National Premier Leagues: weekend wrap

It was a big weekend in the National Premier Leagues as derbies and upsets were dotted throughout the country.

Here's a snapshot of the results from around Australia.

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APIA Leichhardt shot back to the top of the table following a second win in four days, thrashing mid-table Rockdale City 5-0 on Saturday.

Those results edged them ahead of Sydney Olympic, who prevailed 2-0 at Marconi Stadium to leave the home side with a third straight loss.

The Stallions are now one of four teams just two points ahead of bottom-placed Bonnyrigg White Eagles after they were pegged back on three occasions by Sydney FC, the teams eventually settling for an entertaining 3-3 draw.


Avondale and Bentleigh Greens continue to share the leadership in Victoria after both notched impressive away wins in Round 6.

Heidelberg United also remain perfect following their 1-0 victory at struggling Northcote City.

On Monday, Bulleen Lions had hopes of a first win when they took an early lead against Port Melbourne Sharks, only to collapse to a 5-1 loss.

But the biggest result of the weekend undoubtedly arrived on Friday night as Melbourne Knights rallied back from a deficit to beat rivals South Melbourne 3-2.


Charlestown City Blues extended their lead atop NPL Northern NSW with 2-1 win over the previously unbeaten Lambton Jaffas.

Lambton included the likes of Jobe Wheelhouse and Joel and Ryan Griffiths in their squad, but a 94th-minute winner from Masaya Sakamoto meant they were upstaged by a team featuring former Caltex Socceroo Ljubo Milicevic.

Charlestown's success made second-placed Maitland pay for a 1-1 home draw with Valentine FC.


Olympic FC reaffirmed their status as the headline act in Queensland with a comfortable 3-0 defeat of Redlands United.

They are, however, still in the sights of Western Pride - 3-0 winners over Gold Coast United - and Lions FC, who cruised past SWQ Thunder 4-1. 

And there were bragging rights for fourth-placed Brisbane Strikers as they battled to a 4-2 derby triumph against Brisbane City.


MetroStars made South Australia sit up and take notice by winning 2-0 away to nearest competitors Adelaide City on Saturday.

Tom Wooding and Liam Strain scored the goals that opened up a three-point gap at the top.

Campbelltown City edged Adelaide Olympic 2-1 to stay in touch, while Adelaide Comets are fourth after shading a 3-2 thriller at Croydon Kings.


Reigning champions Bayswater City beat Perth Glory 2-0 to move two points clear of a Perth SC side that were held 2-2 by Cockburn City.

Elsewhere, Joondalup United are the only team yet to register a victory and sit four points adrift at the foot of the ladder.


Last year's bottom four all sprung upsets in a weekend full of surprises in the capital.

Belconnen United, Gungahlin United, Canberra United and Tigers FC were the victims of the boilovers.

The results mean Woden Weston, Tuggeranong United and Monaro Panthers make up an unexpected top three after two rounds.


Hobart Zebras made it three from three to start the season as they had too much class for Devonport Strikers in a 2-1 success.

With that result, Zebras put two points between them and Launceston City, who fought out a 1-1 derby draw with Northern Rangers.