Sydney United 58 FC entered Sunday’s grand final replay against Blacktown City FC on a seven-game winning streak.
They left with that streak over but their title credentials well intact after playing out a 0-0 draw the league leaders.
In a game devoid of any clear-cut chances, the high-fancied teams displayed their defensive strength which have seen both teams concede only 11 goals each all season.
Sydney United striker Panny Nikas was happy to leave Blacktown with a point and cement third place on what is a congested ladder.
“In recent years, we’ve got nothing here, it was going to take a mistake today and it didn’t come about,” he said.
Bonnyrigg extended their unbeaten streak to three and added two more injuries to the tally with a 3-2 win against Parramatta at at Bonnyrigg Sports Club on Saturday night.
Martin Lo opened the scoring before he left the field shortly after with a dislocated shoulder.
Westfields Spots High School student Luke Ivanovic netted in the first half to give the White Eagles a two-goal lead before club favourite Nikola Zonjic clinched all three points with his goal in the second half.
Bonnyrigg and Sydney United will look to continue their impressive form during this weekend’s Heritage round.
Round 12 of the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 competition will see all six matches celebrate the wealth of history behind NSW football, and the contribution which those clubs have made to the football landscape since the start of the last century.
“It’s great that Football NSW honour these clubs who have given the game so much here in Australia and NSW,” Football NSW Media Manager Mark Stavroulakis said.
Sydney United play APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC on Saturday (7.45pm) at Lambert Park. Bonnyrigg take on Sydney Olympic at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday (3pm).
Meanwhile, Marconi maintain a five-point gap at the top of the NPL 2 competition despite suffering only their second loss of the season to the Northern Tigers 5-2 at the weekend. Sean Rooney netted twice for the Stallions but they couldn’t contain the home team who raced to a 4-1 half time lead.
This week Marconi host third-placed St George FC at Marconi Stadium on Saturday night.
- KICK-OFF: 7pm