Rockdale City Suns have surged into the NSW NPL top-five on the back of a fourth straight league win over the weekend.
The Suns overcame Manly United 2-1 thanks to goals from Jordan Figon and Sasa Macura to jump up to fourth spot, a far cry from where they were little more than a month ago, when former coach Paul Reid was sacked for poor results.
Rockdale have won six matches since Nick Porecca took charge and are one of the form teams of the league.
Elsewhere, Wollongong Wolves maintained their spot at the top with a 4-0 drubbing of Blacktown City – with Thomas James scoring twice – while Sydney Olympic beat Marconi Stallions 3-1 and APIA Leichhardt overcame Sydney FC by the same score.
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Stefan Zinni was the hero for Avondale FC, who continued their outstanding season to date with a 3-0 victory over Altona Magic.
Zinni scored a sublime hat-trick for Zoran Markovski’s troops, who maintain their six-point lead at the top of the ladder.
In other results, Heidelberg United kept up the pressure on Avondale with a 2-0 win over Port Melbourne Sharks, while Bentleigh Greens edged past Dandenong City 1-0.
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A 10-man Olympia Warriors scored in stoppage-time to snatch a 3-3 draw with South Hobart in the top-of-the-table clash in Tasmania over the weekend.
In the match of the season so far at Darcy Street, Hobart led 2-1 at the break and then 3-2 with just five minutes to go when Lucas Hill was sent off for the Warriors.
But Hobart were unable to hold on to their advantage, with Jordan Scott finding the net from a well-worked free-kick to salvage a draw and maintain the Warriors' six-point lead at the top of the ladder.
Elsewhere, the Hobart Zebras and Devonport Strikers drew 1-1, while Riverside Olympic prevailed 3-1 against Clarence United.
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Canberra Olympic came from behind to maintain their 100% record in the ACT with a 2-1 win over Tuggeranong United.
Trailing 1-0 midway through the second half, goals from Nik Popovich and Kofi Danning made it three-from-three for Olympic.
In other results, champions Canberra FC lost 3-2 to Belconnen United, while Tigers FC beat Woden-Weston 3-1 thanks to Nico Abot’s hat-trick.
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Perth SC’s undefeated start to the season continued as they claimed a 2-0 victory over Balcatta on Saturday thanks to first-half goals from Michael Domfeh and Gustavo Catarcione.
After eight rounds, Perth SC have a four-point lead at the top over Perth Glory, who also claimed all three points over the weekend.
Richie Garcia’s Glory beat Rockingham City 4-2, with most of the damage coming in a dominant first-half, where a double from Walter Scott, as well as a goal to Nick Walsh, had them leading 3-0.
Bayswater City were the most impressive winners of the weekend, crushing Stirling Lions 6-1, with Darryl Nicol scoring a first-half hat-trick.
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There was nothing unlucky about 13 for runaway leaders Peninsula Power, who recorded their 13th win from as many games this season over the weekend.
The Power were made to work hard for the points though, edging past Gold Coast United 1-0 to open up a nine-point lead at the top of the ladder.
Brisbane Strikers had the biggest win of the weekend as they thumped Magpies Crusaders 6-0, while South West Queensland Thunder squeezed past Eastern Suburbs 3-2.
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