Round 4 Preview - Women's State League

Round 4 of the Women’s State League is headlined by the top of the table clash between APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC and SD Raiders FC as both teams will look to keep there undefeated starts to the season going.

Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC’s clash away at St George should also prove to be an interesting clash.

SD Raiders FC vs APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC, Ernie Smith Reserve, 3pm

In the standout fixture of the round SD Raiders FC play host to last season’s Premiers APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC.

In a replay of last year’s grand final both teams will be looking to continue their unbeaten starts to the season.

SD Raiders FC will be keen to register three points from their first home game but will be aware they are coming up against a well drilled and confident outfit in APIA Leichhardt.

SD Raiders FC coach Catherine Cannuli and APIA Leichhardt coach Matteo Maiorana will know the importance of this game even so early on.

The ability to gain an early advantage will not be lost on either team and should provide the catalyst for a highly competitive and tight contest, as both teams come into the contest brimming with confidence.

St George FC vs Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC, St George Stadium, 3pm

In what should prove to be a very interesting contest, St George FC welcome Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC on Sunday afternoon.

St George will take confidence from their last round win over Parramatta but will know they need to maintain their consistency.

Mt Druitt will travel to St George intent on building on their positive start to the year even following a last start lost to APIA.

The youthful energy of both squads should provide a fast paced and exciting game with both teams this year showing an ability to score and create goals.

St George forward Marrissa Nicoloulos will look to continue her goal scoring form after hitting 5 against Parramatta, and Mt Druitt will know they will need to be at their best to stop her.

Parramatta FC vs Western NSW Mariners FC, Melita Stadium, 4.15pm

In the late kick-off on Sunday Parramatta FC welcome Western NSW Mariners FC who are coming off the bye as both teams enter the contest still looking for there first win of the year. Western NSW Mariners FC have been more than competitive in their first two games against both of last year’s grand finalists and will be keen to turn these positive displays into three points.

Parramatta FC on the other hand have suffered two heavy defeats in their first two games of the year and will be looking to provide a more resolute display against Western NSW. Parramatta will be desperate to turn in a competitive display in their first home game of the year while Western NSW will see this as an opportunity to post their first win of the year and start moving up the table. 

-By Sebastian Kalos