This weekend the State League Men’s pushes towards the final quarter of the season, with a massive top of the table clash between Hurstville FC and St. George FA headlining the round.

 

Hurstville FC vs. St. George FA – Saturday 16 July, 5PM at Seymour Shaw Stadium

In undoubtedly the biggest game of the season, first placed St. George FA take on second placed Hurstville FC this Saturday at Seymour Shaw Stadium.

Hurstville and St. George have been inseparable this season, tied on points atop the ladder for nearly the past two months. St. George are now three points ahead, but only due to Hurstville’s game last weekend being washed out.

St. George coach Manny Spanoudakis acknowledges that this fixture could be utterly decisive in the race for the Premiership, saying, “This is going to be a critical game for the ultimate outcome of both teams’ seasons.”

“We are managing a few injuries and will assess those players at risk on Thursday at training. Either way, we have a number of boys who have been playing in the U20s and are ready to step in if needed.”

Hurstville FC coach Alex Prophet asserts that the squad will take this week like every other, regardless of what’s at stake.

“We enjoyed our week off and have prepared as usual for this match… Hurstville will be confident as usual, we show respect to every team but make sure we are personally ready.”

Hurstville must look out for St. George’s in form striker Sam Messam, who was deadly against the Western Condors in last week’s 7-0 victory. The striker bagged four goals in what was a clinical performance from the league leaders.

 

 

 

 

Hurstville City Minotaurs vs. Bankstown United FC – Sunday 17 July, 3PM at Heffron Park

Hurstville City will be buzzing after a long awaited victory in Round 15, and have nothing to lose this weekend against Bankstown United.

Coach Peter Sarikakis acknowledges that Bankstown are a formidable side, but believes, “In the first round we were very unlucky to lose to [Bankstown].”

“If our defences keeps the mistakes to a minimum, I think our midfield can create enough chances for our forwards to score a few goals that will give us back to back wins.”

Bankstown have had a packed week – narrowly edging the Wagga City Wanderers 4-3 on Saturday, before coming back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Camden on Tuesday night.

Coach Petar Finka says that he was delighted with the steel shown by his boys against Camden, and believes they are undoubtedly ready to backup quickly against the Minotaurs on Sunday.

“A couple more players will return from injury, which should only help our chances.”

Tom Markovski is the man to watch out for, having scored four goals across Bankstown’s two games in the past week – fourteen for the season.

Source: www.footballnsw.com.au