NPL and State League Round Preview – Key Matches

Lets take a look at some of the key matches scheduled over the weekend, from top of the table clashed, to rivalries, to teams fighting it out for survival.

NPL 1 – Round 11

This week marks the end of the first half of the NPL 1 season, and we can see a few big matches scheduled for the weekend!

Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Parramatta FC – Saturday 20 May – 7pm – Bonnyrigg Sports Club

The two bottom dwellers of the league so far, both with only a win and 2 draws each. Funnily enough both clubs got their wins over Wollongong Wolves with a 3-0 scoreline, with Parramatta receiving their points due to ineligible players in round 1.

A win this game for either side may go a long way in ensuring their clubs survival. Both clubs have been having trouble scoring, but have no problem conceding. This should be an entertaining game for all spectators.

Blacktown City v Sydney United 58 – Sunday 21 May – 3pm – Lilys Sports Centre

Up the other end of the table we have yet another 1st v 2nd game on our hands as Blacktown host Sydney United.

After a slow start to the season, bringing back championship coach Mark Rudan has certainly resparked Sydney United who now find themselves 2 points behind Blacktown, meaning a win will send them to outright first.  This also means that Blacktown have the opportunity to go more than 3 points clear at the top depending on other results.

The key battle here will be between the goal scorers for both teams: Panny Nikas for SU58 who has 7 goals in 10 games and James Andrew and Joey Gibbs who both have 5 a piece for Blacktown.

Rockdale City Suns v APIA Leichardt Tigers – Sunday 21 May – 5pm – Ilinden Sports Centre

Another key game right at the top of the table, as 3 plays 4. Rockdale suffered a shock defeat to Wollongong Wolves last weekend and won’t want to make it 3 losses in a row, whereas APIA has come off a strong win against Blacktown City and will be feeling in form for this clash.

A win to either side here could see them shoot into first place, depending on results in the other game. Jordan Figon will look to continue his scoring ways for Rockdale with 9 goals in his 10 games.

 

NPL 2 – Round 12

Northern Tigers v Marconi Stallions – Saturday 20 May – 6.30pm – North Turramurra Recreation Area

Northern Tigers are currently sitting in 5th place, however a win against competition front runners will greatly improve their table positioning. With 6 points being the difference between 2nd and 13th, every point is vital.

Meanwhile Marconi will be wanting to continue their winning ways to keep the Wanderers in 2nd place both on the table and club championship. Sean Rooney has 10 goals from 11 appearances from the Stallions and should continue his scoring form.

Western Sydney Wanderers v Mounties Wanderers – Saturday 20 May – 7pm – Sydney United Sports Centre

Apart from the log jam in the middle, the only other really interesting game this week as we see the Wanderers derby! Western Sydney is sitting 2nd on the table with a 6 point gap to make up to 1st placed Marconi. They also have a 20 point gap to make up in the club championship, making every point gained in all 3 grades absolutely vital.

A win to Mounties can also see them charge up the table and for them hopefully start to pull away from the mess that is the mid table in NPL 2.

 

NPL 3 – Round 11

SD Raiders v Rydalmere Lions – Saturday 20 May – 7pm – Ernie Smith Reserve

A top 4 clash in this game, as 1st place Rydalmere takes on 4th placed SD Raiders. SD Raiders of course being newly promoted from the State League are out this season to make impression, and ensure that their stay in the competition is not short lived.  Both teams are coming off the back of strong wins from last weekend and will want to continue their winning form.

Rydalmere on the other hand are desperately hanging onto 1st place in the table and club championship, with Fraser Park right behind them by 2 points and it’s neck and neck in the championship. Keep an eye on Amaury Gauthier, who has scored 16 times in 8 matches this year, and Zachary Watters who has netted 8 from 10.

St George City v Fraser Park – Saturday 20 May – 7pm – Fraser Park

This match sees 3 host 2 in what is shaping up to be a potential match of the round. Both teams coming off of wins over Dunbar and Balmain respectively, Fraser park will be hoping to close the gap to Rydalmere as St George will be hoping to close the gap to Fraser Park which is currently at 6 points.

However, Fraser Park may have one eye off the game as they prepare for their FFA cup game against Kemblawarra 4 days later in Berkeley.

 

State League – Round 6

Bankstown United v Nepean FC – Saturday 20 May – 7pm – Jensen Park

Table topping Bankstown United host 5th placed Nepean FC in the first match of the round. With only 4 points separating the two, every win is vital, every point is a must. Not to mention only 12 points separate the two sides in the championship, meaning that this round will go a long way in deciding promotion.

Bankstown is coming off the back of two strong wins where they scored 10 goals and conceded 0, with their only loss coming in round 1 to Hurstville ZFC. In fact they have the best goal difference with 18 for and 6 against.

Nepean FC is the only undefeated team left with 2 wins and 2 draws, with a game in hand against Prospect United. Their last game saw them take a 2-2 draw with Hurstville ZFC, show a strong game against Bankstown will help them stake their claim for promotion at the end of the season.

 

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