The Stallions got one-up over stern rival APIA-Leichhardt Tigers, meanwhile the Blues scored a much needed win in the 2011 grand-final replay.
At the top of the ladder, Bonnyrigg White Eagles were held at Seymour Shaw by Sutherland Sharks; South Coast Wolves made the most of the White Eagles slip-up with a win at Manly United FC, meanwhile Blacktown City were stunned at home by Rockdale City Suns.
At the bottom of the ladder, APIA-Leichhardt Tigers, Manly United FC and Parramatta FC all failed to pick up any points in Round 13.
Sutherland Sharks 1 Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1
A very tightly contested encounter at Seymour Shaw saw the Sharks and White Eagles share the spoils after the 90’ minutes of football.
The League leader’s found an early goal via Alex Mansueto on 3’ minutes. Mansueto capitalised on a loose Sharks clearance inside the penalty-area, reacting first to side foot the ball into the back of the net.
The Sharks’ response was instant, though a well-drilled Bonnyrigg outfit managed to maintain their measure with some good organisation across the back as the encounter became a very physical one with neither side holding back.
The Sharks found their equaliser after the break as Matt Bailey’s perfectly floated cross picked out Blake Powell who diverted his header past Nikodin Matic, much to the relief of the Sharks’ supporters.
Sutherland dominated the closing stages with a lot of possession, however the White Eagles continued to pose a major threat with Nikola Zonjic and Robbie Younis carving out chances.
In the end, the 1-1 draw suits Bonnyrigg just fine with the side sitting in a commanding spot at the top of the ladder, meanwhile Sutherland still need to collect wins in the run home to the finals if their spot in the top-five is going to be secured.
Marconi Stallions 2 APIA-Leichhardt Tigers 0
Marconi Stallions exacted some revenge over APIA-Leichhardt following the Tigers emphatic 5-0 Cup quarter-final win en-route to the 2012 Waratah Cup Final.
In a rather lackluster match where few chances were created on a very cold evening, two second-half goals proved to be the difference for the home side.
Daniel Severino opened the scoring for the Stallions in the 70’ minute when his shot from the edge of the penalty-area took a somewhat fortuitous deflection, sending Tigers’ goalkeeper David Bradasevic the wrong way in the process.
8’ minutes later, Nathan Elasi got in behind the Tigers defence to lob the ball over Bradasevic to kill off the match.
The Tigers did have a chance late-on to pull a goal back though Adam Casey was denied by a fine James Chronopoulos save to seal the three-points for Marconi.
Manly United FC 0 South Coast Wolves 2
Manly United’s winless start on their newly laid artificial surface at Cromer Park continued last night as Trevor Morgan’s South Coast Wolves deservedly secured a 2-0 win to keep pace with the high-flying Bonnyrigg.
Late goals to Sean Robertson and Sasho Petrovski proved the difference, on the perfect playing surface in the Northern Beaches.
Petrovski and John Martinovski combined exceptionally well on 84’ minutes to play Robertson into a goal scoring position; Robertson, from 6-yards, could not miss as he opened the scoring with a strong finish.
In injury-time, Petrovski was this time assisted by Robertson as he drilled home the second for the Wolves to secure the points for the team from the South Coast.
Sydney Olympic 2 Sydney United 58 FC 1
Reigning champions Sydney Olympic scored a much needed win to break into the top-five against Sydney United 58 FC in a ‘home clash’ played at Sydney United Sports Centre.
The Reds started the match on the right foot with some great possession and scoring chances, though the Blues proved to be dangerous on the counterattack.
Jared Lum opened the scoring for Sydney United on 33’ minutes from the penalty-spot, sending Paul Henderson the wrong way after the Reds’ number 8 had been fouled by Marton Vass.
Sydney Olympic equalised 2’ minutes later at the other end following a foul on Zak Elrich inside the penalty-area. Reds goalkeeper Tomislav Romic parried Chris Triantis’ penalty, though Triantis was quick to pounce on the rebound to restore parity.
The young Reds goalkeeper played a near perfect match, constantly frustrating the Blues with some world class saves.
Unfortunately for the shot-stopper, and the Reds, a mistimed attempt to claim a floating ball in the 89’ minute saw another youngster, Amaury Gauthier, snatch the win for Sydney Olympic with a brave header.
