Exciting semi-finals set stage for the 2024 Greek Community Cup final

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The 2024 Greek Community Cup semi-finals exploded into action on January 30 with passion, skill, and relentless determination on full display, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats. With such intense matchups, the stage is now set for what promises to be an unforgettable finale for this Sunday, February 4.

In a thrilling showdown, Kingston City FC secured a spot in the final by edging out Malvern City FC in a dramatic penalty shootout following a 1-1 deadlock in regular time.

Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.

Malvern City scored first just after halftime and controlled the majority of the game until the dying moments, when Kingston took on a late opportunity to level the score with less than a minute remaining.

Maintaining their composure, Kingston players converted all five of their penalties to secure a hard-fought 6-4 victory and advance to Sunday’s final.

Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.

Kon Tangalakis, the head coach of Kingston FC, was full of praise for his boys following their victory, saying, “I’m so excited and look forward to playing off for the 2024 Greek Community Cup.”

“I’m incredibly proud of our boys for digging deep to secure the win. Congratulations to the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) for organising such a wonderful event and we eagerly anticipate for the final on Sunday,” Mr Tangalakis said.

Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.

In the day’s second matchup, Heidelberg United FC initially took the lead early in the second half, only to be outdone by a relentless Oakleigh Cannons FC, who struck back with three consecutive goals to seal a commanding 3-1 triumph.

Oakleigh Cannons FC has been the only team throughout the tournament having won all their games convincingly and established themselves as the clear favourites heading into the final against Kingston.

Michael Karamitos, the GCM Vice President, summed up the tournament so far, “The level of play has been exceptional, and the turnout from our community has been truly remarkable. I would like to thank all the individuals that have come out and supported the tournament. It’s been a wonderful spectacle for all involved and I eagerly await what promises to be a thrilling finale on Sunday.”

Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.
Greek Community Cup semifinals. Photo: Kostas Deves.

Dr Jim Bossinakis, the GCM Vice President, expressed his elation at the success of the tournament stating, “The energy and passion we’ve seen throughout the 2024 Greek Community Cup is nothing short of inspiring. The sportsmanship displayed by the teams embody the spirit of our community. The Greek Community Cup not only showcases the talent and dedication of our youth, but also serves as a platform for fostering connections and strengthening bonds within our community.”

As the countdown to the finals begins, all eyes are on Kingston City FC and Oakleigh Cannons FC as they prepare to go head-to-head for the championship title and the ultimate prize.

With both teams showcasing exceptional skill and determination, Sunday’s showdown promises to be a thrilling conclusion to what has been an exciting tournament.

*Possible time delay due to extreme weather policy by Football Victoria.

If you missed the action, you can view all matches on the YouTube channel: 2024 GREEK COMMUNITY CUP (youtube.com). Team fixtures can be found here: https://greekcup.com.au/2024,en/result/latest

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