Round 6 of the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Womens competition is filled to the brim with exciting contests to play out across Sunday afternoon.
St George FC vs Nepean FC headlines the fixture feast alongside some intriguing matches to help shake out the ladder.
UNSW FC vs Sutherland Shire FA, Sunday May 9th, 3pm, ES Marks Field
Two sides aiming to rebound do battle down at ES Marks Field as UNSW FC host Sutherland Shire FA on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides were on the losing side of the ledger last weekend. UNSW FC went down fighting in a 2-1 loss to Central Coast Mariners on the coast while Sutherland Shire FA lost to local rivals St George FC, 2-nil in the derby.
The students have found ES Marks to be a safer place to get results. They got their only win against Gladesville Ravens and held SD Raiders FC to a 2-2 draw at home. UNSW FC will want a positive result before they face Champions Northbridge Bulls next weekend.
Sutherland Shire FA will fancy themselves a chance to get their second win this weekend against fellow strugglers UNSW FC. They will look towards Eden Holmes and Isabella Georgievski to help them to a pass mark at ES Marks Field.
Inter Lions vs Northbridge Bulls FC, Sunday May 9th, 3pm, Majors Bay Reserve
Inter Lions play host to last year’s Champions Northbridge Bulls on Sunday afternoon at Majors Bay Reserve.
The Bulls were held off the scoresheet for the first time this season in a battling 0-0 draw against Nepean FC in last week’s Match of the Round. Inter Lions lost 1-nil to Gladesville Ravens in the late game last Sunday night.
Northbridge Bulls will be keen to put last week behind them and get back to their free-scoring form which saw them sweep before them last season. Coach Grant Lee will push them to be more patient with the ball against the Lions and feed both Rita Boateng and Evelyn Chronis to find the back of the net.
Inter Lions sit rock bottom, but the young side have shown they can compete against teams but have struggled to finish off games and open their account for the season. If they can pull off the upset on Sunday afternoon, it would send some shockwaves through the competition.
Marconi Stallions vs Central Coast Mariners, Sunday May 9th, 3pm, Marconi Stadium
Fifth placed Marconi Stallions aim to make it three on the trot when they face Central Coast Mariners at Marconi Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Stallions have back-to-back wins after their 5-nil demolition of South East Phoenix FC in the first of their home games this fortnight. Central Coast Mariners were comfortable in their 2-1 success against UNSW FC at Pluim Park.
Marconi Stallions attack has clicked into gear and makes for a scary prospect for the rest of the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Womens competition. Tania Baban has four goals in her last two appearances and the combination with Tahlie Walton with be crucial to success on Sunday.
The Mariners will look to take a big scalp when they travel to Marconi to face last year’s Grand Finalists and move themselves outside the mid-table scramble. It will be a big afternoon for custodian Rhiannon Hines to deny the Stallions attack and give the Mariners a chance on the counter.
St George FC vs Nepean FC, Sunday May 9th, 3pm, St George Stadium
We have another blockbuster contest taking place between two of the undefeated sides in St George FC and Nepean FC down at St George Stadium.
Both sides come into the contest in fine form. St George FC changed it up with a 2-nil derby win against local rivals Sutherland Shire FA. Nepean FC put together a huge performance in their 0-0 draw against Northbridge Bulls FC.
The Saints are flying thus far this season. St George FC have the competition lead to themselves and thrust themselves into a contender. Whilst all the attack has taken focus, St George FC haven’t conceded a goal in the last two games so will be a tough nut to break down.
For Nepean FC, they showed last weekend they can match it against the top sides. Coach Alan Tasses has the side set up to be tough to beat so we have the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object on Sunday which probably means the game will end up a goal fest between these two sides.
SD Raiders FC vs Gladesville Ravens, Sunday May 9th, 4:30pm, Ernie Smith Reserve
Back at it again, SD Raiders FC host Gladesville Ravens in the late afternoon kick-off on Sunday afternoon down at Ernie Smith Reserve.
After their massive start to the season, SD Raiders FC enjoyed a week off with the bye to get ready for Sunday afternoon. Gladesville Ravens had a successful ‘Back to Ravens’ Day with a tense 1-nil success against Inter Lions.
SD Raiders FC are one of the three sides undefeated headed into Round 6 and look to cement themselves as a top contender against the Ravens. Striker Sarah Mandile is in a three-way tie at the top of the Golden Boot standings and be prime to add to her tally Sunday.
The Ravens have started to find themselves at a comfortable altitude after a rough start to the season and look to turn over the hosts. Gladesville will need a coordinated effort to swoop in and it starts with the work from their midfield to supply Keiko Tanaka and Zoe Zaczek.
South East Phoenix FC have the bye
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)