IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 Round 5 Review


It’s five from five for Blacktown Spartans after their win at home to Sydney United.

It’s five from five for Blacktown Spartans after their win at home to Sydney United, but a shock defeat for Blacktown City means that Spartans have already opened up a five point lead at the top of the table.

APIA-Leichhardt Tigers remain winless but they will have found encouragement from their come-from-behind 2-2 draw at home to Sutherland Sharks.

In the Match of the Round Manly United stunned Blacktown City at Cromer Park.


APIA-Leichhardt Tigers 2-2 Sutherland Sharks, at Lambert Park

Sutherland dropped two points and will be disappointed to have done so after they raced to an early 2-0 lead at Lambert Park on Saturday night.

Panny Nikas gave the visitors the lead before Jamie McMaster doubled their money with a header to have Sutherland two up only 12 minutes in.

Matthew Mayora pulled one back for APIA after a sublime pass from Franco Parisi, giving APIA renewed hope in the second period.

Andrew Bazi in goal performed heroics for the home side, making save after save, and his brilliance was rewarded when Mayora equalised in the final few minutes of the match to earn APIA a share of the spoils.

Blacktown Spartans 1-0 Sydney United 58, at Blacktown Football Park

Spartans are just unstoppable at the moment.

Five from five and seemingly doing it easily, they beat Sydney United, the reigning Premiers let’s not forget, by a single goal to nil.

An early goal from Kingsley Williams separated the two sides, his strike coming in the fifth minute.

Spartans- 100% record has seen them open up a five point gap at the top of the table with Blacktown City, Sutherland Sharks and Rockdale City Suns all on 10 points after Round Five.|

Marconi Stallions 1-2 Sydney Olympic, at Marconi Stadium

Sydney Olympic found themselves back in the winners- circle after scoring a 2-1 win away at Marconi.

Free from the distraction of Sotirios Kygriakos, Olympic were back to the best in a decent away victory.

They took the lead through former Adelaide United midfielder Evan Kostopoulos before being pegged back when Jared Lum scored from the spot.

It looked all set to end level but Olympic substitute Go Shirai came off the bench to fire in the winner in the second period.

The win moves Olympic into sixth place, one point ahead of Marconi.

Manly United 3-1 Blacktown City, at Cromer Park

Manly United showed their quality in the Match of the Round beating highly-fancied Blacktown City 3-1.

Manly also demonstrated that their win over Sydney United 58 last weekend was no flash in the pan and they have now recorded back-to-back wins against two competition heavyweights.

Manly got the ideal start under new coach Paul Dee when Dominic Ferguson opened the scoring just four minutes in.

They weren’t able to go on with it and Blacktown City found an equaliser after Graeme Forbes gave away a penalty which Kearyn Baccus dispatched to level the scores.

Manly were fired up thereafter against a strangely listless Blacktown City and they went ahead again just four minutes before half time when Chris Payne added to his hat trick last week with a well taken goal.

Brendan Cholakian sealed the deal in the 80th minute to get Paul Dee’s reign off to a flying start.

St George 1-4 Rockdale City Suns, at Seymour Shaw Park

Rockdale showed their true colours, easily beating St George in a match that was moved to Seymour Shaw Park.

Nick Taneski started a comprehensive Rockdale performance with a goal in the 9th minute.

It was one way traffic from there and Sean Symons’ goal made it 2-0 midway through the first half.

St George had no answers to Rockdale’s attack and two became three when Taneski scored his second of the game in the 76th minute.

Branko Culina’s side had no trouble putting the game to bed and when St George’s David Dascal popped up to score in the 88th minute Rockdale went ahead and restored their three goal margin with a stoppage time goal from Daniel Barac.

South Coast Wolves 0-1 Bonnyrigg White Eagles, at WIN Stadium

Bonnyrigg’s struggles may well be over after they beat South Coast Wolves in Wollongong.

In truth, 1-0 flattered Wolves who had their goalkeeper Daniel Collison to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable.

Mitchell Long’s goal shortly after the half time interval was all that separated the teams on the scoresheet but the gulf between the two sides was obvious throughout and were it not for Collison, the scoreline would have had a far more lopsided hue.

Bonnyrigg’s win was just their second of the season while Wolves are still searching for their first.