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Melbourne City coach Joyce refuses to discuss coaching future at club


Under-pressure Melbourne City manager Warren Joyce has played a straight bat at questions about his future after his team's heartbreaking 1-0 elimination final loss to Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

The out-of-contract Englishman has been subject to rumours of his departure from Melbourne because of an inconsistent season that finally culminated in the extra-time defeat to the Reds after Ben Halloran's 119th-minute strike.

But the 54-year-old former Manchester United youth coach refused to answer speculation about his future, explaining it wasn't the right time to discuss straight after such a painful loss.

"I don’t think it’s the appropriate time to talk about that tonight. It will come out in due course. I’m as raw and as disappointed as all the players," Joyce said.

"[The defeat] tough to take. We created the best chances. Their keeper’s made some worldie saves. Tonight we’ve missed gilt-edged chances.

"We’re really low now and really disappointed. But that’s life and there’s a lot of worse things that happen in life."

Kurz: Reds will be fit enough to challenge Perth Glory


Departing Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz believes his team can challenge premiers Perth Glory despite their grinding win over Melbourne City and their opponents' week off.

The German, who has already been told by Reds chairman Piet van der Pol his services won't be required next season, guided Adelaide to the semi-final following a 1-0 extra-time victory over Melbourne City in the elimination final on Sunday.

Adelaide will only have five days break before they travel to HBF Park to take on Tony Popovic's side for a spot in the grand final, with Glory having a week as their reward for finishing in the A-League's top two.

But while Kurz understands Perth have the advantage because of their time rested, he believes the Reds can put up a fight in Friday's match.

"We cannot train a lot. The focus must be to recover as well as they can, make the most rest they can and we’ll see how good shape we are in on Friday," Kurz said.

"(Perth) are in a better position. They had a week off. They don’t have to travel. The game is on Friday, I don’t know why but it is.

"We’ll need a fantastic game … but the boys are fit enough to play a good part in Perth."

The Covert Agent: Wanderers keen on O'Donovan with Fowler's Roar circling


EXCLUSIVE: Western Sydney Wanderers have put an offer to Roy O'Donovan as it was revealed the Irish striker was departing the Newcastle Jets on Monday.

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Newcastle Jets lose star striker Roy O'Donovan


Newcastle Jets' efforts to sign star striker Roy O'Donovan have failed with the club announcing his departure on Monday.

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Chidiac wins La Liga title


Matildas midfielder Alex Chidaic's first stint abroad has ended in success with her Atletico Madrid Femenino team winning the La Liga title.

The 20-year old made 19 appearances and scores three goals over the season as Atletico clinched the trophy with a 3-1 victory against Real Sociedad.

The capital club needed only a point to secure the honour but title rivals Barcelona were defeated by Granadilla to rule themselves out of the race.

Chidiac wasn't in the squad for the final match and was mainly used as a squad player during the season, with only three of her 19 appearances coming in the starting XI.

The Australian will have a chance at more silverware on Sunday at Atletico again take on Real Sociedad, this time for the Copa de la Reina trophy.

Melbourne Victory put stars on ice for Korea trip ahead of Sydney FC final


Melbourne Victory have opted to rest 10 players from the Asian Champions League as they prepare for Sunday's elimination final against Sydney FC.

Melbourne Victory have opted to rest 10 players from the Asian Champions League as they prepare for Sunday's semi-final against Sydney FC.

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'Irrelevant' - A-League slammed by AFL media personality


On the eve of the A-League finals kicking off, AFL media personality and former North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has taken a brutal shot at the competition.

With overall crowds and TV ratings in decline, A-League officials will be hoping the finals will bring a much-needed boost to the competition when it kicks off on Friday night between Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix. 

Brayshaw, however, has stressed that very few sports fans even know the A-League finals are about to start and that the round ball game has failed to live up to its potential in Australia

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Socceroos lock in next match


After not playing in the most recent international window, Australia have locked in a friendly against Korea Republic on June 7.

The match, to be played in Busan, will be the Socceroos first hit-out since the Asian Cup and coach Graham Arnold is keen to use the game as a starting base for World Cup qualification. 

“It is fantastic news that this friendly has now been finalised and I am itching to get together with our boys in Busan,” Arnold said. 

“With the commencement of our 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign only a few months away, next month’s camp and friendly in Korea will provide a great chance for us to work with a selection of players who we expect to play a part on our road to Qatar over the coming years."

Former Roar defender convicted of indecently touching young girl


Former Brisbane Roar defender Josh McCloughan has been convicted of indecently touching a 14-year-old girl in August last year.

The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge at a Brisbane District Court on Thursday and explained how his life had taken a bad turn as a result of alcohol.

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Western United reveal name for active support group


The A-League's newest side have dubbed their active support 'Carpe Diem'.

The Latin phrase is usually translated to 'seize the day' - a phrase made famous by Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society. 

Western United will compete in the A-League next season and though still without a coach, have already signed several players. 

The unexpected cost of Glory's super season


After seeing Perth Glory finish eighth last season, defender Scott Neville and his fiancee couldn't be blamed for deciding to schedule their wedding the same weekend as this season's grand final.

But with the arrival of Tony Popovic, Neville and his partner quickly realised they'd have to alter their plans. 

Perth's initially unexpected success costing the happy couple $2000 after they'd already sent out some premature wedding invites. 

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