Battered, bruised but spirit still intact, Sydney United 58 are gearing up for a titanic battle against old rivals APIA Leichhardt Tigers in this Saturday’s 2019 NPL NSW Grand Final.
The winner-takes-all clash at Bankwest Stadium will be the fifth match in 14 days for United 58, who secured their ticket with a 2-1 win over Premiers Wollongong Wolves last Saturday and were knocked out of the FFA Cup 2019 by Western Sydney Wanderers in a 7-1 midweek loss.
APIA Leichhardt are hoping for a case of third time lucky. The Tigers are playing their third consecutive Grand Final, having lost the 2017 and 2018 editions to Manly United and Sydney Olympic respectively.
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Maitland secured their first-ever top-flight title last weekend and travel to Broadmeadow Magic in the first two-legged semi-final this Saturday.
Reigning Champions Edgeworth host Lambton Jaffas in the other semi-final first leg on Sunday.
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Adelaide Comets take a 1-0 lead to Premiers Campbelltown City in the second leg of their Semi-Final.
Meanwhile, Adelaide Olympic and MetroStars will face off in the Elimination Final.
Both games are on Saturday.
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Canberra Olympic beat Tigers FC to the Premiership on the last day of the regular season, and the two giants meet again in Saturday’s qualifying final.
The elimination final will see Gungahlin play Canberra FC after the latter snuck into the top four on the final day.
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Perth SC will enter the final weekend of the regular season in WA celebrating their back-to-back Premiership win against Sorrento.
Bayswater City are aiming to nail down the fourth and final top four spot against Cockburn City, while fifth-placed Balcatta will need to beat relegated Stirling Lions and hope Bayswater slip up to make the finals.
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Lions FC completed back-to-back Premierships last weekend and will celebrate this triumph at home to Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
Elsewhere, heavyweights Gold Coast Knights and Brisbane Olympic face off before the finals series.
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Elimination finals begin in Victoria with Oakleigh Cannons hosting Hume City.
Green Gully take on Bentleigh Greens in the other fixture.
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Devonport Strikers sealed their third title in four seasons last week and ramp up their semi-final preparations by visiting Clarence United.
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