Blacktown City FC progress to Waratah Cup grand final

Blacktown City FC (in white) were too good for Sydney Olympic in the Waratah Cup semi final on Wednesday night. Pictures: Courtesy of Football NSW

Blacktown City FC (in white) were too good for Sydney Olympic in the Waratah Cup semi final on Wednesday night. Pictures: Courtesy of Football NSW

Blacktown City FC (in white) were too good for Sydney Olympic in the Waratah Cup semi final on Wednesday night. Pictures: Courtesy of Football NSW

Blacktown City FC (in white) were too good for Sydney Olympic in the Waratah Cup semi final on Wednesday night. Pictures: Courtesy of Football NSW

Blacktown City FC (in white) were too good for Sydney Olympic in the Waratah Cup semi final on Wednesday night. Pictures: Courtesy of Football NSW

Blacktown City FC (in white) were too good for Sydney Olympic in the Waratah Cup semi final on Wednesday night. Pictures: Courtesy of Football NSW

Blacktown City FC (in white) were too good for Sydney Olympic in the Waratah Cup semi final on Wednesday night. Pictures: Courtesy of Football NSW

Blacktown City FC (in white) were too good for Sydney Olympic in the Waratah Cup semi final on Wednesday night. Pictures: Courtesy of Football NSW

It will be an all NPL NSW Mens 1 affair on July 6 at Lambert Park when Blacktown City FC tackle Manly United in the  Waratah Cup Final.

Both teams, who have also qualified for the round of 32 of the Westfield FFA Cup, won their Waratah Cup semi final matches respectively on Wednesday night.

At Belmore Sports Ground, it was Mark Crittenden’s men that did all the damage in what was a cagey affair on a wintery evening.

The  NPL NSW Mens 1’s current top scorer Travis Major was the hero for Blacktown City FC,  scoring  a double in the  hard fought 2-1 win against Sydney Olympic.

“You always expect a tough ride when you play Olympic, you would expect nothing less from them and they gave us a good game tonight,'' Blacktown City FC coach  Mark Crittenden said.

“I thought our first 30-minutes was superb, probably the best we’ve put on the park so far this season. The movement of the ball was crisp as you said and in the last 15, as you would think, ebbed and flowed a bit because obviously they had to chase the game and were always going to come at us.

“At 2-0 you sometimes get a little comfortable and then they pull one back and from then on it’s often a case of hanging in there.

“Although we are through to the final and we’ll celebrate that of course, we need to push that to the back of our minds and concentrate on our league form as we go out to win every game we play in. We are in a good position at the moment in the league and our aim, as always, is to finish as high as possible so we’ll put this one away and concentrate on our match with Marconi at the weekend.

“I’m sure we’ll have a few sore boys tonight as this was a pretty quick game, we played it high tempo and the impetus went our way but the pace was good throughout the 90-minutes.”

Would there be any suggestion of an easier training session before the weekend: “We’ll probably coddle them a bit on Friday,” laughed Crittenden; “But it will be business as usual at the weekend.”

Blacktown City FC will meet Manly United July 6, 3pm at Lambert Park.

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