NPL Preview: Men and Women return to Pluim

If you’re looking for a football fix on Easter Sunday, Pluim Park is the place to be as both the men and women academy sides return home as they host their respective opponents. All junior sides will be playing at Pluim too as a big Easter Sunday awaits.

Central Coast Mariners Academy Men vs. Macarthur Rams

In what has been a mixed start to the season for the men’s academy, Ray Junna’s side will be in search for their third win of the season as they hunt for their third finals appearance in a row.

The men’s academy team sits 8th on the NPL 2 ladder after Dylan Ruiz-Diaz’s late equaliser earned the Mariners a point away from home against Bonnyrigg.

Macarthur Rams are currently winless in their last five games, but morale will be high after earning a draw against St George FC with 10 men. Macarthur will be wanting to improve on their goalscoring record as they only have only managed four goals in the first seven games of the season.

If you are unable to make it out to Pluim Park the game will be livestreamed on the NPL Facebook.

Last Week’s Mariners Academy side: Aidan Munford (GK), Nicholas Faust, Michael Glassock (c), Alec Vinci, Ollie Valentine, Joshua Nisbet, Bilal Belkadi, Emmanuel Peters, Dylan Ruiz-Diaz, Charles William, Jordan Smylie

Match Details
Sunday, 21 April 2019
NSW NPL 2 Round 8
Match:
Central Coast Mariners Academy vs. Macarthur Rams        
Venue: Pluim Park, Lisarow
Kick Off: 4:00pm

Central Coast Mariners Academy Women vs. Sutherland Shire FA

The injury plagued women’s academy take on undefeated Sutherland Shire FA in a highly anticipated fixture in the women’s return to Pluim.

After a positive draw against league leaders Gladesville Ravens, Dan Barrett’s women sit comfortably in 8th place just 4 points away from 4th place APIA Leichardt. It is another big test for the young women’s side but one they will be up for after a very brave defensive effort that earned them a clean sheet.

Sutherland Shire FA sits 2nd on the NPL 2 ladder and have the second-best attack in the lead having scored 26 goals in 6 games. Sutherland come off a 1-1 draw with Nepean having secured a late equaliser as they aim to keep pace with Gladesville Ravens.

It’s another big challenge for the women’s academy and Dan Barret had this to say:

“It was a huge effort from the first team on Sunday evening. Our opponents had not dropped a point heading into this match and sat outright first,” Barrett said. “It’s the type of effort and the style of football we will need to produce to get where we want to be in this season’s competition. It’s an industrious style built off the back of relentless pressing and pressurising our opponents.

“Our back four in particular Kaitlin Murphy and Goalkeeper Rhiannon Hines were outstanding for us on the night and made huge contributions.

“Sutherland sit second and one place behind Gladesville, so we are expecting that they will be a tough opponent, also taking into consideration they have come down from the NPL 1. It will be a great test, but we have gained so much confidence from our last match and head in knowing if we perform with as much energy and effort as our last match, we are every chance,” Barrettt said.

Last week’s academy side: Rhiannon Hines (GK), Indianna Auddino, Gabrielle Blanch, Haylie Eyers, Jade Mcatamney, Kaitlin Murphy, Katie Oliveira, Elizabeth Shorter, Iona Snape, Mikala Tucker, Danielle Wise

Match Details
Sunday, 21 April 2019
NSW NPL 2 Round 7
Match:
Central Coast Mariners Academy Women vs. Sutherland Shire FA
Venue: Pluim Park, Lisarow
Kick Off: 4:00pm