Around the grounds: Kamsoba and Toivonen impress in Victory’s pre-season win

Elvis Kamsoba sent Marco Kurz a timely reminder of his talent as Melbourne Victory eased past Oakleigh Cannons in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday night.

Kamsoba scored twice in a 3-0 win for Victory against the NPL Victoria outfit, with Ola Toivonen teeing up both goals for the Burundi-born flyer.

Swedish talisman Toivonen had a direct hand in all three goals on the night, having also seen a rasping drive in the second half parried by the Oakleigh ‘keeper and then buried on the rebound by Kenny Athiu.

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New German recruit Tim Hoogland partnered Thomas Deng in central defence, before stepping into midfield following the half time substitution of Brandon Launton for James Donachie, while ex-Brisbane Roar starlet Jay Barnett was introduced late on for his first Victory bow.

However, the evening belonged to Kamsoba. The exciting young winger faces stern competition for a nailed-on starting role next season following the transfer window arrivals of Caltex Socceroos Robbie Kruse and Andrew Nabbout, but Tuesday's double will undoubtedly give Victory boss Kurz plenty of food for thought.

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‘I’m ready for Manly’: Ninkovic

Milos Ninkovic says he ‘feels great’ and will feature in Sydney FC’s pre-season hit-out against Manly United this Thursday.

The Serbian playmaker feared he had broken his ankle only two weeks ago after he hobbled off during Sydney’s 2-0 defeat to Brisbane Roar in the FFA Cup 2019 Round of 32.

But those concerns have since been allayed, and two-time Championship winner Ninkovic is set to take part when Steve Corica’s side entertain NPL NSW outfit Manly at Leichhardt Oval on Thursday evening.

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“I feel great,” Ninkovic told the club website. “I trained last week with the team and I’m ready for Thursday.

“We have two months to work hard and to prepare for the first game in the league, so we need to play very well.”

Thursday’s clash with Manly will be one of the last chances for Sky Blues fans to catch their team in action before the new Hyundai A-League season commences, with the remainder pre-season fixtures likely to be played behind closed doors.

Injured Mariner up and running

Giancarlo Gallifuoco is running again as the Central Coast Mariner recovers from an adductor tear.

There were fears over the Mariners utility when Gallifuoco went down in the first half of his side’s FFA Cup Round of 32 win over Maitland last month.

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The club confirmed the 25-year-old would miss ‘a couple of weeks’ of full training, but with Gallifuoco posting a video of himself running on Wednesday morning the former Tottenham Hotspur youth looks on on track to return soon.

Central Coast travel to Queensland to face Brisbane Roar in the FFA Cup 2019 Round of 16 next Wednesday.