Sydney United 58 lose to APIA in epic NPL decider

It was the impossible task that proved just that - but only just!

Sydney United 58 fell agonisingly short of their first league title since 2006 losing 2-1 in extra-time toAPIA Leichhardt Tigers in Saturday's NPL NSW grand final at Bankwest Stadium.

Tasked with playing five games in 14 days (three of which would go into extra-time), the Reds schedule appeared to be catching up with them when defender Paul Galimi helped APIA to an early lead via a towering header.

But despite playing 330-minutes of football the previous week and an FFA Cup game against the Western Sydney Wanderers only three-days prior, Miro Vlastelica's team refused to quit despite the physical nature of the contest and found the equaliser via the outstretched leg of Matthew Bilic just after half-time.

Chants of 'Croatia, Croatia' from the Edensor Park faithful started to get louder as the former NSL giants pushed for a winner but it would be APIA - who had lost the last two deciders - who would land the decisive blow with Tigers captain and man-of-the-match Sean Symons executing a brilliant lob in extra-time.

"I felt we dominated large sections of the match tonight but in the end we paid the price for conceding two soft goals," Vlastelica said.

"That's football, sometimes it's cruel..It hurts but we can be proud of this season."