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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 June 2019
SPORT 26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2019 Floreat to take on Adelaide Olympic in FFA Cup Rd of 32 Wednesday's national round of 32 FFA Cup draw has pitted two of the four remaining Greek clubs against each other. Perth's Floreat Athena will travel across the Nullaboor to take on first timers Adelaide Olympic FC. The other two Greek clubs, Brisbane NPL club Olympic FC and Darwin Olympic have been drawn to host interstate NPL opposition in Perth's Bayswater City and NSW's Edgeworth Eagles respectively. Darwin Olympic was the final club to book a place in the Rd of 32 this year, winning Tuesday night's Top End decider against University Azzuri FC 5-4 on penalties after both teams were locked at 2-2 at the end of extra time. For Adelaide Olympic, their home tie against Floreat Athena marks its first ever appearance at the national stage of the FFA Cup. Their Perth opponent Floreat will be making its second appearance on the national stage of the FFA Cup having qualified just once before in 2016 when they hosted A-League Club Melbourne City. This year marks the first time they'll travel interstate as part of the national com- DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Spartans annihilate Essendon to claim first place The Eastern suburbs club proved it was the better side in the league, winning by a convincing 54 points against fellow table leaders ALEX ANYFANTIS petition. For Olympic FC, which hosts Perth's Bayswater City, it will be the third occasion it has progressed through to the national stage of the competition. In 2014 Olympic FC made it through to the Rd of 16 before losing to A-League club Central Coast Mariners, whilst in 2018 it lost to local rival Lions FC in the Rd of 32. FFA Cup 2019: Rd of 32 Fixtures (23 Jul-7 August) Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar FC Perth Glory v Western Syd- ney Wanderers FC Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets Tigers FC v Hum City FC South Hobart FC v Marconi Stallions Adelaide Olympic FC v Floreat Athena Magpie Crusaders v Coomera Colts Olympic FC v Bayswater City FC St George v Sydney United Darwin Olympic v Edgeworth FC Bulleen Lions v Moreland Zebras Mt Druitt Town Ranges v Manly Utd Maitland FC v Central Coast Mariners Melbourne Knights v Adelaide United Campbelltown City v Melbourne City Brisbane Striker v Wellington Phoenix NPL: Sydney Olympic falls to Wolves ALEX ANYFANTIS It was a weekend of even results for the Greek clubs participating in the National Premier Leagues of Australia. In one of the most crucial games for their season, Sydney Olympic didn't rise to the challenge at WIN Stadium against Wollongong being forced to a 2-0 defeat. The current NSW champions are in poor form and will need to substantially improve on their game if they are to find a place within the play-offs and salvage their season. Floreat Athina also suffered an embarrassing defeat at home by Bayswater City, as the visitors found the net four times before the final whistle (1-4). This was just their fourth loss of the season and it sees the "Athenians" losing more ground in the chase of Perth SC for first place, with the gap now widening to 10 points. On the other hand, Olympic annihilated the Sunshine Coast 4-0, a result that serves as further proof of the excellent form that Ben Cahn's men are in. They currently sit at third Olympic FC put four past the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. PHOTO: PATRICK LEIGH PERSPECTIVES place in Queensland with two games to play and seven points shy of table leaders Peninsula. In Tasmania, the Olympia Warriors were not friendly hosts to Riverside Olympic, beating them 5-1 and remaining at second place on their respective table. SYDNEY OLYMPIC Result: v Wollongong Wolves (A) 2-0 (51', 82' Scott) Position in NPL NSW: 7th (16 mp, 20 pts) Next opponent: Rockdale (H) OLYMPIC FC Result: v Sunshine Coast (H) 4-0 (16', 44' Lucas, 61' Loft- house, 66' Smith) Position in NPL QLD: 3rd (18 mp, 44 pts) Next opponent: Peninsula (A) FLOREAT ATHINA Result: v Bayswater City (H) 1-4 (70' Ambrogio - 27' Tong, 34', 45'+2', 90'+5' Nicol) Position in NPL WA: 2nd (13 mp, 23 pts) Next opponent: Inglewwod (A) OLYMPIA WARRIORS Result: v Riverside