Weekend wrap: National Premier Leagues

We’re getting down to the business end in the National Premier Leagues right around the country, with some key matches played over the weekend.

And some of the key title contenders made their moves, with more twists and turns assured in coming weeks.

Here’s a snapshot of all the best actions from around Australia with our NPL weekend wrap.

NEW SOUTH WALES

APIA Leichhardt and Sydney Olympic remain locked in a two-way battle for the Premiership after both recorded wins to be equal on points with two games to play.

The Tigers are top on goal difference after a 6-2 demolition of third-placed Sydney United 58 – with Jordan Murray bagging four goals - while Olympic had Spanish striker Alejandro Sanchez to thank for their 3-1 win over Sutherland Sharks.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth Glory is in the box seat to clinch a maiden NPL title in the west after opening up a six-point gap at the top of the ladder.

Glory’s 3-0 home win over Stirling Lions, coupled with Perth SC’s 2-2 draw at Balcatta, means they need just two more wins to secure the Premiership.

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QUEENSLAND

Lions FC have opened up a three-point lead at the top in Queensland after they backed up their midweek win in the FFA Cup with a 5-1 drubbing of SWQ Thunder.

The Western Pride are up to second courtesy of their 3-1 triumph over Gold Coast United FC.

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VICTORIA

A stunning second-half display has maintained Heidelberg United’s stranglehold on top spot in Victoria.

The ‘Bergers came from a goal down to beat South Melbourne to two-points clear of Bentleigh Greens, who beat Green Gully 2-0.

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ACT

There’s a new leader in the nation’s capital after a dramatic weekend.

Canberra Olympic are now first after they scored twice in the second-half to beat Gungahlin United 2-1, leapfrogging Canberra FC who were held to a 2-2 draw by Belconnen United.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Campbelltown City wrapped up the Premiership in South Australia after a 4-1 drubbing of Sturt Lions over the weekend.

That result means they are four points clear of MetroStars – who beat Croydon Kings by the same score – with one round to go.

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TASMANIA

Devonport registered their sixth clean sheet of the season to beat Olympia 2-0 to keep them five points clear at th top of the table with five games to go.

But they’ll be pushed all the way as Launceston City showed no signs of slowing down by crushing Clarence 5-0.

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NORTHERN NSW

Edgeworth Eagles missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Maitland.

But the Eagles are still four points ahead of Lambton Jaffas, who beat Newcastle Jets Youth 3-0 earlier in the week.

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