NPL PREVIEW VS STIRLING LIONS

Perth Glory’s National Premier Leagues side is back at home this Saturday, hosting last year’s league winners Stirling Lions, at Intiga stadium, 3pm.

Perth Glory-s National Premier Leagues side is back at home this Saturday, hosting last year-s league winners Stirling Lions, at Intiga stadium, 3pm.

The game is set to be an exciting one with both sides looking to bounce back to their point grabbing form which saw Glory NPL draw with Perth SC and Stirling Lions draw with Subiaco AFC in the season-s opening round.

Round 2 saw Glory stunned by an ECU Joondalup comeback (report HERE ) whilst Stirling suffered a thumping at home to Cockburn City, making the Lions search for their opening goal in the NPL even harder.

Watch the Round 2 season highlights below.

MEET THE OPPOSITION

"The Macedonian Soccer club was formed in 1958 as a means of bringing together the Macedonian Community through the medium of Soccer and became initially known as East Perth Macedonia.

The Macedonian Soccer Club enjoyed huge success through the 1980-s as it rewrote soccer-s record books and became a force in WA soccer. 1986 was a huge year for the club as they moved to their new home ground at Macedonia Park in Balcatta (became known as Stirling Macedonia) and were chasing a record breaking fourth consecutive Premiership. Unfortunately it was not to be as the club finished runners up in what was an exciting season. In 1987 the club rebounded and won the premiership again, its fourth in five seasons. 1986 was also the year the Club represented the Soccer Federation of Western Australia against Adelaide City in the NANDA Cup in front of a crowd of approximately 5,000 people in what was the first game to be played at Macedonia Park on the day the complex was officially opened, the 23rd March 1986.

Today, as always, the Club has as strong focus on the development of local talent and has been very successful with a number of talented players that have worn the red and yellow for the Stirling Lions Soccer Club going on to represent the State, play in the National League and play for Australia. A number of players have also gone on to have very successful careers at an international level. This is the greatest challenge that club is faced with today, to develop and produce the best possible players, for their introduction to the big time.” Adapted from www.stirlinglions.com.au

THE SQUADS

Former Perth Glory players, Alex Verteski and Hayden Doyle, are expected to start for the Stirling Lions this week following starts last week, predicted squad lists below, official starting line-ups will be published on our Twitter account (@PerthGloryNPL) 15mins prior to kick-off.

Perth Glory NPL Fraser GREENWOOD, Josh TUCKER, Rocco PIZZATA, Jack OLDHAM, Scott ROBERTSON, Blamo QUA QUA, Cameron EDWARDS, Joe KNOWLES, Lawrence SHURUMA, Gian ALBANO, Alex CATIELLO, Jacob COLLARD, Slobodan VULIN, Hanafi GHAZALI, Ryan BARKER.

Stirling Lions Aleks VRTESKI, Rikki SMITH, Michael DE LIMA, Ali GHOULAMI, David FILLIPOU, Hayden DOYLE, Ross DIAMOND, Vladamir NAUMOVSKI, Josh BOOYSEN, Dennis GALAN, Jack SALTER, Howard NEIGHBOUR, Miki VUJACIC , Tim HILL, Daniel DOLS, Conor CAMPBELL.