Round 18 of the PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s competition is in the bag and the premiership race is becoming clearer.
Sydney United 58 is one step closer to claiming the premiership title while the top four of five finals places are all but confirmed.
Blacktown Spartans claimed their first win in over a month with a shock victory against APIA Leichhardt.
In Match of the Round action Manly took on Rockdale at Ilinden Sports Centre.
Rockdale City Suns 1 – Manly United FC 2 at Ilinden Sports Centre
A last gasp Brendan Cholakian goal has helped Manly United snatch a 2-1 win in it’s PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s clash with Rockdale City suns at Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday.
It was yet another heartbreaking result for the home side with Cholakian’s long range strike against the run of play condemning Paul Reid’s side to defeat despite dominating for most of the match.
An early goal to Dylan Macallister after nine minutes set the tone for the opening exchanges before Richie Cardozo’s 39th minute strike tied the scores at 1-1 at the break.
A much more open second half had both sides sharing chances but it was Manly’s clinical finishing which ensured the visitors collected all three points.
Hakoah Sydney City East 0 – Sutherland Sharks 1 at Hensley Athletic Field
A first half goal from Sutherland Sharks’ Tomohiro Kajiyama has all but ended Hakoah Sydney City East’s slim PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s competition finals hopes in a feisty 1-0 win at Hensley Athletic Field on Saturday.
Kajiyama’s 37th minute strike was all Sutherland needed as Carlos Villazon’s side continued their dramatic reversal of form.
It was a standout performance from Kajiyama who has been the Sharks best in recent weeks.
It was a tough match for Hakoah with the sloppy flow the match hampering both sides.
Hakoah had their chances but couldn’t break down Sutherland who secured another hard fought win.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 0 – Sydney Olympic FC 2 at Bonnyrigg Sports Club
A predominately youthful Sydney Olympic side has kept its PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s competition final hopes alive after a grinding 2-0 victory over an out of sorts Bonnyrigg White Eagles outfit at Bonnyrigg Sports Club.
Saturday night’s contest was highlighted by a smashing breakaway goal from Jason Madonis, who surged past the White Eagles backline and blasted a powerful finish past James Chronopolous at the start of the second half as part of a resilient display from the visitors.
It was another frustrating night for the 2015 PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s champions.
Apart from a few dangerous flurries in response to Madonis’ strike, the White Eagles were unable to truly test Olympic gloveman Paul Henderson.
A classy take from Harris Gaitatzis sealed an excellent away victory late as Olympic notched their second clean sheet in as many matches.
Parramatta FC 0 – Sydney United 58 2 at Melita Stadium
Sydney United 58 have moved a step closer to claiming the 2016 PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s Premiership after a comfortable 2-0 win over Parramatta in their Round 19 clash at Melita Stadium.
It was all too easy for the rampant Reds who established their unassailable two goal cushion inside the first twenty minutes of play with midfield maestro Glen Trifrio continuing his excellent United 58 introduction and Chris Payne grabbing his 15th goal of the season to consign Parramatta to a humbling defeat on home soil.
The away side had to contend with the loss of star attacker Panni Nikas who was out due to suspension but the team kicked on with a yet another crucial victory.
Franco Consentino’s side have proven themselves capable giant killers but having already claimed the scalp of competition heavyweights Blacktown City and Bonnyrigg White Eagles, United 58 proved to be a bridge too far for the spirited Melita Stadium outfit.
A week after securing their fifth Waratah Cup triumph, the Reds now seem destined to clinch another piece of silverware after maintaining their nine-point advantage over second-placed Blacktown City with four matches remaining.
Wollongong Wolves 2 – Blacktown City FC 3 at WIN Stadium
A first half flurry has helped Blacktown City FC to a 3-2 PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s win against Wollongong Wolves at WIN Stadium.
First half goals from Patrick Antelmi, Sasa Macura and Travis Major cancelled out strikes either side of half time from Ricky Zucco and Steven Hristovski as the visitors continued their good recent run of form.
It was an unlucky result for Wollongong who pushed Blacktown all the way in a fast paced match.
The win has all but secured Blacktown’s second spot on the ladder.
A slower paced second half allowed Wollongong back into the match but some big saves from Nenad Vekic helped lock down all three points for Mark Crittenden’s City side.
Blacktown Spartans 3 – APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC 2 at Blacktown Football Park
Blacktown Spartans have upset APIA Leichhardt Tigers 3-2 in a pulsating, end-to-end PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s encounter at Blacktown Football Park on Sunday.
It was Blacktown’s first taste of victory in more than a month as goals to Jason Trifiro and Andre Carle, as well as an own goal to APIA’s Brandon Lundy ensured the Blacktown Football faithful could celebrate the win.
Franco Parisi and Tasuku Sekiya hit the back of the net for APIA but it wasn’t enough as Danial Cummins side sunk to another heartbreaking loss.