After two rounds, only two teams remain with perfect records in the NPL NSW Women’s competition.
Manly United v Footballl NSW Institute
Sunday afternoon at Cromer Park Manly United host Football NSW Institute.
Both teams enter this one with a 50-50 score.
United scored their first win of the season on the wings of the returning Remy SIemsen who picked up a hat-trick.
Chris Williams’ team welcomed her return as they look to attack the summit of the ladder.
The Institute suffered their first defeat of the season last week, albeit in a topsy-turvy match against Sydney Olympic.
They’ll look to regroup ahead of Sunday’s game.
North Shore Mariners v Emerging Jets
North Shore Mariners will host the Emerging Jets at Valentine Sports Park.
Two games, two defeats for both teams.
The Mariners have shown a lot of fight in two very difficult games.
They’ll see this game as a good opportunity to pick up some points and begin their battle for a finals position.
For the Jets, they were close to picking up their first point of the season last week.
They fell late against the Koalas but Improved last week and will look to do the same come Sunday.
Northern Tigers v Blacktown Spartans
North Turramurra Recreational Area will host the Northern Tigers and Blacktown Spartans.
Wow. The Tigers made a statement last week. Their win against the Champions sent shockwaves across the competition.
But if they can’t back it up on Sunday, the win doesn’t mean all that much to the Tigers.
The Spartans came close to making their own statement last Sunday.
They took the lead, had a few more chances but couldn’t complete the job against Sydney Uni. Olivia Price will be key for David Saliba’s team.
Sydney University v Sydney Olympic
4:30pm will see Sydney University and Sydney Olympic do battle at Sydney University Football Ground.
These two have started the season in perfect fashion, picking up two straight wins and scoring 16 goals between them.
Uni came from behind against the Spartans with the substitutes proving key in an important away victory.
Alex Epakis’ team will probably face their biggest test on Sunday and we’ll see their title credentials.
Much the same can be said of Olympic, who have won their opening two games of the season.
Scoring goals aren’t an issue and Susan Phonsongkham is in fine form already and will be a major threat to Courtney Newbon’s goal.
Bankstown City v NWS Koalas
In the latest kick off on Sunday night at Jensen Park, Bankstown City will take on the North West Sydney Koalas.
Bankstown picked up win number one of the season last week, taking all three points against the Jets.
They’ll be tested this week and will need to step it up to try and pick up something against the Koalas.
Undefeated after two games but Jaime Gomez will not be all that pleased.
A fine first win but dropping a two-goal lead against the Stingrays last week wouldn’t have sat well with the Koalas boss.
Macarthur Rams v Illawarra Stingrays
The Macarthur Rams and Illawarra Stingrays will face off in the match of the round on Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm at Lynwood park.
“It was just a bad day.” They’re the noises coming out of the Rams camp after the Northern Tigers defeat and Norm Boardman will look to shock his side back into action.
They’ll face a tough prospect against the Stingrays and the experienced maroons side will need to be at their best.
A win and a come from behind draw against the Koalas are how Scott Chipperfield’s side have got the season running.
If Michelle Heyman is available and club captain Carney is ready to start, the Stingrays team will be looking to remain undefeated.
-By NPL NSW Women’s writer Nikola Pozder