NPL Wrap: Men bounce back in emphatic fashion


It was a weekend of ups and downs for our academy sides that saw the men bounce back with a 5-1 victory over Canterbury Bankstown FC whilst an injury riddled women’s team fell 4-1 to Marconi.

Canterbury Bankstown FC 1 vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy 5 (Kekeris x2, Ruiz-Diaz x2, Smylie)

The men’s academy found themselves back to winning ways after an outstanding 5-1 victory away to Canterbury Bankstown FC thanks to braces by Peter Kekeris and Dylan Ruiz-Diaz as well as a goal to Jordan Smylie.

The men got off to a flyer as Peter Kekeris quickly put the men ahead. The first half would continue to be tight with Aidan Munford pulling off a raft of great saves to keep Canterbury scoreless at the break.

The second half would see another quick start, this time Peter Kekeris bagged himself a second from the spot. The men weren’t done there, and Dylan Ruiz-Diaz added a third as he smashed his shot into the top corner. Jordan Smylie found himself on the scoresheet for the first time since round one as he tapped the ball in from close range.

Ruiz-Diaz secured his brace late in the second half as a great piece of play found him free before leathering the ball into the top corner making it three goals in three games for the young attacker. Canterbury were able to pull one back right before full time which denied the Mariners their clean sheet.

The men’s academy currently sits 8th on the table and will be wanting to make it two wins in a row as they take on Bonnyrigg White Eagles next Saturday.

Earlier Results:

  • U18s WON 8-1
  • U20s WON 3-1

Marconi Stallions FC 4 Central Coast Mariners Academy Women 1 (McAtamney)

An injury plagued Mariners women’s team suffered their second defeat in as many weeks after falling 4-1 to a strong Marconi Stallions outfit.

Our girls conceded after just the 8th minute before their deficit doubled in the 27th minute. Jade Mcatamney was able to pull one back right before half time to give the women a chance to get back in the match.

Marconi added a third in the 65th minute before rounding out the result with a fourth goal right before full time.

With key senior players missing such as Candice Phelan, Mel Young, Brook Miller and Kirby Squires, Dan Barrett may need to bolster his squad with some in-season-signings.

The result sees the ladies slip down to 8th place on the NPL 2 ladder with a game against ladder leaders Gladesville Rangers next Sunday.

Earlier Results:

  • U14s LOST 8-0
  • U15s LOST 2-0         
  • U17s LOST 6-1
  • Reserve Grade WON 5-2