Sutherland Sharks recorded a massive 7-0 home victory against Penrith-Nepean United on Saturday evening, a confidence boosting outing in-front of goal at Seymour Shaw for Brian Brown?s Sharks.
Sharks? top goal-scorer Brad Boardman found the back-of-the-net four-times – sending an ominous warning to Robert Younis & Co. on the Top Scorer?s charts ? meanwhile Ben Spruce, Brendan Gan and Shane Lyons each chimed in with a goal each.
For Penrith-Nepean United, the demons that have followed the side in recent weeks have not been exorcised ? Abbas Saad?s men having scored three goals and conceded twenty in the last five matches.
Manly United on Sunday afternoon kept up the pace set by the Sharks with an impressive away win against struggling Blacktown City Demons.
The absence of key Demons players? has not helped Ken Schembri?s cause in recent weeks, despite positive performances by the reigning TeleChoice Premier League Champions.
Manly United though banished the concerns surrounding the side following their loss at home against Bankstown City in Round 13, securing a clear 4-0 win at Gabbie Stadium. Robbie Cattanach led the on-slaught with another hat-trick to add to his TeleChoice Premier League CV, meanwhile Michael Lloyd-Green added a goal for Phil Moss? side.
At Jensen Park, Bankstown City finally scored their second consecutive victory of the campaign with a hard-fought, and well-earned, three-points against A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt Tigers.
Bankstown City hit the lead courtesy of a Phillip Makrys penalty mid-way through the first-half, before Robert Mileski doubled their advantage just before the break.
A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt?s task at hand was made the more difficult moments before the half-time whistle when Ian King was shown a straight red card for a late tackle.
Substitute Paul Harries rounded-out the 3-0 win for Bankstown City with a late strike, ensuring Peter Tsekenis? men carry some momentum towards tracking down a finals berth.
At Sydney Olympic Athletic Centre a brave Macarthur Rams performances saw Paul Carter?s men leave West Sydney Berries home ground with three-points, despite the Berries dominating for large spells.
Sash Tirovski put the Berries ahead in the 50? minute via the penalty-spot, before James Young equalised for the Rams 5? minutes later.
Despite hitting the woodwork on three occasions throughout the match, the Berries could only watch in horror as Stephen Old scored the Rams? winner in the 65? minute.
At John Crehan Park, Wollongong Wolves succumbed to a ten-man Sydney Olympic outfit, conceding a 90? minute penalty to lose their home fixture.
Osagie Ederaro had the Wolves ahead after only 3? minutes, the striker capitalising on some hesitation from goalkeeper Justin Pasfield.
Sydney Olympic played their way back into the match and found a ?freak? equaliser by Chris Triantis on 25? minutes with a lobbed effort from distance leaving all present at John Crehan Park, amazed.
Despite Triantis receiving his marching orders for a second bookable offence 27? minutes from the end, Sydney Olympic through all caution to the win in the dying minutes and were rewarded a penalty following a dash into the penalty-area by Peter Zorbas.
New recruit, Jordanian International Siraj At-Tall stepped-up to the spot and converted what is an important ?three-pointer? for the Blues.
In mid-week, on Wednesday evening, Sydney United clinched the Capitol Hill Estate Cup with a 2-2 draw against Marconi Stallions.
Played at the Marconi Stadium, the encounter doubled as a League match and the second-leg of the annual Capitol Hill Estate Cup played by the two clubs each season.
Damon Collina?s opener was cancelled out after the break by Nahuel Arrarte for the Stallions.
Despite Luka Glavas pulling the Reds ahead with a ?screaming? effort in the 55? minute, Vuko Tomasevic ensured the Stallions would claim a point from the fixture with an audacious free-kick attempt finding the back-of-the-net.
-By Joseph Carlucci