Marconi Stallions FC v Sydney FC, 7pm Friday at Marconi Stadium
A historic maiden NPL NSW Men’s finals berth is on the line for Sydney FC as they travel to Marconi Stadium on Friday to take on Marconi Stallions.
The Young Sky Blues need to win their match and hope Sydney United 58 lose if they are to qualify for the postseason for the first time.
They come up against a frustrated Marconi side who blew their hopes of a top-four finish last week when they were stunned 3-1 by a well drilled North Shore Mariners outfit.
Sydney also suffered defeat in round 10, going down 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller against Wollongong.
The young Sky Blues have impressed during the rebooted season and have exceeded the expectations of many with their free-scoring style.
Patrick Wood has been the side’s breakout star and leads the golden boot race with ten goals. Expect to see Wood on the scoresheet again this week as he pushes for the scoring title.
Marconi pose a difficult challenge for Sydney and boast one of the best squads in the competition.
However, lapses in concentration have proved very costly for the Stallions
It will be interesting to see if coach Peter Tsekenis names a full-strength squad for this match now that his side is out of contention for the finals.
Marko Jesic has been one of the teams most consistent players so his inclusion would have a big impact on the match.
This game is very evenly matched, but the question is will a Marconi side with little to play for have the drive to challenge a Sydney FC team that still has everything on the line.
It is set to be an intriguing contest.