United held to a scoreless draw, Marconi lose Italian derby

Focused: Sydney United 58 captain Nick Stavroulakis contests the ball on Sunday against Rockdale. Pictures: Football NSW
Focused: Sydney United 58 captain Nick Stavroulakis contests the ball on Sunday against Rockdale. Pictures: Football NSW

Sydney United 58 have registered their first points for 2019 - but it could have easily been all three. The Reds were held to a 0-0 draw in their home opener on Sunday against Rockdale despite the Suns being reduced to 10-men for 50 minutes.

On his return to Edensor Park, Panni Nikas was kept relatively quiet as former teammates Glenn Trifiro and Matt Sim did most of the attacking and had the best chances to break the deadlock.

Man of the match Thomas Manos was outstanding in goal and repelled numerous counter attacks. 

Familar face: Former United 58 player Panni Nikas looks to break the deadlock against his former team at Sydney United Sports Centre.

Familar face: Former United 58 player Panni Nikas looks to break the deadlock against his former team at Sydney United Sports Centre.

Meanwhile, a 30-yard strike from Corey Biczo was the difference as Marconi fell to APIA in their opening game of the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 competition.

Marconi coach Peter Tsekenis lamented his team's poor start which culminated in the games' lone goal. Despite a numeric advantage in the final 20 minutes, the Stallions couldn't find the equaliser and return for their home opener on Saturday looking for their first points of 2019.

Next week: This Sunday the Reds play Blacktown City FC at Lily Homes Stadium at 3pm. Marconi host Rockdale at Marconi Stadium on Saturday at 7pm.

Next week: This Sunday the Reds play Blacktown City FC at Lily Homes Stadium at 3pm. Marconi host Rockdale at Marconi Stadium on Saturday at 7pm.