Round 18 Preview – PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women’s

09.08.2017

It is all to play for between Nepean FC and Central Coast Mariners in the final round of PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women's as the rest of the sides aim to finish the regular season on a high note.

Match of the Round: Nepean FC vs Central Coast Mariners, Sunday 13th August, 3pm, Cook Park

There was only one choice for the Match of the Round this weekend as Nepean FC and Central Coast Mariners battle it out for the final spot in next week's finals series.

It was a manic set of results where Central Coast Mariners were held to a 2-2 draw against wooden spoons Gladesville Ravens as Nepean's loss to Southern Branch made this match possible.

Nepean FC has been consistent throughout the season, sat in the top four for a majority of the season which has been underlined by their defensive effort in only shipping 15 goals across 17 games. Upfront Jessica Elliot has been the focal point with her five-goal return.

Conversely Central Coast Mariners started the season off slow but built their momentum in the second half of the regular season to find themselves in fifth with a chance for finals football.

They have the twin strike-force of Candice Phelan (eight goals) and Georgia Davis (five goals) which pose the biggest task to Alan Tasses and his Nepean FC ladies. Goalkeeper Danielle Bartels might have a busy afternoon in store if they find their a-game.

All this sets up for an epic contest to round out another stellar season of NPL 2 NSW Women's football with 90 minutes to decide to make up of the finals.

Bankstown City Lions vs Southern Branch FC, Sunday 13th August, 3pm, Jensen Park

Bankstown City Lions have their final home game and a final chance to impress before they head into the minor semi-final next week.

The Lions are guaranteed to finish in third position after their 6-1 thrashing of Inter Lions while Southern Branch FC produced the result of the season in a 1-nil victory against Nepean FC.

Troy Spink has timed the run for his side perfectly as all their main attacking threats in Tania Baban, Sunny Lucien and Joanna Martino found their shooting boots before the finals.

Probably the unsung hero for a Bankstown side that has had some defensive issues this season is goalkeeper Renee Krstanovska and she will need to be on her toes against a stubborn Southern Branch FC.

Southern Branch FC finished the season in a flurry of results that has boosted them to seventh with 15 points and might be a banana skin for a Lions team with one eye on the finals.

Marconi Stallions vs Inter Lions, Sunday 13th August, 3pm, Marconi Stadium

Two sides that may be out of the finals but still have plenty of pride for their shirt take the field at Marconi Stadium this weekend.

Marconi Stallions bowed out of finals contention in dramatic circumstances as they drew 3-3 with high flying Sutherland Shire FA. It was an afternoon to forget for Inter Lions as they fell 6-1 to a rampaging Bankstown City side in the battle of the Lions.

Helen Petinos alongside the Marconi side found her form late in the season with a brace last Sunday. The forward's combination with Kalinda Wills cut open the Shire FA several times and Inter Lions need to find a way to close them down.

For Inter Lions, coach Danny Abboud will be looking for a positive finish to the season and three points could be a springboard for their campaign next year.

Sydney Olympic FC vs Sutherland Shire FA, Sunday 13th August, 3pm, Peter Moore Field

We have a dress rehearsal for the finals series as Sydney Olympic FC host Sutherland Shire FA Sunday afternoon at Peter Moore Field.

The premiers had the weekend off as once again Sutherland Shire had to scrap for a point in a 3-3 draw against a gutsy Marconi Stallions.

Sunday's contest is filled with goal-scorers as both teams boast the best attacks in the competition with 47 and 41 goals respectively and the entire top five of the top scorers headlined by Madelaine Costazno with 18 strikes.

Olympic FC have been on a tear through the NPL 2 NSW Women's competition with a double-digit streak headed into the finals series and Sunday allows them and visitors Sutherland Shire a chance to size each other up before the major semi-final next weekend.

Gladesville Ravens have the bye

-By Justin Davies, PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women's reporter