Rockdale back in the winners circle

Home:Last start winners the Rockdale City Suns are sitting in third position with only four rounds remaining.Picture John Veage
Home:Last start winners the Rockdale City Suns are sitting in third position with only four rounds remaining.Picture John Veage

After seven rounds of the National Premier Leagues NSW Men's competition has been run It's Sydney Olympic who sit on top of the ladder with the Rockdale City Suns sitting in third position with only four rounds remaining.

After going undefeated for six straight games without conceding a goal,Rockdale Ilinden returned to the winner's circle with an impressive 3-1 win against Wollongong Wolves at Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday.

An inspired second-half showing from the Steven Zoric coached side helped secure the victory and all three competition point.

Rockdale made a fast start to the contest with Amaury Gauthier scoring only seven minutes into the match to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

It sparked a near-instant response from the Wolves with star striker Thomas James scoring his first goal of the season since returning from his short term move at Perth Glory to level the score at 1-1.

The game was locked in an end to end battle with both teams remaining deadlocked at the break.

In the 59th minute, the game was turned on its head when Nick Littler was shown red and sent off for a desperation tackle on Nikola Taneski who had broken free of the defence.

Tomoki Wada delivered a moment of brilliance from the ensuing free-kick as he found the back of the net from the edge of the penalty area to give Rockdale a 2-1 lead.

Despite having only 10-men, Wollongong refused to give in and pushed for an equaliser.

However, it was Rockdale's day in the sun and a second goal to Wada deep inside injury time wrapped up a 3-1 result.

Next week in round eight action it see's the red hot Suns take on Sydney FC once again at their Rockdale Ilinden Sports Centre home ground.