The PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 1 Team of the Week saw some outstanding performances from individuals as the Championship series nears.
Sutherland Sharks favourite and captain Nathan Denham had a fantastic match between the posts for his side over the weekend. Despite getting beaten once, albeit from the penalty spot, Denham was on hand to deter all other opposition attacks and keep his side in the hunt for fifth place, earning his place in the team of the week.
Will Angel has been an important part of Grant Lee’s Sydney Olympic side and was one of the best players on the park on Sunday afternoon. Solid defensive work and dangerous forays forward are Angel’s trademarks and he was all over the left side of Belmore Sports Ground on the weekend.
The APIA Leichhardt Tigers aren’t giving up the Premiership just yet and Adam Griffiths was colossal at the back for them on Sunday. Coach Rod Williams praised the ex-Hyundai A-League defender for the shift he put in as APIA kept a clean sheet with him commanding the backline. It’s APIA fourth clean sheet of the season, with Griffiths taking part in three of those games.
Jamie Lobb has been outstanding for Manly United this season and been one of only a few players in his side to have played in every match this season. He was terrific in defence for his side on Saturday as they kept a clean sheet and scored a massive three points in the hunt for finals football.
The Premiership fight isn’t over yet and the Bonnyrigg White Eagles threw themselves straight back into the mix with victory on Saturday night. Tynan Diaz opened the scoring for his side on Saturday with a characteristic run down the right before finishing powerfully. It’s Diaz’s second goal in as many weeks as finals loom ahead.
Jacob Boutoubia had a fantastic game for the Marconi Stallions and was the Fairfield based sides best player on the weekend. The silky midfielder got himself on the scoresheet but it wasn’t enough to give his Stallions side a much needed three points.
Manly United moved into fifth place on the ladder with victory on Saturday night and Brad McDonald deserved much of the plaudits. The United midfield maestro was phenomenal, showing his high range passing ability, creating a plethora of chances for his teammates as they ran away 5-0 victors.
Sutherland Sharks aren’t out of finals football contention yet and the hard working Steve Hayes is major reason why. Leading the midfield with all his experience, Hayes set up the opening goal of the match with a delightful cross from the right. He was ever-present all over the park both in attack and defence.
Sydney Olympic have rediscovered their form and so has Scott Balderson as the constant forward threat found the back of the net to open the flood gates on Sunday afternoon. He also had a hand to play in Olympics second goal of the afternoon as they romped to a 4-0 win to move clear out in fourth place on the ladder.
Jordan Murray’s rise of form has seen the South Coast Wolves climb up the ladder and physically throw themselves amongst finals hopefuls. The Wolves striker has now picked up five goals in five games and was outstanding on the weekend, clearly the difference on the park.
Chris Payne has found his scoring boots at the right time of the season, picking up a brace for Manly United on Saturday night. It’s five from as many matches for Payne as his goal scoring tally for the season has now hit double digits.