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National Youth League Round 18 wrap

The final of the National Youth League is approaching and a challenger for Sydney FC still needs to be found. Round 18 saw another win for the Sky Blues who have dominated the inaugural season of the NYL but wins to both the Queensland Roar and Adelaide United have kept the competition close.

The Roar kicked off the round by coming from two goals down to oust the Perth Glory and end any chance they had of finishing in the top two.

Hoawrd Fondyke got the Glory off to a great start when he netted in the first minute and Ludovic Boi doubled the lead in the 13th minute.

It took a while for the home side to kick into gear and when Luke Brattan scored in the 56th minute, the Roar sprung into action.

A 78th and 79th minute double to Chris Grossman did the damage and kept Queensland in touch with Sydney at the top of the table.

Grossman's brace sent him to the top of the NYL goal scorers table with ten.

Sydney accounted for bottom-placed Newcastle Jets 2-0 at Cromer Park.

Second-half goals to Chris Triantis and Steve Lustica were enough for the league leaders to grab all three points for the eleventh time in 15 matches and set themselves for a tilt at the title.

Adelaide scored an important away win over Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Sunday.

Michael De Bono and Francesco Monterosso were the scorers for the Reds who sit third on the table, one point behind the Roar and seven points in arrears of Sydney FC.

Andrew Slevison
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