A feast of Friday night football | Round 13 NPLSA Preview


Adelaide City vs Adelaide Blue Eagles
Venue: Adelaide City Park
Date: Friday 16 October 7:00PM

City ended a run of five matches without a win last week but still find themselves outside the top six with three rounds to go, with Blue Eagles hot on their tail in the race for the finals.

The 4-2 win over Cumberland United last weekend saw City move within one point of their conquered opponents in sixth and fifth-placed Raiders, and with a run home that also includes MetroStars and Comets the Black and Whites know that wins are more vital than ever.

It is very much a do-or-die fixture for Blue Eagles as well, as a loss could all but end their finals hopes for 2020 after an up and down season.

This crunch match will be crucial in the run to the major round and will likely play a major role in forming the makeup of the mid-table.

Adelaide City line-up: 1. Alexander Woodlands (GK), 4. Jordan Maricic, 5. Zakariah Waters, 7. Perry Mitris, 9. Terence Christopher Carter, 10. Evan Kostopoulos, 11. Nicholas Bucco, 14. Aladin Irabona, 15. Jackson Stephens, 21. Adriano Pellegrino, 23. Markus Orchard, 24. Awal Dut, 34. Noah Benouzekri, 48. Lachlan Barr

Coaches: Michael Matricciani

Team Staff: brenton hiern, Liam Oates

Adelaide Blue Eagles line-up: Bol Mapor, Tatenda Nyaruwe, Yohei Matsumoto, 1. Richard Goss, 4. Christian Sotira, 5. Christopher Annicchiarico, 6. Brylon Nthoane, 7. Stanisa Velinov, 8. Damien Crettenden, 10. Hamish Mccabe, 11. Evan Kounavelis, 12. Liam Mccabe, 15. Christian D'Angelo, 22. Stefan Valentini, 23. Hirofumi Kochi, 25. Paul Reilly

Coaches: VOJISLAV GLUSCEVIC, Steven Melling

Team Staff: james keating, Josh Smith, Lewis Hutcheson

Match Officials: Isabella Blaess (Referee), Alexander Diamond & Paula Orlandi (Assistant Referees)

Image: MetroStars

MetroStars vs Cumberland United
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: Friday 16 October 7:30PM

MetroStars have won their last two after an indifferent run of form and will be hoping to continue that stretch tonight against a Cumberland United in the thick of a fight to keep their place in the top six.

The hosts find themselves in third place on the ladder but just one point behind Croydon Kings, who currently hold the double chance position alongside Comets, so are in prime position to capitalise on any slip up at the top.

United have more than held their own this campaign after their promotion from State League One in 2019 and are clinging onto sixth out of the reach of the chasing pack comprising City, Blue Eagles and Olympic.

They know that dropping points will expose them to the risk of missing out on finals football, as MetroStars would for their shot at a double chance spot.

MetroStars line-up: 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 4. Justin Davis, 5. Timothy Henderson, 7. Michael Daloisio (C), 8. Rocky Callisto, 9. Thomas Strain, 10. Anthony Solagna, 11. Luis Benedetti, 14. Dylan Smith, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O'Donnell, 20. Joshua Mori, 22. Hamish Gow, 23. Christian Esposito, 24. Nahuel Bonada, 45. Jayden Spruyt

Coaches: Robert Saraceno, Travis Dodd, Nicholas Bouzalas

Team Staff: Giorgio Capoccia, Joseph Polisena, Peter Terminello, George Laoutaris

Cumberland United line-up: Jack Schoen, 1. Luke Schoen (GK), 4. Declan Gray, 5. Sam Carmichael, 6. Christopher Skull, 7. Ayom Ayom Majok, 8. Harry Thannhauser, 9. JUAN  GUTIERREZ, 11. Thomas Briscoe, 12. David Signore, 15. Ryan Wood, 16. Matthew Charalambous, 17. Callum Elms, 32. Aristomenios Haralampopoulos, 34. Brayden Micallef

Coaches: Neil Young, Jody Loomes

Team Staff: Sean Bushby

Match Officials: Christian Verdicchio (Referee), Jack Robinson & Daniel Bryant (Assistant Referees)


Adelaide Comets vs Adelaide Olympic
Venue: SA Athletics Stadium
Date: Friday 16 October 8:15PM

After losing three out of four games, Comets returned with a resounding 4-1 win over the Jets and will be hoping to replicate that result tonight over Olympic.

