Sydney United 58 FC substitute Glen Trifiro’s second half strike salvaged a 1-1 draw against Manly to consolidate their place in the top-five.
The Reds, who are still in the process of finding a new head coach after Jason Culina resigned, backed up their win against leaders APIA Leichhardt last week with a gutsy performance at a wet Cromer Park on Saturday night to snatch a vital point.
The home team dominated the contest from the outset coming off the back of a six-game unbeaten run that had seen them jump to sixth place and were rewarded with a 1-0 lead courtesy of Dominic Ferguson.
Their lead was short lived with United restoring parity as Trifiro found the back of the net after Cristian Gonzalez’s powerful shot was deflected.
Tom Manos was the hero for the visitors and turned away several Manly raids and ensured United will remain in fourth place with a late penalty save.
Across town and Marconi’s top-five chances took a hit with a 2-0 defeat to Sutherland. The Stallions, who were held to a draw to bottom-placed Sydney FC last week, couldn’t capitalise on a plethora of chances despite being reduced to 10-men when Sean O’Connell was sent off before half time.
In contrast, the Sharks took their chances with two counter-attacking goals to Joshua Da Silva enough to secure all three points.
“If you don’t take your chances these results happen,” coach Peter Tsekensis said.
Meanwhile, Bonnyrigg’s search for win No.3 continues after being crushed 5-1 by APIA Leichhardt Tigers on Saturday night.
Jordan Murray (three) and Corey Bizco (two) netted for the visitors to put the game beyond doubt after Jewook Woo reduced the deficit before half time.