Blacktown City FC 2 Rockdale City Suns 3
Rockdale City Suns’ fine run continued with a stunning upset of Blacktown City FC. Pece Cvetanovski’s glancing header on 36’ minutes put the Suns ahead before Alec Urosevski headed home the Suns second early in the second-half.
Blacktown City re-opened the contest shortly after with a well-taken goal by Ray Miller who slotted the ball past Ryan Norval, however the Suns restored their two-goal lead just before the hour as Urosevski’s inswinging corner beat everyone to finish in the back of the net.
Rockdale City had their chances to further increase their lead however it was Blacktown City who would score next, Ryuji Miyazawa brought the deficit back to one.
Some desperate defending by the visitors at the end ensured Rockdale City left Lily Homes Stadium with maximum points.
Parramatta FC 1 Blacktown Spartans 1
Blacktown Spartans squandered a one-goal lead to draw with Parramatta FC at Melita Stadium. Greg Kondek gave the Spartans the lead on 14’ minutes with a fine header for the visitors, though Ben De Haan’s men failed to find the second goal that would give the side a cushion.
Instead, a reinvigorated Parramatta FC following the half-time break found an equaliser via Joel Wood who coolly slotted the ball past Carlos Saliadarre.
Despite both sides throwing caution to the wind in search of a winner, the spoils were shared at Melita Stadium on a chilly Sydney Sunday afternoon.
NSW Premier League Round 13 Results
Manly United FC 0 South Coast Wolves 2 (Sean Robertson 84m, Sasho Petrovski 91m)
Saturday, 23rd June 2012, Cromer Park
Sutherland Sharks 1 (Blake Powell 56m) Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1 (Alex Mansueto 3m)
Saturday, 23rd June 2012, Seymour Shaw Park
Marconi Stallions 2 (Daniel Severino 70m, Nathan Elasi 78m) APIA Leichhardt Tigers
Saturday, 23rd June 2012, Marconi Stadium
Sydney Olympic 2 (Chris Triantis 36m pen, Amaury Gauthier 87m) v Sydney United 58 1 (Jared Lum 35m pen)
Sunday 24th June 2012, Sydney United Sports Centre
Blacktown City FC 2 (Ray Miller 49m, Ryuji Miyazawa 80m) v Rockdale City Suns 3 (Peter Cvetanovski 35m, Alec Urosevski 46m/58m)
Sunday 24th June 2012, Lily Homes Stadium
Parramatta FC 1 (Joel Wood 61m) v Blacktown Spartans 1 (Greg Kondek 14m)
Sunday 24th June 2012, Melita Stadium
NSW Premier League Table
POS P W L D F A GD PTS
1 Bonnyrigg White Eagles 12 9 1 2 26 10 16 29
2 South Coast Wolves 12 7 4 1 24 20 4 22
3 Blacktown City FC 13 6 3 4 22 18 4 22
4 Marconi Stallions 12 6 4 2 18 16 2 20
5 Sydney Olympic 12 5 4 3 18 15 3 18
6 Rockdale City Suns 12 5 5 2 19 18 1 17
7 Blacktown Spartans 13 5 6 2 19 24 -5 17
8 Sutherland Sharks 12 4 4 4 18 17 1 16
9 Sydney United 58 FC 13 4 6 3 12 17 -5 15
10 APIA Leichhardt Tigers 12 3 7 2 16 21 -5 11
11 Manly United FC 11 2 6 3 13 19 -6 9
12 Parramatta FC 12 1 7 4 8 18 -10 7
NSW Premier League Round 14 Fixtures
Saturday 30th June
7pm – Bonnyrigg White Eagles v APIA Leichhardt Tigers – Bonnyrigg Sports Centre
7.30pm – Marconi Stallions v Parramatta FC – Marconi Stadium
Sunday 1st July
3pm – Sydney Olympic v Blacktown Spartans – Belmore Sports Ground
3pm – Manly United v Sutherland Sharks – Cromer Park
3pm – Rockdale City Suns v South Coast Wolves – Illinden Sports Centre
4pm – Sydney United 58 v Blacktown City FC – Sydney United Sports Centre