A win over Central Coast tomorrow (Tuesday) night could elevate Sydney University into the top five on the Sydney Men’s Super League ladder.
The rescheduled mid-week match (which was washed out on June 4) has taken on more importance after the Students found some mid-season form to go on an unbeaten four-match run to seventh on the ladder.
West Sydney Berries head the competition on 26 points after 15 rounds, with Spirit FC (25), Macarthur Rams (24), Granville Rage (22), Blacktown Spartans (22) and St George FC (21) ahead of the Students, who are on 19 points with tomorrow night’s game up their sleeve.
Sydney University made it four games without defeat when they came from behind to defeat Hills Brumbies 4-2 at Hensley Athletic Field on Saturday.
Dragan Savic put the visitors in front at the 24-minute mark before David McMurray levelled for the Students, burying a drive after good work from Liam McConaghy.
McConaghy also had a hand in the second, his free kick being met by James O’Rourke, but an own goal by Nils Justine brought the Brumbies all square.
Half-time substitute, teenager Andre Carle, made the most of his game time with two goals in the final 10 minutes to lift the Students to seventh spot, only one win from the five.
Sydney University coach John Calleja said the Students weren’t at their best, despite the win.
“In the first half we were very poor”, he said. “The Brumbies passed the ball around very well and it did seem it would only be a matter of time before they scored, which they did.
“And if they had taken their chances, they probably would have won it. But our second half was better and the win keeps us well in with a chance of the finals.”
Sydney University’s Under 20 Premier Cup team maintained the competition lead with a two-nil disposal of the Hills Brumbies.
The Premier Cup team have won 10 and drawn one of their 14 outings to sit on 31 points. Central Coast (29), Spirit FC (28), St George FC (27) and Northern Tigers (19) make up the top five.
In the Women’s Premier League, Sydney University maintained third place on the competition ladder with a two-nil win over NSW Koalas at ELS Hall Park on Saturday.
Carlie Ikonomou slotted a penalty goal in the15th minute and Erin Wilson wrapped up the match with a goal in the 75th minute.
Illawarra Stingrays head the competition on 40 points after 15 rounds, with Macarthur Rams (33), Sydney University (31), NSW Koalas (28) and Marconi Stallions (27) making up the top five. The Rams, Students, Koalas and Stallions have a game in hand.
NSW Men’s Super League – Round 15
First Grade: Sydney University 4 (David McMurray 35m, James O’Rourke 60m, Andre Carle 80m 87m) d Hills Brumbies 2 (Dragan Savic 24m, own goal 69m) at Hensley Athletic Field.
Under 20: Sydney University 2 d Hills Brumbies 0.
Super Youth League – Round 18
Grade18: Sydney University 4 d Schofield Scorpions 0.
Grade 16: Schofield Scorpions 2 drew with Sydney University 2.
Grade 15: Sydney University 4 d Schofield Scorpions 0.
Grade 14: Sydney University 3 d Schofield Scorpions 2.
Grade 13: Schofield Scorpions 1 drew with Sydney University 1.
NSW Women’s Premier League – Round 15
First Grade: Sydney University 2 (Carlie Ikonomou 15m pen, Erin Wilson 75m) d NWS Koalas 0 at ELS Hall Park.
Reserve Grade: Sydney University 1 d NWS Koalas 0.
Under 16: NWS Koalas 5 d Sydney University 0.
Under 14: NWS Koalas 1 d Sydney University 0.
Under 12: Sydney University 1 drew with NWS Koalas 1.
NSW Women’s Premier League – Rescheduled Round 13
Under 14: Central Coast FC 2 d Sydney University 1.
Under 12: Sydney University 3 d Central Coast FC 1.