Mandurah City juniors will feature in the NPL for the first time this weekend

Mandurah City Football Club president Tony Dyson
Mandurah City Football Club president Tony Dyson

MANDURAH City Football Club will feature in the junior National Premier Leagues (NPL) for the first time this weekend when it hosts Fremantle City on Sunday.

The Under-12s and 15s will have the honour of playing the club’s first NPL matches with both kicking off at 9am at Hyundai Stadium.

The Under-13s play at 10.45am, the Under-16s at 11am before the Under-14s round out the historic day when they get underway at 12pm.

Mandurah City president Tony Dyson said it was a huge step forward for the club.

“We are just under the A-League now; it’s onwards and upwards for us,” he said.

“We are the only club south of the river to produce two professional players. One now plays for Perth Glory and another player went on to play for Sunderland, a Premier League side in the UK.”

All Mandurah NPL sides will travel to Quinns for round two before returning home for blockbuster clashes with Perth Glory’s development sides on Sunday April 24.

The club was admitted to the NPL after completing an intense application process last month.

Mandurah has been grouped with Perth SC, Perth Glory, Subiaco, Armadale, Cockburn City, Floreat Athena, Quinns FC, Ellenbrook and Fremantle City for the upcoming season.

Meanwhile, after claiming last years State League Divison One title, Mandurah will kick off its season away from home against UWA on Saturday April 9.

The side will be looking to redeem itself after going down 3-1 to Cockburn City on Easter Monday in round four of the preliminary stages of the FFA Cup.