Round 3 Preview Women's NPL 2 NSW

Hopefully the weather has calmed down, now we can get back to a full round of football filled with exciting fixtures, as teams search for either their first win, consistency or form – in saying that, rain has been forecast for the rest of the week throwing a few matches up in the air so please check your competition fixtures for any updates.

Match of the Round: APIA Leichhardt Tigers vs SD Raiders, Sunday 25th March 2018, 7pm, Lambert Park

Rounding off the third week of National Premier Leagues 2 Womens is two old foes that do battle once again under the lights at Lambert Park.

These two sides have contested the last two State League Womens Grand Finals with SD Raiders running out 4-2 and 1-nil victors, while APIA consoled themselves with two Premierships.

Speaking of goals, SD Raiders got their season off to a rollicking start. Playing their catch-up game on Tuesday night, they fired five past St George FC with a hat-trick to Cassidy Chidgey alongside goals for Lauren Genc and Logan Gerard.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers came into NPL2 Womens with high expectations and hopes; after their first week demolition of Southern Branch, their first home game offers the opportunity for Matteo Maiorana’s ladies to stamp their mark on the competition.

Between two sides that like to play football – the energy and motor of Lucy Gilfedder for APIA will be key stopping the Raiders attackers while the Tigers aren’t a blunt instrument themselves making for a mouth-watering Match of the Round.

Central Coast Mariners vs Southern Branch FC, Sunday 25th March 2018, 3pm, Club Mingara Oval

Central Coast Mariners get back on the pitch, hosting Southern Branch FC on Sunday afternoon at Club Mingara Oval.

Both sides were given an unscheduled break due to the heatwave that scorched through the state last weekend. The Mariners were first-up winners while Southern Branch lost 4-nil to APIA Leichhardt Tigers.

This weekend is the first road trip for Southern Branch FC. Last season, they picked up four of their 15 points on the road so they can get mostly within that target if they are target Sunday against a strong Mariners team.

The home side won’t be an easy task. Central Coast did the double over the Nowra based side last season and have talent throughout their squad headlined by Katie Oliveira and sharpshooter Candice Phelan.

UNSWFC vs Nepean FC, Sunday 25th March 2018, 3pm, David Phillips Field

Nepean FC make their move down the highway as they travel into Sydney to take on UNSW FC in an exciting contest this weekend.

Picking up four points in their first two home games was close to ideal for Nepean FC. They hope some of the hospitality they showed Marconi Stallions in their 2-2 draw might be replicated at David Phillips Field.

Stefanie Trovato has started the season on fire with three goals in two, and her combination with speedster Britney Pelle allows Nepean coach Alan Tasses to implement his preferred tactics of finding them with directional balls.

For Renato Jelen and his students, they passed their first exam in fellow promoted side Western NSW Mariners, they take on semi-finalists from last season, Nepean FC. Jelen will lean on the experience of Alice Kriesler and Christine Tanaka Lucantonio up top to move into a credit for the opening month.

Gladesville Ravens vs Sydney Olympic FC, Sunday 25th March 2018, 3pm, ELS Hall Park

Starting the season with a pair of victories has the Ravens soaring high, now they host reigning premiers, Sydney Olympic Sunday afternoon at ELS Hall Park.

Heading out to Lithgow isn’t the easiest trip, but the Ravens continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win as Annalise Shiraldi found the net for the second week running.

Now, they face the prospect of a refreshed Sydney Olympic, following the enforced break due to the heat, with a potent strike force in Danielle Calvi, Madelaine Costanzo and Siahn Bozanic ready to build on their rout of Marconi in the first week.

Marconi Stallions vs Inter Lions SC, Sunday 25th March 2018, 3pm, Marconi Stadium No.2

Fresh from their first point of the season, Stallions host Inter Lions SC as both teams look to kickstart their season this weekend.

One is the loneliest number, so Marconi led by coach Matt Turvey, hopes that point is joined by three more after their encouraging comeback against Nepean FC. Demelza Howard showed her class and why she is one of the league’s most lethal players with an impressive strike while the interplay between her and Jessica Beale continued to blossom.

It has been an interrupted start for Inter Lions, after a trip out west then a called off contest against Southern Branch down in Nowra, so the Lions want to roar against the Stallions and get themselves off the bottom of the ladder.

