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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 October 2018
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2018 SPORT Victory look to bounce back against Glory as Kostas celebrates 100 games GEORGE STOGIANNOU Whilst Melbourne Victory's latest star Keisuke Honda may attract most of the limelight in this Sunday's Rd 2 A-League encounter between Victory and Perth Glory, you can be sure the Victory fans will reserve a special celebration for one of their longest serving stars, 28-year-old winger Kostas Barbarouses who is set to reach the 100 game milestone for Melbourne Victory in the match against the Glory. The New Zealand international's football journey has taken him from New Zealand to Australia, then to Russia and a loan spell with Panathinaikos for which he made 11 appearances before returning to Australia to play for Melbourne Victory in 2013 under Ange Postecoglou, then back to Phoenix before returning to Victory last season. Along the way he has collected three ALeague championship winners' medals, two at Victory and one at Brisbane Roar. Stung by their opening round defeat to cross town rivals Melbourne City, after leading through a Honda goal, Victory will be determined to maintain their good record against Glory at AAMI Park. Glory dominated their opening round match against Western Sydney Wanderers but had to settle for a draw. Injured key players, Ola Toivonen for Victory and Diego Castro for Glory are doubtful starters for the game. Glory will also be without injured forward Brendan Santalab and an ill Chris Harold. Socceroos defender Matthew Spiranovic looks set to make his debut for Glory, adding some steel at the back. CENTRAL COAST MARINERS V MELBOURNE CITY, SATURDAY 27/10 @ 5.35 PM, GOSFORD Mariners' fans will be hoping former Melbourne City striker Ross McKormack can find the net against his former club and help the Mariners to a first win of the season following last week's 1-1 draw against Roar. City will be well aware of the threat McKormack presents from dead ball situations. On the Usain Bolt (will he or won't he sign) front, the Mariners club issued a statement saying that in order to avoid distracting the team's preparation for A-League matches, Bolt wouldn't be attending further training sessions until his contract negotiations were resolved. The club went on to say it was unlikely to sign Bolt without the financial contribution of an external third party. Former South Melbourne utility player Matt Millar has been promoted into the match day squad by Mariners coach Mike Mulvey. Melbourne City will fancy its chances of back to back wins, given its impressive performance in coming from behind to win against Victory last week. New signings Richie De Laet and Lachlan Wales impressed with their speed, as did Riley McCree with his clinical finishing. They look hard to stop in this game. SYDNEY FC V WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS, SATURDAY 27/10 @ 7.50 PM, SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND The Sydney derby takes centre stage on Saturday evening. These two fierce rivals met recently in an FFA Cup semi-final when the Sky Blues ran out convincing 3-0 winners continuing its dominance of this fixture. WSW fans will be hoping Markus Babel's men have learnt lessons from that defeat. They're sure to know of the threat of Sydney's newest international stars, Siem de Jong and Adam Le Fondre who opened his A-League account by netting the equal- iser last week in the match against Adelaide. With an FFA Cup final to fol- low just three days later, Sydney FC will be hoping to settle this match early and avoid a war of attrition. They have named young star Daniel De Silva in the match day squad after he missed last week through injury. BRISBANE ROAR V WELLINGTON PHOENIX, SUNDAY 28/10 @ 5.00 PM, SUNCORP STADIUM Phoenix surprised many with last week's 2-1 first up win under new coach Mark Rudan against last season's beaten Grand Finalist Newcastle United. They go into this away match as slight underdogs against a Roar side unlucky not to take all three points against the Mariners last week. Roar striker Adam Taggart scored on debut for his new club and could be the decisive factor in this match up if he can get his shooting radar right. There should be no shortage of opportunities from a creative Roar midfield. Phoenix club stalwart Roy Krishna, needs just one more goal to become Phoenix's all-time leading scorer. The remaining match in the round between Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets was played last night. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Kosta Barbarouses, pictured during a training session at Gosch’s Paddock on Wednesday, is set to reach the 100 game milestone for Melbourne Vic- tory in the match against the Perth Glory at AAMI Park on Sunday. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/STEFAN POSTLES Reds and Sky Blues set for FFA Cup Grand Finale GEORGE STOGIANNOU This Tuesday evening Adelaide United will be hoping to erase the memories of losing a cup final 12 months ago when it hosts Sydney FC in the 2018 FFA Cup Final in a reprise of last season's final won by the Sky Blues. Both teams have won the trophy once with Adelaide winning the inaugural cup competition in 2014, but Sydney FC on the other hand will be hoping to become the first team to win back to back FFA Cups. The teams met just one week ago, in the opening A-League match of the season and ended all square thanks to a spectacular goal by Reds captain Scott Galloway being Both Adelaide United and Sydney FC played out a hard fought draw in their recent league encounter. PHOTO: ADELAIDE UNITED FC.COM.AU/ CHRIS KELLY cancelled by a second half Adam Le Fondre strike. If that match is anything to go by, expect another closely fought battle with neither team giving an inch. In that match, the Reds worked hard to shackle Sydney's new Dutch star Siem De Jong, stifling his creative input in the attacking third. In the recent FFA Cup semi-final win against crosstown rival Western Sydney Wanderers, De Jong, along with right winger Trent Buhagiar, created havoc against WSW. The Sky Blues will be without the injured Buhagiar for the cup final, but named the skilful Daniel De Silva in the squad for the lead up match against the Wanderers this week- end. The Reds will once more have to keep a tight rein on Adam Le Fondre, de Jong and Milos Ninkovic, who provided the assist for Sydney's goal against the Reds last week. In that game, the Reds were missing several players due to injury. The return of attackers George Blackwood, Baba Diawara and Nikola Mileusnic augurs well and is an indicator of the greater depth in the Reds' squad this season. Led by the impressive Michael Jakobsen at the back and with their home ground advantage and extra day to recover from the Rd 2 league matches leading up to the final, the Reds could be expected to start slight favourites in Tuesday's final.
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