Player Watch | Symons man of the match


The weekly segment which takes you through what our players are doing during the Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League off-season.

The weekly segment which takes you through what our players are doing during the Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League off-season.

Sean Symons was a star for Rockdale City Suns who bounced back with a 1-0 win over South Coast Wolves. Symons was a lively left mid, working hard with a lot of dangerous crosses until he got subbed off just past the hour mark. Not only was he awarded man of the match but he did enough to make it into the NPL Team of the Week. James Baldacchino sat on the bench for South Coast but got a full game in the U20s where he was part of an impressive defence in a 3-0 win.

Jake McGing came on with 14 minutes left for Marconi and made a case to start next week. Within five minutes of coming on at left midfield, McGing set-up the equalising goal and while the Stallions eventually fell 3-2 to Sutherland, he continued to impress with dangerous runs until the final whistle.

Brendan Hooper played a full match for Sydney Olympic in their 2-0 loss to St George. It was a forgettable game for the Belmore-based outfit who conceded two goals on the counter despite controlling possession. Hooper won some strong headers and good tackles but it was not a game to remember for everyone on the pitch for Olympic.

Mark Cindric made his return for Sydney United 58, starting off in the U20s to gain match fitness. It was a successful first game back as the striker scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Manly United.

The Wanderers had a large contingent on the pitch for Blacktown City as they defeated APIA Leichhardt 5-0. Blake Tuxford and Shayne D-Cunha both played 90 minutes; Tuxford was solid in goal, making two good saves and distributing well while D-Cunha also deserved his clean sheet in defence. Matthew Stewart came on as a first half substitute and did well.

Emily van Egmond, Alanna Kennedy and Teigen Allen all starred for the Matildas as they took on the might of Brazil in a two match series. Going down 1-0 on Sunday the Matildas made amends on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory.

van Egmond was in special form, playing well and making an impact despite being out of position on the wing with Kennedy also impressing onlookers with a solid display against the Samba Queens. Teigen Allen played both matches in defence while Mackenzie Arnold remained on the bench.

In the women-s NPL, Rachael Soutar played 90 minutes for Sydney Uni in a cracking game against Northbridge. Unfortunately for Soutar her team lost 4-3 but she personally played well in soaking wet conditions.

Helen Petinos didn-t have much luck when Marconi fell to Blacktown Spartans 2-1. While Petinos set-up Marocni-s only goal, the Spartans’ keeper was in good form and made save-after-save to ensure the centre forward didn-t get on the scoresheet herself.

This weekend

After making a triumphant return, Mark Cindric will be in action again for Sydney United 58 when they take on Blacktown Spartans at Blacktown Football Park on Saturday. U20s are at 5:30pm with first grade at 7:30pm.

There will be a clash of old rivals and Wanderers teammates when Jake McGing-s Marconi Stallions play Brendan Hooper-s Sydney Olympic on Saturday at Marconi Stadium. Kick-off is at 7:30pm.

The Wanderers Blacktown City contingent will be in action again on Sunday when Blake Tuxford, Shayne D-Cunha and Matthew Stewart travel to Cromer Park to play Manly United. U20s kick-off at 1pm.

Rockdale City Suns and Sean Symons travel to Seymour Shaw on Sunday to take on St George with kick-off at 3pm.

James Baldacchino will aim for a start following two weeks on the bench as his South Coast Wolves host Bonnyrigg White Eagles at WIN Stadium. The match is at 3pm on Sunday.

After their washed-out game last weekend, Michelle Carney, Jordan Baker and Caitlin Cooper will be buzzing to get on the pitch again for Illawarra Stingrays when they face Northbridge on Sunday. Kick-off is 3pm at Collegians Sports Ground.

Helen Petinos and the Marconi Stallions take on Rachael Soutar and Georgia Rowntree-s Sydney University at Marconi Stadium at 3pm on Sunday.