Olympic (H) 5-1 Position in NPL TAS: 2nd (14 mp, 32 pts) Next opponent: Launceston Spartans beat their strongest first place contenders, Essendon Grammar, by 54 points at PEGS Sporting Fields. Despite difficulty scoring in the first quarter of the game, the Spartans' tight defence proved impregnable for the opposition, forcing Essendon to go into the second without a single point on the board. The tight balance continued between the two teams, but Hawthorn eventually started to wear down their opponents thanks to the many fresh faces they had on the bench. They started to find more goals, widening the gap and grabbing victory with both hands. This important result sees the Spartans go one win clear at the top of the ladder, with nine points and a single It seems nothing can stop the Spartans’ rise to success this season. PHOTO: GEORGE DEMETRIOU loss in their campaign so far. They also have impressive statistics, succeeding in most of their KPI's this season. The Spartans will host Old Carey today (Saturday) at Rathmines Reserve, with the game starting at 11.40. SCORES FIRST QUARTER: 3 4 22 SECOND QUARTER: 7 5 47 to 2 3 15 THIRD QUARTER: 8 7 55 to 2 4 16 FOURTH QUARTER: 10 12 72 to 2 6 18 GOAL KICKERS: P. Makris 3, S. Neohoritis 2, A. Downie 1, J. Farah 1, A. Lekkas 1, M. Papadimitriou 1, T. Whittle 1 Olympic Village to host Greek derby before closing for renovations Heidelberg United FC is hosting a Greek derby against Oakleigh Cannons in their Round 19 NPL clash on Saturday in its last home match of the season before the Olympic Village facility undergoes extensive renovations and an upgrade. The Cannons got the better of the Bergers in their earlier encounter in Rd 6 at Jack Edwards Reserve thanks to goals from English imports Harry White and Joe Guest. Undefeated in their last eight league matches, both Guest and White have emerged as key players for Chris Taylor's team this season. Cannons' forward Wade Dekker has also chimed in scoring late winners in the Cannons' last two matches against Kingston City and Altona Magic, and propelled them into the top six (after sixth placed Knights received a three point penalty deduction because of a disturbance arising from its FFA Cup tie against South Melbourne recently). Today's derby against the third placed Bergers is the first of three challenging matches for the Cannons, preceding two home matches against second placed Bentleigh Greens and a resurgent Dandenong City laden with a wealth of A-League experience. In other Rd 19 matches, mid-table neighbours Port Northcote City’s Noah Mihailidis was on target in the win against Langwarrin last week. PHOTO: NORTHCOTE CITY FACEBOOK Melbourne Sharks and South Melbourne who are both close behind the Cannons, also harbour hopes of a place in the top six at the end of the season. Last week the Sharks dropped two league points by relinquishing a two goal lead against a 10-man Green Gully in a match which finished 3-3. Sharks coach Adam Piddick will be hoping for a more consistent performance from his team this week when they host Melbourne Knights on Saturday. On Sunday, South fans will be expecting an improved performance from the one that saw the Lakesiders lose 2-0 at home to bottom of the table Kingston City last week. South hosts another relegation threatened team in Pascoe Vale. Relegation threatened Kingston City's win over South last week was just its third of the season and its second in four games, lifting it off the bottom of the table ahead of fellow strugglers Dandenong Thunder. This Saturday, the Reds will be hoping to pick up additional precious points in its bid to climb away from the automatic relegation spots when it travels to Altona Magic. In NPL 2 action this weekend, third placed NPL 2 East team Northcote City will be aiming for a fourth win in a row when it visits mid-table Geelong SC in a cross conference fixture on Saturday. Last week, City accounted for Langwarrin 2-0 in coach Peter Tsolakis' last game in charge before going overseas for a couple of months. Goals to Anthony Rizk and Noah Mihailidis gave the home team three valuable points. In other matches this weekend, mid-table Brunswick City travels to the Veneto Club on Saturday to take on Melbourne City whilst Box Hill United hosts Ballarat City on Sunday.
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