Blacktown still on top

BLACKTOWN City FC defeated Sydney Olympic 2-1 on a chilly Sunday winter's afternoon at Belmore Sports Ground to retain its top spot on the NPL NSW Mens 1 ladder.

Captain Travis Major and influential Japanese import Ryuji Miyazawa shocked Sydney Olympic midway through the first half before Harris Gaitatzis scored from a free kick in the 66th minute.

Meanwhile, it was end-to-end action as the Blacktown Spartans and South Coast Wolves shared the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Blacktown Football Park on Sunday.

The home side raced to an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Luka Dukic and David Gullo before Ben De Haan's men won themselves a penalty just before half-time to put the game beyond the Wolves' reach.

It was there the drama started to unfold as Phil Makrys' spot kick was saved by Thomas Hamilton and the Wolves lifted up a gear in the second half.

Nahuel Arrarte's men brought the game on level terms as the introduction of Peter Simonoski was the difference.

He scored in the 52nd minute before supplying Jordan Murray with an accurate cross in the 58th minute.

The Spartans thought they'd nicked it in the 73rd minute when an unfortunate own goal via Wolves skipper Michael Robinson saw the home side in front but Robinson redeemed himself in the 93rd minute with the equaliser, putting a serious dent in the Spartans' title aspirations.

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