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Dejan Kalinic takes you through all the action from Round 17 of the New South Wales Premier League, as the leaders return to form in some style

ANALYSIS
By Dejan Kalinic

Results

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 4-0 Sydney United 58, Manly United 2-2 Rockdale City Suns, South Coast Wolves 1-0 Marconi Stallions, Sutherland Sharks 4-3 Blacktown Spartans, Sydney Olympic 2-1 APIA Leichhardt, Blacktown City 3-0 Parramatta

THE WEEKEND STORY

Bonnyrigg White Eagles bounced back to winning ways in resounding fashion, hammering Sydney United 58 4-0. Tynan Diaz netted a brace to take his league tally to five for the season. A goal from Mark Picciolini - his seventh of the NSWPL campaign - led South Coat Wolves to a 1-0 win at home to Marconi in their blockbuster clash. A hat-trick from former Central Coast Mariners and North Queensland Fury attacking midfielder Panni Nikas saw the Sutherland Sharks to a thrilling 4-3 win over the Blacktown Spartans. Goals from Phil Makrys and Chris Triantis saw Sydney Olympic to a 2-1 victory over APIA Leichhardt, while Rockdale City Suns gave up the lead twice as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Manly United and Blacktown City cruised past strugglers Parramatta 3-0.

THE STANDINGS
 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1

Bonnyrigg White Eagles

17

12

2

3

39

16

+23

38

2

South Coast Wolves

17

11

1

5

37

27

+10

34

3

Sydney Olympic

16

9

3

4

30

17

+13

30

4

Marconi Stallions

17

9

2

6

26

22

+4

29

5

Blacktown City

17

8

4

5

31

26

+5

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockdale City Suns

17

8

3

6

26

23

+3

27

7

Sydney United 58

17

6

3

8

21

30

-9

21

8

Sutherland Sharks

17

5

5

7

24

27

-3

20

9

Blacktown Spartans

17

5

2

10

24

38

-14

17

10

Manly United

16

4

4

8

22

27

-5

16

11

APIA Leichhardt

17

4

4

9

19

27

-8

16

                   

12

Parramatta FC

17

1

5

11

10

29

-19

8

                   
GOALS

15 -
Robert YOUNIS (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)

11 - Panni NIKAS (Sutherland Sharks)

9 - Peter SIMONOSKI (South Coast Wolves)

8 - Mark PICCIOLINI (South Coast Wolves), Chris TRIANTIS (Sydney Olympic)

7 - Andrew BEVIN (APIA Leichhardt), Ricky ZUCCO (South Coast Wolves), Joey GIBBS (Marconi Stallions), Alec UROSEVSKI (Rockdale City Suns), Ryuji MIYAZAWA (Blacktown City)

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEKEND

Bonnyrigg White Eagles

The league leaders were on the receiving end in Round 16, but turned it around in style against Sydney United 58 on Saturday. A volley from Chris Tadrosse put the White Eagles ahead midway through the first half and the clash was over on the hour-mark thanks to goals from Diaz and Harris Gaitatzis. Diaz completed his brace with a ripping volley to make it 4-0, helping the White Eagles stay four points clear at the top.

AFTERTHOUGHTS

Bonnyrigg, South Coast Wolves and Sydney Olympic all recorded wins but it was a Shark who stole the show in Round 17. Having trialed with the Western Sydney Wanderers, Nikas showed what he was capable of with a treble in Sutherland's 4-3 win over the Blacktown Spartans. The 24-year-old caught the eye in the National Youth League in 2009-10, played several senior games with the Mariners before decent outings with the Fury. The Kogarah-born playmaker deserves another chance in the A-League.


THE NUMBERS

5 - the number of games Sydney Olympic have won in a row

11 - the number of goals Nikas has scored in the league this season

7 - the number of points between fifth place and Sydney United 58

TWEET OF THE WEEK

@PeterFlea: @ptseka singing after a win #olympic #football #nswpl http://pic.twitter.com/HkDhMxYn

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