Sydney FC 2-2 Western Sydney Wanderers #HyundaiALeague20172018

Sydney FC have denied Western Sydney Wanderers a famous win coming back from two goals down to draw 2-2 on Saturday night at an electric Allianz Stadium in the 16th Sydney Derby. 

Both sides remain unbeaten after three games this season.

Roly Bonevacia was impressive for Wanderers in the derby


A cracking atmosphere ramped up even more after Wanderers took a shock 2-0 lead in the opening half an hour.

But the champions hit back. Bobo’s penalty in front of the Wanderers supporters’ end dragged it back to 2-1, which they took into the break.

Sydney on the counter made it 2-2 on the hour to set up a hectic final 30 minutes as Sydney came home with a wet sail.

Sub Matt Simon with just minutes left missed a great chance to win the derby for Sydney, missing from right in front with his header.

Roly Bonevacia – in his first Sydney Derby – Josh Risdon, Kearyn Baccus and Alvaro Cejudo were all exceptional for those in red and black with Wanderers putting on an excellent pressing display all night.

David Carney, Alex Wilkinson and Josh Brillante were standouts for the Sky Blues.

A fantastic atmosphere was enjoyed by around 40,000 fans at Allianz on Saturday night


Riera, Wanderers 3’: 0-1

Risdon floats the ball into the box, as Riera rises up to head the ball for goal and it goes into the net just under the top right corner. What a start from the Wanderers! T

Hamill, Wanderers 30’: 0-2

Cejudo with a wonderful ball into the area, as Hamill with the ball off the head and his shoulder and it goes past Redmayne for a huge goal for Wanderers.

Bobo, Sydney FC 38’: 1-2

Bobo takes the spot kick, he keeps it hard and low and he is able to get it past Janjetovic and into the back of the net.

Brillante, Sydney FC 61′: 2-2

Bobo passes it over to Brillante into the box, as he passes it through the legs of Llorente, taking a deflection from right to left, finding the back of the net.



Source :  Football Federation Australia Website

Melbourne City FC 1 -0 Wellington Phoenix #HyundaiALeague20172018

Ross McCormack opened his account in stunning fashion in the Hyundai A-League to hand Melbourne City a barely deserved 1-0 victory over an industrious Wellington Phoenix on Saturday. 

Melbourne City remain 100% and are three wins from three, but it was Wellington  who caught the eye for the most part at AAMI Park.

Phoenix continued their improvement under new coach Darije Kalezic but were unable to find the back of the net against a City who were solid rather than spectacular.


Roy Krishna
Roy Krishna in action against City on Saturday


Phoenix began brightly, looking well organised and occasionally dangerous in the final third. The visitors deserved more but went in 0-0 at the break

Wellington had an excellent chance to take the lead after the break. Vidosic combining superbly with Kaluderovic, but La Rocca was able to block the striker’s poor effort. They were left to rue that miss

With almost 20 minutes left, Scottish import Ross McCormack smashed a superb free kick to break open the game.

With six minutes to go in regulation time, Roy Krishna smashed a shot against the post after Phoenix broke through.

The visitors pushed hard in the last few minutes as City were camped in their own defensive third, but the hosts held on for their third win from three.

Matt Ridenton and Dario Vidosic were Phoenix’s best while Nick Fitzgerald was his customary lively up front with Bruce Kamau for City.


McCormack, City 69’: 1-0

With almost 20 minutes left, Scottish import Ross McCormack smashed a superb free kick from distance, past a poorly set up wall to beat Keegan Smith low to his right.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia Website

Adelaide United 2 -2 Melbourne Victory #HyundaiALeague20172018

A relentless Adelaide United have drawn 2-2 with a gutsy Melbourne Victory after a feisty clash at Adelaide Oval on Friday night in front of almost 20,000 fans. 

Reds midfielder Vince Lia was the hero with two smashing strikes after Besart Berisha had given the visitors an early lead.

The Reds are unbeaten this season after coming back from a goal down in the opening 15 minutes for the third game in a row.

United now must prepare for a midweek FFA Cup semi final in Sydney with Wanderers.

Meanwhile, Victory proved their mettle with a courageous display to come back and equalise to pick up their first point of the season.


The  spite and edge was evident early on before this “Cross-border Clasico” exploded with two goals in the opening 22 minutes.

The bite continued in the second half before a  stunning second goal to Lia gave his side the lead with half an hour left.

It looked like the game was slipping away for Victory till sub Mitch Austin found the equaliser in the final 10 minutes.

Johan Abaslonsen with two assists proof again that the Dane has been a superb signing for Marco Kurz.


Reds v Victory on Friday night at Adelaide Oval
Reds v Victory on Friday night at Adelaide Oval



Berisha, Victory 13’: 0-1

Leroy George with a superbly accurate curling free kick with his left peg  and Berisha found himself in space to head home with relative ease to give Victory a deserved early lead.

Lia, United 22’: 1-1

The Reds worked it wide with Absalonsen receiving the ball in the box and the United midfielder  deftly laid it back for Lia who went boom! Lawrence Thomas barely saw it as it burst the net.

