Sky Blues Bounce Back In NPL


Sydney FC’s PlayStation 4 NPL NSW 2 Men’s side bounced back from their round one defeat with a resounding 6-0 thumping of Spirit FC at Christie Park, North Ryde on Saturday night.

Spirit FC were last year’s minor premiers in NPL 2 and it was a tight encounter in the first half with Sydney FC dominating possession on a bumpy surface.

Max Burgess was the first Sydney FC first grade player to score in the National Premier League when he controlled the ball on his chest to beat his defender and slam home the opener for a 1-0 lead.

The remainder of the half was an even tussle as Spirit set up in a compact 4-4-2 formation which proved difficult to break down at times.

The second half saw Sydney at their best as Charles Lokoli-Ngoy went on a rampage using his pace and scoring a quick brace to push the margin out to three just before the hour mark.

Daniel Araujo was the creator of the fourth goal as he worked his way into the penalty area and cut the ball back for the ever alert Bai Antoniou to slot home for 4-0.

Lokoli-Ngoy completed his hat trick when rifled in the fifth while Aaron Avery completed the 6-0 score line coming off the bench with a top shot into the roof of the net with time ticking down.

Following full time, Head Coach Robert Stanton said he was pleased with the efforts of his charges on the night.

“The boys played well again tonight against the 2015 Premiers and we could have won by more,” he said. 

“The difference this week was we adjusted our movements slightly and took most of our chances, it was a good win.”

The Sky Blues are back at home for round three as they take on Mt Druitt Rangers at Lambert Park, Leichhardt on Saturday 19 March (kick off 7.45pm).

In other NPL 2 senior matches the Sydney FC Under 20’s cruised home as 5-0 victors while the U18’s won 4-2.