State League Division 1 Round 6 Preview


This season?s first match on a Friday evening will kick start the weekend?s proceedings, with Schofields Scorpions taking on Mounties FC at CSI Sport Ground, the match due to commence at 8-00pm.
Both sides are well placed on the ladder, with Schofields in fourth position, just three points off the leaders. The Scorpions are coming off the back of a loss and a draw in their last two matches, so are eager to get their season back on track with a win.
Mounties FC are also well placed, in fifth position, even more so given they have only played the three games. They have had a solid two wins and a draw from their opening three matches, and have probably rued the break in the season due to Easter and wet weather, hoping it hasn?t broken their early season momentum.
Either way, expect some fireworks in what shapes up as a real ding dong battle.
Sydney Wanderers will be hoping to get back to the winners circle on Saturday evening as they host Fairfeld City Lions at Hajduk Stadium, the match due for kick off at 7-30pm.
With both teams on four points this season, a win will catapult either club well and truly into the the top half of the ladder.
Both clubs will be hoping the Division?s equal top goalscorers, Daniel Borg (Wanderers) and Nabil Codmani (Fairfield City), are on song and can steer them to victory.
Balmain SC will be praying they can get the monkey off their back at Lambert Park on Saturday night, as they prepare to host Stanmore Hawks at 7-30pm and register their first win.
The home side have the unenviable record of the best defence and worst attack in the competition, having drawn four of their opening five matches.
Stanmore are a spot below their hosts on the ladder in eighth position, and will be no doubt aiming for a surprise away victory to give them a much needed three points. 
Second Ponds Oval will host the match between Hills Brumbies and Inter Lions, kicking off at 7-30pm. The home side have had a steady start to 2009, with one win and one draw in their opening four games, and will be eager to please their fans with a victory that will steer them further up the ladder.
Inter Lions and coach Michael Urukalo sensationally parted company last weekend, and the Lions have coaxed their former championship-winning coach, and favourite son, Ernesto Meduri, out of retirement to take over the reins once more.
Meduri will certainly be aiming to make an immediate impact, and will settle for nothing less than three points and a dominating performance to keep the Lions near the competition summit.
Sunday afternoon sees two matches scheduled to be played, both kicking off at 3-00pm.
At David Phillips Field in Daceyville, UNSW will host the visiting competition leaders, Blacktown Spartans.
Despite being at the wrong end of the ladder, UNSW have only played the three matches, and have two games in hands on some teams.
Two draws and one loss is hardly the results to cause concern, especially when they could easily have snatched a win last week over Inter Lions.
A win here will put UNSW in a great position in the standings, with a couple of three pointers up their sleeve still to come.  
The Spartans have had a fantastic start to 2009, and are sitting pretty on top of Division One with three solid wins and a draw.
Will Blacktwon?s good form continue, or will UNSW spring an upset? Get out to David Phillips Field on Sunday to see for yourself.
Finally, also on Sunday, Hurstville ZSC will host Dulwich Hill at Hurstville Oval, in a game the home side will be desperate to win.
Two draws and two losses is hardly an inspiring start to 2009 for the home side, but Hurstville ZSC are a proud club, and will be determined to get it right in front of their passionate supporters.
Dulwich Hill are still well placed in second position, despite dropping points last week vs Schofields, and will be looking towards their experienced players to help them towards another win and consolidate their formidable start to the season.
Division One
Top Goalscorers -Week Five
There has been some movement in the top goalscorers list this week, with the Scorpions? Glenn McPherson being joined by no less than three other players at the top, all equal first on four goals so far in 2009.
4   ? Glenn McPherson (Schofield Scorpions), Wand Jajaw (Blacktown Spartans), Daniel Borg (Sydney Wanderers), Nabil Codmani (Fairfield City Lions)
3  ? Ben Shrimpton (Hills United), Eddie Adam (Sydney Wanderers), Shane Cevenini (Inter Lions)

? Rafael Bove (Dulwich Hill), Darko Zoric (Hurstville ZSC), Stefan Perak (Hurstville ZSC), Domenic Dimento (Inter Lions), Peter Antar (Inter Lions), Oliver Pecoul (Stanmore Hawks), Matthew Groth (UNSW), Tuan Cao (Mounties FC), Daniel Cornett  (Blacktown Spartans), Stiven Kostanic (Hurstville ZSC),Ibrahim Sozer (Fairfield City Lions)