Rockdale climb ladder after Sydney FC demolition

Clean sheet: Rockdale jumped to second on the NPL ladder after delivering a dominant 4-0 result over Sydney FC at Ilinden Sports Centre. Picture John Veage
Clean sheet: Rockdale jumped to second on the NPL ladder after delivering a dominant 4-0 result over Sydney FC at Ilinden Sports Centre. Picture John Veage

Rockdale Ilinden's big 4-0 win against Sydney FC has jumped them into second spot in the National Premier Leagues NSW Men's competition as Round 8 came to a close on Sunday.

With three weeks left in the season, the battle for Premiership honours is set to go down to the wire with the Suns now sitting one point behind Sydney United 58.

A dominant Rockdale boosted their Premiership hopes with the win showing once again they have the league's best defence, only conceding four goals this season including an incredible run of six clean sheets.

A Michael Neill goal right on the break had Rockdale in the driver's seat, but it was their three goals in the second half which secured the result.

It was a tight contest from the opening whistle with both teams waiting for mistakes and unable to capitalise on their chances.

With the match scoreless at the end of the half, Rockdale claimed a surprise goal when Micheal Neill fired in from the left edge of the penalty area after a brilliant run.

The home team pressed on after the restart, when they scored again to double their lead after 10 minutes.

On a roll the Suns made it 3-0 with 10 minutes left when the club's star frontman Alec Urosevski fired into the back of the net after Tomoki Wada stole the ball from the Sydney FC defence.

Japanese midfielder Tomoki Wada then claimed his own goal in the dying minutes chipping over the keeper to make it 4-0 and wrap up the win .

Rockdale have been in brilliant form this season and Coach Steven Zoric has them delivering improved consistency each performance.

Rockdale has two important upcoming initiatives that they are promoting, designed to further develop their stars of tomorrow.

The first is a team event the Bayside 6's, run at their Ilinden Sports Centre venue kicking off in November- teams should register at www.bayside6s.com.au

They also have a Suns summer camp which starts late October- designed to help develop junior players.Taking place Friday nights on synthetic turf, the program runs for 12 weeks, and is open to boys and girls ages 5-12, and will be overseen by a number of their top coaches.

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