Weekend wrap from around the National Premier Leagues

Top spot changed hands in two leagues while others maintained their advantages at the top of National Premier Leagues ladders around the country at the weekend.

Check out the pick of the action below.

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Not a single side in the NPL NSW top five managed a win this weekend, with draws and losses dotting the top end of the table.

APIA Leichhardt managed to hold onto top spot despite a 3-all draw with fifth-placed Sutherland Sharks, with Sydney Olympic failing to take advantage from second place after a 2-all draw with Rockdale City Suns.

Sydney FC remains rooted to the bottom of the ladder after going down 2-1 to Manly United, a 68th minute Trevor Oughtred goal sealing the three points.


Second-placed Bentleigh Greens turned the heat up at the top end of the NPL VIC with a tight 1-0 win over Heidelberg United on a foggy Friday night.

They’re now level on points with first-placed Avondale FC, whose ten-men managed a point against Pascoe Vale.

Elsewhere there were wins for Port Melbourne Sharks and Green Gully Cavaliers, who smacked Melbourne Knights 5-1.


Charlestown remains three points clear at the top of the NPL NNSW after a tight 2-1 win over Weston Bears on Sunday.

Premiers for the previous three years, Edgeworth’s evergreen striker Daniel McBreen showed that class is permanent as he came off the bench to score two goals in a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Hamilton Olympic.

Broadmeadow Magic recovered from the loss of two players to injury in the first half to record a 4-0 win over Adamstown, while Maitland beat Jets Youth 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.


A big win for Western Pride has had a big impact on the ladder as their 6-1 triumph over Brisbane Roar moved the side into first place.

The side they’ve dethroned, for now, Olympic FC, went down 1-0 on Sunday afternoon and finished the match with ten men.

Magpies Crusaders snagged just their second win of the campaign with a thrilling 5-3 victory over Redlands United. The match was locked at 3-all with ten minutes of normal time remaining but goes from Mitchell Lynch and Kyle Markham pushed the home side to victory.  


A battle at the bottom seen West Torrens Birkalla propel themselves off the foot of the ladder with a 2-0 win over Sturt Lions. The Lions, who are without a win since round one now at the bottom.

At the other end, MetroStars maintained their three-point buffer at the top with a big 5-0 win over South Adelaide. Second-placed Adelaide City kept up the pressure with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Croydon Kings.

Campbelltown City and Adelaide Comets played out a scoreless draw and Para Hills Knights went down to West Adelaide 2-1 in a round which seen no movement on the ladder from anyone below eleventh.


Perth Glory jumped two places into top spot with a 94th-minute winner over Stirling Lions on Saturday.

They were able to take advantage of formerly first Perth SC slipping up to seventh-placed Balcatta 1-0, while Bayswater City went to third after losing 2-0 to Floreat Athena.

ECU Joondalup came out on top, 3-1 winners over local rivals and last-placed Joondalup United while there were also wins for Inglewood United and Cockburn City.


Woden Weston were the biggest losers from this weekend’s action in the ACT after slipping three places to fifth on the ladder with a 2-0 loss to league leaders Tuggeranong United.

Canberra FC jumped into second despite having played fewer matches than the sides around them with a 3-1 win over Gungahlin United.

Elsewhere Riverina Rhinos got their second win of the season with a 3-0 triumph over Monaro Panthers, and Belconnen United finished with ten men as they went down 3-2 to Canberra Olympic.


A slip-up from Launceston City has opened the door after they played out a scoreless stalemate with sixth-placed South Hobart.

It was a first point of the season for Clarence United as they held Kingbourough to 1-all, while Devonport moved into second with a 3-2 win over Northern Rangers.

Hobart Zebras will have the chance to go to the top of the ladder on Anzac Day when they face fourth-placed Olympia Warriors.