Gold Coast Knights pulled off one of the standout results of the NPL QLD 2019 campaign so far with a 4-0 hammering of league leaders Peninsula Power at the weekend.
Ex-Hyundai A-League attacker and Caltex Socceroo Mitch Nichols opened the floodgates, while Max Brown’s double and Adam Endean’s strike rounded out a comprehensive display from the Knights.
The result trims Power’s lead at the top of the ladder, with second-placed Lions ramping up their pursuit by defeating Brisbane City 4-2.
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New South Wales
Former Western Sydney Wanderer Lachlan Scott scored twice as Wollongong Wolves beat Sydney Olympic 2-0 to maintain their five-point lead over APIA Leichhardt at the top of the NPL NSW ladder.
APIA are still chasing Luke Wilkshire’s table-topping Wolves – the Tigers hammered Rockdale City Suns 5-1 with another ex-Hyundai A-League man, Franco Parisi, turning on the attacking style to score twice.
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Maitland FC secured a statement victory and won ‘El Clasicoal’ bragging rights after defeating league leaders Weston Workers 3-1.
Weston remain top in NNSW despite the loss…but only just. Second-placed Broadmeadow Magic – who had their weekend fixture with Hamilton Olympic washed out – are one point behind, while Edgeworth (third) and Maitland (fourth) are a further two points behind the Workers.
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Tasuku Sekiya scored twice in Avondale’s 5-2 win against Pascoe Vale as the Avengers tightened their grip on pole position in the NPL Victoria.
Pascoe Vale fans did have something to smile about though, as Hakeem al-Araibi scored his first goal of the 2019 season.
Meanwhile, Dandenong City’s mid-season revival continued with a 2-0 win over Melbourne Knights. Dandenong have won three and drawn two of their last five matches following the triple signing of ex-Hyundai A-League stars Brendon Santalab, Carl Valeri and Adrian Leijer in May.
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On the field, two of Tombides’ former clubs were in action, with Perth SC edging Stirling Lions 1-0 to bring their unbeaten league run to 13 games in 2019.
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The league leaders are now 10 points clear at the top after second-placed Floreat Athena were humbled at home 4-1 by Bayswater City.
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Devonport Strikers' top-gun Miles Barnard enjoyed a record-breaking weekend, scoring eight goals in his side’s 12-0 demolition of Clarence United.
However, the Strikers are still seven points away from leaders Olympic Warriors, who defeated Riverside Olympic 5-1.
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Tigers FC opened a four-point gap at the summit in ACT after their 2-1 triumph against Tuggeranong United.
Golden Boot favourite Nicolas Abot notched a double, bringing his tally for the season to 12.
The competition frontrunners’ weekend was made even sweeter by Canberra FC defeating second-placed Canberra Olympic 2-0 in the derby.
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