NPL Preview: NWS Spirit FC v Wanderers


The Wanderers NPL2 first grade team will be looking to build off their dominant 3-1 win over last year’s grand finalists when they take on NWS Spirit FC on Sunday evening at Christie Park.

Sunday’s opponents drew 2-2 with the Central Coast Mariners last week, showing a lot of energy late in the match to earn a draw.

The Wanderers were impressive in their first hit-out of the season, and excellent performances from Kosta Grozos, Jarrod Carluccio and Mo Adam has seen them earn a call-up to the A-League squad.

Oliver Kalac, the 17-year-old son of former Socceroos goalkeeper and Wanderers goalkeeper coach Zeljko Kalac, has also earned a call-up.

As a result, the Men’s squad will be injected with a lot of exciting youth from the U18’s and U20’s teams.

One of those players is the younger brother of Kosta Grozos, Peter. At just 16 years of age, Peter came off the bench in last week’s victory – the first time the two brothers have played together for the Wanderers – and added a lot of energy down the right flank.

With older brother Kosta earning a call-up to the Hyundai A-League squad, this could be Peter’s moment to shine and make an impact.

The Red & Black also see Jamie Percevski, Isaac Hovar, Paolo Bonanni and Evan Tsakos join the squad.

Nick Suman is an absentee after sustaining a shoulder injury late in the second half last weekend.

Western Sydney Wanderers NPL2 Squad v NWS Spirit FC

Oliver KALAC (gk), Jack GIBSON, Jamie PERCEVSKI, Isaac HOVAR, Paolo BONANNI, Mark NATTA, Thomas AQUILINA, Lochlan CONSTABLE, Peter GROZOS, Yousef SAWALHA, Rory JORDAN, Duante MARINER, Evan TSAKOS, Mohamed AL TAAY (c)

NWS Spirit FC v Western Sydney Wanderers
15 March 2020, 5:30pm
Christie Park, Macquarie Park