Lia, United 62′: 2-1

The Phoenix legend had time and space at the top of the area and, reminiscent of his goal in the first half,  drove a sizzling strike inside the left hand post and past the outstretched arm of Lawrence Thomas.

Austin, Victory 82’: 2-2

After  Berisha’s initial attempt was blocked, the ball fell for Mitch Austin who, on the turn, struck it delightfully into the bottom right hand corner of the net.


Source :  Football Federation Australia Website

Plai Chomphu’s condition stable but vets remain concerned

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national October 21, 2017 18:58

By The Nation

The condition of injured wild elephant “Plai Chomphu” was stable as of Saturday afternoon, but the vet team was still concerned about its injuries.


Plai Chomphu had been sent to the National Elephant Centre in Lampang for treatment of severe injuries after being rescued from a canal amid flashfloods in Phitsanulok earlier on Friday.

The vet team on Friday said the male elephant’s condition was stable but its injuries were significant and worrying, including broken rear legs.

A treatment plan was being worked out after an ultrasound found liquid inside its medulla on Plai Chomphu’s hip. The liquid could be blood or lymph.

Meanwhile doctors gave Plai Chomphu a painkiller and forbade any visitors in the hopes of preventing its sickness from worsening.

Plai Chomphu was resting Saturday afternoon in a stable designed to resemble its natural habitat. Its body was being supported by a crane and stacks of straw.


Source  :  Thje Nation Multimedia

Gem auction cancelled as bidders avoid unpolished stones

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Breaking News October 22, 2017 17:08

By The Nation

The Legal Execution Department has cancelled an upcoming auction of jade and other gems in bulk after the confiscated assets failed to attract any bids in the previous seven attempts to auction them.

The rare and precious stones were seized under bankruptcy proceedings against individuals and firms. They have a combined estimated value of Bt316.07 million.

After several rounds passed without a bid coming forward, the starting price at the seventh round on Sunday was just Bt221 million.

But again, no one tendered a bid during the auction.

The department’s director-general, Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol, said that they would cancel the eighth round of the auctions initially scheduled for November 11.

“We may have to change how these items will be auctioned off,” she conceded. “So, we will have to discuss the issue with the plaintiff who has first rights to these assets.”

Ruenvadee said her department noticed that some bidders just wanted to buy already-polished items, and not raw rare stones.

An informed source said the plaintiff had until now insisted that the items be auctioned in bulk, requiring polished and unpolished items to be sold together.


Source  :  The Nation Multimedia

Final tributes from Royal Pyre artisans

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Nation Photo/Tanachai Pramarnpanich

Breaking News October 22, 2017 17:40

By The Nation

The leading Thai artisans who expertly hand-carved the banana tree trunks used for decorating the Royal Pyre of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej gathered on Sunday to pay their final tributes to the beloved monarch.

Phratumnuk Suankularb School hosted a merit-making ceremony at its building in the Grand Palace. Artisans from the court, joined by nearly 40 colleagues from Petchburi, Ubol Rachathani, Maha Sarakham, Songkla and Bangkok’s Thon Buri district, on Monday started sculpting the trunks – Thailand’s traditional arts used for decorating the pyre –and will finish by Tuesday night.

The patterns of the sculpted trunks are beautifully designed in traditional Thai motifs along with a highlighted piece that blends a traditional Thai motif into a Thai-style numeral 9  – in reference to the King Rama IX.

After a two-day carving process, court officers will install the fresh masterpieces at the Royal Pyre on Wednesday, one day before the Royal Crematorium on October 26.


Source  :  The Nation Multimedia

Iraqi army makes slight advance toward Erbil: CTS source

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Kirkuk ( Troops of the Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service made slight advance from south of Kirkuk toward Erbil, a source said.

Speaking to Alghad Press on Saturday, the source from CTS said, “troops moved outside Altun Kupri toward Erbil,” adding that “the advance was made amid fierce confrontations.”

The advance, according to the source, “was made to secure Altun Kupri and urge the Peshmerga retreat toward their 2014 basic locations.”

He denied intentions to invade Erbil.

Kurdish troops were deployed in Qushtapa, a region extending along the southern borders of Erbil, however, they advanced toward Altun Kupri while the Islamic State was controlling regions in Kirkuk.

On Friday, Iraqi government forces approached the southern borders of Erbil, capital of semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, shortly after engaging in clashes with the region’s forces in Qushtapa and Altun Kupri in northern Kirkuk.

Iraqi troops, backed by PMFs, took over Kirkuk province from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters last week, fulfilling instructions made earlier by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to retake areas where sovereignty is disputed with Kurdistan Region’s Government.

Baghdad had declared intentions to retake areas disputed on with Erbil following the Kurdistan Region’s vote for independence from Iraq in September, urging Peshmerga to cooperate with federal troops.

While Erbil insisted it should be the basis of future negotiations on disputed issues, Baghdad has reiterated it would never recognize the result of the independence referendum.


Source  :  Iraqi News