Sydney United 58 were the big movers in NSW, joining APIA Leichhardt in a share of second spot after their 3-1 win over Sydney FC at Lambert Park.
Peter Simonoski scored a double for United, making it five goals in his last two appearances in the NSW NPL and helping the club close within four points of leaders Wollongong Wolves.
Luke Wilkshire’s Wolves were held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Sutherland Sharks, thanks to a stunning scorpion kick goal to Nikola Djordjevic, as well as an 11th goal of the campaign for star striker Thomas James.
In other results, champions Sydney Olympic flexed their muscle against APIA Leichhardt in a 3-1 win, while Manly United moved into the top five with a late 2-1 win over Hakoah.
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Perth SC maintained their four-point lead at the top of the table after a 2-1 win over Bayswater City.
Gustavo Catarcione and Michael Domfeh scored the goals at Frank Drago Reserve to inflict a third loss of the season on Bayswater.
Elsewhere, two goals from Gomo Dukuly helped Perth Glory stay second with a 5-2 thrashing of Sorrento, while Floreat Athena beat Balcatta 2-0 and both Inglewood United and ECU Joondalup won 4-3 in their respective matches.
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There’s a three-way tie at the top of the ladder in Northern NSW after Lambton Jaffas’ unbeaten start to the season came to an end at the hands of Newcastle Jets Youth on Saturday.
The Jaffas went down 3-1, with two cracking first-half goals from Maki Petratos inspiring the Jets youngsters to a massive upset.
Elsewhere, Broadmeadow Magic were amongst the goals again, putting five past Weston Bears – a week after they scored nine against Valentine – in a 5-3 classic at Magic Park.
All five goals came in a crazy first-half as Charlestown City Blues edged past Valentine Phoenix 3-2 and Adamstown Rosebud beat Hamilton Olympic 2-1.
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The match of the weekend in Victoria turned out to be Kingston City’s clash with Bentleigh, with the Greens running out 4-3 winners.
Bentleigh scored all four of their goals in the first-half, including one from Western United FC recruit Valentino Yuel.
Elsewhere, the new coaching team of Ante Moric and Sasa Ognenovski at Dandenong City went down 5-2 against Heidelberg United, while league-leaders Avondale overcame Oakleigh Cannons 3-1.
Melbourne Knights stayed third with a 2-1 win over Green Gully, while South Melbourne and Dandenong Thunder played out a 2-2 draw.
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Australian Capital Territory
Defending champions Canberra FC are finally off the mark in 2019, producing a stunning second-half fightback to register their first win of the campaign.
They trailed 2-0 at the break against Monaro Panthers but stormed back to win 4-2, thanks in large part to a hat-trick from Daniel Barac.
Elsewhere, Woden-Weston continued their strong start to the season with a 1-0 win over Riverina Rhinos thanks to Luke Dark’s goal, while Tigers FC held on for a 3-2 win over Belconnen United.
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Champions Campbelltown City were the most impressive side in Round 8 over the weekend, cruising to a big 4-1 win over Adelaide Olympic.
It’s been an inconsistent start by the 2018 powerhouses, but they are up to third on the congested ladder in South Australia.
In other matches, Adelaide Blue Eagles stay top after a 2-1 win over Croydon Kings, Adelaide Comets were too good for Adelaide United 3-1 and MetroStars edged out the Raiders 1-0.
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With half of the round played on ANZAC Day, there were only two matches in the Apple Isle over the weekend.
Devonport Strikers bounced back from their first defeat of the season in impressive style, defeating Launceston City 5-2 to move back to the top of the ladder.
Kingborough Lions had little trouble seeing off Clarence United, with South Hobart and Olympia Warriors both winning their matches on ANZAC Day.
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