Oakleigh Cannons have breathed new life into the premiership race in Victoria, beating leaders Avondale FC in a seven-goal thriller on Saturday night.
Liam Boland’s 86th-minute goal looked to have salvaged a point for the Avengers when he made it 3-3 but Joe Guest had the final say, stealing victory for the Cannons in the second minute of stoppage-time.
That result – coupled with Heidelberg United’s thrilling 3-2 win over Dandenong City - has seen the ‘Bergers close to within five points of top spot, with a game in hand.
In other results, Bentleigh Greens were held to a 2-2 draw by Kingston City and Port Melbourne Sharks and Altona Magic shared eight goals in an incredible 4-4 draw at JL Murphy Reserve.
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New South Wales
Wollongong Wolves missed the opportunity to claim the premiership in NSW after slumping to a 2-0 defeat at in-form Blacktown City on Sunday.
After APIA Leichhardt were held to a 2-2 draw by Sydney FC on Saturday, Luke Wilkshire’s Wolves only needed a point at Lily Homes Stadium to ensure the premiership but went down thanks to goals from Grant Lynch and Joey Gibbs.
Sydney United 58 look to have cemented a top-five berth with a 3-0 win at Hakoah as Patrick Antelmi, Tariq Maia and Josh Macdonald got on the scoresheet.
Elsewhere, Mitch Mallia’s 77th-minute strike gave a 10-man Marconi a 1-0 win at Sydney Olympic, while Manly United’s finals hopes took a hit after a 2-0 loss at home against Rockdale City Suns.
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Adelaide Olympic completed a massive week for the club by beating league-leaders Campbelltown City 2-1 at Valo Football Centre on Saturday.
After their dramatic FFA Cup win on Wednesday night, Olympic moved into second spot with their victory over the defending champions thanks to Christos Pounendis’ double.
Olympic are now just four points off top spot in South Australia with three games to go.
Elsewhere, Adelaide Blue Eagles dropped from second to sixth spot as a result of their 1-0 loss against Croydon Kings and Raiders beat MetroStars 2-0.
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Australian Capital Territory
Tigers FC have firmed as premiership favourites in the nation’s capital despite not kicking a ball in anger over the weekend.
That’s because second-pace Canberra Olympic had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Belconnen United on Saturday.
Canberra FC were the most impressive performers of the weekend, thrashing Riverina Rhinos 9-0, with Jordan Lamb scoring a second-half hat-trick, while Daniel Barac finished with a brace.
Elsewhere, Tuggeranong United upset Monaro Panthers 2-1 and Gungahlin United crushed Woden-Weston 5-1.
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Devonport Strikers look to have wrapped up the premiership in the Apple Isle after winning their top-of-the-table clash against Olympia Warriors 4-1.
And it was Miles Barnard who stole the show, the experienced attacker scoring a hat-trick in the emphatic win.
The other big match over the weekend saw South Hobart warm up for this week’s FFA Cup 2019 Round of 32 clash against Marconi with a commanding display against Launceston City.
South also cruised to a 4-1 win as Kobe Kemp netted twice, while Nick Morton and Alex Walter also got on the scoresheet.
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The race to the title is set to go down to the wire after Weston Workers and Broadmeadow Magic played out a gripping 1-1 draw at Rockwell Automation Park.
With Edgeworth Eagles having the bye, this was a chance to close the gap on the league leaders but the shares were spoiled after the Workers’ Regan Lundy cancelled out Mitchell Oxborrow’s opener.
Edgeworth remain first, two points ahead of Weston with the Magic one point further back, although they do have a game up their sleeve.
Elsewhere, Maitland FC warmed up for their FFA Cup 2019 Round of 32 clash against Central Coast Mariners with a 3-2 win over Lake Macquarie City and Lambton Jaffas took care of Newcastle Jets Youth 3-0.
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Lions FC have strengthened their quest to be premiers in Queensland after an impressive 2-0 win over Olympic FC in the match of the round in the NPL.
And they have the Hore brothers to thank for the three points, as Mitchell and Henry Hore both got on the scoresheet at Goodwin Park on Sunday evening.
Lions FC remain one point behind leaders Peninsula Power, who beat SWQ Thunder 5-2 on Saturday, although the Power have played a game more.
In other games, Moreton Bay overcame Magpies Crusaders 4-1, Gold Coast Knights cruised to a 3-0 win over Eastern Suburbs and Brisbane City thrashed Brisbane Roar 5-0.
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Perth SC are just three wins away from retaining the premiership title after defeating Inglewood United 4-0 at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday.
The Azzurri maintained their eight-point gap at the top of the table with just five remaining, thanks to goals from Gustavo Catarcione, Harley Orr, Nicolo Sabatini (pictured below) and Michael Domfeh.
Floreat Athena bounced back from their midweek FFA Cup defeat to overcome Armadale 3-1 to remain in second spot.
In other results, Bayswater City suffered a 1-0 loss at Sorrento and Perth Glory were held to a goalless draw by ECU Joondalup.
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