With both teams involved in next week’s Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32, little could separate Blacktown City FC and Sydney United 58 and the points were shared at Lilys Football Centre.
The two points dropped could be a fatal blow to Blacktown City's Premiership hopes and Mark Crittenden's side are now three matches without a win.
Blacktown City dominated possession in the opening stages and the first major chance for the home side came when club top scorer Travis Major found himself with space after a failed Reds clearance, but his shot sprayed wide.
The visitors had an opportunity go begging as Luka Glavas almost found the outstretched foot of Alec Urosevski, unmarked inside the box, but the ball was just too powerful and Urosevski was unable to connect.
Blacktown’s attack then looked promising inside the United half as Mitchell Mallia beat two defenders to then find an open Major in the box. Major looked almost certain to score, but a classic save from Anthony Costa saved United and it was level pegging at the interval.
After the break it was United who found some rhythm and a great opportunity came the way of Joel Chianese in the 58th minute but he was unable to beat Blake Tuxford in goal.
As the half wore on the well drilled United defence seemed to frustrate the City attack as they lost their fluency and sharpness, with both teams cancelling each other out.
Urosevski missed a header right in front of goal in the 89th minute to lead a scoreless draw.
After the game United coach, Mark Rudan was impressed with how his team played away from home and gave credit to the opposition.
“I’m really happy with the performance, I thought the players gave everything of themselves up against a team that is vying for the Premiership.
Crittenden, Blacktown City coach, expressed that he was happy with how his team performed.
“I thought we had four or five really good scoring opportunities but we couldn’t tuck it away at the end.’’
Blacktown City FC 0
Sydney United 58 0
Saturday 9th August, 2014
Lilys Football Centre, Seven Hills
Referee: Adam Susz
Blacktown City: 13.Blake Tuxford; 3.Giorgio Speranza (11.Danny Choi 87’), 5.Jacob Poscoliero,6.Matt Lewis (18.Daniel Araujo 76’), 7.Travis Major, 8.Sasa Macura (10.Shayne D’Cunha 74’), 9.Ryuji Miyazawa, 14.Mitchell Mallia, 16.Kearyn Baccus, 17.Keiran Paull, 19.Zachary Cairncross
Substitutes Not Used: 1.Nenad Vekic
Yellow Cards: 19.Zachary Cairncross 30’
Red Cards: Nil
Sydney United 58: 1.Anthony Costa; 2.Anthony Tomelic, 6.Mitchell Stamatellis, 9.Robert Mileski (Ante Tomic 64’), 10.Chris Triantis (16.Stjepan Paric 70’) 11.Luka Glavas (7.Mirjan Pavlovic 70’), 17.Theo Kofinas, 18.Alec Urosevski, 19. Matthew Bilic, 28.Domenico Tripodi, 41.Joel Chianese
Substitutes Not Used: 24.Tariq Maia, 20. Jaydan Diacono
Yellow Cards: Theo Kofinas 76’, Mirjan Pavlovic 90+1'
Red Cards: Nil