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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 April 2016
SPORT 26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 APRIL 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Knights bundle Cannons out of FFA Cup Bergers, Sharks and Malvern City progress to Rd 6 GEORGE STOGIANNOU Oakleigh Cannons fans saw a fifth-round FFA Cup victory over Melbourne Knights vanish before their very eyes in a dramatic finale to their cup tie at Jack Edwards reserve on Tuesday night. Leading 1-nil with just minutes remaining, the Cannons' hitherto solid defence cracked under a final desperate pressure from the Knights, conceding twice and ending its 2016 cup run with a 1-2 home loss. It was a major turnaround for the Knights, who just four days prior had lost 1-3 at home to the Cannons in the league. On Tuesday the Cannons settled quickly and looked confident A-LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS FRI 22 APR in defence with Steven Topalovic and Aaron Wilford rebutting several early forays of the Knights. In attack the Cannons were missing Dean Piemonte and Dimi Hatzimouratis from the starting line-up. Ross Frame was given the task of leading the line and he did quite well against his bigger, stronger Knights opponents. The smaller Cannons looked more likely to score than the physically imposing Knights in the first half and it was Dusan Bosnjak who created and finished the breakthrough goal for the Cannons just before the break when he collected the ball just inside the half way line, brushed aside tough Knights' midfielder Ben Surey before cutting through the Knights' defence with an excellent give and go with Ali Hameed and then slotting the ball past Knights' keeper Mick O'Farrell. In the second half, the Can- nons lost both Bosnjak and Hameed to injury and looked less threatening in attack. The Cannons dropped deeper as the Knights deployed a direct style of football as it urgently chased the game. With 10 minutes to go, Cannons forward Frame missed a great chance to double his team's lead when Hatzimouratis' pass presented him with a one-on-one chance with the keeper. Frame opted for placement over power but keeper O'Farrell was equal to the task and saved the shot. With minutes remaining, the Knights' pressure produced a corner and in the ensuing scramble the ball fell to Knights' centre half Milan Batur, who found the net from close range for the equaliser. With extra time beckoning, the Knights sent a long ball forward into the box which cleared the Cannons defence. Knights' Josh Brekalo tracked the ball and was first to it, finishing well past a helpless ADELAIDE UNITED 4-1 MELBOURNE CITY FC SUN 24 APR WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS FC 5-4 BRISBANE ROAR GRAND FINAL SUN 1 MAY WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS FC V ADELAIDE UNITED # TEAM 1 ADELAIDE UNITED P W D L F A +/- PTS 27 14 7 6 45 28 17 49 2 WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS FC 27 14 6 7 44 33 11 48 3 BRISBANE ROAR FC 4 MELBOURNE CITY FC 5 PERTH GLORY 6 MELBOURNE VICTORY 7 SYDNEY FC 8 NEWCASTLE JETS 9 WELLINGTON PHOENIX PS4 NPL VICTORIA ROUND 9 FRI 22 APR FRI 22 APR FRI 22 APR SAT 23 APR SAT 23 APR SUN 24 APR SUN 24 APR ROUND 10 FRI 29 APR FRI 29 APR SAT 30 APR SAT 30 APR SAT 30 APR MON 2 MAY MON 2 MAY # TEAM 1 SOUTH MELBOURNE FC 2 HEIDELBERG UNITED FC 3 BENTLEIGH GREENS SC 4 GREEN GULLY SC 5 OAKLEIGH CANNONS FC 27 14 6 7 49 40 09 48 27 13 5 9 63 44 19 44 27 13 4 10 49 42 07 43 27 11 8 8 40 33 07 41 27 8 10 9 36 36 00 34 27 8 6 13 28 41 -13 30 27 7 4 16 34 54 -20 25 10 CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 27 3 4 20 33 70 -37 13 PASCOE VALE FC 1-4 BENTLEIGH GREENS SC PORT MELB SHARKS SC 1-2 AVONDALE FC MELBOURNE KNIGHTS FC 1-3 OAKLEIGH CANNONS FC GREEN GULLY SC 1-0 HUME CITY FC NORTHCOTE CITY FC 1-1 FC BULLEEN LIONS HEIDELBERG UNITED FC 4-1 RICHMOND SC SOUTH MELBOURNE FC 1-0 MELBOURNE VICTORY FC AVONDALE FC V SOUTH MELBOURNE FC RICHMOND SC V NORTHCOTE CITY FC MELBOURNE VICTORY FC V MELBOURNE KNIGHTS FC GREEN GULLY SC V BENTLEIGH GREENS SC HUME CITY FC V HEIDELBERG UNITED FC OAKLEIGH CANNONS FC V PASCOE VALE FC FC BULLEEN LIONS V PORT MELB SHARKS SC MP W D L F A D P 9 7 1 1 26 11 15 22 9 7 1 1 28 12 16 19 9 6 1 2 23 9 14 19 9 5 2 2 15 6 9 17 9 4 3 2 13 12 1 15 6 PORT MELBOURNE SHARKS SC 9 4 2 3 11 10 1 14 7 HUME CITY FC 10 MELBOURNE VICTORY FC 11 PASCOE VALE FC 12 FC BULLEEN LIONS 13 RICHMOND