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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 June 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2016 27 SPORT PHOTO: K DEVES Greens March on to round 32 of FFA Cup South left behind to lick wounds GEORGE STOGIANNOU Bentleigh Greens strode confidently into the nationwide round 32 of the FFA Cup and into the Dockerty Cup semi-finals, by brushing aside league leader and arch rival South Melbourne with a 4-0 win in their round 7 FFA Cup clash at Kingston Heath on Tuesday night. The Greens were unstoppable in the end, despite South Melbourne attempting to have a go at the home team from the start, producing a game of high tempo from the outset. But the Greens had winners all over the park on Tuesday evening from out wide on the flanks, where youngster Kieran Dover rarely put a foot wrong even in heavy traffic, right to the middle of the park where the trio of Wallace, Ruthven and Holmes once again got the better of their counterparts, so much so that South's Jawadi and Hatzikostas, so often the fulcrum of Souths' attacking moves in the past, were pressured into giving away the ball in crucial areas, which led to goals for the Greens. The first came when South defender Brad Norton turned in a dangerous Holmes cross in the 38th minute. Holmes then scored against his former club, after the break and his goal was followed by a goal each to Lucas and Wallace to complete the scoring. In attack, the speed and mobility of Christopher Lu- cas proved telling, with Lucas harassing opposition defenders, scoring and providing an assist. In defence, the Greens proved resolute even when South threw numbers at them late in the match. Fullbacks Pilkington and Kirk were able to nullify the impact of South's wingers, whilst keeper Ryan Scott gave a near flawless display between the sticks. Admittedly, South's cause wasn't helped by the 57th minute sending off of skipper Eager, but the game had turned in the Greens favour before the dismissal, with the home team on the front foot, leading 2-0 and exerting considerable pressure on the South defence. After the match, Bentleigh Greens coach John Anastasiadis praised his team's performance: "I think today was a complete performance", he said. "It's the only way I could sum it up. From the first whistle to the 95th whistle, we were on top of the game. We fought hard, we tackled hard, we played exceptionally smart today. We didn't do anything silly. Obviously, it was a training session in the end. It was comical at times. It was a great win against a massive opponent and we look forward to the draw of the final 32… I can't be more proud of them. We tasted the sweets two years ago, when we got to the semis. For some reason, there's a burning desire to go that ex- tra step." A disappointed South Melbourne coach Chris Taylor said after the match: "We've had two or three really poor ones ( performances) this year,and it's hard to put a finger on it. We capitulate defensively which we've never done. We open right up. And then we did the same again today-people aren't accountable for their jobs. We lose the shape. I suppose sometimes in a cup tie you've got to go for it. We went for it and were outgunned in the end. The problem is there's so much emphasis on the FFA Cup now, which makes today's result really hard to swallow. Three points clear at the top of the league. For some people, that doesn't matter. For us, that's what we play our season for. We've still got things to play for. But we’re disappointed with the way we've gone out in this tournament, that we wanted to do well in. We've just got to go away and lick the wounds and get on with things." Bentleigh Greens join Green Gully, Hume City and Melbourne Knights as the four Victorian teams through to the national round of 32. The Knights were too strong at home for Port Melbourne Sharks winning 2-0 on Wednesday night, thanks to a Cvitkovic brace. On the same night, Hume City scored twice in each half to knock Richmond out of the qualifying race 4-0, with goals to Harris, Walker, Valkanis, Montemurro and Kisnorbo join Melbourne FC Melbourne City FC has secured three additions to its coaching staff for the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 campaign Michael Valkanis has joined the club as John van 't Schip's senior assistant coach, making the move from his role at Adelaide United. Melbourne City Women's head coach, Joe Montemurro, will also work alongside John van 't Schip and Valkanis as an assitant coach while maintaining his position with the championship-winning Westfield W-League side. Meanwhile, recently retired Melbourne City captain, Patrick Kisnorbo, will also move into the club's coaching ranks as the Aassistant National Youth League (NYL) coach. Speaking of the appointments, Managing Director of City Football Services Brian Marwood, said: "These appointments represent a 'whole of club' consideration of our coaching needs and at the same time are about identifying the very best talent for each role. "Michael and Joe will work closely with John van 't Schip and his team to shape and develop the squad for this season and beyond, and in doing so, they will contribute to the development of a culture within the club that delivers sustainable success. "With these appointments, we believe we now have a coaching team with the right expertise and mix of local, na- tional and international experience, to best deliver against the group's football philosophy in all competitions in which Melbourne City competes." Melbourne-born Valkanis brings a wealth of A-League experience, playing for the Reds for seven years before spending six years at Hindmarsh Stadium in a coaching role with the NYL and more recently, the A-League side. Valkanis was United's National Premier Leagues head coach, gaining promotion to the South Australian top flight in the club's first year in the competition, as well as NYL head coach of the confer- ence A premiership-winning side last season. His contribution to the ALeague side saw the rise of many talented youngsters that lead to the Reds' 2014 Westfield FFA Cup triumph and the Premiership and Championship double in 2015/16. Joe Montemurro's expanded role will harness his growing experience in both men's and women's football. Prior to moving into women's football and coaching Melbourne City Women to the Westfield W-League Premiership and championship double in their inaugural season, Montemurro played important roles at NPL Victoria clubs Hume City and South Melbourne. He also holds a UEFA Pro Licence as well as an AFC/FFA A Licence. Patrick Kisnorbo's move into the club's coaching ranks as the assistant NYL coach comes after the planned completion of his UEFA B Licence as well as part 1 of his UEFA A Licence while in Ireland during the off-season. He will return to Melbourne in a role that will see him support the club's youth development pathways alongside NYL and NPL head coach, Joe Palatsides. Melbourne City FC head of talent management Michael Petrillo, commented: "We went through a lengthy process to find the right candidates to help fulfil the club's ambitions to challenge for the 2016/17 A-League title and to build a platform for future honours. "Michael and Joe's coaching experience speaks for itself and in their respective previous roles, they have both demonstrated the passion, professionalism and work ethic that we want to be the hallmark of our football organisation. "It's that common approach that will put us in the best possible position to nurture and develop our talent pool from NPL and NYL through to the A-League."
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