St George FC vs Western NSW Mariners, Sunday 25th March 2018, 3pm, St George Stadium

Nobody likes being on the duck egg, so St George FC do battle against Western NSW Mariners at St George Stadium looking for their first points.

Western NSW Mariners were one of the lucky ones that got through 90 minutes on Sunday, in a 2-1 loss against early pace-setters Gladesville Ravens. St George eventually played on Tuesday going down 5-1 to SD Raiders.

The Mariners felt unlucky not to claim a point against the Ravens, as the team continues to gel but the experience threaded through the squad means they won’t be winless for too long.

St George FC possess some attacking prowess in their ranks so Western NSW’s Jessica Daymond might have a busy afternoon.

It has been a tough first two weeks for the Saints, conceded eight and only scored two. Yadira Renfigo has been a bright spot with two goals in two weeks, so much like the Mariners they have enough talent to make Sunday a good afternoon for either side.

Source  FNSW website -By Justin Davies, NPL2 Womens

National Premier League 2 NSW men's Round 3 review

Searing heat swept across NSW in Round 3 of the NPL 2 Men’s, but which teams thrived and which teams withered as the competition begins to literally and metaphorically heat up?

Match of the Round: St. George FC VS Canterbury Bankstown FC

St George swept to a convincing 4-0 victory over Canterbury Bankstown on Saturday night, dispatching the visitors with a comfortable display to show that they will once again be a force this season. A bright opening saw the Saints dominate the initial quarter of an hour and but for some agile saves from Berries keeper Chad Taylor, the Saints could have had a couple inside fifteen minutes.

As it was, they had to be content with just the one, Jordan Morfitis’ strike after ten minutes settling into the net. This opener came just two minutes after Morfitis had been denied by Taylor. Within a further couple of minutes, Taylor again got the better of Morfitis who certainly made his presence felt early, while Christopher Arditti just failed to connect to high ball moments later.

It was a strong St George start, and their intention to have the Berries under pressure from the first whistle was certainly producing dividends. It was not until just after the half hour though, that St George gained their second. Snappy passing down the right flank saw Arditti put through, and he calmly slotted the ball past Taylor.

It was no more than St George deserved, and the two goal half time lead was a fair reflection of the game, the Saints keeping the Berries chances to an absolute minimum. The central defensive pairing of Jacob Bandur and Lenox Tweneboa keeping frontman Andreas Vais under wraps.

The Berries best period of the game came immediately after the restart, and had a goal been brought back, there was always the slight chance of a resurgence, but truth be told, the Saints were the dominant team, and while Richard Darko showed pace, and supplied some dangerous crosses, the St George backline were equal to the task.

On the hour, Canterbury brought on Huseyin Jasli, a surprise non-starter perhaps, and the wide man looked to add impetus to a Berries side whose chances up front had been few, but again, the Saints defence held firm.

With just five minutes to go, the game was sealed. Leading scorer Juan Carlos Heras Romero connected first time to a sublime pass from Raul Beneit Romero, sweeping a left footer into the bottom corner of the net for 3-0.

Canterbury Bankstown almost reduced the arrears with a couple of minutes left. A direct free-kick outside the area was lined up by Domenico Tripodi, and the captain’s effort was goal bound, but Saints keeper Anthony Costa pulled of a finger tip save to ensure the St George goal remained intact.

In the final moments, St George added a fourth, with Beneit Romero having the final word. A dazzling and mazy run past the Berries defence, twisting first one way then the other, resulted in his third of the season, and a strong 4-0 win for the home side.

It was a tough night for the away side, who have started slowly this season, but a good result for St George – a result which shows that the red-and-whites will be a leading contender this season.


Saturday 17th March 2018

Ilinden Sports Centre, Rockdale

St George 4 (J. Morfitis, C. Arditti, J. Romero, R. Romero)

Canterbury Bankstown 0

Referee: Scott Edeling

Assts: Sam Quinn and Sebastian Andrews


St George: 21. Anthony Costa 2. Daniel Loe 3. Ali Nasreddine 5. Jacob Bandur 6. Patrick O’Shea 7. Juan Carlos Heras Romero (19. Tobias Norval 85’) 8. Tarik Ercan (c) 15. Christopher Arditti (17.

Aleksandar Lekoski 70’)16. Jordan Morfitis (12. Anthony Morabito 76’) 20. Raul Beneit Romero 23.

