NPL Preview: Must win games for both academy sides!


This weekend of NPL action features the confident academy girls playing a crucial fixture at Pluim Park against Marconi Stallions, while the men travel to take on Rydalmere Lions FC.


Central Coast Mariners Academy Women vs. Marconi Stallions

The battle for fifth spot heats up this Sunday as the academy girls host Marconi Stallions in a must win game for Dan Barrett’s side.

The women’s academy is currently undefeated in seven games and have skyrocketed up the tight NPL 2 ladder as they make a push for the elusive top five. The twin threat of Danielle Wise and Gabrielle Blanch have helped given the girls an edge over their opponents during the season. The talented Jade Mcatamney and Mikala Tucker have also been bright lights during the unbeaten streak.

Marconi Stallions sit one spot below the academy girls in sixth spot but also have a game in hand after last weeks washed out fixture. The Stallions head into this clash in good form too, picking up three wins in their last four games and boast the league’s top goal scorer, Jasmin Courtenay, with nineteen goals for the season.

A win for the women’s academy will give them breathing space on sixth spot as well as put the girls in for a chance to chase top spot Sutherland Shire. These two sides met earlier in the season with Marconi grabbing a 4-1 victory which Dan Barrett’s side will be wanting to rectify come Sunday.

Last week’s academy side: Rhiannon Hines (GK), Leisel Collins, Nina Collins, Jordyn Drysdale, Jade Mcatamney, Brooke Miller, Kaitlin Murphy, Elizabeth Shorter, Iona Snape, Mikala Tucker, Danielle Wise


Match Details
Sunday, 23 June 2019
NSW NPL 2 Women’s Round 16
Central Coast Mariners Academy Women vs. Marconi Stallions
Venue: Pluim Park, Lisarow
Kick Off: 3:00pm


Rydalmere Lions FC vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy

The men’s academy is back on the road this weekend as they travel to Valentine Sports Park to take on Rydalmere Lions in a game that both sides will be wanting the crucial three points.

Nick Montgomery’s side have not endured the best of form of late but have shown a lot of tenacity over the past couple of weeks. The experience of Alec Vinci and Aidan Munford at the back as well as Jordan Smylie up front will be key for the young side if they are to make a final push for the top six.

Rydalmere Lions sit three places below the academy boys in twelfth spot as they have had a tough period losing five straight games. The Lions put in a good spell against a tough Spirit team last week, however, just could not find the finishing product.

It was a tight 1-1 draw last time these sides met earlier in the season at Pluim Park.

Last week’s academy side: Aidan Munford (GK), Matthew Hatch, Alec Vinci, Cameron Windust, Lewis Miller, Bilal Belkadi, Kyle Johnson, Michael Katsoulis, Jordan Smylie, Joey Jevtic, Dylan Ruiz-Diaz


Match Details
Saturday, 22 June 2019
NSW NPL 2 Round 17
Rydalmere Lions FC vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy
Venue: Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood
Kick Off: 7:00pm