Month: November 2019


  • Report: Man City 5 Leicester City 1

    first_imgManchester City 5 Leicester City 1: De Bruyne inspires as Aguero scores four Ryan Benson 03:23 2/11/18 aguero-cropped Getty Images Riyad Mahrez returned to Leicester City action, but he was helpless as Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero inspired Manchester City’s 5-1 win. A three-day rest clearly did the trick for Manchester City, as they thrashed Leicester City 5-1 thanks to four goals from Sergio Aguero and a treble of Kevin De Bruyne assists to go 16 points clear at the Premier League summit.Much of the build-up was dominated by Riyad Mahrez’s return to Leicester’s squad after missing 10 days of training in response to not securing a move to the hosts, but he was benched as City – who were afforded a few days off beforehand – ultimately cruised, with De Bruyne and Aguero stealing the show.Although City enjoyed an electric start, going ahead in the third minute thanks to Raheem Sterling’s 15th league goal of the season, they appeared to lack a little sharpness in the first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And a Nicolas Otamendi error 24 minutes in was punished in ruthless fashion by Jamie Vardy, reminding City there is more to Leicester than just Mahrez – who was eventually introduced in the 62nd minute.77 – Since his Werder Bremen debut in August 2012, Kevin De Bruyne has provided 77 assists in Europe’s big 5 leagues, more than any other player in that time (Lionel Messi, 76). Generous. pic.twitter.com/0Nxo3n6aa1— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2018But Pep Guardiola’s men stepped things up a notch after the break, with De Bruyne setting up a quick-fire Aguero double to effectively end Leicester’s chances, with the Argentinian scoring for the seventh successive game at the Etihad across all competitions.Leicester caused some problems towards the end, but Aguero added to an emphatic second-half performance by capitalising on a Kasper Schmeichel error before thumping in an injury-time fifth, as City bounced back from their disappointing draw with Burnley in style.It did not take the home side long to establish an advantage, Sterling tapping in from close range following an exquisite De Bruyne cross between Schmeichel and his defenders. The early goal was not a sign of things to come, however, as City’s performance became a little flat and Leicester equalised in the 24th minute.Otamendi’s poor pass inside was intercepted by Vardy and the striker rode two challenges, before running at Aymeric Laporte and firing into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box.Sterling looked destined to restore City’s lead just before the break, only for Aleksandar Dragovic to produce a vital block after the England international had skipped past Schmeichel.City did find themselves ahead once again in the 48th minute, however, as Aguero collected De Bruyne’s teasing low cross from the left and tapped in from a couple of yards out.And the home side effectively wrapped things up soon after.De Bruyne was the inspiration yet again, playing an intricate pass into the area and Aguero fired past Schmeichel, despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to it.Claude Puel introduced Mahrez from the bench to a chorus of ironic cheers just after the hour mark, giving him his first appearance since January 20.But the Algerian’s introduction was far too late to influence the outcome, as Aguero rounded off a sensational second-half performance in the final 13 minutes.His third goal came via a Schmeichel gift, after the Denmark international had passed the ball straight to him and the Argentinian delightfully chipped into the net.And he took his season tally to 21 late on, smashing in off the crossbar from 25 yards.ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHH!! DID YOU SEE THAT??!! @aguerosergiokun!!5-1 #cityvlcfc #mancity pic.twitter.com/N0Mn8xWaSt— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 10, 2018 read morelast_img read more

  • ‘Deeply flawed’- Sky Blues weigh in on expansion bids

    first_imgA-League Sydney FC voice support for South-West Sydney A-League bid, slam Southern Expansion Josh Thomas @Joshua_Thomas97 Last updated 1 year ago 12:01 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Scott Barlow Sydney FC A-League Sydney The Sky Blues are open to a third Sydney team but believe Southern Expansion would cut the club off at their knees Reigning A-League premiers Sydney FC have expressed their strong support for A-League expansion, backing a bid for a South-West Sydney side to be introduced.Despite being open to a third A-League team based in Sydney, the Sky Blues have however heavily criticised Southern Expansion, labeling the bid as ‘deeply flawed’. With two new teams to be introduced to the A-League in the 2019/20 season, Football Federation Australia have received 15 respective bids with a choice on the successful two candidates expected in October. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Of the dozen bids, a South-West Sydney side looms as a potential dark horse with the Macarthur region primed for an A-League side according to Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow. “There is no question that expansion of the A-League must happen,” Barlow said via a club statement.”As for a third team in Sydney, I am in full support of a team located in Sydney’s South West representing the rapidly growing region of Macarthur. It’s an exciting proposition for the A-League.”This is where a big successful club can be based, in the heart of a growing community and with a fan base that has a real sense of ownership in the club.”While all for a third team in Sydney, the Sky Blues aren’t impressed with Southern Expansion’s bid for an A-League side.Sydney FCThe proposed team has the support of St George, Sutherland and South Coast Football Associations but Sydney FC believe Southern Expansion would spell disaster for their own club.“In complete contrast to the Macarthur proposal, I am strongly opposed to a team based in south Sydney,” Barlow said. “The southern regions of Sydney including St George and Sutherland are vital parts of Sydney FC’s heartland.“A new team based in the south would be very damaging to our club and would result in huge cannibalisation of our fan base. Put simply it would cut our club off at the knees.”The Southern Expansion bid is a deeply flawed proposal. It is an attempt to pull together three completely unrelated regions of NSW.”The timeline for expansion bids will see all proposals submitted by August 31 with a decision from the FFA then expected October 31.last_img read more

