Round 5 of State League Men’s football will be massive, headlined by a top of the table clash between St. George FA and Hurstville FC.
In the biggest fixture of the Round, league leaders St. George FA will take on strong competitors and local rivals Hurstville FC. Both teams are undefeated and excited for what should be a massive occasion.
St. George FA moved to the top of the table in Round 4, but are not getting ahead of themselves. Coach Manny Spandoudakis asserts, “while we are happy to be sitting at the top of the table, and to be honest it is a pleasant surprise, we are not reading anything into it.”
“Our only focus is a very tough game against Hurstville on Saturday. Its nice to be playing a derby, as it gives the game a sense of anticipation.”
“They are an established team with quality across the park, so it will be a stern test for our boys.”
Coach Alex Prophet says that his boys are fired up, “St. George will be a good match, but we are ready to perform.”
“On the table we sit in a great spot, but as spoke about earlier, we need to improve and capitalise on our start.”
St. George FA vs. Hurstville FC
Saturday 30 April,
Kick-off Times: 7:00PM (1st Grade) | 5:00PM (U20) | 3:00PM (U18)
Peter Moore Field
In the other FNSW State League involving a St George based Club, Hurstville City Minotaurs take on Bankstown United.
Bankstown United vs. Hurstville City Minotaurs – Saturday 30 April, 7PM at Jensen Park
Bankstown United were the talk of Round 4, becoming the first team this season to defeat the Wagga City Wanderers. They will be strong favourites heading into this weekend’s clash against Hurstville City, in perhaps their first fixture as strong favourites all season – a new pressure that will test their mentality.
The Hurstville City Minotaurs will be no pushovers, and delighted to have claimed their first win of the season against Gazy Auburn last weekend. They’ve demonstrated some exciting attacking prowess in the opening rounds of the year, but their finishing has oft let them down.
The Minotaurs will be without a range of important players this weekend, adding to the difficulty of their challenge.
Coach Peter Sarikakis is nevertheless confident in the ability of whoever is picked to play.
“Maybe luck may be kinder to us than the last couple of games. We are creating the goal scoring chances, so we will maintain the same formation and tactics.”