Blacktown and Olympic ready for Grand Final showdown

It all comes down to this for Blacktown City and Sydney Olympic, two of the most attractive football sides in this season's NPL NSW Mens 1 competition.

The similarities are stark.

Both sides play open, attractive football but are also strong defensively.

Both have had an in-season slump and both have peaked at the right time, coming good in time for the Championship Series.

Blacktown City broke a run of games without scoring in round 22, thrashing Blacktown Spartans 7-0, which set the platform for their strong form in the final series.

They beat Spartans again the next week, 3-0, before advancing to the grand final with a 1-0 over the premiers Bonnyrigg White Eagles thanks to a late Kearyn Baccus penalty.

It means that Mark Crittenden's side has had a week off to freshen up and shake off any niggles. Their side is built on pace, with the flair of Ryuji Miyazawa knitted together nicely with Travis Major and Mitchell Mallia.

Baccus holds it all together in midfield, while at the back Zac Cairncross has had his best ever season.

Blacktown City are not afraid to attack and when they are on on song, they are a joy to watch.

Sydney Olympic have had to play and extra game in the Championship Series but they have improved with each performance.

Their 2-1 win over Rockdale City Suns pitted them against Blacktown Spartans in the second week and when Olympic won 3-0, they had to play Bonnyrigg last weekend.

It was one of the best games of the season. Olympic played as huge chunk of the 120' minutes with 10 men and when it finished 1-1, five perfect penalties and a save from Paul Henderson sent them to the grand final.

Much has been written and said about Taiga Soeda and Go Shirai, but with good reason. The two are the perfect partners in crime and have added a huge amount of class to Grant Lee's side.

With former Blacktown City attacker Harris Gaitatzis and Dimitri Hatzimouratis, they form a potent attack that has shredded many a defence this season.

Ryan Keir is the glue in midfield, and captain Petar Markovic and goalkeeper Paul Henderson add experience at the back.

The pace with which Olympic attack is a joy to behold and they are so devastating when they get the chance.

There is not a shred off doubt that these two sides absolutely deserve to face off in the grand final.

May the best team win.

Blacktown City FC v Sydney Olympic
Sunday 14 September 2014
Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park
Kick-off: 4pm 

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