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Pogliacomi spot on

9 September 2013

Keeper is penalty shootout hero

Former Latics' keeper Les Pogliacomi is bidding to end his career in a blaze of glory back in Australia.

The 37-year-old (pictured), who is to retire at the end of the campaign, is hoping to win the South Australia National Premier League Grand Final.

Pogliacomi's heroics helped Campbelltown City beat Adelaide Raiders to move within three games of a Grand Final triumph.

He made three stunning penalty shootout saves to help his team through to face Cumberland in another elimination round.

Pogliacomi virtually relived the 2000 National Soccer League Grand Final when he also saved three spot kicks and also scored one for Wollongong Raiders who beat Perth Glory in front of a crowd of 43,242.

The keeper, who made 187 first-team appearances for Latics during two spells at the club between 2002/05 and 2006/08, says he has only one regret about his six years in England.

He said: "I should have signed for Crystal Palace when Iain Dowie wanted me.

"They were promoted that year and, who knows, I could have played Premier League."

Pogliacomi returned to Adelaide with his wife Lia before son Javier, who is aged three, was born.

He joined Campbelltown in 2008  and, after playing 120 matches for the Red Devils, has decided the time is right to call it a day.

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