NPL Preview: Blacktown Spartans vs Wanderers

The Western Sydney Wanderers will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to Blacktown Football Park to play against Blacktown Spartans on Sunday.

The Spartans are currently tenth in the NPL 2 and are five points behind the Red & Black who start the weekend in fifth position. 

Blacktown Spartans have recently found some good form with victories in their last two games. 

Their 5-4 win over Bankstown Berries last weekend showed that they are a side who can be very dangerous in front of the goal. 

Spartans top scorer Michael Konestabo scored twice in that game to take his tally to eight goals for the season whilst Alex Boyadijan netted his seventh of the campaign against the Berries. 

For the Red & Black, Sunday's game is another chance for talented Tariq Maia to impress. 

Tariq joined the Wanderers in 2015 after impressive performances in trial games prior to the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season and has been a regular starter for the Wanderers Foxtel National Youth League and NPL 2 sides ever since.

Tariq has also represented Australia at the Under-20 level, playing six times and scoring once. 

Another player that has impressed recently is 17 year-old goalkeeper Mackenzie Syron.

After playing for Manly United in the 2016 NPL season, Syron joined the Red & Black the following season and featured in the match day squads for the Youth League team.

The last match between the Wanderers and the Spartans was a very tight encounter with the Wanderers winning 2-0. 

Kyle Cimenti was the hero that night for the Red & Black scoring twice late in the game after coming off the bench. 

Blacktown Spartans vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Sunday 2 July, 3:00pm (U20s kick-off at 1:00pm, U18s at 11:00am)
Blacktown Football Park, Rooty Hill