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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 8 April 2017
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 APRIL 2017 SPORT DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Bergers look to build momentum Heidelberg players celebrate another goal. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES GEORGE STOGIANNOU Sometimes it doesn't rain, but it pours. Such is the case with Heidelberg United, who after managing just two goals in the first four matches this season, have scored 11 goals in their last two matches including last week's 8-0 demolition of newly promoted North Geelong Warriors, made all the more remarkable given the Bergers played with just 10 men after Reuben Way's early dismissal. The match was memorable for Heidelberg forward Sean Ellis who bagged five goals to take his season tally to five equal with Kenny Athiu who has also found the net more easily, scoring a brace against the Warriors. The goal-scoring form is timely for the Bergers as their next four matches are all against sides in the upper half of the table beginning with last night's away match to Melbourne Knights. The Bergers are currently in fourth spot on the table. In contrast, Oakleigh Cannons, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne find themselves in the bot- tom half of the table. Last week the Cannons fell to a late St Albans Saints goal. Today they'll try and bounce back against an impressive Green Gully outfit which last week staged a remarkable comeback to deny South Melbourne a win after Souths led 3-0 at one stage. That match ended 4-4. Port Melbourne also faces a tough challenge today away to an undefeated Pascoe Vale, whilst tomorrow South fans will be hoping for a win in their first home game of the season against struggling North Geelong. On Monday evening Kingston City hosts St Albans Saints after last week drawing 1-1 at home to Bentleigh Greens. Damian Iaconis and Ross Honos each scored fine goals for City and the Greens respectively in a match which once again showed City to be a competitive team at this level. In Rd 9 NPL 2E action, bottom meets top as Box Hill United fight to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat when it hosts league leader Dandenong City. City is a side which boasts several ex A-League players in Mate Dugandzic, Nick Kalmar, and Ljubo Milicevic. In NPL 2W, Brunswick City face a tough task away to second-placed Moreland City whilst league leader Northcote City should be able to account for ninth-placed Werribee City today before backing up for a midweek Rd 5 FFA Cup tie away to State League club Mooroolbark on Wednesday. In other FFA Cup ties on the same night, Heidelberg United hosts Knox City whilst Box Hill United plays South Springvale (Aris) at the home of Springvale White Eagles in Keysborough. Olympiakos one step closer to winning Superleague title If the Reds are successful, it will be their seventh consecutive title win Olympiakos are once again proving that they know what it takes to win titles, after defeating Kerkyra in an away game, taking the club one step closer to winning its seventh consecutive Superleague title. The 2-0 victory was made possible on Wednesday thanks to goals by Costas Fortounis and Marko Marin, and with Panathinaikos' knocking Panionios from its second place to make way for PAOK, the Reds now have an eight-point lead. PAOK was also successful in Peristeri, the Thessaloniki team winning 2-0 over Atromitos with goals scored by Diego Biseswar and Efthymis Koulouris. The Greens' 1-0 win against Panionios on Thursday was a controversial one based on a penalty decision, which saw Marcus Berg come through with the goods in his 21st goal for the season. AEK fans were pleased with the team's performance on Thursday with a 2-0 win at Platanias Hanion, when Vinicius and Christos Aravidis scored for the Yellows seeing them placed in fifth position and two points above Xanthi. Xanthi had a victory of its own against Panetolikos on Wednesday, with a 3-0 win, taking the club five points ahead of Platanias. Iraklis had a home win 1-0 against Levadiakos, which saw the team level in points, but the coming weeks will only see one avoid the drop. Meanwhile, though still uncertain whether bottom of the ladder Veria will be participating in next season's Super League, the team managed to go one better against PAS Giannina with a 3-0 win on Wednesday. Asteras Tripolis also won this round, beating Larissa 4-1 away. While Olympiakos are believed to have cemented their spot at the top, PAOK only have one point difference with Panathinaikos and Panionios, and will battle to keep its position against the Greens on Sunday.
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