Lenox Tweneboa


Subs not used: 36. Evan Davis 22. Domenic Brischetto

Yellow Cards: Tarik Ercan, Jordan Morfitis

Coach: Terry Palapanis


Canterbury Bankstown: 1. Chad Taylor 3. Daniel Di Ruocco 5. Mitchell Farmer 6. Domenico Tripodi (c) 8. Domenic Hudap 10. Andreas Vais 12. Jake Bradshaw (9. Huseyin Jasli 57’) 14. Aaron D’Mello 15. Perry Moustakas 20. Evan Petramanis (7. Daniel Fornito 69’) 24. Richard Darko (16. Nikita Andricopoulos 78’)

Subs not used: 21. John Dimitrakis 2. Costa Andricopoulos.

Yellow Cards: Domenico Tripodi, Evan Patramanis, Huseyin Jasli

By Peter Rowney


Parramatta FC (1) vs Rydalmere Lions (4)

If you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

Rydalmere Lions have served up a master class in counter attacking football that proved too hot for Parramatta FC to handle on a sweltering afternoon at Melita Stadium. It was the first derby between these two sides in the NPL 2 NSW Men’s competition this season and one that will live long in the memory of Lions’ fans.

However, a night that ended so magically, began so worryingly for the away side. Parramatta FC took an early lead, after Neram Yalda volleyed home from close range. Yalda would’ve been thanking his lucky stars after the ball gravitated towards him like a magnet before thumping it into the back of the net.

Rydalmere didn’t have to wait long before drawing level, Amaury Gauthier making up for the missed chances last round against Spirit, tucking away a penalty composure personified.

Shortly before the break, Rydalmere were denied the lead when Stefan Giglio made a truly miraculous save from Ahmed Elrich who had almost turned to start celebrating what he thought was a guaranteed goal from just 6 yards out.

In the sizzling sun it was raining goals at Melita Stadium as Amaury Gauthier notched his second of the game in the second half.

Gauthier got in behind the Parramatta defence before sliding his left footed shot into the corner of the goals and beyond the helpless Giglio gloves.

Zak Elrich got in on the action not long after, taking penalty duties off Gauthier to covert from the spot.

3-1 and the Rydalmere fans had well and truly begun to roar.

By contrast, the Eagles’ fans looked despondent, worried that a third successive home game would yield yet another frustrating result. Their misery was compounded moments later when Victor Anyimba scored his side’s fourth and final goal, rounding the keeper who had ventured so far from the safety of his box to leave his empty net vacant – an invitation Anyimba could not decline.

They’ll be making songs about this victory for years to come at Rydalmere.

4-1, 4-1, we’re scoring just for fun, in the heat and in the sun, the Lions won 4-1, 4-1.

Bravo, Rydalmere.


Hills United (3) vs Western Sydney Wanderers (2)

It looks as though Hills United have been reading our midweek Round Previews as the first game of the season in which they haven’t had a player sent off has resulted in their first win of the season.

I think this is where we say, ‘we told you so’.

But in a nice touch of irony, Hills United were helped to their first three points of the season courtesy of a red card – this time to their opponents, Western Sydney Wanderers.

In truth, it was the Wanderers who began the game with more purpose.

A purpose clearly derived from the fact that two defeats in their previous two games this season have left them wandering down in the depths of a relegation spot; but their positive start in this match was rewarded after just 21 minutes when lethal striker Lachlan Scott guided his header into the net after a sublime cross.

The Wanderers continued to threaten; Majok and Roberts wreaking havoc out wide. However for all their dominance, the Wanderers were unable to find a second that, arguably, their possession and dominance deserved.

With the score-line only at 1-0, Hills United emerged from half-time with a tangible confidence, realising that the Wanderers have forfeited a lead already this season.

The Wanderers found their equaliser just 5 minutes into the second half through Pete Cejka, who headed home following a well-worked corner routine.With scores level, both sides pushed hard to wrestle ascendancy in the match.

It would be the Brumbies who found the crucial break-through on 58 minutes, the ever-present danger man Daniel Fogarty registering his first goal for the season.

In a case of ‘whatever you can do, we can too’, the Wanderers struck back 10 minutes later from superstar, Abraham Majok, who drove purposefully towards goal and placed his shot from 20 yards out.

Just when it looked like the points would be shared, Hills United broke in behind the Wanderers defence and Daniel Fogarty was brought down in the box by Jordan Hall.

