NPL NSW Round 5 Preview


Mount Druitt Town Rangers v Sydney FC, 7pm Saturday at Popondetta Park

Mount Druitt Town Rangers will be pushed to their limits on Saturday night as they kit up for their third game in seven days when they take on Sydney FC at Popondetta Park.

The competition new boys have made a good showing of their time in the NSW top flight and will be a contended for finals football if they keep up their early season form.

Coach Aidan Desmond will need to find a way to get the most from his fatigued players in a match the club will view as a must win contest.

Cooper Coskerie had a breakout performance in the Rangers win against Rockdale City Suns last weekend, scoring the match winning goal in a brilliant showing for Mount Druitt.

Coskerie has shown he can be a dangerous customer in attack and Desmond may call on him more and more as the season progresses.

Goalkeeper Carlos Saliadarre’s name has earned plenty of column inches since the start of the season with the experienced shot stopper making an inspired return to the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition.

Expect another big week from the former Blacktown Spartans keeper.

Their opponents Sydney FC come into the game on the back of a 4-3 defeat at the hands of league leaders Wollongong Wolves.

While the Young Sky Blues conceded four goals, coach Jimmy van Weeren will be pleased with how his side played until the final whistle to nearly snatch a point.

While the excitement of their round one win against Hakoah has worn off, Sydney FC haven’t completely fallen away despite the results not going their way in the preceding three matches.

Marco Tilio and Jordan Swibel have proven to be a reliable option in attack and will again be expected to lead the charge.

Neither side go into the match as outright favourites but Mount Druitt as the home team might hold the upper hand.

Either way it is sure to be an exciting contest.