Lambert Park was the focal point as PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 Finals Series got underway on Sunday.
Sydney Olympic and South Coast Wolves took centre stage in the Elimination Semi Final before hosts APIA Leichhardt did battle with Bonnyrigg White Eagles.
With six goals between the two games the action didn’t disappoint.
FINALS 1st Grade GOAL! SYD OLYMPIC 2 - 0 SOUTH COAST Harris Gaitatzis Dribbling and blasting shot into the net! pic.twitter.com/wsDw4gCtSo
— Sydney Olympic FC (@sydneyolympic) August 23, 2015
Sydney Olympic FC 2-0 South Coast Wolves FC, Elimination Semi-Final at Lambert Park [MATCH REPORT]
A mid-season slump may have meant that Sydney Olympic FC entered the Finals Series as dark horses, but no one will but underestimating them anymore.
The true Sydney Olympic class shone through on the occasion, as Grant Lee’s men dominated the vast majority of the game to ensure they progressed to the next round.
Jordan Murray and Peter Simonoski battled hard up top for the South Coast Wolves, but Peter Markovic and co superbly marshalled them.
Goals from Dimitri Hatzimouratis and Harris Gaitatzis won the day for Olympic as Timpano’s brave Wolves were seen off.
The Wolves did a tremendous job just making the finals under new coach Jacob Timpano, who took over the role midway through the season with his team anchored to the foot of the table, but this proved one game too many.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 3-1 APIA Leichhardt Tigers, Preliminary Semi Final at Lambert Park [MATCH REPORT]
It might just be that the real winner from Bonnyrigg White Eagle’s hard-fought win in a bruising semi-final clash with APIA Leichhardt Tigers is Blacktown City FC.
The Premiers watched from the sidelines as their two closest opponents hit each other with everything they had.
In truth, though, one side had a lot more in the tank than the other.
From the first whistle, Bonnyrigg White Eagles looked the sharper side and that proved true courtesy of goals from Tynan Diaz, Adam Jenner and Robert Younis.
Nicholas Olsen scored a consolation from the spot, which briefly bought the Tigers back into the contest, but outside of a 20-minute fight-back after already being 2-0 down, the Tigers never looked like coming away with the win.
Brian Brown will be quietly confident after his side’s showing, as their work rate and finesse on the ball was evident throughout, setting up what should be an entertaining clash with Blacktown City next week.
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