Round seven of the Grade 20s takes place this weekend, with one match on Anzac Day and four on Sunday afternoon.
This week’s match of the round sees Sydney Olympic play host to Marconi Stallions at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday afternoon.
Match of the Round
Sydney Olympic FC v Marconi Stallions FC, Sunday 5pm at Valentine Sports Park No 2
Marconi travel to Valentine Sports Park top of the ladder after an impressive 4-1 win over Blacktown Spartans last Saturday, though should face a tougher opponent in third-placed Sydney Olympic on Sunday. Olympic are unbeaten at home and the Stallions are unbeaten on the road, promising an intriguing clash between the two. The home side have not been beaten since the first round of the season, and will need to be wary of Marconi’s Ryan Peterson, who scored twice in his side’s win over the Spartans, if they are to maintain this record.
South Coast Wolves FC v Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC, 6pm at Win Stadium
South Coast Wolves host Bonnyrigg in the Thursday match; the away side arriving at Win Stadium bottom of the table on the back of their second washed out match in three weeks. They face a Wolves side in imposing form, having won their last three matches in a row – the last 1-0 against Parramatta FC, with a goal from forward Jordan Murray.
Sutherland Sharks FC v Rockdale City Suns FC, 5.30pm at Seymour Shaw
Sutherland Sharks return to Seymour Shaw in the only Saturday match after their shock loss to APIA last Sunday saw them drop behind Marconi Stallions into second place for the first time this season. Despite leading goalscorer Charles Lokolingoy enjoying a run in the first team, the Sharks should find tenth-placed Rockdale City Suns a relatively straightforward opponent; the Suns coming off a 2-2 draw at home to Blacktown City last week.
Blacktown Spartans FC v Parramatta FC, 1pm at Blacktown Football Park
Blacktown Spartans suffered a comprehensive 4-1 loss away at Marconi Stallions last weekend, and will look to bounce back against Parramatta FC at Blacktown Football Park on Sunday. Parramatta were no more fortunate in round six, losing 1-0 to South Coast Wolves at Melita Stadium, and have struggled to put together a consistent run of form together all season, while the Spartans are hoping to arrest their slide after three consecutive losses.
Blacktown City FC v Manly United FC, 1pm at Lilys Football Centre
Goals from Jonathan Grozdanovski and Nikolas Dimitriadis helped Blacktown City to a 2-2 draw with Rockdale City Suns last Sunday, while Manly United arrive at Lilys Football Centre on the back of a surprising 3-2 loss to Sydney Olympic last weekend at Cromer Park. United will look to Christopher Arditti and Lachlan McLean for goals against Blacktown; McLean having scored twice in the loss to Olympic.
Sydney United 58 FC v APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC, 1pm at Sydney United Sports Centre
APIA provided the upset of round six when they beat league leaders Sutherland Sharks 1-0 at Lambert Park, and will hope that their season has turned a corner after previously earning one point in four matches. They travel to the Sydney United Sports Centre to take on a Sydney United side fresh after a week’s rest (their match against Bonnyrigg was washed out) but three points behind APIA on the ladder.
– By Max Grieve, PS4 National Premier Leagues Grade 20s Reporter