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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 05 October 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2019 27 SPORT Former Wanderers football junior Fotopoulos helps his teams reach two Grand Finals Emerging Sydney-based youth footballer, John Fotopoulos, who is an attacking midfielder had a magnificent two weeks helping Endeavour Sports High School reach the annual national Bill Turner Cup Grand Final for u15s in Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle and was also a key player in his other team's Grand Final win for his NSW NPL 1 Youth Under 15 Boys Team, Sutherland Sharks FC. WIN FOR SHARKS In both matches he was a key distributor of the ball. Last week, Fotopoulos set up the first goal in the Grand Final from a set piece which helped his team take a 1-0 lead just after half time, with an eventual hard-fought victory of 2-1 over former National Soccer League stalwart, Fairfield-based Marconi Stallions FC. After a see-sawing kind of tussle, John's Sutherland Sharks prevailed, claiming the NSW NPL 1 Youth Under 15 Grand Final at Valentine Sports Park. In the previous NPL 1 Youth Under 15 Semi-Final match, Fotopoulos scored the solitary goal in extra time against Sydney FC, beating them 1-0 to reach the Grand Final against cross town rivals Marconi Stallions FC JOHN PROVIDES TWO KEY ASSIST PASSES IN SEMIFINAL John's contribution in both matches virtually in the space of two weeks recently, was a positive end to a hectic schedule for the Year 9 student, who travelled the state with his Endeavour Sports High football team, which he helped reach the 500 school strong Bill Turner Cup Semi-Finals and Grand Final against Queensland's Ipswich Grammar in Newcastle's Speers Point, Lake Macquarie. The match was extremely tough, after 6 matches to reach the Grand Final, John was a positive contributor, including two critical assists in the Semis against Westfield Sports High which gave them victory to reach the Grand Final. The Bill Turner Cup is the most prestigious Under 15s High School Tournament in Australia, full of many competitive teams from the best football regions of Australia. "The last 2 weeks' have been amazing, the Finals atmosphere, I was fortunate enough to receive a Grand Final Championship medal in the competitive NPL 1 Youth competition and a second Grand Final Runners Up medal with my school, Endeavour Sports High" said the St George based student. "It has been a great journey this year, and look forward to keep achieving in 2020". The hopeful youngster poses with his NPL medal and trophy. The Cronulla Sharks U15 squad. Fotopoulos pictured second from the right on the bottom row. Bergers, Sharks and Brunswick players selected for Bright Stars squad to play in African Cup Several players from Greek based Victorian NPL clubs, Port Melbourne Sharks, Heidelberg United and Brunswick City are amongst a 12 man Australian contingent who will form part of the 32 man South Sudanese National Squad. They will play the Seychelles over two legs in a preliminary round African Cup of Nations tie this coming week. South Sudan's national team coach, Ashu Cyprian Besong has scouted far and wide in selecting players from the South Sudanese refugee diaspora in Australia. Such players include Port Melbourne Sharks keeper Majak Mawith, as well as Sharks' midfielder Maker Maker. From Heidelberg United's ranks will go defender Peter Deng and former Berger's ace striker, "King" Kenny Athiu who is currently with Melbourne Victory and who made his international debut for South Sudan last month against Equatorial Guinea. Brunswick City defender Mathiang Mathiang has also earned a call-up. The remain- der of the Australian contingent includes Dour Chol and Denis Youngule, also from the Victorian NPL, whilst from the WA NPL come Jackson Morgan, Friday Zico and Yacoub Mustafa. Joining them will be Central Coast Mariners duo Ruan Tongyik and Abraham Majok. Another two talented Australian footballers of South Sudanese heritage, Thomas Deng (Peter's brother) and Awer Mabil would have certainly joined the Aussie contingent in the squad had they not already been snapped up to play for the Socceroos. Nicknamed the 'Bright Stars', South Sudan's team will be attempting to qualify for their first international tournament since being admitted to FIFA in 2012, soon after the east African country gained recognition as an independent nation. If they win their upcoming two legged tie against Seychelles, the Australian based contingent of players can expect further call–ups as they will progress to face Burkina Faso, Malawi and Uganda in Group B of AFCON Qualifiers in November. The U15 Endeavour High School team. Young Fotopoulos is fifth from left on the bottom row. Reds on track to reach Third FFA CUP final in a row GEORGE STOGIANNOU A-League club Adelaide United must be doing something right in its preseason preparation as it traditionally gives a strong showing in the FFA Cup tournament. During the week, the Reds made it through to its third consecutive FFA Cup final. The Reds will be aiming for back to back FFA Cup trophies when it hosts Melbourne City in the final later this month after both teams emerged victorious from their mid-week semi-final matches. They won their matches in contrasting styles. Whilst City overwhelmed Queensland NPL side Brisbane Strikers 5-1, with four second half goals, including a Jamie MacLaren brace, the Reds just edged out fellow A-League club Central Coast Mariners in a tightly fought 2-1 win. The Reds' win came after they Former Heidelberg United striker, currently signed with Melbourne Victory, “King” Kenny Athiu joins the South Sudan squad for the upcoming tie against Seychelles. PHOTO: SUPPLIED went behind to a 62nd minute Jack Clisby free kick. However the Mariners gave their opponents a huge break when Central Coast forward Matt Simon was dismissed for a second bookable offence after his arm caught an opponent. Minutes later, a penetrating run from Adelaide winger Mileusnic left three Mariners defenders in his wake before a cut back set up George Blackwood for a 74th minute equaliser. With the score at 1-1 and extra time beckoning, a clever flick by Adelaide's Kristian Opseth put Riley McGree into the box behind the Mariners defence and he scored the 90th minute winner with a powerful finish. The Cup Final between Adelaide United and Melbourne City will take place on Wednesday 23rd October at Coopers Stadium, just three days after both teams will meet at AAMI Park in Melbourne for their Rd 2 ALeague encounter. For City, it will be their second ever FFA Cup final after having won its first and only silverware, the FFA Cup trophy in 2016 when a Tim Cahill header gave it a 1-0 win over Sydney FC. Melbourne City keeper Dean Bouzanis will be aiming for a second FFA Cup winners medal.
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