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Thursday, 16th June, 2011

IT’S BACK: Soccer returns to the O’Neill Soccer Complex after the long weekend break. IT’S BACK: Soccer returns to the O’Neill Soccer Complex after the long weekend break.

Soccer resumes after the June long weekend and Alma will be looking to close the gap on St Josephs in Men's A grade.

Alma were thrashed 11-1 by West on the back of six goals from Johnny Bugeja in round 6 whilst St Josephs were far from impressive with a 3-0 win over a gallant Celtic.

Thomas Lyle continued his fine form scoring against West and looms as the key striker for Alma along with Mark Khan.

St Josephs from all accounts were a rabble last week with players holding onto the ball too long when the early ball is always more dangerous.

Ashley Christos returns this week as goalie and is having a very calming influence on the team. In the midfield Bryce Bessell is due for some goals after a frustrating run of near misses. St Josephs to win.

In the West v Celtic game it's hard to see the Cougars mounting a challenge as West were on fire in the last match, slotting eleven past Alma.

West's Bryant Mitchell showcased his talent with a hat trick to complement Bugeja's half a dozen and both loom as match winners again.

The big positive for Celtic was the performance of Zac Borlace as goalie who was instrumental in frustrating the Blues last week.

Coach David Deacon is moulding together a team with good defensive skills and West will need patience and good passing to score.

Given both sides will have played mid week fatigue will be a factor and with West having a bigger playing list they should win.

In the LADIES games St Josephs and Alma also double up from a mid week game. Alma have been improving each week and will give the Blues a good run for their money. The Blues have Hannah Muscat back scoring goals (after a year off), whilst Cassie Robinson is quickly establishing a reputation as the league's most dominant striker. Katie Patison also impressed as a goalie last round against Celtic. St Josephs to win.

The West v Celtic ladies game will be very close with both sides having a wealth of quality players. West's Taylor McAvaney and Jessica Cox both scored hat tricks last week whilst Xanthe Bugeja scored a double in a dominant performance over Alma.

Celtic played a strong game against St Josephs, getting to half time 0-0 before losing 3-0. Celtic now has three key targets in Elle Gepp, Megan Casserly and Amee Hogarth and a strong defence led by Rachael Wheatley, Narelle Crabb and Jo Smith, so picking a winner is a toss of the coin!

Week two of the KO Cup continues next Wednesday night with the finals the following week.

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