NPL 2014 Finals Series: Semi-final preview
The semi-final action sees NSW’s Bonnyrigg White Eagles take on Queensland’s Palm Beach Sharks in a match that pushes all the State of Origin buttons.
Elsewhere, traditional rivals Victoria and South Australia unleash hostilities when South Melbourne FC come up against the MetroStars SC.
It promises to be a pulsating weekend of football action to decide who will reach, and host, the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 2014 Final and remain in the running for a spot in next year’s Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.
On Saturday it’s the battle of the comeback kings as both the White Eagles and the Sharks showed plenty of fight to come from behind to seal their a semi-finals berth.
After putting six goals past Cooma Tigers last weekend, the White Eagles will host their Queensland rivals in the first of the final four match-ups.
Bonnyrigg went a goal down against the Tigers before taking full control in the second half as Arron Peterson, Tynan Diaz stamped their authority on the game.
And in an ominous sign for the Sharks, Bonnyrigg are expected to be at full strength on Saturday which includes their Golden Boot winner Robbie Younis who was absent last weekend.
The Sharks booked their spot after edging Northern NSW Football’s Weston Workers 2-1 and go into the clash riding a wave of momentum.
The Queensland champions progressed to the last eight of the Westfield FFA Cup on Tuesday night and on the hunt for more silverware.
Daniel Grzic is the Sharks’ only main injury concern after suffering a broken nose in a sickening collision during FFA cup match.
The second semi-final will be held at Lakeside Stadium on Sunday afternoon as South Melbourne and the MetroStars do battle.
A superb overhead kick goal from Jamie Reed, saw South Melbourne overcome South Hobart in Tasmania and Coach Chris Taylor will be expecting another high level performance from his charges in front of the home faithful.
Midfielder Stephen Hatzikostas, who landed awkwardly on his right knee and has been ruled out for the rest of the PlayStation 4 2014 Finals Series, is the only player not available for selection – his spot set to be filled in the starting XI by Tyson Holmes.
Meanwhile the MetroStars find themselves on the road for the second week in a row after they prevailed in a penalty shootout against Football West’s Bayswater City last weekend after neither side managed to find the back of the net in regulation or extra time.
The South Australian club will need to bring their shooting boots if they are to get past their opponents who limited South Hobart’s goal scoring opportunities.
There will be a LIVE stream of South Melbourne FC’s clash with MetroStars SC on www.footballfedvic.com.au.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 2014 Semi Finals Preview
GAME 5 – Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Palm Beach Sharks
Bonnyrigg Sports Club, Bonnyrigg Heights NSW
Saturday 27 September 2014
Kick-off: 6:00pm AEST
GAME 6 – South Melbourne FC v MetroStars SC
Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park VIC
Sunday 28 September 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm AEST
PIC: Football NSW