Marconi ended their two-year hiatus from the National Premier Leagues NSW in style with a 1-0 win against Sydney United 58 FC on Saturday night at Marconi Stadium.
In a sometime scrappy affair, Sean Rooney opened the scoring in the fourth minute when United failed to clear a corner.
Under new coach Jason Culina, the Reds searched for the equaliser but it never came despite the best efforts of Chris Payne and Panny Nikas. Nine yellow cards and several long-range shots summed up the second half as both teams struggled to find their rhythm.
Marconi coach Peter Tsekenis said: “The first game of the season is all about the battle and the boys were up for it. I was very proud of the way they took to the game.”
This week the Stallions play another local derby against Bonnyrigg on Sunday (5pm) at Bonnyrigg Sports Club.
United 58 FC search for their first win of the new season against recent nemesis Blacktown City FC on Saturday (7.30pm) at Sydney United Sports Centre.