First place is still in their hands, but with three sides sitting within three points of them with three rounds still to play, so Comets will be hoping to storm home and lock up a double chance position as quickly as possible.

Olympic have alternated between wins and losses over the last five weeks and now sit in ninth and with their finals hopes hanging by a thread, with wins essential until the end of the season to help secure an elusive top-six spot.

Curtains could be drawn on Olympic’s top six dream this weekend if results go against them, but a win tonight would go a long way to keeping them in the mix, while Comets will be wary of dropping points at this late stage of the season.

Adelaide Comets line-up: 1. Julian Torresan, 3. Manley Barnett, 4. Tom Dittmar, 5. Adam Le Cornu, 6. Jack Bladen, 7. Tete Yengi, 8. Ryan Yates, 9. Andreas Wiens, 10. Anthony Mavrolambados, 11. Jayden LoBasso, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 15. Konstandinos Tsalamangos, 16. Ninko Beric, 17. Lansana Smith, 18. Nathan Dimou, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 23. Scott Nagel, 31. Daniel Vaughan (GK), 77. Chris Christofilos

Coaches: Barney Smith, Konstandinos Antoniou, Antonios Galanopoulos, Matthew Bates

Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Emma Gericke, Elsie Kenny

Adelaide Olympic line-up: 1. Nikolas Harpas (GK), 2. Jacob Butler-Bowdon, 3. Matthew Halliday, 4. Benkert Abdija, 5. Julian Ionni, 6. Kristin Konstandopoulos, 7. Nicholas Harpas, 8. Jason Konstandopoulos, 9. Christos Pounendis (C), 10. Charlie Devereux, 11. Ioannis Simosis, 12. Dimitri Toumazos, 13. Emile Damey, 14. Mark Ochieng, 15. Melad Ahmad, 21. Gianni Tramontin, 24. Panagiotis Manidakis

Coaches: George Tsonis, Peter Mihalopoulos, Ali Sadick

Team Staff: Caroline Riemelmoser, Sumin Kim

Match Officials: Curtis Wordsworth (Referee), Ian Crossing & Thomas Temby (Assistant Referees)


Campbelltown City vs Raiders
Venue: Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Date: Friday 16 October 8:15PM

Back to back 0-0 draws have seen City slide to fourth on the table and will be hoping to bounce back with a win against a resurgent Raiders outfit.

Despite currently occupying an elimination final position, City are within a win of the top two and remain well and truly in the hunt for higher honours this season but must continue to win to keep pressure on the top three.

Raiders have won their last two fixtures after a significant form slump and find themselves back up to fifth, albeit just one point clear of seventh, and well placed in the mix for the finals.

A loss exposes Raiders to slipping back out of the six again, however, so every point is important for them to keep their spot and keep their slim hopes of a home final alive.

Campbelltown City line-up: 1. Jamie Signorello, 2. Shaun Harvey (C), 3. Blake Carpenter, 5. Matthew Mullen, 6. Dion Kirk, 7. Joel Allwright, 8. Alexander Mullen, 10. Luigi Ditroia, 11. Joshua Barresi, 12. Nicholas Francese, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 15. Antony Piscioneri, 16. Daniel Mullen, 17. Tom van der Hoeven, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 23. Jake Halliday

Coaches: Iain Fyfe, Corey Artone, Leslie  Pogliacomi

Team Staff: Panfilo Ciccocioppo, David Cavaiuolo, Elio Bria

Raiders line-up: 1. Vasilios Tryfopoulos, 2. Jacob Lever, 3. Nikola Jurkovic, 4. Paul Blefari (C), 5. Adam Van Dommele, 6. Noah Holmes, 7. Mohammed Sumaoro, 8. Joseph Costa, 9. