The Blacktown National Premier League NSW teams had differing fortunes last weekend, as Blacktown City FC qualified for the grand final and Blacktown Spartans were knocked out of the competition.
Blacktown City FC beat Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1-0 on the back of a 92nd minute penalty by Kearyn Baccus.
Close enough is good enough in a knockout match, and they’ll now wait for next weekend’s results to find out who they play in the grand final.
Mark Crittenden, City FC coach, said the match was more exciting than the scoreline indicated.
‘‘The match was very tight but it went end to end and was a pretty exciting game.’’
‘‘We created four or five chances but just couldn’t find the net.’’
When quizzed on who he’d prefer to face out of Bonnyrigg or Sydney Olympic, he wasn’t tempted to lean either way.
‘‘Both sides are good and I don’t know who will win to be honest,’’ he said.
‘‘A couple of red cards either way would be fantastic.’’
Co-captain of City FC, Zach Cairncross admitted luck played a role.
‘‘It’s a bit of luck at this point; especially to get a penalty in the 91st minute but we did build a bit of pressure in the last 10 minutes.’’
Blacktown Spartans were not so lucky, going down to Sydney Olympic after leaking three second half goals.
The games was tight in the first half, with a nil-all scoreline, but Olympic charged home with the wind in their sails to knock the Spartans out.
Spartans captain Carlos Salaidarre admitted they were overrun in the second half but is proud of the club’s strong season.
‘‘It was tight in the first half and then they came out all guns blazing in the first half and ran over us,’’ he said.
‘‘This is only our third year in the premier league, so to finish second and win 15 games I suppose is a good effort.
Also we had a lot of injuries and players leaving during the year, so we did very well but it was disappointing to not have something to show for it.’’