Spartans spoil Greek international's debut

BLACKTOWN Spartans have ruined the debut of Sydney Olympic's former Greek international Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

The Spartans won the Football NSW Men's No.1 soccer game 3-1 at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday.

More than 7000 fans turned out to see Kyrgiakos but instead saw a inspired display from a team, which also has a Greek name.

A double to Elsid Barkhousir and a fantastic solo effort by Ray Miller saw the Spartans make it two from two in the 2014 competition.

But it was Olympic who had scored first in the 13th minute.

When Evan Kostopoulos was fouled on the left-hand side, Harris Gaitatzis stepped up to float the ball to the back stick.

The match turned in the second half when Spartans' coach Ben De Haan turned to his bench, replacing Kingsley Williams with former Olympic captain Phil Makrys.

The move brought a spark to the Spartans' attack immediately.

They took the lead for the first time when Barkhousir took on Brendan Hooper before beautifully curling the ball into the net to make it 2-1 in the 74th minute.

In the 83rd minute Miller dribbled his way through three defenders before curling the ball into the back of the net making it 3-1.

The Spartans will now host the Rockdale City Suns this Saturday at Blacktown Football Park at 7.30pm.

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