Only three teams remain after week two of the PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s Finals series with Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Blacktown City the big winners.
Blacktown City confirmed their Grand Final berth to be held on Sunday 11th September at Leichhardt Oval with a last minute victory against Sydney United 58, while Bonnyrigg White Eagles built on its recent incredible league run of form with a 5-0 thrashing of Manly United.
The loss eliminated Manly United and sets Bonnyrigg up with sudden death clash with Sydney United 58 in the Preliminary Final on Sunday.
With only two games in the season left the stakes couldn’t be any higher.
Manly United 0 – Bonnyrigg White Eagles 5 at Seymour Shaw Park
Bonnyrigg White Eagles sent Manly United crashing out of title contention with a comprehensive 5-0 victory in a remarkable PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s Minor Semi-Final at Seymour Shaw Park on Saturday evening.
It capped off a better end to the weekend for the White Eagles who only days ago were knocked out of the Westfield FFA Cup after going down 3-0 at the hands of Blacktown City on Wednesday evening.
Two goals apiece by Aaron Peterson and Robbie Younis; and one by Sam Gallaway, destroyed a Manly side which was overwhelmed by a relentless and clinical opponent.
Bonnyrigg’s goals came in a brilliant seven-minute period in the second half, where everything they touched turned to gold.
Manly had no answers for the Bonnyrigg onslaught and with it so went their season.
Manly captain Brendan Cholakian tried his best to inspire a comeback but with his side down by five it was too little too late as Bonnyrigg clung onto victory.
Sydney United 58 2 – Blacktown City 3 at Sydney United Sports Centre
A Danny Choi penalty in the 89th minute has booked Blacktown City a ticket to the PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s Grand Final with a 3-2 win against Sydney United 58 – it was the club’s third final in three years.
Choi fired home in the dying stages to wrap up an incredible fight back from the visitors despite being down 2-1 at half time.
Sydney United 58 must now beat an in form Bonnyrigg White Eagles to confirm their place in the decider on September 11.
Blacktown City struck after only three minutes through Connor Evans but Nick Stavroulakis struck a rare goal and Chris Payne ensured the home side had a half time lead.
However, Blacktown is renowned for their fighting spirit and respond with aplomb in the second stanza as Patrick Antelmi and then Choi fired home to lock down a Grand Final Berth.