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Dejan Kalinic takes you through all the action from week three of the New South Wales Premier League finals series

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DEJAN KALINIC


Results

Marconi Stallions 4-2 Blacktown City

THE WEEKEND STORY

Marconi Stallions moved into the NSWPL grand final with a come-from-behind 4-2 win over Blacktown City. Yuchi Yamauchi gave City a 16th-minute lead before Nahuel Arrarte levelled for the Stallions from the penalty spot. Travis Major restored Blacktown's advantage six minutes before the break. Jamie McMaster equalised for Marconi, before they went ahead for the first time thanks to Shane Webb, who struck from distance. Blacktown defender Zac Cairncross was sent off in additional time and Joey Gibbs sealed the win to continue his fine goalscoring form.

THE FINALS

Week one

Elimination final: South Coast Wolves 1-2 Blacktown City

Qualifying final: Sydney Olympic 0-2 Marconi Stallions

Week two

Major semi-final: Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1-0 Marconi Stallions

Minor semi-final: Sydney Olympic 0-1 Blacktown City

Preliminary Final

Marconi Stallions 4-2 Blacktown City

Grand Final

Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Marconi Stallions

GOALS

20 – Robert YOUNIS (Bonnyrigg White Eagles)

13 – Panni NIKAS (Sutherland Sharks)

12 – Joey GIBBS (Marconi Stallions)

10 – Phil MAKRYS (Sydney Olympic)

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEKEND

Marconi Stallions

It was a game Luke Casserly's men were expected to win, and - unlike Sydney Olympic a week earlier - they got the job done. The Stallions were made to work hard for their win, too, as they twice came from behind to secure the victory and a place in the decider. A second meeting in three weeks against the White Eagles awaits and they will fancy their chances after a hard-fought encounter last time they met.

AFTERTHOUGHTS

Perhaps Joey Gibbs can make the difference in Monday's decider at Bonnyrigg Sports Club. Destined for the Central Coast Mariners' youth team, Gibbs has scored three goals in as many games during the finals series. The Stallions need the 20-year-old to stand up, having failed to score against the White Eagles this season while conceding eight times in three matches.

THE NUMBERS

0 – the number of goals Marconi have scored against Bonnyrigg this season

32 – the number of goals Robert Younis and Joey Gibbs have scored between them this league campaign

TWEET OF THE WEEK (#NSWPL)

@swetto29:
"Exciting times for sport this long weekend #AFL grand final then #NRL grand final then the blockbuster #NSWPL grand final WOW"

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