Monday, 3 February 2003

(Originally posted at Sports Review)

Another week gone and the top clubs have effectively ended the race for the top two. Now we are left with is the mad scramble for the other four places in the top six, a contest which mathematically is open to any of the clubs from 3rd to 13th.

Friday night saw Marconi bounce back from last weeks 7-0 hammering and beat new NSL 'crisis club' Brisbane 2-1 in Sydney. The Strikers are sliding slowly towards oblivion, and not putting up much of a fight along the way.

In Adelaide the home side took a two-nil lead within 15 minutes and then suffered the kind of reverse that drives managers to the bottle, losing 3-2 to Newcastle, who moved into 3rd place.

Wollongong kept their fight for a finals place alive by beating the disappointing Sydney United 2-1 at WIN Stadium.

Perth easily accounted for Northern Spirit 3-0. No surprises there, unless of course you expected the Glory to rack up double figures against the struggling Sydneysiders.

In Melbourne, the Knights threw away a lead to lose 2-1 to the Kingz. Not only did the result dent their slim finals chances but it was also the last appearance of import Gustavo Biscayzacu who has accepted a more lucrative contract in the Chilean Second Division.

And in the match of the round Sydney Olympic scored a last minute winner to take the points against South Melbourne 3-2 in front of yet another pathetic Shark Park crowd. The win almost almost assured them a top two place, and put some doubt into South's finals campaign. It was also South's second injury time loss by the same scoreline in the Harbour City this year.

Goals - 22 (3.66 a game)
Last weeks tipping - 3/6

See you on Wednesday for a preview of the week to come.

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