NPL Finals Series weekend wrap

The final four of the NPL Finals Series has been decided after a thrilling round of matches over the weekend.

Campbelltown City booked their Semi Final ticket in style thanks to a 3-0 win over Canberra FC at Deakin Stadium on Saturday.

The Adelaide-based side took the initiate against their ACT opposition when a first-half goal from Alex Mullen gave the Red Devils the advantage at the break.

The hosts battled hard to find a way back into the game but Lui Ditroia’s 78th-minute finish gave Campbelltown a cushion, before Ditroai doubled his tally in stoppage time to wrap up a convincing three-goal win.

Campbelltown City will face NPL NSW double winners Sydney Olympic following the Blues’ 1-0 victory over Perth SC at Lambert Park on Sunday afternoon.

Jason Madonis’ sixth-minute penalty proved to be the difference winner for Abbas Saad’s side, who preserved their goal advantage despite several chances from the Western Australia side.

Campbelltown and Olympic face off at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre, Newton on Saturday 22 September at 3.30pm.

Meanwhile, Marek Madle’s fourth-minute strike was enough for Lions FC to beat Edgeworth Eagles 1-0 on Saturday and set up a semi-final clash with Heidelberg United.

The Queenslanders struck early against the Eagles in their elimination final and Madle almost doubled the lead on the half hour but he was denied at point-blank range.

Nathan Shepherd came close to doubling the lead after the interval before Lions survived a scare when the Eagles had a late goal chalked off for offside.

The Eagles were reduced to ten men when Daniel McBreen saw a red card for a dangerous challenge on Lions goalkeeper Luke Borean and Lions shut their opponents down to seal a place in the semi-finals.

Heidelberg came through a tight game in a 3-2 win against Devonport Strikers last week, and will travel to face Lions FC at Lions Stadium in Richlands, Queensland on Tuesday, 18 September at 7.30pm.

NPL Finals Series Semi-Finals

Match 5: Saturday 22 September 2018

Campbelltown City SC (SA)

Vs

Sydney Olympic FC (NSW)

Steve Woodcock Sports Centre, Newton, SA

3:00pm

Match 6: Tuesday 18 September 2018

Lions FC (QLD)

Vs

Heidelberg United FC (VIC)

Lions Stadium, Richlands, QLD

7:30pm
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