Sydney Olympic are preparing for a big weekend of football, with four teams heading into semi-finals! Here’s the details for this weekend’s games, with a preview of our Men’s clash courtesy of Football NSW.
First Grade Men’s
Manly United FC v Sydney Olympic FC, 5pm Saturday at Cromer Park
The equation is simple for Sydney Olympic FC and Manly United FC. Win or face an early offseason.
The pressure is on the fourth and fifth placed sides to keep their Championship dreams alive and Saturday’s clash is sure to be an absolute blockbuster.
Manly United come into the match on the back of consecutive wins but suffered a comprehensive 5-0 loss to APIA Leichhardt in Round 20.
Warren Grieve’s side has bounced back from that defeat and has steeled themselves for a solid showing in the finals series.
Scott Balderson has been a star performer for Manly this season and is a dangerous customer out wide for the Northern Beaches outfit.
United’s midfield is anchored by Sasa Macura and his finals experience during his time at Blacktown City will put him in good stead to lead his teammates in their upcoming key matches.
A return to winning ways during the final three weeks of the season helped Sydney Olympic scrape into the top five after a midseason drop in form.
The Belmore side has had three head coaches this season but new gaffer Gorka Etxeberria seems to have Olympic fighting back to their best.
Yu Kuboki has been the Blues go to in attack, while Jason Madonis and Will Angel’s contributions will be imperative to their chances.
Olympic claimed a 1-0 win against Manly at Cromer Park in Round 6, but it was Manly who claimed a 2-1 victory when they traveled to Belmore in Round 17.
With a chance to take on either Blacktown City or Rockdale City Suns, nothing short of a complete performance will be enough.
Read the full Final Series preview for the PS4 NSW NPL Men’s from Football NSW here.
First Grade Women’s
Sydney Olympic FC v Sutherland Shire FA, 3:45pm Sunday at Fraser Park
Reserve Grade Women’s
Bankstown City v Sydney Olympic FC, 1:30pm Saturday at Valentine Sportspark
Gladesville Ravens v Sydney Olympic FC, 10:00am Saturday at Valentine Sportspark