Round 22 Review - PS4 NPL NSW Men's 20s

13.08.2017

APIA Leichhardt Tigers face Sydney FC while Blacktown City will meet Sydney United 58 again in next weekend’s elimination final after an exciting final round of the regular season.

Match of the Round

Sutherland Sharks v Sydney Olympic, Sunday 1.00pm at Seymour Shaw

Sutherland Sharks crowned a dominant league campaign with a 3-0 victory over Sydney Olympic at Seymour Shaw on Sunday afternoon.

The newly crowned premiers started slowly and will be frustrated by their profligacy at times but eased to their sixteenth win of the season thanks to a pair of late penalties from Matias Da Silva Santos and a close range finish from Harry Sutherland.

Nick Dimovski’s side will now receive a one week rest and will face the winner of next Sunday’s qualifying final between APIA Leichhardt Tigers and Sydney FC.

Sutherland and Dimovski may have had half an eye on that encounter in the opening half which saw the Sharks opt to rotate their attacking arsenal which allowed the visitors to enjoy the better of a disjointed opening half.

The Blues went closest to breaking the deadlock through Sebastian Malfara who sent a volley over the bar early on before forcing Sutherland gloveman Nikolas Loe into a good acrobatic save to deny the Olympic midfielder from long distance, while Loe also was on guard to race out and smother a chance from Ismail Hares on the cusp of half time.

However the introductions of Matias Da Silva Santos and Jake Borromeo after the interval immediately upped the ante for the hosts who would go on to comprehensively outplay the visitors in the second stanza.

Only some wayward Sutherland finishing and a series of excellent stops from Olympic custodian Gabriel Koliomihos kept the scores level with the Blues goalkeeper making a pair of superb one on one saves from Borromeo and substitute Daniel Krkovski while also making an excellent parry to deny Da Silva Santo.

The hosts eventually broke through when Borromeo won a handball off Olympic defender Liam Flack with Santos finding the top left corner from the penalty spot.

Harry Sutherland made it two in as many minutes after turning in a rebound after Koliohomis had valiantly denied Borromeo.

And the premiers rounded off a comfortable afternoon with a minute remaining when Santos coolly picked out the bottom left from the spot after a Benjamin Morrison foul on Borromeo.

Sutherland manager Dimovski was pleased overall with his side's performance but said there could be no room for first half complacency in finals football.

"We played only one good half today and to win finals football you need to be able to string two good halves together", he said.

"Today our standards in the first half were nowhere near acceptable but the second half it was a different team and that was the Sharks we know.

 

"To be honest I thought we should have scored more than three goals but we'll take the points and look forward to the week off."

Match Stats

Sutherland Sharks 3 (Da Silva Santos 75’, 89’, Sutherland 77’)

Sydney Olympic 0

Sunday 13th of August 2017

Seymour Shaw, Miranda

Sutherland Sharks: 30. Lachlan Everett, 21. Nikolas Loe, 4. Andrija Mandic, 24. Adam Massoud, 23. Deren O’Brien, 33. Thomas Papa, 7. Jack Press, 26. Harrison Quirk, 36. Matthew Stewart, 27. Harry Sutherland, 37. Christian Torreli

Substitutes: 5. Matias Da Silva Santos, 34. Jake Borromeo, 29. Daniel Krkovski, 14. Angelo Parashis, 31. Robert Watson

Yellow Cards: N/A

Red Cards: N/A

Sydney Olympic: 21. Stephen Athanaseris, 35. Fikret Berisha, 13. Yahya Elhindi, 34. Liam Flack, 17. Charbel Haddad, 16. Ismail hares, 18. Gabriel Koliomihos, 15. Sebastian Malfara, 3. Benjamin Morrison, 26. Billy Patramanis, 30. Aidan Taouil

Substitutes: 28. Stefano Di Marino, 1. Joshua Hronopoulos, 11. Ali Dulleh, 10. Emmanuel Koumis, 8. Mitchell Ward

Yellow Cards: N/A

Red Cards: N/A

Sunday

Hakoah Sydney City East 4-1 Manly United, 1.00pm at Hensley Athletic Field

Hakoah Sydney City East concluded a positive season in style after hammering Manly United 4-1 at Hensley Athletic Field.

