NPL Preview: A big weekend for Mariners Academy

This weekend of NPL action sees the men host Canterbury Bankstown FC at Pluim Park while the women travel to take on first place Sutherland Shire.

Sutherland Shire FA Women vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy Women

In what could be a finals preview, the fifth place women’s academy take on top spot Sutherland Shire in what is another crucial game for Dan Barrett’s side.

After leaving it late against the Ravens last week, the Academy women travel for what will be a tough test away from home against a strong Sutherland Shire team. The girls head into this fixture with the best form in the NPL 2 as they are currently eight games without a defeat. Danielle Wise continues to score for fun, she finds herself with sixteen for the season now.  Jade Mcatamney and Mikala Tucker have also been shining lights during this great run of form for the side.

Sutherland Shire FA are flying high and have been very consistent all season. Despite suffering a mid season blip, the side has first place in sight. Jordan Baker is the player to watch out for, having netted eleven goals in just seven matches for the side. Brittany Christie and Maddison Farmer have also proven to be threats this season.

Sutherland Shire FA ran out 1-0 victors at Pluim Park earlier in the year and Dan Barrett will be hoping to make sure his side can grab all three points.

Last week’s academy side: Rhiannon Hines (GK), Gabrielle Blanch, Leisel Collins, Nina Collins, Jordyn Drysdale, Jade Mcatamney, Kaitlin Murphy, Elizabeth Shorter, Mikala Tucker, Danielle Wise, Alyssa Togo

Match Details
Sunday, 7 July 2019
NSW NPL 2 Women’s Round 18
Match:
Sutherland Shire FA vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy Women
Location: Harrie Denning Centre, Kareela
Kick Off: 3:00pm

Central Coast Mariners Academy vs. Canterbury Bankstown FC

The men’s academy welcome Canterbury Bankstown FC to Pluim Park this Saturday afternoon in a season defining clash.

The men have experienced a mix run of results but showed great heart in the defeat to North Shore last week. Alec Vinci has been one of the standouts this season, having to show his versatility as he has played in multiple positions across the campaign. A win for Nick Montgomery's team will fill them confidence as they enter the business end of the NPL 2 season. Goalkeeper Aidan Munford will be wanting to keep the visitors scoreless as the men’s academy have not held a clean sheet since round eight. 

Canterbury Bankstown FC arrive to Pluim having only won once in their last five. The Mariners Academy kept up to pace with Northern Tigers with most of the game last week and now it is just a matter of keeping that level for a full game. Goalscoring has not been a problem for the side, having scored seven goals in their last three outings.

The men’s academy ran riot in the reverse fixture with a 5-1 victory away from home. Nick Montgomery and his young side will be hoping of a repeat.

Last week’s academy side: Aiden Munford (GK), Bilal Belkadi, Alec Vinci, Lewis Miller, Matthew Hatch, Maximilien Balard, Kyle Johnson, Joey Jevtic, Michael Katsoulis, Jordan Smylie, Aidan Taouil

Match Details
Saturday, 6 July 2019
NSW NPL 2 Round 19
Match:
Central Coast Mariners Academy vs. Canterbury Bankstown FC
Venue: Pluim Park, Lisarow
Kick Off: 4:00pm