Former Hyundai A-League stars Brendon Santalab and Adrian Leijer helped Dandenong City hold NPL Victoria leaders Avondale to a 0-0 draw away from home on Saturday afternoon.
Santalab and Leijer – who signed on at the club alongside former Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri last week – made their debuts and inspired the Endeavour Hills-based outfit to a hard-fought point.
It is arguably the club’s best result of the campaign so far, having secured just eight points from their previous 13 matches.
Valeri did not feature on the day, but Leijer and Santalab – the latter booked in the 60th minute – made an instant impact against a side who remain four points clear at the top of the ladder.
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New South Wales
Thomas James registered a hat-trick of assists and former Western Sydney Wanderers striker Lachlan Scott bagged a pair as Luke Wilkshire’s Wollongong Wolves beat Manly United 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The Wolves remain three points ahead of APIA Leichhardt Tigers at the top of the NPL NSW table.
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Perth SC continue to find a way in NPL WA. The league leaders mustered an 89th-minute strike from Michael Milenkovic to defeat Cockburn City 2-1 and open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table on Saturday. They have now gone 10 games undefeated since the start of the season.
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Broadmeadow Magic’s advantage at the NPL Northern NSW summit stands at a single point after the leaders were defeated 3-1 by Charlestown City Blues on Sunday.
Edgeworth and Weston Workers were the beneficiaries of that result, having notched 2-0 and 4-0 wins over Lambton Jaffas and Lake Macquarie City respectively.
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Campbelltown City are the new leaders in South Australia following their 2-0 win over Adelaide Blue Eagles in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday – meaning City move above the Eagles on goal difference.
Elsewhere, Adelaide Comets lost ground on the top two after managing a 1-1 draw away at West Adelaide.
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