NPL 1 finals destiny in Rockdale City Suns' hands after 2-1 win over Wollongong Wolves

On the ball: Rockdale City captain Daniel Petkovski keeps the ball away from a Wollongong player during the Suns' 2-1 win on Sunday. Picture: Football NSW
On the ball: Rockdale City captain Daniel Petkovski keeps the ball away from a Wollongong player during the Suns' 2-1 win on Sunday. Picture: Football NSW

Rockdale City head into the final week of the NPL 1 season with their destiny in their own hands after a 2-1 win over Wollongong on Sunday.

An Aleks Canak double was enough to secure a valuable three points for the Suns despite a late Patrick Antelmi goal for the Wolves.

The win sees Rockdale remain in third place, two points clear of Manly United. The Suns travel to Lambert Park to face league leaders APIA Leichhardt in the final round on Sunday. APIA downed Blacktown City on the weekend to climb above them into first place and need to win to assure themselves of the premiership.

Rockdale player-coach Paul Reid was delighted with the result.

“It was our best performance of the season,” he said.

“I expected better from Wollongong. The only thing I’m disappointed with from our performance is we conceded a goal”.

Meanwhile, Sutherland allowed Parramatta to snap a 14-game losing streak with a 0-0 draw on Saturday night.

Sharks coach Grant Lee was left frustrated with his side’s performance.

“It’s a disappointing result but these are hard games to play in,” Lee said.

“The pitch does play a part, there’s no denying it, but not overly. [Parramatta] were playing for their lives tonight, they’re fighting for contracts.

“I think we were naive tonight and that allowed them to stay in the contest.”

Sutherland finish their season when they host Sydney FC at Seymour Shaw Park on Sunday.