Sydney University wrapped up the Club Championship last week and this week they’ll look to tie up the Premiership in the NPL NSW Women’s competition when they visit Manly United at Cromer Park on Sunday.
Blacktown Spartans v Bankstown City
Blacktown Spartans entertain Bankstown City at Blacktown Football Park on Sunday afternoon in the match of the round.
In what looked at one point as a top five decider, now isn’t. Bankstown have fallen out of the top five battle while the Spartans holding onto fifth spot.
The Spartans lost last week, allowing Macarthur to creep up to them, sitting just three points behind and ready to pounce.
Blacktown can’t afford to drop any points but Danny Abboud’s team will be keen to spring a surprise and do some damage.
The Lions suffered a heavy defeat last week and will be keen to rectify that with a positive result here.
Manly United v Sydney University
At Cromer Park Manly United welcome Sydney University.
Sydney University celebrated winning the club championship with three rounds to play last week and are looking to re-open the champagne by taking out the premiership.
Their victory on Sunday put them one step closer to that aim.
As they always have, United will play their fine football and try and cause a stir with their young squad.
Illawarra Stingrays v Northern Tigers
The Illawarra Stingrays and Northern Tigers do battle at JJ Kelly Park on Sunday afternoon.
A win will confirm the Stingrays’ finals place but also, put them ahead of the Tigers on goal difference.
That means this game has a lot more riding on it with the top three and a chance in the finals at stake.
The away side still has faint hopes of taking the title out but will instead turn their focus on securing a top three spot.
Sydney Olympic v Emerging Jets
Sydney Olympic will host the Emerging Jets at peter Moore Field.
Olympic have given themselves a chance of fighting for the premiership with a three round remaining but must win Sunday and hope Uni slip up.
They’ve found at the right time and are currently on a three-match winning run.
The Jets have improved but went down last week. They’ll do their best to ruffle some feathers on Sunday.
North Shore Mariners v Macarthur Rams
At Northbridge Oval on Sunday, the North Shore Mariners face off against the Macarthur Rams.
Macarthur know they have to win all their remaining games if they’re to have any hope of playing in the finals.
It started with last week’s comprehensive win and they’ll looking to do the same on Sunday.
NWS Koalas v Football NSW Institute
Football NSW Institute travel to ELS Hall Park on Sunday night to take on the North West Sydney Koalas.
The Institute has improved in recent weeks and have only lost once in the last four weeks.
Their young side will continue to look to register positive results as the season draws to a close.
Inconsistency has cost Jaime Gomez’s team dearly this season and although they still have a mathematical chance of making the semis, it won’t be easy.
While there is hope though, they will keep fighting and anything is possible in football.
-By Nikola Pozder, NPL NSW Women’s Writer