Round four of the 2015 PS4 National Premier League NSW Men’s 1 Grade 20s kicks of this weekend, with matches on Saturday and Monday afternoon over the Easter long weekend.
The match of the round this week will focus on APIA Leichardt and Sydney Olympic, who face off on Monday afternoon at Lambert Park.
Match of the Round
APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC v Sydney Olympic FC, 2.00pm Monday at Lambert Park
The Easter long weekend means this week’s match of the round takes place on Monday afternoon at Lambert Park, where tenth-placed APIA Leichhardt play Sydney Olympic, who are fourth. This fixture ended 3-1 to APIA last season, though Olympic will perhaps fancy their chances here: they recorded their second win of the season last week with a 1-0 victory over Bonnyrigg White Eagles, while APIA lost for the second consecutive week as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Marconi Stallions.
Manly United FC v Blacktown Spartans FC, 5.00pm at Cromer Park
In the second Friday match, Blacktown Spartans travel to Cromer Park to take on third-placed Manly United. The home side’s winning start to 2015 was cut short by Rockdale City Suns at this ground last week, and they will be hoping for a return to form against a Spartans side that drew 0-0 with Sydney United 58 in round three.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Blacktown City FC, 5.30pm at Bonnyrigg Sports Club – WASHED OUT
Bonnyrigg sit alone at the bottom of the ladder after three weeks of the 2015 season; the only side yet to pick up a point. Their opponents on Saturday are Blacktown City, who head to Bonnyrigg Sports Club on the back of a 3-1 win over Parramatta FC; their first of the season. The result in this fixture in 2014 was a 2-2 draw.
Parramatta FC v Sutherland Sharks FC, 5.30pm at Melita Stadium – WASHED OUT
Sutherland Sharks will look to maintain their winning streak against Parramatta FC at Melita Stadium; travelling west as the only unbeaten side left in the competition. Parramatta, who went down 3-1 at Blacktown City last week, will need to be sharp in defence against the free-scoring Sharks – particularly forward Charles Lokolingoy, who scored four goals last week against South Coast Wolves.
Sydney United 58 FC v South Coast Wolves FC, 5.30pm at Sydney United Sports Centre
Sydney United 58 and South Coast Wolves meet at Sydney United Sports Centre in the final Saturday afternoon match. The home side played out a 0-0 draw away at Blacktown Spartans last Saturday, but will be hopeful of goals against the 11th-placed Wolves – last season, United won this fixture 4-3.
Rockdale City Suns v Marconi Stallions, 1.00pm at Ilinden Sports Centre
Marconi Stallions head to the Illinden Sports Centre for the first of the two Monday matches, where they will play Rockdale City Suns, who return home after their first win of 2015 in round three; a 1-0 victory over Manly United. Marconi sit second on the ladder and remain unbeaten with their second win in as many weeks; goals from Ryan Peterson, Brandon Vella and Marcus Donatiello helping the Stallions to a 3-1 win against APIA Leichardt.
– By Max Grieve, PS4 National Premier Leagues Grade 20s Reporter