Marconi and Sydney United 58 salvage draws with 10-men

In the course of a season there are games that you look back on as turning points.

For Marconi and Sydney United 58, it could well be round seven of the National Premier Leagues Men's 1 season.

Both teams were reduced to 10-men but still managed to salvage important draws as the competition enters the second third of the season.

For the Stallions, Sunday's 1-1 result against rivals APIA Leichhardt at Lambert Park was their fifth draw of the campaign.

But this was different.

After Mitchell Mallia restored parity for the visitors when he hammered home a partially saved shot from Liam Youlley, Mark Rodic was sent off for a professional foul not long after.

It left the Stallions 25-minutes to hold on - which they did.

"In the second half we conceded off a set-piece and there was not much we could do about that, but we did get our goal back and then unfortunately with a red card we had to dig deep," Stallions coach Peter Tsekenis said.

Across town and a ten-man Sydney United 58 held on for a point in a 0-0 draw with Wollongong Wolves at Sydney United Sports Centre.

After conceding seven goals in two games, the Reds held firm after they were forced to play a man down for close to an hour after Chris Payne was sent off.

United 58 coach Tomi Vidovic said it was a "tremendous performance" and keeps the Reds in second spot.

  • This Saturday (6pm) Marconi host Sydney Olympic at Marconi Stadium and Sydney United 58 play Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC at Popondetta Park (7pm).