Sydney United 58 FC and Marconi Stallions brace for NPL openers

Fresh start: Marconi open their NPL 1 campaign against APIA Leichhardt on Sunday at Lambert Park. Sydney United 58 FC start their 2019 season against Rockdale City at home on Sunday. Pictures: Football NSW
Fresh start: Marconi open their NPL 1 campaign against APIA Leichhardt on Sunday at Lambert Park. Sydney United 58 FC start their 2019 season against Rockdale City at home on Sunday. Pictures: Football NSW

For everything that is new at the Marconi Stallions and Sydney United 58 in 2019, one thing remains the same: the hunger for success. 

Both teams kick-off their National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 campaigns with matches on Sunday.

For Marconi, who last year fell one game short of the finals, they enter the 2019 with a fresh roster headlined by the recruitment of five Blacktown City players - Zach Cairncross, Mitch Mallia, Roberto Speranza, Giorgio Speranza and Connor Evans.

Several players who helped the club gain promotion to the top flight have moved on including long-time captain Christopher Nunes.

Coach Peter Tsekenis will also have the services of James Andrew and the injury-plagued Mirjan Pavlovic when they play APIA in round one.

Across town and the Reds have also had a roster overhaul headlined by the return of coach Miro Vlastelica.

The changes will be felt straight away when they play a Rockdale team that contains former United fan favourite Panny Nikas. Striker Chris Payne has also left the club. In their place the club has recruited Liam Rose, Peter Simonoski and Judah Cluer to fill the void.

Meanwhile, recently relegated Bonnyrigg White Eagles started their NPL 2 campaign with a 2-1 loss against the Blacktown Spartans on Saturday.

It was the first of a record 445 matches that will be broadcast, live and free.