  • ATTENTION ALL AFFILIATES

    first_imgAll associations affiliated to the Australian Touch Association PLEASE NOTE: Your Certificate of Currency expires at 4pm on January 15 2005. The new Certificate of Currency for the period January 15 2005 until 15 January 2006 will be available during the week beginning January 16. Please email lyn@austouch.com.au to obtain your new Certificate of Currency and provide your affiliate name and fax number to receive a copy of the Certificate of Currency. Any queries please call Lyn on (02) 6285 2703 or 1800 654 951last_img

  • WOOLGOOLGA TOUCH IN THE MIDST OF NTL

    first_imgIt was a thrilling end to a night of great Touch last night at the Woolgoolga Touch Association’s Grand Final night. The Men’s Open grand final went right down to the wire, with a drop-off in the fading light needed to determine the winners. A large crowd was gathered to watch local rugby league boys, Just Fish take on Handi-Hire in the final. Just Fish started the game well with Nathan Graham scoring a touchdown early in the match to put his team ahead 1-0. Graham then set up his team’s second touchdown when his flick pass put Michael Jeffery over the line; Just Fish were ahead 2-0. Just Fish held Handi-Hire scoreless for quite a while, with good defense on their line. There were too many mistakes and dropped balls by Handi-Hire for them to convert their hard work into touchdowns. Blake Seymour from Just Fish put his team up 3-0 and hopes were beginning to fade for Handi-Hire. When a Just Fish player was subbed, Handi-Hire’s Jason Sahdra took advantage of the situation and scored, making the score 3-1. Both teams scored two more touchdowns before half time, Just Fish ahead 5-3 going into the break. Handi-Hire came out firing in the second half, scoring the first two touchdowns, bringing the score to 5-5 and exciting the crowd. As the game intensified the touches got harder and the minutes and light began to fade. Handi-Hire’s veteran player, Basil Badhni scored a touchdown to put his team in the lead for the first time throughout the match. Handi-Hire looked as though they had their victory sealed after Taj Dosanjh scored a touchdown to make the score 7-5. But Just Fish weren’t going down without a fight. Captain Arthur Murray scored a touchdown before Cole Duncombe evened the score right on the full time siren with a length of the field touchdown. And so a drop-off began. The crowd was restless, questions were flying and the light was almost gone. When the teams got down to three players on three the crowd was calling for car headlights to be shone on the field, but this wasn’t needed as Just Fish player Cole Duncombe scored his second touchdown and claimed victory for his team. Just Fish Captain Arthur Murray was pleased with the way his team performed. “I thought we played well tonight, we’re not Touch players really, and they are, so it was good to win,” said Murray. The Men’s Open grand final was the end of a great night for Woolgoolga Touch. Grand Finals were also played in the Men’s over 35’s division and the Women’s Open division. Gelroo were victorious over Flat Top Engineering in the Men’s 35’s with touchdowns going to Phil Hopkins, Chris Seymour and Andy Muir for the Gelroo’s and Paul Chambers for Flat Top Engineering. Some great skill and promise was shown in the Women’s Open grand final with Amble Inn beating Ryan Earthmoving, 9-1. An impressive performance by Amble Inn’s Bonnie Miller-Tucker saw her score three touchdowns for her team. Julie Wales also scored two touchdowns to contribute to her team’s victory. The Australian Touch Association staff that attended the Grand Final night at Woolgoolga would like to thank Matt Wood and the other volunteers at Woolgoolga Touch and congratulate them on running a fantastic local touch association. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

  • NRL and Touch Football Australia join to ‘Kick Bowel Cancer’

    first_imgThe NRL has partnered with Touch Football Australia to tackle bowel cancer and encourage Australians to take a bowel cancer detection survey. As Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, each year 4000 people die from the disease and almost 15,000 cases are detected.The ‘NRL Kick Bowel Cancer’ campaign has been produced in collaboration with The Gut Foundation, Cancer Council NSW and Bowel Cancer Australia. The campaign aims to raise awareness, reducing stigmas and encourage people to take action to prevent the disease.Together, we can kick bowel cancer. Visit nrlkickbowelcancer.com.au today to assess your risk with only five short questions, it could save your life.Related LinksKick Bowel Cancerlast_img