Suns wiped out

Heartbreak: It rained goals at a torrential Marconi Stadium on Sunday as Sydney United triumphed on penalties against 2020 Premiers Rockdale Ilinden. Picture: Football NSW
Heartbreak: It rained goals at a torrential Marconi Stadium on Sunday as Sydney United triumphed on penalties against 2020 Premiers Rockdale Ilinden. Picture: Football NSW

The fairy tail finish didn't happen for a disappointed Rockdale Ilinden as Sydney United 58 broke their 14-year Grand Final hoodoo with a 4-3 triumph on penalties against the 2020 Premiers.

The penalty shoot-out came after they played out a 120 minute 3-3 draw at Marconi Stadium in a top-quality contest which saw six different scorers find the back of the net.

It only took ten minutes for Rockdale to draw first blood when Mickey Neill, who scored first in last weekend's semi-final triumph, jumped highest to divert Tomoki Wada's set-piece beyond the United goalie.

United 58 looked to strike back immediately and with 16 minutes played, a free-kick from the edge of the area slammed beyond Rockdales David Bradasevic into the top left corner.

The rain fell as the match settled into an arm-wrestle for the remainder of the first half and when play resumed, it was Rockdale who sprung out of the blocks with only three minutes in with Jaden Casella capitalising on a defensive slip-up to score.

Sydney United didn't waver in search of an equaliser and a 77th-minute corner for United found them even again.

Three minutes later, United 58 turned the contest on its head producing a stunning strike that sailed beyond Bradasevic to send the United fans into raptures.

It was the Rockdale skipper Daniel Petkovski who stood up when his side needed him most in the 84th minute, driving a thunderous strike into the far corner forcing the game into extra time.

Both squads gave their all during a frantic thirty minutes, but there would be no further twists to the tale.

During a dramatic penalty shoot-out, both goalies pulled out a save each before Jake Trajkovski blasted Rockdale's fifth penalty over the bar, sending the NSW top-flight championship back to Edensor Park.

Rockdale President Dennis Loether said despite losing, the proud team played with courage and never gave up.

"It is never easy to take losing in a penalty shoot-out, but we will bounce back bigger and better next year with the aim of going one better.

"I would like to thank our fantastic fans who braved the elements and didn't stop cheering our team on."