Rockdale City Suns are top of the table after an editing Round 8 of PlayStation®4 NPL NSW.
A big win from the Suns ensured they would finish the round in first place after APIA went down to an inspired Sydney Olympic side on Sunday afternoon.
Rockdale City Suns remains undefeated but will need to maintain their defeat free streak if they are to hold out second placed Blacktown City FC who have also not yet lost a game this season.
Only three points splits the top four teams with plenty on the line coming into the mid-point of the season.
This week’s Match of The Round featured Blacktown City against Manly United at Lily’s Football Stadium.
Blacktown City FC 3 - Manly United FC 2 at Lily’s Football Stadium
Blacktown City survived a late scare against Manly United to edge fellow championship hopefuls Manly United FC 3-2 at Lilys Football Centre on Saturday evening.
It was one way traffic after 80 minutes for the hosts with a brace from star Danny Choi and a goal from substitute James Andrew sending Mark Crittenden’s side heading toward a comfortable victory.
But late consolation goals from Nikola Taneski and Travis Oughtred sliced Blacktown City’s advantage and added a sheen of respectability to the score line the visitors had scarcely merited prior to their fightback.
Although the visitors were handicapped by the unfortunate late withdrawal of Matthew Fletcher, who was replaced by Taneski in the matches opening moments after a nasty collision with the fence, Warren Grieve’s side could only manage a handful of shots en route to their consecutive third match without a win.
The win means Blacktown City remain undefeated this season after eight rounds and now sit in second position on the ladder behind only on goal difference with leaders Rockdale City Suns.
Sutherland Sharks FC 0 - Wollongong Wolves FC 3 at Seymour Shaw
Two goals from star Japanese import Yuzo Tashiro has helped Wollongong Wolves to a handy 3-0 victory over Sutherland Sharks at Seymour Shaw on Saturday night.
Jacob Timpano’s side took a 1-0 lead into halftime after an early own goal from Christopher McStay, and doubled it midway through the second period with a confident penalty from Tashiro.
The striker claimed a second goal in the closing minutes of a game in which Sutherland fought hard to compete, but were left wanting in the crucial moments.
It’s been a tough few days for the Sharks who on Thursday saw their coach Carlos Vilazon part company with the club after their shock Westfield FFA Cup exit at the hands of PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues 3 NSW Men’s outfit Fraser Park.
The win was Wollongong second straight and has them in seventh position on the ladder, only two points out of the top five. Sutherland is in tenth.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC 0 - Rockdale City Suns FC 5 at Bonnyrigg Sports club
Bonnyrigg White Eagles’ woes continued as Rockdale City Suns extended their unbeaten run romping home to a 5-0 victory on Saturday night at Bonnyrigg Sports Club.
A double to Alec Urosevski and Jordan Figon, as well as a goal to Toufic Alameddine helped the visitors to the comprehensive win.
Urosevki opened the scoring in the eight minute but it wasn't until the start of the second half when Rockdale really took control when they scored three goals in five minutes. Figon capped off the result with a 91st minute goal to make it 5-0.
For the White Eagles it would be their seventh loss in eight games as the horror season continues for Brian Brown’s side.
Sydney United 58 FC 5 - Parramatta FC 0 at Sydney United Sports Centre
Sydney United 58 has piled more misery on Parramatta FC with a one sided 5-0 thrashing at Sydney United Sports Centre on Sunday.
Panny Nikas found the net from a cracking free kick as he led his side in a free scoring affair with Matt Sim scoring a double while, Glen Trifiro and Yutaro also found the back of the net.
Parramatta struggled to match it with a reinvigorated United 58 who appear nothing like the side which suffered a slow and frustrating start to the season.
Parramatta remain in 11th spot on the ladder, while the three points has Sydney United 58 move into fifth.
APIA Leichhardt Tigers 1 - Sydney Olympic FC 2 at Lambert Park
Sydney Olympic has bounced back from the sudden resignation of coach to deliver an inspired 2-1 win against PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition leaders APIA Leichhardt Tigers at Lambert Park on Sunday.
The sudden departure of Portuguese head coach Jaime Monroy proved no distraction for the visitors as they notched their fifth win of the season in impressive style.
Olympic gave their travelling fans a performance to be proud of as they raced out of the block with Yu Kuboki and Radovan Pavicevic finding the net during the first half.
APIA struggled to find their way into the way during what was a lethargic performance from Danial Cummins’ top of the table side. A late goal from tricky winger Corey Bizco proved to be a mere consolation for the home side as they suffered only their second defeat of the season.
Hakoah Sydney City East FC 2 - Sydney FC 1 at Hensley Athletic Field
A 60th minute Brad Walker strike has helped Hakoah Sydney City East clinch a hard fought 2-1 PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s win against Sydney FC at Hensley Athletic field.
The hard fought victory was Hakoah’s third of the season and first ever win against their Eastern suburbs rivals.
After taking the early lead through Andre De Jong, Sydney FC could have equalised going into the break but for a penalty that hit the post.Hakoah were then caught early in the second half by a Charles Lokolingoy goal which seemed to spur them back into action and, thanks to Walker’s goal shortly afterwards, ensured that they would secure all three points.