NPL Preview: Difficult tests for our academy sides

NPL Preview: Difficult tests for our academy sides

It is a tough weekend of NPL action for our academy teams as the girls aim to make it six wins in a row as they verse SD Raiders while the men take on a difficult Western Sydney Wanderers.

 

SD Raiders vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy Women

The race for the top 5 starts to heat up as our academy girls take on a tough SD Raiders outfit who will be wanting to leapfrog the academy.

The women are currently on a five game winning streak and they will be wanting to make it 6 on Sunday as well as increase the current three point gap between the sides. Danielle Wise’s scoring form has seen her jump into 4th place on the NPL 2 women’s top goal scorers lists with 14 for the season. Gabrielle Blanch and Jade Mcatamney have also helped lead the charge which has helped the girls sit in the top five.

SD Raiders have also picked up a little bit of form winning their last two games against Inter Lions and Southern Branch. The side did suffer a mid-season blue patch, as they were winless in four games which saw them drop below the academy girls.          

It is set up to be a tense game on Sunday morning and Dan Barret will be wanting a repeat of the reverse fixture that saw the women’s academy defeat SD Raiders 2-1 at Pluim Park.

Last week’s academy side: Gabrielle Blanch, Leisel Collins, Nina Collins, Jordyn Drysdale, Rhiannon Hines, Jade Mcatamney, Brooke Miller, Kaitlin Murphy, Katie Oliveira, Mikala Tucker, Danielle Wise

Match Details
Sunday, 9 June 2019
NSW NPL 2 Women’s Round 14
Match:
SD Raiders vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy Women
Venue: Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood
Kick Off: 11:30am

 

Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy

A depleted Mariners academy travel to the Sydney United Sports Centre to take on fellow A-League NPL side the Western Sydney Wanderers.

It has been a difficult season for the men’s academy side as they have struggled to find consistent form which has seen the team bounce around the middle of the table. The side has been boosted by the good form of Kyle Johnson as he has scored three goals in his last four games. The men will be wanting a repeat of earlier in the season as they beat the Wanderers 2-1 at Pluim Park.

The Western Sydney Wanderers have struggled for form in the past five weeks after a fantastic start which had them in 1st place for a period. One win in five has seen them drop to 3rd and in danger of dropping even lower. The Wanderers boast the top scorer in the NPL 2 with Mohamed Adam currently on thirteen for the season with fellow teammate Marley Peterson also on ten for the season.

The men’s academy will have to fight hard to prove themselves in this fixture and a win is vital if the side wants to finish in the top 6 come the end of the season.

Last week’s academy side: Munford (GK), Buettner, Vinci, Miller, Johnson, Belkadi, Jevtic, Katsoulis, Ruiz-Diaz, Taouil, Smylie

 

Match Details
Saturday, 8 June 2019
NSW NPL 2 Round 15
Match:
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy
Venue: Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park
Kick Off: 7:00pm