Some daring attacking football was the course of the day in Sydney Olympic’s showdown with Sutherland, with Olympic stalwart Will Angel producing one of the season’s finest goals.
The classy winger, who first signed with the club as an 11 year old, controlled the ball brilliantly from a booming goal kick to unleash a deadly shot that curved its way into the goal to give Olympic a 1-0 lead. Angel then set up Olympics’ second goal with a lovely cross to give his side their first victory of the season.
Bonnyrigg held on to record a 2-1 win after a Manly surge threatened to undo their stellar first-half, which saw Robbie Younis again showcase his dynamic scoring ability. He was called upon twice in the first half to negotiate a free kick within striking range of the goal, and he delivered with two superb goals. Former Melbourne Heart defender David Vrankovic had a strong game as well, working tirelessly at the back as the Manly attack pushed relentlessly to attempt a comeback.
Blacktown City continued their unbeaten run with a dominant 3-0 win over Parramatta.
Defender Giorgio Speranza was a rock in defence and proved just as clinical up front when he fired a low shot to give City a 2-0 lead midway through the second half. It was his second nomination in successive weeks earmarking him as one of the form players of the league. Talented midfielder Danny Choi picked up man-of-the-match honours for his outstanding work across the match, his 59th minute goal a well-earned prize.
APIA enjoyed their first win of the season after a brace from Tasuku Sekiya in the opening 20 minutes set a tone for the match. Sekiya was a menace for the Hakoah defence in the second half, as he delivered a delightful cross that found the goal. Man-of-the-match honours went to former Sydney FC defender Themba Muata-Marlow, his solid defensive game shutting down the Hakoah attack to ensure his side recorded a 3-0 victory.
An entertaining encounter at llinden Sports Centre resulted in Sydney United 58 taking the spoils over Rockdale. A brilliant goal-keeping display from Tom Manos starved off any chance of a Rockdale comeback. Despite a few hiccups, Manos stepped up when it mattered to produce some great saves and keep a clean sheet.
Elsewhere, United 58 defender Yianni Fragogiannis was everywhere in defence, blocking some powerful Rockdale shot as he put his body on the line. Former Sydney FC player Chris Payne snared a first half brace and was unlucky not to have a hat-trick, such was his attacking prowess in his side’s 2-0 win.
The final match of the round saw Wollongong host Blacktown Spartan in a tight affair at WIN Stadium. After a hard-fought first half saw scores locked at 1-1, flamboyant striker Shu Sasaki stepped up when the game was on the line, pouncing on a loose ball to give Spartans a 2-1 win.
GK Tom Manos – Sydney United 58 FC
LB – David Vrankovic – Bonnyrigg White Eagles
CB – Themba Muata Marlow – APIA Leichhardt Tigers
CB – Yianni Fragogiannis – Sydney United 58 FC
RB – Giorgio Speranza – Blacktown City
LM – Danny Choi – Blacktown City
CM – Tasuku Sekiya – APIA Leichhardt Tigers
RM – Will Angel – Sydney Olympic
ST – Chris Payne – Sydney United 58 FC
ST – Shu Sasaki – Blacktown Spartans
ST – Robbie Younis – Bonnyrigg White Eagles