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APIA Leichhardt turns giant killer in stunning FFA Cup win over Melbourne Victory

Staff writers, August 22, 2018 7:48AM News Corp Australia Network

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Tigers players react after their win against Melbourne Victory. Picture: AAP media_cameraTigers players react after their win against Melbourne Victory. Picture: AAP

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SOCCER: APIA Leichhardt pulled off one of the biggest upsets in FFA Cup history last night, stunning reigning* A-League champions Melbourne Victory 3-2 to become just the 7th non-A-League side to perform such a giant killing.

Japanese star Tasuku Sekiya was the star with two stunning strikes for the NSW side.

Victory striker Kenny Athiu added two quick goals of his own to even the scores in the second half, but Leichhardt full back Nathan Millgate sealed the famous upset when he headed home from an 80th minute free kick. The NSW NPL side now march on to the quarterfinals.

In other matches, Sydney FC held off a spirited Cairns FC and there were big wins for Victorian sides Bentleigh Greens and Avondale FC.

Australia's Ashleigh Barty is racing the clock to be fit for the US Open. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraAustralia’s Ashleigh Barty is racing the clock to be fit for the US Open. Picture: Getty Images

TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty will be the top seeded Australian at this year’s US Open if she wins her battle with a viral* illness that forced her out of the Connecticut Open this week.

The Aussie No. 1 has been named 18th women’s singles seed with fellow Aussie Daria Gavrilova named 26th seed and Nick Kyrgios named 30th men’s singles seed the New York grand slam, which starts on Monday night.

Barty, who is seeded directly below the Williams sisters has been in solid* form, winning eight of her past 11 matches on hard courts.

Tatafu Polota-Nau is confident the Wallabies can improve their performance. Picture Getty Images media_cameraTatafu Polota-Nau is confident the Wallabies can improve their performance. Picture Getty Images

RUGBY UNION: After one of the worst lineout performances in recent memory, hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau says the Wallabies have nothing to worry about if they can throw to the space in the second Bledisloe Test.

Having conceded* seven of their own throws to the All Blacks last weekend, the lineout has been the key area of focus at training ahead of Saturday’s second Test at Eden Park in New Zealand.

Polota-Nau and back-up hooker Tolu Latu will be targeted again by the All Blacks jumpers, but the starting No. 2 is confident they can fix the issues in time. “They did well in terms of marking our options, there’s no drama there I think we just need to throw where the space is,” Polota-Nau said.

Dragons player Paul Vaughan has now suffered a freak foot injury. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraDragons player Paul Vaughan has now suffered a freak foot injury. Picture: Getty Images

NRL: St George Illawarra prop Paul Vaughan’s comeback has been cut short after he was ruled out for the rest of the NRL season with a freak* foot injury suffered at training.

The training session was his first after recovering from a different ankle injury.

GLOSSARY

reigning: current champions

viral: relating to a virus

solid: strong or reliable

conceded: gave up

freak: unexpected

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which APIA Leichhardt player scored two stunning strikes?

2. Where will Ash Barty be seeded for the US Open if she plays?

3. How many lineout throws did the Wallabies concede in the first Bledisloe match?

4. What sort of injury has ended Paul Vaughan’s comeback?

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After reading the article, with a partner, highlight all the openers you can find in blue. Discuss if they are powerful and varied openers or not. Why do you think the journalists has used a mix of simple and power openers? Would you change any, and why?

HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think APIA Leichhardt can continue its winning FFA Cup run?

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