Sydney FC edged past Bentleigh Greens in a tight Australia Cup

Sydney FC Bentleight Greens

Victoria-based Bentleigh Greens gave it their all against A-league outfit Sydney FC but ultimately came up short in one of the toughest tests Australian football has to offer. They were defeated 2-1.

The game was off to a strong start for Bentleigh Greens as they pressed Sydney FC high up the field and controlled the ball efficiently.

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The home team's well-organised defence made it difficult for the visitors to create opportunities in the first half. And it took a moment of genius from Segecic to break the score in the 39th minute.

The winger timed his move perfectly, chested down a long ball over the top from Wilkinson, shrugged off the defender, and then produced a calm finish at the keeper's near post.

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The Greens Australia Cup journey for 2022 ends with this result, and Nick Tolios' team once again made the club proud with an outstanding performance against the professional side.

Tolios' message to his team was that he believed in every player in his matchday squad and that they could test their experienced opponents, even though they had just completed a brief turnaround from their dramatic 2-1 Dockerty Cup final victory over Oakleigh Cannons on Saturday.

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With a 1-0 lead going into the second half, Sydney FC started to gain control of the match. However, Andrew Redmayne had to make a stop in the 64th minute, and he responded wonderfully by creating a fantastic reaction save low to his left at his near post.

Gurd extended the advantage for the visitors in the 68th minute, eluding his defender and converting on a corner kick from Max Burgess to give Sydney some breathing room.

Riak's glancing header increased the strain on Sydney FC as the game entered seven minutes of stoppage time, but Steve Corica's team held firm to secure a spot in the quarterfinal draw for next Wednesday.

Photos Copyright: Kosta Deves

Nick Bourdaniotis

Director of Photography

Born in Nambour, Queensland, Nick Bourdaniotis grew up in Brisbane till 2001 and then moved to Sydney. Nick's passion for photography began from a young age and his unique and artistic approach to capturing a moment in time ensures his images are always a standout. In his late 30s, his peers pushed him into being a professional photographer as he was taking amazing holiday photos from around the world and here in Sydney. In his mid-40s, Nick's photos were recognized internationally in the Greek community and used in international and local Australian-based publications. Photographing for St Spyridon College is when Nick took his first iconic global photo, the college's year 12 prefect students walking onto the opera house forecourt for the 25th March celebrations in 2015. For the next three consecutive years, Nick photographed iconic photos of the 25th March in Sydney that went viral worldwide. Mid 2016, Greek City Times employed Nick as a photographer. Over the next year, he earnt the title of Greek City Times' Director of Photography and Videography, which he still carries today. Greek City Times is a global media publication outlet. Nick also worked as the photographer for "My Greek Odyssey" TV travel show in Greece, which airs to over 50 million people worldwide. Nick was the lead photographer for the state funeral of the late Archbishop of Australia Stylianos and captured the funeral service and burial for archival and media purposes worldwide. Nick has been photographing significant events for The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia since 2015. In Sydney and Greece, Nick also captures moving moments in time for The Hellenic Incentive (THI), which in 2020 in Greece will work with the associated partners to document the homeless and various charity organizes THI partner within the incentive program. In 2019 Nick was asked to photograph an Australian fashion designer, Thessi Kouzoukas, from Sabba Shirts, which were amazing with Greece as its backdrop. Nick has been asked to photograph famous people, singers or entertainers because of his unique photography. In early 2020 Nick was a fully accredited photographer for the Australian Open tennis, in which he photographed the games of the Greek players and of heritage for publication in Greek City Times. Also, in 2022 Nick was George Kambosos Jr's official photographer at the lightweight world title fight in Melbourne, Australia. Nick's photos of The Greek Presidential Guard (Evzones) have been referred to as the best seen, and these photos have been published in books documenting the history of the Evzones. The most recent publication was the 150 years book of the Evzones released by the Presidential Guard Greece. Nick's versatility and professionalism have earned him an excellent reputation and a loyal high-profile clientele worldwide. Nick is not one to enter competitions or exhibitions as he leaves it up to his critics to judge his artistic unique way of photography. He has always said in his early 50's he will start to exhibit his work across Australia and aboard, as he has a few major exhibitions in the making. In 2021 Nick launched his photographic exhibition around Australia titled "The Evzones Collection" This photo exhibition endorsed by the Greek Presidential Guard and the Hellenic General Staff of National Defence has over 28 beautifully selected photos capturing and portraying the Evzones in a truly remarkable light. In 2023 The Evzones Collection photo exhibition will be exhibited in Athens and then around Greece. Nick's art uniquely evokes Hellenic pride with his images that are published all over the world.