Check out the key players to watch out for from the APIA Leichhardt Tigers in the big National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s Grand Final against Sydney Olympic on Sunday at Leichhardt Oval.
Veteran shot stopper Ivan Necevski has had another strong season in between the sticks for APIA.
With a career spanning 17 years and 10 seasons in the A-League, Necevski’s experience and composure in big matches will be priceless for APIA on grand final day.
Necevski’s penalty shootout save to deny Shannon Cole in the preliminary final was a crucial moment of The Tiger’s season and he could be set for further game changing moments against Olympic
APIA Leichhardt Tigers’ Japanese import Tasuku Sekiya has taken his game to another level in 2018.
Whether it was his FFA Cup heroics against Melbourne Victory, the classy chip against Rockdale City Suns or his reinvention as a target man, Sekiya has proven he is no one trick pony.
A technical player who has added a new found physicality to his game, Sekiya is sure to be a big part of any APIA victory.
Tigers’ captain Sean Symons may not have found the back of the net as much this season, but his importance to APIA has never been greater.
The marauding winger is a regular attacking threat for the Lambert Park based side with Symons capable of creating chances as well as just putting the ball in the back of the net.
Nothing would mean more to Symons than leading this group to Grand Final success so expect a marathon performance from the young midfielder.
APIA Leichhardt Tigers defender Nathan Millgate has become an integral part of the side’s success and will be a player to watch on grand final day.
The towering wing back is a potent scoring threat from set pieces as was proven when he leaped above the Melbourne Victory defence to head home the winner in APIA’s historic FFA Cup triumph.
Millgate’s impressive fitness allows him to be both a solid body in defence as well as a wide attacking threat and he will likely be a big part of APIA’s game plan against Olympic.