RAA Round 14 Wrap | Modbury Jets fall while the Premiership goes to the final day
Ladder leaders Adelaide Comets have all but secured a top-two spot with one round to play in the NPL after a 4-0 victory that dented Cumberland United’s finals hopes.
The damage was done early on in the match, with Comets skipper and Golden Boot leader Allan Welsh finding himself on the scoresheet twice inside the first 15 minutes and Ninko Beric registering their third before half time.
Andreas Wiens pounced on a fumbled ball from a Tete Yengi shot to bundle home on 76 minutes, sealing all three points for Comets in style.
Comets hold a three-point lead over third-placed Campbelltown City entering the final round, but their 13-goal buffer is unlikely to be overturned in the space of a week and should see them face off against MetroStars or Campbelltown in the two-legged Semi-Final.
Croydon Kings’ double chance hopes were dashed by Campbelltown as the visitors came from behind to win 2-1, locking the Kings into fourth place in the process, while MetroStars also accounted for Adelaide City 2-1 to remain in the hunt for the minor premiership.
Raiders’ 3-1 victory over Adelaide Blue Eagles effectively put themselves beyond the reach of seventh-placed Cumberland, who trail by three points and 14 goals, to all but ensure finals football.
City, Cumberland and Adelaide Olympic, who defeated the relegated Para Hills Knights 4-0, sit within three points of one another and enter the final round fighting for the sixth and final major round berth.
Adelaide United secured their own survival at the expense of Modbury Jets with a 2-0 triumph, condemning their defeated opponents to State League One football in 2021.
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