State League One Round 5 Preview


Only three points separate the two teams, with the league?s best defence ? Schofields onoy conceding the one goal thus far ? facing the league?s second best attack, that of Fairfield?s, with 12 goals scored so far.
Can Fairfield?s sharpshooters, Jeremiah and Ekinci, crack open the Scorpions defence? Get out to CSI Sport Ground at 7-00pm to see the action unravel.
Also kicking off at 7-00 on Saturday night at Arlington Oval is the match between Stanmore Hawks and Inter Lions.
After a good start to the season, Inter have faltered in recent weeks, and coach Nick Tarquinio will have his work cut out to stop the in form Stanmore, propelled up the ladder on the back of Wassim Hijazi?s recent goalscoring form.
Two teams looking for back to back wins will meet at Cook Park on Saturday ast 7-00pm, with Mounties Wanderers facing Balmain SC.
The Mounties have been getting progressively better each week, and with Steve Biviano and Glenn Baldock in their ranks, Balmain will have their hands full.
But the visitors will welcome the return of goal-a-game Nick Paradisis, and any team boasting the talented Johhny Buonavoglia are always a chance to take home the three points.
Expect a real arm wrestle at Francis Park on Saturday night at 7-00 o?clock, when Blacktown Spartans host Camden Tigers.
The two teams have had the solitary loss between them, and have steadily moved up the ladder since Round One. Blacktown have found it relatively easy to find the net this season, with 13 goals in four games spearheaded by Glenn McPherson?s six goal tally.
After three successive victories to kick start their season, Hills Brumbies came unstuck last week and will be hoping to get back on track this week against Gladesville Ryde Magic on Saturday night.
A 7-30pm kick off at Second Ponds Oval will see the two teams do battle for a valuable three points, with Magic hoping to grab their first win of 2010 at the Brumbie?s expense.
A battle of the cellar dwellers takes centre stage at David Phillips Field on Sunday at 3-00pm, with UNSW up against the pointless Hurstville ZSC.
UNSW coach Luke Andrews has come empty of late despite some very close matches, and no doubt will be hoping for a solid performance and three points from his ?students?.
6 – McPherson (Blacktown Spartans), Hijazi (Stanmore Hawks)
5 – Jeremiah (Fairfield City Lions)
4 –
Ekinci (Fairfield City Lions)
3 – Paradisis (Balmain SC)

-By Frank Speranza