Player Watch | Week to Remember

A Wanderer scores on his debut, three Wanderers qualify for the World Cup and another scores a stunning winner.

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 Wanderers shone on the international stage this week with our Red and Black trio of Emily van Egmond, Alanna Kennedy and Teigen Allen featuring for the Matildas as they qualified for the FIFA World Cup and made it to the Asian Cup Final.

The campaign was a success as the trio helped the Matildas qualify for the national team-s sixth consecutive FIFA World Cup with this edition to be held in Canada next year.

The Asian Cup Final was lost 1-0 to World Champions Japan with all three Wanderers in the starting XI. It was a tough battle which either side could have won but the Nadeshiko took the honours for their first ever Asian title.

Shayne D-Cunha had a day to remember as he scored on his starting debut for Blacktown City in the NPL! Against rivals Blacktown Spartans, D-Cunha played a solid match which was highlighted by an outstanding goal coming from a first time shot off a corner. While he did make a few errors his overall performance was one to savour in a 2-1 victory.

Turning into one of the NPL-s best players, Sean Symons found himself on the scoresheet once again as he continued his excellent form for Rockdale City Suns by scoring a sensational winner. Symons bagged all three points for the Suns with a classy a free kick from 30 metres for a 1-0 win over Manly United.

South Coast Wolves continued their mid-season revival in no small part thanks to defender James Baldacchino who gave another solid performance at the back for the South Coast Wolves to earn a clean sheet against APIA Leichhardt Tigers in a 0-0 draw.

Playing for Sydney United 58 Mark Cindric showcased his class with the ball with fluent attacking play. Cindric was unlucky not to grab a goal despite an excellent outing with his best shot sailing just over the cross bar. Sydney United lost 4-0 to Sutherland Sharks.

Brendan Hooper experienced a frustrating match for Sydney Olympic against Bonnyrigg White Eagles that saw his side fall to a 1-0 defeat while Jake McGing experienced a similar match for Marconi with the Stallions unable to grab a point in their 2-1 loss to St George FC.

For Blacktown City-s 20s both Matthew Stewart and Black Tuxford managed solid performances with Tuxford making an early one-on-one save in an impressive 45 minutes on the field. City, however, eventually conceded and ended the match 2-2 against rivals Blacktown Spartans.

For the North West Sydney Koalas Servet Uzunlar starred in the side-s outstanding 4-0 thumping of Northbridge. Getting closer to full fitness Uzunlar provided an assist for her team before scoring the final goal.

Rachel Soutar also grabbed three points in her side-s 2-0 win over Blacktown Spartans and Jenna Kingsley.

The Illawarra Stingrays were less fortunate with Michelle Carney and Jordan Baker suffering a 3-2 defeat to Manly United. The highlight of the match for the Red and Black being Baker-s through ball which found Carney who neatly slotted it away for one of the Stingrays goals.

It was a gutsy effort for Helen Petinos who battled through illness to play in Marconi Stallion-s match with table toppers Macarthur Rams. While no-one would celebrate a 3-2 loss, it was an admirable effort for the Stallions against the might of the Rams.

THIS WEEKEND

With the Hyundai A-League season concluded you can still support your Wanderers as our players take the field for another week in the National Premier League.

This weekend in the Men-s NPL 1 Brendan Hooper and Mark Cindric feature in what-s set to be a fiery encounter as Olympic take on Sydney United 58. With only two points separating the sides the match is set to be an engaging battle. Kick-off is a 3:00pm on Sunday at Belmore Sportsground, Belmore.

Teammates continue to face each other when Shayne D-Cunha-s Blacktown City hosts James Baldacchino-s South Coast Wolves at Lily-s Football Centre in Blacktown starting at 3:00pm. While just prior Matthew Stewart and Blake Tuxford play out Blacktown-s 20s match against the Wolves at 1:00pm.

Rockdale City Suns star Sean Symons will aim to push his club into a possible second place as they take on Bonnyrigg White Eagles. The match kicks-off at 3:00pm at Ilinden Sports Centre in Rockdale.

Jake McGing rounds out Men-s 1 action with Marconi-s crucial match against last placed Manly United at Cromer Park this Sunday 3:00pm.

Goalkeeper Thomas Manos joins NPL 2 outfit Mt Druitt Town Rangers and will look to lift the side out of the bottom half of the table. You can catch Manos in action against Parramatta this Saturday night from 7:30pm at Popondetta Park, Mt. Druitt.

In the NPL Womens 1 the Red and Black will dominate at JJ Kelly Park in Wollongong as Jordan Baker and Michelle Carney of Illawarra Stingrays take on Jessica Seaman and Servet Uzunlar-s North Western Sydney Koalas. You can catch the match from 3:00pm on Sunday. This will be the second match in a blockbuster weekend for the girls from Illawarra as they host Football NSW Institute a day earlier on Saturday also at 3:00pm.

Helen Petinos will travel with the Marconi Stallions to Blacktown Football Park to face Jenna Kingsley and the Blacktown Spartans at 3:00pm on Sunday.

Your Red and Black action this weekend rounds up with Sydney University players Rachel Soutar and Georgia Rowntree battling it out against Northbridge at 3:00pm on Sunday from Wilson Park, Silverwater.