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Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016



Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016


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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14 2016 SPORT 55 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA past five games before Shane Smeltz found a late consolation at Allianz Stadium. It means the Sky Blues could slip to sixth place before this round is through, while Kenny Lowes side has now equalled a club-record four successive league wins. The Glorys aggressive, front-foot defending appeared to shock Sydney, who enjoyed dangerous spells but were defensively sloppy. Slips in the hosts concentration saw them give cheap balls away, allowing the dangerous Diego Castro too much time and space. But it was Janjetovics nightmare moment that gifted Perth the opener. The veteran custodian got gloves to Gyorgy Sandors venomous cross. But he fumbled and the ball popped free right at the goalmouth, where Keogh was waiting. Coach Graham Arnold attempted to get his defence forward by introducing Ali Abbas at left-back to replace Rhyan Grant, while George Black wood was subbed for Robert Stambolziev. But Sydneys bid was lost in the 65th minute. Gyorgy Sandor forced Janjetovic into a diving save, the rebound falling to Harold, who rolled it into the corner. With 11 minutes to go, Milos Ninkovic put a smart ball forward for substitute Smeltz, who finished clinically. HELLENICS championship winning coach John Tsaknis has placed participation in the nationwide FFA Cup competition alongside the Norzone Premier League crown. Tsaknis and the Blues looked on from the sidelines last year when archrival Dar Tsaknis eyeing FFA Cup run win Olympic played their way into the last 32 of the FFA Cup. Hellenic were beaten in last years qualifying rounds. But this year the Blues are ready to go in their efforts to repeat Olympics path to the last 32 where they will face an A-League opponent. You want to win everything on offer and for us that means the championship, (top four) premiership and to go as far as we can in the FFA Cup, Tsaknis said. Like everyone else involved in Territory soccer, we watched Olympic do Darwin proud last year by reaching the round of 32 and playing reigning champs Adelaide up here. Meanwhile Hellenic will be without the leagues top scorer from their championship season. Geoffry Lino, who found the net 21 times last season, has signed with a Melbourne club for the 2016 season. And his close friend Ruparanganda Munyaradzi (Munya) is poised to join him. Tsaknis was philosophical about the losses, saying he wished Lino and the soon-todepart Munya all the best in their footballing endeavours. In the end we are an amateur league in Darwin and its pretty hard to deny any player a transfer down south if that is their wish, he said. Hellenic are about to finalise the signing of a number of new recruits, in the manner all the Premier League clubs have in their pursuit of silverware. The Territorys FFA Cup draw is set down for Tuesday, February 23. The 2016 Premier League season is set to kick off in the first week of April, only days after the first round of preliminary matches in the FFA Cup. GREY MORRIS Fox hunts on as top four stake title claims LEICESTER City will be wary of a reality check when the Premier League front-runners visit Arsenal today before Tottenham Hotspurs burgeoning title ambitions come under scrutiny at Manchester City. A quirk of the fixture list has pitted the top four against each other, and although there are still 13 matches to go, this weekend could prove pivotal. Against all odds, the Foxes have sustained their push for a first English top-flight title, and their magnificent 3-1 win at Manchester City last time out finally convinced bookmakers to install them as favourites. Tottenhams odds for a first English title since 1961 also shortened after they eased into second spot, five points behind Leicester, with a narrow victory over Watford last weekend. While Arsenal and Manchester City, third and fourth respectively, are familiar with the home stretch of a title chase, once described by former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as squeaky bum time, Leicester and Tottenham are entering unfamiliar territory. Leicester spent most of the past decade outside the Premier League, while Tottenhams target is usually a top-four finish, something they have achieved only twice since 1992. With the pressure mounting, Arsenal, who are also five points behind the leaders, will probe for mental cracks, having inflicted one of only two league defeats this season on Leicester. That was a 5-2 hammering at the King Power Stadium in September a result many expected would precipitate a return to the lower regions of the table. Instead, it sparked a 10match unbeaten run that was halted by Liverpool in December, since when Leicester have scaled the summit on the back of another seven-game stretch without defeat. Arsenal are chasing a first title since 2005 but have stuttered since the turn of the year. With a huge Champions League tie looming against Barcelona, beating Leicester would give Arsene Wengers side momentum with which to attack the final months of the season. Magicians conjure up tense draw MELBOURNE Victory twice replied to Bruno Fornarolis goals as the two A-League clubs shared a 2-2 draw last night in another riveting Melbourne derby. Melbourne City, reduced to 10 men by Anthony Caceres late dismissal, were pegged back by Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Gui Finkler. In an absorbing contest, two South American marvels Citys Fornaroli and Victorys Finkler provided the high notes. Fornaroli scored a goal that had to be seen to be believed. Finkler replied with a goal disbelieved, but seen. The Uruguayan artist produced another masterpiece for Citys opener, a sublime chip that had the crowd upstanding. The 25,738 at AAMI Park later roared when replay screens showed Finklers free kick crossed the line after rasping the crossbar. The match had everything but a late winner, which under A-League rules could not be awarded by looking at the big screens. What ended as a classic began as a bruising battle royale. On 22 minutes, Fornaroli elevated the contest with a goal of outrageous quality. Beginning the move with a rabona though-ball to release Caceres, Fornaroli raced down-pitch to finish Citys move by dinking over Danny Vukovic. Victorys response was just as eye-catching. Gloveman Thomas Sorensen did well to deny Barbarouses a one-onone chance but when the ball fell to Ben Khalfallah, he drifted the ball over the Dane and into the back of the net. After the restart, Finkler headed Victory on terms without knowing much about it, cushioning Oli Bozanics shot past the diving Sorensen. Sydney keepers nightmare gives Glory dream win SURGING Perth are two points shy of the A-Leagues top six after sending Sydney FC to a 2-1 defeat yesterday. A horrendous mistake from Sky Blues goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic allowed striker Andy Keogh to score his second goal since returning to the Glory last month, while Chris Harold netted his fifth in his A-LEAGUE DRAW Round 19 (NT times) Today: Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United at Central Coast Stadium (1.30pm), Western Sydney Wanderers v Wellington Phoenix at Pirtek Stadium (3.30pm) Citys Bruno Fornaroli celebrates his first-half goal during last nights thrilling Melbourne derby draw