By DEJAN KALINIC
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1-0 Marconi Stallions, Sydney Olympic 0-1 Blacktown City
|THE WEEKEND STORY
Sydney Olympic saw their title defence come to a premature end, suffering a shock 1-0 loss to Blacktown City in the minor semi-final. Ryuji Miyazawa struck just after half-time as City stunned the hosts at Belmore Sports Ground, condemning them to a straight-sets exit. On Saturday in the major semi-final, minor premiers Bonnyrigg advanced to the grand final thanks to a 1-0 win over the Marconi Stallions. Striker Robbie Younis scored his 20th league goal of the campaign, netting from the penalty spot after being brought down in the area. But in a blow to the White Eagles, Tynan Diaz was sent off with 10 minutes remaining for a reckless challenge.
Elimination final: South Coast Wolves 1-2 Blacktown City
Qualifying final: Sydney Olympic 0-2 Marconi Stallions
Major semi-final: Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1-0 Marconi Stallions
Minor semi-final: Sydney Olympic 0-1 Blacktown City
Marconi Stallions v Blacktown City
Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Winners of Preliminary Final
20 – Robert YOUNIS (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
13 – Panni NIKAS (Sutherland Sharks)
11 – Joey GIBBS (Marconi Stallions)
10 – Phil MAKRYS (Sydney Olympic)
|PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEKEND|
City caused a huge upset at Belmore. After sneaking into the finals in fifth spot, City were expected to lose to an Olympic side desperate to avoid a straight-sets exit. But in a fast-paced affair at Belmore, City responded and advanced to the preliminary final thanks to a Miyazawa goal - his eighth in the league this season.
The door opens wider and wider for the White Eagles - seemingly by the week. Olympic were considered to be their biggest threats but, with their departure, Bonnyrigg become even hotter favourites. Marconi could still arguably trouble them if they reach the decider, with the White Eagles needing a penalty to beat the Stallions in the major semi-final. However, the championship is seemingly Bonnyrigg's to lose.
20 – the number of goals Younis has scored in the league this season.
1 – the number of home teams to have won during this finals series.
|TWEET OF THE WEEK (#NSWPL)
@Gligsy23: "Wouldn't it be great if Del Piero was at the #NSWPL Grand Final…"