Greg Giovenali stepped up to convert the spot kick and secure all three points for Hills United.

Three straight defeats to start the season and the Wanderers will be wondering how it’s all gone so wrong.

For Hills, they will be looking to make it two wins from two when they travel to struggling Canterbury Bankstown next week.


North shore (1) vs Mt Druitt (3)

An early season blockbuster as two of the competition’s most in-form teams battled it out to see which one was the contender for season 2018 and which one was the pretender; and, after a tense battle, the answer is clear – albeit unexpected.

It’s Mt Druitt.

A score-line that suggests a comfortable afternoon for the Rangers proved to be, in reality, anything but; Ultimately what separated the two sides was a decisiveness in the taking of chances. Alex Vlismas opened the scoring for the Rangers on 20 minutes; the talented player volleying home from just outside the box following a corner.

It was almost a case of groundhog day for the North Shore defence after another defensive scramble led to a second Mt Druitt goal; this time Kuag Reec was on hand to convert in the 35th minute.

North Shore continued to push hard for a way back into the match, with memories of their comeback against the Wanderers still firmly in their minds, but none was forthcoming.

Mt Druitt finished the afternoon securing their third goal of the game, which then put the game out of reach for the North Shore boys for a late come from behind victory.

David O’Leary did his namesake in football proud with a superbly taken free-kick in the 60th minute that got the entire Rangers’ coaching staff off their feet in appreciation.

Moments before the referee could purse his lips to the whistle to signal full-time, Chris Lindsay scored a consolation goal for his side, after his free-kick beat all the Mt Druitt defenders before finally beating Carlos Saliadarre in goals – the first goal he has conceded all season.

An impressive win for the Rangers and all eyes will be on their Round 4 clash against St George as two of the league’s powerhouses do battle in a game no one will want to miss!


Northern Tigers (4) vs Macarthur Rams (2)

What an upset we almost had here.

Leading 2-1 at half-time after two well-worked goals from the Rams cancelled out Liam Mcconaghy’s 4th minute opener for the Tigers, it looked as though Macarthur would pull one very unlikely rabbit out of their hat.

Northern Tigers looked uncomfortable trying to contain the physical play of Macarthur and deservedly went into half-time trailing.

However, coach Jason Eagar was confident his side could turn their fortunes around in the second period, especially after their dominant second half performance against the Blacktown Spartans last week.

And that is just what they did.

A 50th minute strike from in-form striker Liam Mcconaghy after some nice combination play on the edge of the box got the ball rolling for the Tigers, before a late flurry of goals made the score line more comfortable than the balance of play actually suggests.

Jordan Ferrier capitalised on another well-worked corner routine in the 80th minute before Rory Spiers converted with only minutes to go to round of a 4-2 victory for the Tigers and their second win in a row.

Macarthur can count themselves unlucky to walk away from this game with nothing to show for their efforts.

They find themselves in a cluster of three teams yet to register a single point this season and will be wondering where that first point will be coming from – as they entertain the North Shore Mariners next round.

For the Northern Tigers, a strong start to the season sees them occupy a finals’ spot on the competition ladder and that is the kind of start that Jason Eager will be hoping provides a springboard for greater success this season.


Source FNSW website-By Ryan Latty

Youth & Men's results

Youth & Mens results from 17/03/18

Youth away to Northern Tigers

u13s SGFC 2 defeated NT 0
u14s SGFC 4 defeated NT 2
u15s SGFC 0 drew with NT 0
u16 SGFC 1 NT 1 game called off at half-time due to extreme hot weather. We will await FNSW decision re the second half play

Mens home (Ilinden sports centre)

u18s SGFC 3 defeated CBFC 1
u20s SGFC 2 defeated CBFC 1
1st    SGFC 4 defeated CBFC 0

NPL 2 NSW Womens Preview Round 2


Teams have blown the cobwebs away, with a game under their belts. For the teams that lost it’s a chance for redemption while those in the winner’s circle aim to continue their momentum.

Match of the Round: SD Raiders vs St George FC, Sunday 18th March 2018, Ernie Smith Reserve, 5pm

Coming off losses in the first round, no better time for SD Raiders or St George FC to get in the winner’s column than with the Match of the Round!

Home comforts should bring happier fortunes for SD Raiders. After a tight one-goal loss, heading back to Ernie Smith Reserve might need the tonic they need.

