanovic also found the net. The visitors didn't make things any easier for themselves after going down to nine men at the break with two red cards. NPL 1 league leader South Melbourne overcame some stubborn resistance from State 1 team Altona Magic at Paisley Park. Souths had to wait until a 65th minute Marcus Schroen penalty to score its first, followed by a brace from Milos Lujic in the final quarter of an hour, to win the match 3-nil. This coming Tuesday, FFA Cup round five continues when Oakleigh Cannons hosts Melbourne Knights in what will be their second Kingston City’s Kostas Droutsas on the ball. Droutsas scored again in City’s big FFA Cup win mid-week. PHOTO: KINGSTON CITY FACEBOOK. meeting in five days, following on from the Friday night league encounter. On Wednesday, Port Melbourne Sharks hosts Sunshine George Cross, Heidelberg United hosts Caulfield United Cobras for the second year running, and Malvern City visits Knox City, ensuring at least another State League team progresses into round six. Bentleigh Greens plays its FFA Cup fifth-round match away to Goulburn Valley Suns on Wednesday 4 May. In NSW, Sydney Olympic won through to the next round of the Cup with a 3-nil round five win over NPL 2 club North Shore Mariners. Olympic striker Michael Gaitatzis scored twice and Harris Gaitatzis also found the net to secure the cup win over the Mariners.
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