IGA NPL NSW Finals Series Week 2 Preview

Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Blacktown City, 5pm Saturday at LAMBERT PARK

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The major semi finals pits the premiers Bonnyrigg White Eagles against Blacktown City, who are coming home with a wet sail having put ten past Blacktown Spartans in the last fortnight.

Bonnyrigg's late winner against Sydney Olympic, courtesy of Robbie Younis, saw them finish top of the pile and earn a week's rest last weekend.

Brian "Bomber" Brown's side is well adjusted to playing finals football and in Younis they have the top scorer in the competition.

The week off will have done them some good as they rest and recuperate after a gruelling regular season.

But, the week off can halt momentum and while they were resting, Blacktown City busily went about maintaining their run in their qualifying semi final last weekend.

Fresh from thrashing Spartans 7-0 in the final round, an in turn handing the premiership initiative to Bonnyrigg, Blacktown City showed their class as they registered a 3-0 win.

Their late season slump aside, Mark Crittenden's side has been one of the leading lights of the NPL NSW Mens 1 this year.

The winner of this match will go straight to the grand final in a fortnight's time, but the loser will get a second chance next weekend.

Below are the kick off times for teams playing this weekend.

SATURDAY

Under 15's v Sydney United 58 FC 1:45pm kickoff at Sydney United Sports Centre

Under 18's v APIA Leichhardt Tigers 11:30am kickoff at Lambert Park

Under 20's v Bonnyrigg White Eagles 2:15pm kickoff at Lambert Park

First Grade v Bonnyrigg White Eagles 5pm kickoff at Lambert Park

SUNDAY

Under 13's v Blacktown Spartans 10:20am kickoff at Lilys Football Centre

Under 16's v Sydney United 58 FC 8:30am kickoff at Lambert Park

 

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For the third time this season it was Blacktown City FC who once again won bragging rights for taking out the local derby as they defeated Blacktown Spartans 3-0 in the IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 Qualifying Final at Blacktown Football Park which set up a date with Premiers Bonnyrigg White Eagles next weekend.

The Spartans will now gear themselves for a sudden death clash against Sydney Olympic in what will be a do or die match for Ben De Haan's squad.

The opening chance of the game arrived in the ninth minute when Nathan Millgate lost the ball to Travis Major who charged into the box and fired his shot against the outside of the post. In the early stages it was all Blacktown City over Blacktown Spartans but nothing concrete to break the deadlock.

The 18' minute was the moment when the Spartans replied and it was Luke Austin, against his former club, who shot forcefully but just a little to the left of the intended target.

The game then produced few chances until the 35' minute when a well-placed free-kick from Greg Kondek nearly reached a diving Luka Dukic on the far post who just missed the sphere with his head.

However, after almost conceding at one end it was Blacktown City who the opened the scoring at the other.

In the 37' minute Major was given all the time and space in the world to run freely down the left hand side and, when he put in a pin-point accurate cross into the middle, Mitchell Mallia simply slid the ball under the goalkeeper Carlos Saliadarre.

In the 44' minute Mitchell Long tried to lob the goalkeeper Nenad Vekic and it almost succeeded as Vekic was back-peddling and tipped the ball over the crossbar to prevent a certain equaliser from the Spartans.

Shortly afterwards referee Chris Young brought to a halt the proceedings for the first half.

When the second resumed, it was in the 55' minute that Blacktown City scored again when Mallia put the ball across from left to right and found Major who beautifully slotted the ball home.

The score attendant was troubled again just three minutes later when Matthew Lewis delightfully controlled the ball and, with a superb volley, he put the ball in the back of the net behind Saliadarre.

In the 61' minute Major forced Saliadarre into a diving save to turn the ball away for a corner and then, from point-blank range, Saliadarre was forced to block a Cairncross header. It was great goalkeeping by one of the league's best on both occasions.

A free-kick from Jacob Ott in the 70' minute went just wide of the post as Blacktown Spartans tried to restore some pride.

In the 85' minute a sensational cross from Mitchel Long on the right reached Greg Kondek who dived with a flying header but just missed the target because the ball narrowly shaved the crossbar.

It was arguably the best chance of the game for the Spartans.

It was though too little, too late as the Spartans once again succumbed to Blacktown City FC.

Match Stats

Blacktown Spartans 0

Blacktown City FC 3

(Mitchell Mallia 37', Travis Major 55', Matthew Lewis 58')

Sunday 24th August, 2014

Blacktown Football Park

Referee: Chris Young

Assistant Referees: Nick Backo and Leigh Pigrim

Fourth Official: James Lewis

BLACKTOWN SPARTANS: 1.Carlos Saliadarre, 2.Luke Austin, 3.Nathan Millgate, 5.Luka Dukic, 6.Greg Kondek, 8.Raymond Miller (20.Tomislav Cirjak 58'), 13.Corey Biczo (10.Domenic Di Leo 88'), 14.Jacob Ott, 15.Mitchell Long, 16.Benjamin Tosi (18.Zachary Freeburn 83'), 39.Conor Evans.

Substitutes not used: 7.Stephen Vukovic, 41.Domenic Nascimben

Yellow Cards: Nathan Millgate 20', Liam Austin 54', Jacob Ott 72'

Red Cards: Nil

BLACKTOWN CITY FC: 1.Nenad Vekic, 3.Giorgio Speranza, 4.Yianni Fragogiannis (10.Shayne D'Cunha 71'), 5.Jacob Poscoliero, 6.Matthew Lewis (18.Daniel Araujo 78'), 7.Travis Major, 8.Sasa Macura, 9.Ryuji Miyazawa, 14.Mitchell Mallia (11.Danny Choi 66'), 16.Kearyn Baccus, 19.Zachary Cairncross

Substitutes not used: 13.Blake Tuxford, 17.Kieren Paull

Yellow Cards: Yianni Fragogiannis 70'

Red Cards: Nil

-By Joe Russo, National Premier Leagues NSW Mens 1 Reporter, at Blacktown Football Park

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