12 June , 2018 By Football NSW
Round 15 has arrived in the National Premier Leagues NSW competition and only eight games remain before the finals and what a weekend its come on with the FIFA World Cup kicking off this Friday.
Sydney Olympic has a vice grip on top spot with a six point lead ahead of second placed APIA Leichhardt Tigers.
This week Olympic goes east to take on Hakoah Sydney City East as they look to maintain their place at the ladder summit.
APIA Leichhardt Tigers will be out to make amends for last weeks defeat when they travel to Blacktown City on Sunday.
In the round’s other matches, Manly United plays host to Marconi Stallions, Sydney FC takes on Sydney United 58 and Sutherland Sharks travel south to face off against Wollongong Wolves.
Ilinden Sports Centre will be the site of the final match of Round 15 when the resurgent Rockdale City Suns clash with Bonnyrigg White Eagles on Sunday night.
Hakoah Sydney City East FC v Sydney Olympic FC, 4.30pm Saturday at Hensley Athletic Field
A gritty win last round was a big confidence booster for Hakoah Sydney City East and they will be out to add another three points to their tally on Saturday when they host Sydney Olympic FC.
The 2-0 win against Sutherland Sharks in Round 14 was a solid result for Hakoah with new striker Amaury Gauthier displaying all his class to net his second goal in three games.
The result moved Hakoah into the top five for the first time this season and they will be determined to hold onto their finals place over the remaining rounds of the competition.
Hensley Athletic Field is never an easy place to come to and the Blues will be in for a fight come Saturday afternoon.
Sydney Olympic were also winners last round as they snatched a late winner against Manly United FC.
Now with a six point lead at the top of the competition, Olympic are in the drivers seat in the race for the Premiership title.
Thomas Whiteside has been a breakout player this season for Abbas Saad’s side with the centre back displaying calm and composure beyond his years.
The return of Andre de Jong from international duty with the New Zealand All Whites will be a massive boost for Gavin Rae’s young side giving them a formidable attacking threat.
Sydney Olympic will go into the match as favourites but Hakoah are by no means easy beats and will push the league leaders for the full 90 minutes.