Round 6 Review – NPL NSW Men’s 20’s
Sutherland Sharks continued its excellent defence of their 2017 title after claiming a fifth win in a row over Bonnyrigg White Eagles, while there was an upset at Sydney United 58 and another victory for Hakoah Sydney City East in round six of the NPL NSW Men’s 20’s.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 0-1 Sutherland Sharks, 5.00pm at Bonnyrigg Sports Club
Sutherland Sharks extended its lead of the competition to five points following gritty 1-0 win over Bonnyrigg White Eagles at Bonnyrigg Sports Club on Saturday afternoon
Noah Chia was the match winner for the reigning champions who battled their way to a fifth consecutive victory.
Nick Dimovski’s side now have a five point buffer over second-placed Sydney FC and will look to maintain its grip on the competition when they host APIA Leichhardt Tigers in next Saturday’s early afternoon kick off at Seymour Shaw.
The result leaves Bonnyrigg without a win in its last five matches with their opening day victory over Sydney Olympic the only victory Hamish Brown’s side have registered during the season’s opening.
However the last two performances from the White Eagles – a 5-5 draw with competition heavyweights Sydney FC, and a narrow loss to the Sharks on Saturday afternoon – indicates the standard of performances are progressing impressively.
Bonnyrigg can break their winless run next Sunday afternoon against Wollongong Wolves at WIN Stadium.
Manly United 1-1 Rockdale City Suns, 5.00pm at Cromer Park
Manly United and Rockdale City Suns settled for a 1-1 stalemate at Cromer Park on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts were on the scoresheet through William Martin but Rockdale’s Dimitrios Petratos notched his second goal of the season to earn a point for the City Suns.
The result leaves in tenth position ahead of a crunch match with bottom placed Sydney Olympic next Sunday lunchtime.
Manly are level with the Suns on five competition points but a vastly superior goal difference sees the Cromer Park outfit in eighth position.
United take on APIA Leichhardt Tigers in Wednesday night’s catch up fixture before heading to Lambert Park for a meeting with Sydney FC on Saturday.
Marconi Stallions 0-3 Hakoah Sydney City East, 5.00pm at Marconi Stadium
Hakoah Sydney City East have won back to back matches for the first time this season following an impressive 3-0 victory over Marconi at Marconi Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Paul Hubbard’s side opened their account for the season thanks to a 3-2 victory over Wollongong Wolves last week and were far too superior for Marconi, with Finley Hayhurst, Jordan Makridopolus and Connor Eldridge all getting their names on the scoresheet.
Having notched 14 goals to lead Hakoah’s finals charge last season, the goal for Eldridge is his first effort of the season and should prove to be a key moment for the improving Hakoah side and their top marksman.
Hakoah are now level on points with Marconi in seventh position ahead of a match with Sydney United 58 at Hensley Athletic Field next Saturday.
The defeat for Marconi is their first defeat since opening the campaign with a 2-1 loss against Sydney United 58 – the Stallions will look to get back on track next Saturday when they take on Blacktown City.
Sydney United 58 1-2 Wollongong Wolves, 5.30pm at Sydney United Sports Centre
Wollongong Wolves claimed the upset victory of round six after defeating Sydney United 58 at Sydney United Sports Centre on Saturday night.
Tory Musumeci’s fourth goal of the campaign and a strike from Marcus Bimbilovski ensures Wolves complete the round in the top five and snap a three match losing run in the process.
Modassir Hussain was on target for Sydney United 58 who have now lost two on the bounce ahead of next weekend’s date with in-form Hakoah Sydney City East.
Wollongong Wolves welcome Bonnyrigg White Eagles to WIN Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
APIA Leichhardt Tigers 2-3 Sydney FC, 1.30pm at Lambert Park
Sydney FC defeated APIA Leichhardt Tigers 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Lambert Park to keep up the pressure on competition leader Sutherland Sharks.
The Sky Blues had sensationally dropped points last weekend in a 5-5 draw with Bonnyrigg White Eagles but were too good for APIA Leichhardt with Hamish Lamberton’s brace and Jordan Swibel’s strike moving Sydney FC into third place.
The double for Lamberton is his seventh and eighth goals of the campaign – the former Sydney United 58 frontman now takes outright lead in the race for the golden boot.
APIA Leichhardt were on the scoresheet through Gino Cerasoli and Matthew Taverniti but were unable to avoid their second defeat of the season.
Franco Consentino’s side face Manly United in a catch up fixture on Wednesday night before facing competition frontrunners Sutherland Sharks next Saturday afternoon
Sydney FC host Manly United next Saturday night at Lambert Park.
Sydney Olympic 1-5 Blacktown City, 12.40pm at Belmore Sports Ground
Blacktown City rolled to its fourth consecutive victory after defeating strugglers Sydney Olympic 5-1 at Belmore Sports Ground.
John Carnevale’s side hit the net through Lachlan Rose who struck his third goal in as many weeks, with Jack Stewart, Adolph Koudakpo, John Azar and William Salinas completing the rout for City.
The result means Blacktown leapfrog Sydney FC and Sydney United 58 in second position and are three points behind leaders Sutherland Sharks.
Ahmad Safdari scored the lone effort for Sydney Olympic who slumped to their fourth defeat from five matches.
Next up for the Blues is a match against Rockdale City Suns at Belmore Sportsground on Sunday lunchtime.
Blacktown City host Marconi Stallions at Lily’s Football Centre on Saturday night.
- Jacob Windon