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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 March 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019 25 OPINION Glory aiming for Victory hat trick GEORGE STOGIANNOU The A-League returns this weekend after a scheduled break for International action, with a host of young Olyroos coming back into their respective teams. There's some intriguing matches this round with the Jets flying across the ditch to try and keep their finals hopes alive. Victory take the longest flight to Perth to take on the leaders and keep pushing for a top two spot. In the absence of a game last week Perth Glory star Chris Ikonomidis said he was getting itchy feet to play. Speaking to Football Nation Radio in the lead up, he said, "The boss here is working us really hard. We're doing a few double sessions this week, so we're going to be pumped and ready for the big game (against Victory). It's going to be huge. We're getting closer and closer to the end of the season and three points will be vital for us. In front of our home fans, to beat Victory again, it would be beautiful." Wellington Phoenix Newcastle Jets, Saturday, 30 March, 5.35 pm at Westpac stadium The Jets may have blown their chances of a top six fin- line ups on both sides. Castro, Honda, Ikonomidis and Toivonen are just some of the talent which will be on display. Both teams enter the match on the back of wins but Glory should be favourites to make it three from three against the Victory this season. Victory have Antonis and Kamsoba returning from injury whilst Glory's Spiranovic, Brimmer and Italiano return to the matchday squad. Central Coast v Adelaide Utd Sunday, 31 March, 5.00 pm, Central Coast Stadium Glory star Chris Ikonomidis is champing at the bit to get back into action after the International break. PHOTO: SUPPLIED ish with their shock loss in the F3 derby against lowly Mariners in their last outing. They'll be looking to keep within reach of the top six when they travel across the Tasman to take on fourth placed Phoenix, but will have to do it without their injured playmaker Ronald Vargas. On the positive side for Er- nie Merricks team, the return of Olyroos trio Koutroumbis, Vujica and Champness should strengthen the squad. The Phoenix attack will have to make do without the services of sharpshooter Roy Krishna due to suspension. Western Sydney v Melbourne City FC Saturday, 30 March, 7.50 pm ANZ Stadium City will be looking to achieve back to back wins against the two Sydney teams when it visits the Wanderers on Saturday evening. A win here, after a recent lean spell, could help it build much needed momentum in the run into the finals. Both teams are set to gain an influx of Olyroos, whose absence in the last round seemed to adversely affect the Wanderers more, in their loss to Phoenix. Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory Saturday, 30 March 10 pm, HBF Park Arguably the match of the round featuring stellar Coach Alen Stajcic's stewardship at the Mariners got off to a wonderful start with a first up win against the Jets, a remarkable turnaround from the pummelling they suffered against the Phoenix. Against an out of sorts Adelaide, the Mariners could possibly fancy their chances of rare back to back wins. The sixth placed Reds, who will be without current coach Marco Kurz next season, will be desperate to take all three points against the bottom of the table Mariners, and maintain the gap ahead of pursuing Jets. The Mariners will be strengthened by the return of the experienced Hoole, Simon and Mc Glinchey. Greens winger becomes first NPL player to join Western United Kuach ‘Valentino’ signed and more NPL players to follow GEORGE STOGIANNOU Fledgling A-League club Western United announced its first NPL signing earlier this week. Exciting Bentleigh Greens winger Kuach 'Valentino' Yuel, aged 24, is the first of the anticipated recruitments from the semi-professional ranks. Steve Horvat, WUFC Director of Football indicated there would be other NPL signings to follow Mr Yuel's signing. "Our intention from the outset was to create opportunities for players from the NPL, and we are pleased that Valentino Yuel is our first such signing," he said. "Our football department continue to look at games every week and we have no doubt that there will be more announcements like this one in the coming months. "I would like to thank Valentino Yuel has been one of Bentleigh Greens’ best players this season. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Bentleigh Greens for their co-operation in the signing of Yuel so that he can continue his dream to play professional football." The signing of Yuel means that Greens fans will only get to see Mr Yuel in action in Greens' colours for a couple of more months before he farewells Kingston Heath, to join Western United for its pre-season. At United he'll be joined by his current Greens coach John Anastasiadis, who is the assistant coach at Western United. In an interview on the Bentleigh Greens Facebook page, Mr Yuel said, " I'd like to say thank you to Bentleigh for providing the atmosphere to be able to showcase myself and obvi- ously my team mates. It's a team sport. You can't do anything by yourself." He attributed much of his success to quality coaching. "I am so excited to be signing with Western United Football Club. I thank Bentleigh Greens Soccer Club for their help and especially thank John Anastasiadis for his quality coaching to help my career improve. (He) is a very experienced coach. I still have a lot to learn from him as well," he said. "I cannot wait to start training with Western United and meet my new team mates." Mr Yuel joined the Greens in the pre-season from South Australian NPL club Adelaide City. The winger's performances with the Greens this season have caught the eye of many fans, impressing from the very start when he was awarded best afield in the Greens' Community Shield win over Heidelberg United. Since then he has scored four goals in six league appearances for the Greens and provided numerous assists with his penetrating runs down the right flank. Εργασία Employment Ζητήσεις Positions Vacant COOK required for small Greek Restaurant in Brighton. Must have a passion for Greek food, be committed, with an easy going personality to join our friendly team. Night shifts for Thur, Fri & Sat. Phone Marie 0407 556 704.
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