Spartans win with penalty at the death

THE Blacktown Spartans' dream start to the 2014 Football NSW Men's No.1 soccer competition continued on Saturday night.

A penalty at the death gave the Spartans a hard-fought 3-2 win over Bonnyrigg White Eagles at Bonnyrigg Sports Centre.

The Rooty Hill-based Spartans are now unbeaten after four rounds and will host Sydney United 58 at Blacktown Football Park this Saturday.

The Spartans had the best of the first half on Saturday, taking a 2-1 lead through goals to Raymond Miller and Corey Biczo in the 23rd and 36th minutes respectively, after Alexander Canak 12 had put Bonnyrigg ahead in the 12th minute.

Then Robert Younis equalised for Bonnyrigg in the 49th minute and the hosts had the better of play, but goalkeeper Carlos Saliadarre was again outstanding for the Spartans.

A 91st-minute penalty sealed the game after Bonnyrigg's Benjamin Spruce brought down Elsid Barkhousir in the box, and Barkhousir made no mistake with the spot-kick.

"Four wins from four starts and probably not at our best over the past two weeks," said Spartans coach Ben De Haan.

"We were probably a bit scrappy and we gave away two goals from set pieces, which we'll work on.

"I was very pleased with our back four in defence, as they were solid all night, and as always Carlos [Saliadarre] was a rock at the back there."

Meanwhile, there were goals galore in the rain at the first home game at the new Lilys Football Centre.

Blacktown City FC also kept their unbeaten record but drew 3-3 with Apia Leichhardt and are now second behind their neighbours.

Kearyn Baccus, Ryuji Miyazawa and Michael West were Blacktown's scorers in a match in which the hosts conceded their first goals of the season.

"We were always going to concede at some stage, even though we were not hoping for three," Blacktown City coach Mark Crittenden said.

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