Round five of the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition is in the books and it was a weekend of shock results.
Sydney United 58 finish the weekend in top spot but their flawless record has come to an end after going down in a stunning upset to rivals Marconi Stallions.
It was a big weekend for Sutherland Sharks and Northbridge Bulls who also snagged their first wins of the season.
APIA Leichhardt suffered a frustrating start to Paul Dee’s tenure in charge after they went down 2-1 to his former side Manly United.
Finally, Blacktown City and Sydney Olympic wrapped up the week’s action with strong wins.
Remember you can catch up with all the weekend’s matches on NPL.TV
Sutherland Sharks 4 – Mt Druitt Town Rangers 1 at Seymour Shaw Park
A James Andrew hattrick has lifted Sutherland Sharks to a 4-1 win against a ten-man Mt Druitt Town Rangers in an action-packed clash at Seymour Shaw Park on Saturday.
It was the Sharks first win of the season with Andrew unstoppable as he made light work of the Rangers defence on his way to finding the back of the net three times.
Mt Druitt made a fast start to the contest with Jack Stewart finding the back of the net after only 16 minutes to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
However, it would all be all downhill from there for the Rangers with Andrew netting an equaliser and then Solomon-Johnn Monohan-Vaiika sent off before the interval.
Andrew scored two more after the interval and Jeremey Cox also got in on the act as Sutherland clinched all three points in style.
APIA Leichhardt 1 – Manly United 2 at Lambert Park
A Dejan Pandurevic double has helped Manly United get one over their former coach Paul Dee in a 2-1 win against APIA Leichhardt at Lambert Park on Saturday
It was a difficult start to Dee’s APIA tenure with Pandurevic’s brace ensuring the Leichhardt based outfit remain slumped to the foot of the table.
An 84th-minute strike from substitute Corey Biczo wasn’t enough to answer an early goal and second-half penalty from Manly, leaving APIA heading into Round 6 of the 2021 NPL New South Wales Men’s competition without a win.
Wollongong Wolves 0 – Northbridge Bulls 1 at WIN Stadium
Northbridge Bulls earned their first win of the season with a late 1-0 victory against Wollongong Wolves at WIN Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
A Moudi Najjar goal in the dying stages was the difference as the visitors claimed all three competition points.
It was a frustrating result for the Wolves who failed to hit their mark but seemed likely to hold on for a draw.
However, Najjar had different ideas snatching victory in the most dramatic of fashion.
Blacktown City 4 – Rockdale City Suns 1 at Lily Homes Stadium
A trio of second-half goals has helped Blacktown City FC stun Rockdale Ilinden FC 4-1 at Lily Homes Stadium on Sunday.
It was a sensational return to form for Blacktown with the win breaking a two-game losing streak.
Rockdale took an early lead but the home side found a spark from a Matthew Lewis moment of magic to make it 1-1 at the break.
City turned it on after the break with goals to Mario Shabow, Carlos De Oliveira and Travis Major to ensure a well-earned win.
Marconi Stallions 2 – Sydney United 58 0 at Marconi Stadium
Marconi Stallions have stunned competition leaders Sydney United 58 to notch a shock 2-0 win at Marconi Stadium on Sunday.
It was the Stallions first win of the season and ends United 58’s flawless start to the campaign.
Goals either side of half-time courtesy of Anthony Frangie and Giorgio Speranza were the difference as an inspired Marconi attack proved too much for their local rivals.
The result gets Marconi’s season back on track after a difficult start to the season moving them only one point outside the top five.
Sydney FC 1 – Sydney Olympic 2 at Rockdale Ilinden Sports Centre
Two second-half goals have helped Sydney Olympic to a 2-0 win against Sydney FC at Rockdale Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday
A 70th minute strike to Ben van Meurs and an 84th minute finish from Jason Madonis helped Olympic claim back to back wins for the first time this season.
Sydney FC fought back late desperate to snatch a point but Cameron Fong’s 95th minute free-kick wasn’t enough as Olympic took home all three points.