SC 14 NORTHCOTE CITY FC 9 4 1 4 11 7 4 13 8 MELBOURNE KNIGHTS FC 9 3 3 3 10 16 -6 12 9 AVONDALE FC 9 3 1 5 8 16 -8 10 9 3 0 6 9 14 -5 9 9 2 2 5 8 12 -4 8 9 2 2 5 7 12 -5 8 9 1 3 5 17 29 -12 6 9 0 2 7 3 23 -20 2 Cannons keeper John Honos, to complete an amazing turnaround for the Knights and give them a berth in the FFA Cup sixth round. In other midweek FFA Cup matches Port Melbourne Sharks, Heidelberg United and Malvern City all enjoyed comfortable passage into round six with wins over Sunshine George Cross, Caulfield United Cobras and Knox City respectively. The Sharks cruised past the Georgies winning 6-1 with Zahra scoring a hat trick, while Heidelberg United defeated Caulfield United 4-nil thanks to a brace from Kaine Sheppard, and singles to Noon and Cartanos. Meanwhile, Malvern City is one of the last remaining State League teams to make it to round six of the competition after defeating Knox City 5-nil. Scorers for Malvern included Max McArthur, Jake Moloney, Dan Hilder and Jordan Templin with a brace. Victory fans under the spotlight for Lakeside incident GEORGE STOGIANNOU Meanwhile the conflagration NPL clubs South Melbourne, Melbourne Victory and the FFA are cooperating with the FFV as it investigates an incident involving rival fans brawling during the South Melbourne-Melbourne Victory league match at Lakeside last Sunday. Prior to the match, arrangements were made to segregate the two sets of fan groups into opposite stands. The South Melbourne fans were accommodated in the usual southern stand while the normally unused northern stand, on the opposite side of the ground, was opened to accommodate Victory fans. In addition, the two sets of fans were further separated by being required to use separate entrance gates, closest to their designated stands. With these arrangements in place, authorities were confident they had minimised any chance of antagonism between the two fan groups. However, soon after the halftime break, the incident occurred. According to some eye-witness accounts, the clash was sparked when a couple of Victory supporters defied the arrangements, encroached into the southern stand and attempted to grab a South Melbourne banner from the South Melbourne supporter group. South fans reacted, then security became involved. drew more Victory supporters who crossed the athletics track to the other side. Ball boys were withdrawn for their own safety and play halted. The Victory fans beat a hasty retreat and police were called, with a police chopper hovering over the ground according to SMFC.com.au The melee lasted four to five minutes and stopped on-field action for about a minute as some supporters encroached onto the field of play. A South Melbourne spokesperson said through a club media release: “This incident was both provocative and violent and has caused distress among many of our key stakeholders, including sponsors, members, general supporters and players of all ages. The club is also aware that some members, including children, received medical attention at the scene and we will continue to support all affected by Sunday's incident. The club is working with Victoria Police, State Sports Centre Trust, Melbourne Victory and Football Federation Victoria to gather the relevant evidence, including photos and video supplied by numerous sources, in support of potential criminal charges and infringements against the offenders.” Meanwhile Victoria Police spokeswoman Clair White said: “Police have not received any reports of injuries or criminal offences but are in the processes of examining whether there are individuals who can be identified and charged with appropriate criminal matters. “The scene that police faced does not reflect a safe or enjoyable community event and we will be meeting with the other interested parties to make sure there are enhanced security and management arrangements for future games.” It's not the first time Melbourne Victory supporters attending NPL matches have created a problem for the club. Last season the FFV fined the club $1000 after a number of flares were thrown at a match with the Ballarat Red Devils. Oakleigh Cannons’ Ross Frame watched closely by Knights keeper Mick O’Farrell. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. South Melbourne goal scorer Milos Lujic’s goal in Sunday’s win over Melbourne Victory keeps South on top. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES.
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