Round ten of the National Premier Leagues NSW competition is in the book after another big week of fixtures.
Blacktown City is the new competition leaders after notching their third straight victory on Saturday night against Marconi Stallions.
Rockdale have dropped down to second but are tied on 19 points with the competition leaders, behind only on goal difference.
A huge win from Sydney United 58 on Sunday has kept them in touch with the leaders finishing the week one point behind in third place.
Manly United’s slide down the ladder continues, while APIA Leichhardt is climbing up the ladder with their third straight win and are now only two points outside the top five.
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Sutherland Sharks 2 – Sydney Olympic 3 at Seymour Shaw Park
Sydney Olympic FC took the spoils in a pulsating 3-2 success against Sutherland Sharks FC on Saturday at Seymour Shaw Park.
A pair of second-half goals helped Olympic claw their way to victory and denied the Sharks in front of their home fans.
Sutherland got the perfect start with James Andrew’s eighth of the season to put them up 1-0 then Christopher McStay’s bomb made it 2-1. The Sharks wilted late and were denied back-to-back wins despite a fighting effort.
For the visitors, Sydney Olympic FC had to fight their way to three points today. Mohamed Adam’s brace on either side of half-time got them back to 2-2 then Brendan Cholakian provided a fantastic finish to give Ante Juric’s side a huge boost into the top five.
Marconi Stallions 2 – Blacktown City 4 at Marconi Stadium
Blacktown City has powered to the top of the National Premier Leagues NSW competition with an impressive 4-2 victory against Marconi Stallions at Marconi Stadium on Saturday night.
Two goals on each side of the interval helped City to their third consecutive win with the three points helping them leapfrog Rockdale Ilinden into first place.
Marconi had a perfect start to the game with Nathan Millgate opening the scoring after only six minutes, but Blackton hit back through Lachlan Campbell and Dakota Askew to hold a 2-1 lead at half time.
Charles Mendy stretched Blacktown City’s lead not long after the restart, but Liam Youlley hit back for Marconi to keep them in the game.
A late goal to substitute Carlos De Olivera wrapped up the win and three competition points for the visitors.
Mt Druitt Town Rangers 1 – Rockdale Ilinden 1 at Popondetta Park
Mt Druitt Town Rangers have fought back to snatch a 1-1 draw in a hard-fought clash with Rockdale Ilinden at Popondetta Park on Saturday night.
A Travis Oughtred headed goal in the 69th minute ensured the Rangers took home a point, cancelling out Rockdale midfielder Tomoki Wada’s earlier strike.
Both sides had their chances to win the match late but were unable to find the back of the net.
Northbridge Bulls 0 – APIA Leichhardt 1 at Sydney United Sports Centre
APIA Leichhardt has snatched a thrilling 1-0 win against Northbridge Bulls in dramatic fashion at Sydney United Sports Centre on Saturday.
A Sean Symons goal deep into added time helped the visitors secure victory only moments after they were reduced to ten men following the send-off of defender Josh Symons.
It was a third straight win for a resurgent APIA side who keep themselves in the playoff race with another three competition points.
Sydney United 58 5 – Manly United 0 at Sydney United Sports Centre
It was goals galore at Sydney United Football Centre on Sunday afternoon as Sydney United 58 FC secured a dominant 5-0 victory over Manly United FC.
Goals to Matthew Sim and Patrick Antelmi in quick succession in the opening stanza saw Sydney United 58 grab a hold on the game early, cemented by a penalty converted by Antelmi moments before the half-time whistle.
A third goal to Antelmi in the early stages of the second half and a final fifth goal from Glen Trifiro saw the home side finish off a dominant attacking performance and huge defensive effort to maintain a clean sheet against Manly, who kept trying to claw their way into the game right up until the final whistle.
The win, and the all-important three points that come with it, helped Sydney United climb to third place on the NPL NSW Men’s ladder ahead of the second half of the season.
Sydney FC 3 – Wollongong Wolves 5 at Rockdale Ilinden Sports Centre
Wollongong Wolves earned their third victory of the season with a 5-3 win against Sydney FC at Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday
A brace to Marcus Beattie, as well as goals to Lachlan Scott, Nav Darjani, and Daniel Loe helped Wollongong claim a vital three points on the road.
Patrick Wood nabbed a brace for the home side but it wasn’t enough for Sydney FC who remain slumped at the bottom of the ladder.
The win moves Wollongong up to eighth place on the competition ladder, four points outside the top five