Both sides possess some brilliant attacking intent. For St George FC, it comes in the form of Yadira Renfigo – State League Women’s golden boot opened her account in their 3-1 loss last weekend.

SD Raiders aren’t shy of their ambitions this season, as they have a healthy squad including mainstays from the State League Womens side – Dana Buttigieg and Rhea D’Mello has them aiming for finals and that can start with a positive result this weekend.

Nepean FC vs Marconi Stallions, Sunday 18th March 2018, Cook Park, 7pm

While it wasn’t the best first weekend, another round gifts Marconi the chance to get back on the horse as they travel out west to face Nepean FC.

Nepean FC by contrast had a brilliant start. They scored twice in the opening ten through Stefanie Trovato then youngster Imogen Lane confirmed a three points coach Alan Tasses will welcome with open arms.

The dynamic duo of Stephanie Haaring and Bianca Galayini for Nepean FC can feed speedster Britney Pelle some crucial balls to test a wounded Stallions back four.

For the Stallions – they matched the premiers for 45 minutes but can’t allow the lapses of judgment that cruelled them last weekend.

If they can push forward though, Summar Richardson and Jessica Beale can create headaches than a medium sudoku puzzle for Nepean FC.

Western NSW Mariners FC vs Gladesville Ravens, Sunday 18th March 2018, Majorie Jackson Field, 3pm

A rejuvenated Gladesville Ravens take the long trip to Lithgow, as they take on Western NSW Mariners in their first home game of the new season.

The Mariners would’ve been disappointed in their first showing which Josh Ward admitted talking to local media that they need to win the big moments after being edged 1-nil by UNSW FC.

At home though; the Mariners can expect to play much more of their traditional game, and midfielder Jasmin Courtenay is key to penetrating a Ravens defense that while they finished last, defended well.

It is two teams that are still working through their style, Chloe Loyzaga remains the threat for Gladesville meanwhile the home team look to Larissa Kilby for goals.

Sydney Olympic FC vs UNSW FC, Sunday 18th March 2018, Peter Moore Field, 3pm

Sydney Olympic FC resumed their position at the top of NPL2 Womens with a clinical first week, now they have their first home fixture against UNSW FC on Sunday afternoon.

The reigning premiers flexed their muscles in a second half glut against Marconi, while UNSW showed their mettle in a close victory over Western NSW Mariners.

Olympic FC were ominous in their display against Stallions. Siahn Bozanic was a menace down the wing supplying perfect deliveries for Madelaine Costanzo alongside a powerful free-kick in a bright debut.

If that combination sticks through the season, they could beat their half century of goals from 2017.

Renato Jelen will have his UNSW side well-drilled to defend against a prolific offense. Goalscorer from last week, Amy Altman to borrow a phrase from Ned Zelic has some ‘individual brilliance’ that is needed against Olympic FC.

Central Coast Mariners vs APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC, Sunday March 18th 2018, Pluim Park #3, 3pm

Two first start winners collide when APIA Leichhardt Tigers travel up the highway to take on an impressive Mariners outfit.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers are racking up the kilometres, after their successful trip to Nowra, now they head to National Premiers 2 Womens other coast in an exciting fixture.

Matteo Maiorana was overjoyed with the performance as both APIA new signings, Ashleigh Palombi and Karen Saavedra helped them pump four on Southern Branch. Now, they face another NPL2 Women’s mainstay Central Coast who also swept aside their opponents in the first weekend.

Candice Phelan and Gabrielle Blanch picked up where they left off last season scoring important goals for the Mariners. Dan Barrett will bank on those two finding the net against a formidable APIA side that pounce on errors.

Southern Branch FC vs Inter Lions SC, Sunday March 18th 2018, South Nowra Football Complex, 3pm

The final of the 3pm kick-offs sees Southern Branch try to defend their turf once again, this time against Inter Lions SC on Sunday afternoon.

There was an air of optimism around the South Nowra Football Complex despite the result. Talent like Jordan Douglass and Shayley Meehan added to the established talent of Jackie Milani and Britany Anderson might propel them to finals this season.

Inter Lions remained upbeat despite their opening round loss, Danny Abboud is building confidence in a young team, playing to a specific structure and they will a tough prospect for the other eleven teams across the whole competition.

Source FNSW website - By Justin Davies