A Harry Jones brace and goals from Nathan Roberts and Dylan Blumberg saw the Waratah Cup champions finish in sixth position, three points behind fifth-placed Sydney United 58.

Paul Hubbard’s side will lament a few inconsistent patches throughout the year that prevents them from claiming a spot in the finals but should be overall pleased particularly with the performance of forward Connor Eldridge who netted 14 times in his 20 appearances.

Oliver Wiggin scored the consolation for Manly on the day to finish what has been a hugely underwhelming campaign for the 2016 champions who never really got going and will be dissatisfied with their 10th place finish.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers 4-1 Rockdale City Suns, 1.00pm at Lambert Park

APIA Leichhardt Tigers moved into second place and will play Sydney FC in next weekend’s qualifying final after defeating Rockdale City Suns 4-1 at Lambert Park.

A brace from Jordan Morfitis and Aedon Kyra did the damage for Franco Consentino’s side on what was a great day overall for the Tigers with the first grade side sealing the 2017 premiership hours later.

It was also a minor triumph for Kyra who cemented the golden boot (18 goals) with another excellent display, pipping Blacktown City’s Mason Ireland (17) to the prize.

The Tigers have now won four of their last five and are nearing their best form of the campaign ahead of next weekend’s qualifying final.

Rockdale needed to gain all three points to make the finals on the day but the loss moves the Suns into eighth position at the completion of the regular season.

Stamati Glaros’ side struck a rich vein of form late in the year but a spot in the top five proved too much of an ask for the Suns who will regret a poor opening to the campaign.

Parramatta 0-3 Bonnyrigg White Eagles, 1.00pm at Melita Stadium

Bonnyrigg White Eagles ensured they finished the season on a high thanks to a 3-0 victory over Parramatta at Melita Stadium.

Hamish Brown’s men scored through Hassan Jalloh, Luke Ivanovic and Dalibor Malisevic to consign the Eagles to their sixteenth consecutive defeat.

Bonnyrigg finish the season in seventh position having admirably turned their campaign around midway through the year but a disastrous start to the season proved fatal to their semi-final chances.

Parramatta have been propping up the competition table since the early rounds and although the Melita Stadium outfit have offered some valiant showings the 2017 season will not be one the Eagles will recall fondly.

Sydney United 58 3-2 Blacktown City, 1.00pm at Sydney United Sports Centre

Sydney United 58 improved their status as genuine championship contenders after defeating Blacktown City 3-2 at Sydney United Sports Centre.

The Reds scored through an Adrian Vranic brace and Lawrence Hannah to stretch their winning streak to six and set up an elimination final against City next weekend.

City skipper Mason Ireland netted a brace in Blacktown’s defeat to take his tally for the campaign to 17 but John Carnevale’s side will be kicking themselves after letting slip what looked a firm grasp on second position.

Blacktown are now winless in their last four and need to muster a significant turnaround in form when the two sides meet again next weekend.

Wollongong Wolves 4-6 Sydney FC, 1.00pm at WIN Stadium

Sydney FC claimed third position and will face APIA Leichhardt Tigers in next weekend’s qualifying final after edging Wollongong Wolves in a 6-4 thriller at WIN Stadium.

The Sky Blues found the back of the net through Benjamin Koop’s double and further goals to Cooper Coskerie, Marco Tilio and Finn Ballard Mcbride to confirm their participation in the finals series.

Opponents Wollongong had failed to score in any of their previous four matches but made up for that with four goals on the day from Jarrad Wiley’s brace and a strike apiece from Jack Lombo and Tory Musumeci.

The Wolves finished eleventh overall on the competition ladder.

-By Jacob Windon