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NPL Match Preview: Manningham United vs Western United

Western United Academy

Western United will go for three straight wins in NPL 3 Victoria with a trip to take on in-form Manningham United FC in Round 7.

Match Details

NPL Victoria Round

Manningham United FC vs Western United

Saturday, 1 April

Kick-off: 1:00pm AEDT (Under 21’s), 3:00pm AEDT (Under 23’s).

Pettys Reserve, Templestowe

Last time out

Western United earned a hard fought 1-0 win over Werribee City last time out thanks to a late penalty from Matthew Grimaldi.

The United midfielder tucked away his second goal of the season to hand the side a big three points at one of the toughest away venues on the NPL 2 fixture.

United’s Under 21’s side secured a thumping 6-0 win earlier on in the day to continue its perfect start to the season.

Goals from five different scorers set the Green and Black on its way to another big win, keeping Vaughan Coveny’s team at the top of the table.

The Opponent

Manningham United have enjoyed a strong start to the season, splitting their first six matches with two wins, two draws and two defeats.

Manningham finished just four points above the relegation play-off places last season and have begun the new campaign well with particularly impressive performances to beat Pascoe Vale and draw with Preston Lions.

A win would take the Blues to within a point of Western United as they continue to build momentum in the first half of the season.

Junior Academy sides enter penultimate grading round

Western United’s Junior Academy sides are off to Ballarat this weekend to take on Ballarat City at Morshead Park on Sunday.

All four sides will be aiming for victory, with the Under 14’s and Under 16’s already mathematically having secured a place in the top three on the table and, as a result, a spot in the top division after the grading period.

A win for the Under 18’s this weekend would confirm their place while the Under 15’s can jump into second place and almost all but wrap up a top division place.

Western United Junior Academy Match Details

Sunday, 2 April

Ballarat City vs Western United

Kick-off times: 10:00am (Under 14’s), 11:30am (Under 15’s), 1:15pm (Under 16’s), 3:00pm (Under 18’s)

Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility, Morshead Park, Ballarat

Calder United takes on Preston Lions for first time in NPLW

Calder United will be out to claim a first win of the NPLW Victoria season with a difficult away trip to take on Preston Lions.

The fresh Calder team has picked up one point from the opening two games and will hope to secure a maiden victory of the new campaign.

The Under 19’s have got off to a better start with six points from six to begin 2023, and they will be eager to keep that run going against Preston.

Calder United NPLW Senior Women Match Details

Friday, 31 March

Preston Lions vs Western United

Kick-off: 6:15pm AEDT (Under 19’s), 8:15pm AEDT (Senior’s)

B.T. Connor Reserve, Reservoir

Calder United junior sides face Southern United

Calder United’s junior outfits are at home once against at Keilor Park Recreation Reserve, taking on Bayside United in Round 7.

All three teams will be eager to pick up maximum points and continue to climb up their respective tables, with the Under 17’s only four points off the top.

Calder United Junior’s Match Details

Saturday, 1 April

Calder United vs Bayside United

Kick-off times: 9:45am (Under 13’s), 11:00am (Under 17’s), 12:30pm (Under 15’s)

Keilor Park Recreation Reserve, Keilor Park