Pluim Park hosted all academy fixtures over the weekend, with stellar performances all-round, and regular season’s going right down to the wire.
Youth boys played their fixtures against Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, seeing 14’s (3-0) and 16’s (2-0) getting the win, while 13’s (4-0) and 18’s (7-1) were downed convincingly.
Our seniors lined up against St George FC on Sunday and dominated their opposition in a 10-goal routing.
For the 20’s, they had to wait until after half-time to open the games account, before swiftly putting six goals past the opposition goalkeeper to win 6-0.
Zac Waddell grabbed a double, while Teng Kuol, Aidan Milicevic, Ezra Palombini and Caleb Trowbridge scored the remainder to claim the U20’s League One Men’s Premiership, eight points clear.
With the final game of the day – and of the League One Men’s season – First Grade claimed the Premiership which saw four teams finish within three points of each.
Following their 2-2 draw with Blacktown Spartans earlier in the week, Andrew Christiansen’s men put the Premiership pressure on hold with a 4-0 victory over St George.
Jordan Segreto opened the scoring in the first 20 minutes of the game, though Mariners had to wait until the opening possession of the second half to continue their scoring prowess through Ben Duncan.
Nikola Skataric and Segreto (second) iced the match to claim the 2022 League One Men’s Premiership by a points differential of just +9.
Our girls again had back-to-back fixtures across the weekend, first against Camden Tigers and then Hills United.
In remarkable fashion, all youth teams went undefeated, with only one draw from the opening game of Sunday’s fixtures.
14’s (14-0) & (2-2), 15’s (3-0) & (7-1), 16’s (4-0) & (3-1).
For the 20’s, home field advantage didn’t seem to effect Mariners, falling 1-0 against Tigers, then 2-0 to United. Despite the results, 20’s continue to sit fourth.
First Grade began their weekend with a commanding 5-0 victory over Tigers which saw both Chloe Smith and Kiera Bainsfair collect doubles, and Tigers conceding an own goal in the first half.
Unfortunately, Pete Edwards’ side couldn’t carry Saturday’s success into Sunday, defeated 2-0 by Hills United.
With the final chapter of the League One Women’s season nearing its conclusion, positive results are crucial if the First Grade are to solidify their spot for the finals.
Women’s are away next week to SD Raiders FC on Sunday.