Round 18 of the PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition is in the bag and Blacktown City are ones again a step ahead the pack.
City cruised to a big win against Sydney Olympic FC which provided trailing teams a chance to climb up the ladder.
Manly United FC took full advantage during this week’s Match Of The Round with victory on the road against Rockdale City Suns.
Rockdale City Suns 0 – Manly United FC 2 at Ilinden Sports Centre
Manly United has solidified their spot in the PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s top five with a 2-0 win against Rockdale City Suns at Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday.
A goal to Brendan Cholakian in the first half and another to Nikola Taneski, against his old side, were enough for a 2-0 victory for Warren Grieves’s men.
For Rockdale the defeat has put a major dent in their premiership hopes while Manly climbs to fourth with four rounds remaining.
Sutherland Sharks 0 – Bonnyrigg White Eagles 2 at Seymour Shaw
A goal either side of half time helped Bonnyrigg White Eagles to a 2-0 victory over Sutherland Sharks in a Saturday evening PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s clash at Seymour Shaw.
Goals to Zac Mackenzie and Ray Miller was the difference as the visitors claimed a hard fought victory.
Sutherland were unable to break down the Bonnyrigg defence as Grant Lee’s side succumbed to a tough defeat.
Hakoah Sydney City East 1-Wollongong Wolves 2 at Hensley Athletic Field
Wollongong Wolves claimed a valuable 2-1 PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s win over Hakoah Sydney City East at Hensley Athletic Field on Saturday night.
Two goals from Peter Simonoski cancelled out Dean Bereveskos’ first half opener and sealed the comeback for the visitors.
Hakoah went ahead in the 20th minute but were pegged back on the hour, before Simonoski scored his second of the night with a little over ten minutes remaining to hand Wollongong the win, and three much-needed points in their push for a place in the finals.
Blacktown City FC 4 – Sydney Olympic FC 0 at Lily’s Football Centre
A James Andrew hat trick and a dominant second half performance has helped PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s league leaders Blacktown City to a 4-0 victory over Sydney Olympic at Lily’s Football Centre on Sunday afternoon.
The former Sutherland attacker was brought on at half time in a double substitution and laid on the opening goal for Joey Gibbs before claiming a fifteen-minute treble to keep City six points ahead of second-placed APIA Leichhardt.
The result is Blacktown’s seventh league victory in a row and leaves the Seven Hills outfit in pole position to claim their ninth premiership with Mark Crittenden’s side likely to seal their first trophy of the season with a win over APIA Leichhardt when the two challengers meet in round 21.
Sydney United 58 FC 2- Sydney FC 1 at Sydney United Sports Centre
A star performance from Panny Nikas has guided Sydney United 58 to a 2-1 PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s win against Sydney FC at Sydney United Sports Centre on Sunday.
United 58 took the ascendancy early and never looked back as they kept the young Sky Blues’ keeper busy with efforts throughout.
Nikas was in trademark devastating form and gave the home side the lead on the cusp of halftime before Chris Payne wrapped up the result for United 58 midway through the second stanza.
Sydney FC had three players backing up from a friendly against Arsenal midweek and it showed with the visitors making a slow start to the contest. However, a goal to John Iredale was no more than a consolation with United holding firm.
APIA Leichhardt Tigers 6 – Parramatta FC 0 at Lambert Park
APIA Leichhardt Tigers has returned to the winners circle with a dominant 6-0 PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s victory against Parramatta FC at Lambert Park on Sunday.
Jordan Murray was the star of the performance after the young striker scored a hat trick in only nine minutes in a relentless showing from APIA.
An own goal from Parramatta’s Marcus Plataniotis started the APIA onslaught and within 29 minutes the home side had a six goal lead thanks to Murray’s three goals as well as a strike from Josh Symons and a second Parramatta own goal.
APIA took their foot off the gas in the second half, but the damage was done as they clinched a vital three points after what has been a tough few weeks for the club.