Round 6 – NPL 2 NSW Women’s Preview

Round six brings us a series of intriguing contests in another excellent chapter of the National Premier Leagues 2 Womens 2018 book highlighted by two undefeated teams clashing and a Match of the Round dripping with goals between Sydney Olympic FC and Central Coast Mariners.

Match of the Round: Sydney Olympic FC vs Central Coast Mariners, Sunday 15th April 2018, 3pm, Peter Moore Field

This week’s Match of the Round pitches two of the top attacking sides of National Premier Leagues 2 Womens together as Sydney Olympic FC host Central Coast Mariners at Peter Moore Field on Sunday.

Both sides come into the weekend sitting in first and fourth respectively, Mariners thrashed Western NSW 8-1 while APIA Leichhardt Tigers were the first side to take points off Olympic in a 3-3 draw.

Mariners boss Dan Barrett has preached the coastal side being a slow building side but it helps having such a prolific scorer like Candice Phelan, that has banged into ten goals thus far alongside a superb supporting cast in Jordan Evans, Jade Mcatamney and Melissa Swinfield to tackle the defending premiers.

The home side whilst they didn’t collect all three points at Lambert park, they continue to be the standard bearer for the division. In their own sharpshooter, Madelaine Costanzo, they can find the goals supplied by Siahn Bozanic, Lieke Bever and talent at Olympic.

All those elements thrown together make for some mouthwatering football and a clash that fans definitely should head to Peter Moore Field to enjoy.

Inter Lions SC vs St George FC, Sunday 15th April 2018, 3pm, Concord Oval

Two desperate sides come together at Concord Oval, looking for their first win of the campaign on Sunday afternoon.

The Saints look to have hit rock bottom with their 8-nil loss against Nepean FC as the project at Inter Lions stumbled in their close loss to a solid Gladesville Ravens side, making the three points vital for their chances this season.

Inter Lions have been unlucky, both on and off field thus far, only playing three games in which they have had a draw and two losses. Their staff has admitted they hope this domination with results won’t be a trend throughout the season but with the talent available they should find some form soon enough.

For the Saints, getting something from this game is paramount. They sit rock bottom and will look to the experienced members of the squad highlighted by Carla Smith and Yadira Renfigo to get themselves off the bottom.

Western NSW Mariners FC vs SD Raiders, Sunday 15th April 2018, 3pm, Glen Willow Stadium

There’s no place like home. Western NSW Mariners clicked their boots together and now are back on home soil against the SD Raiders in Mudgee on Sunday afternoon.

SD Raiders seem to have found their groove in recent weeks, after their 3-2 defeat to APIA a few weeks ago, they have piled on 14 goals with only a single one conceded. Against a Mariners side that conceded eight last weekend, the Raiders will be keen to continue that trend.

Samantha Nagy stole all the headlines last week with her six-goal haul for the Raiders, the forwards combination with poacher Cassidy Chidgey will keep Mariners custodian, Jessica Daymond on her toes through the contest.

The Mariners form has resembled a Welsh town name rather a side looking to chase higher honours this season, so coach Josh Ward will lean on performances from Tegan Kilby, Jasmin Courtenay and goalscorer Teegan Courtney to reverse their fortunes in a tough to pick contest in Mudgee.

Marconi Stallions vs Gladesville Ravens, Sunday 15th April 2018, 3pm, Marconi Stadium

A resurgent Marconi Stallions look to move within striking distance of the top four as they take on Gladesville Ravens at the historic Marconi Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Stallions swept aside UNSW FC 5-1 for back to back victories after their slow start to the season. Gladesville Ravens swooped on their rivals at the start, registering a pair of victories before a dip, although they still share first with the two undefeated sides in APIA and Olympic FC.

The star for the Ravens has been striker Annalise Schiraldi with her three goals this term as the visitors have been resolute defensively with only half a dozen conceded through five completed fixtures.

For the Stallions, they have the confidence to challenge any side in NPL2 Womens, but it is putting it together consistently which has dogged them in recent times. The attacking weapons across the park headlined by Demelza Howard may test the defensive solidity of the Ravens this weekend.

Southern Branch FC vs UNSW FC, Sunday 15th April 2018, 3pm, South Nowra Football Complex

It’s been a tough few weeks for Southern Branch, after some heavy defeats they welcome eighth place UNSW FC looking for some respite.

The students themselves head south on a sour note, after their heavy loss to Marconi last weekend. It was the first big loss for them this season and how they respond without Tahlia Hanslow, due to a red card, will be paramount.

Southern Branch FC were the late bloomers of last season, so they might use this game as a launch pad for keeping themselves from hanging around the bottom of the ladder too long.

Nepean FC vs APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC, Sunday 15th 2018, 6:30pm, Cook Park

Akin to an action movie, round six finishes with a bang as high-flying APIA Leichhardt Tigers take their undefeated streak out to the foot of the mountains against Nepean FC.

Goals were in high supply last weekend, as Nepean piled eight on St George while APIA showed heart in their 3-3 draw against Premiers Sydney Olympic. Put that all together and this contest is almost guaranteed to have goals and possibly one unbeaten streak ending.

Nepean FC were given a task by their coach Alan Tasses after their lapses in previous weeks to complete a full 90 minutes, which they did against St George. Added to that is the return of their talisman, Stefanie Trovato, has them primed to take on the talented APIA Leichhardt side.

Besides possibly giving their coach some heart palpitations, APIA has made a smooth transition into NPL2 Womens. The shrewd signing of Ashleigh Palombi has returned eight goals in five rounds, helped by spirit the Tigers have in their squad steels them for another important clash for two teams searching for higher accolades this season.

Source FNSW website -By Justin Davies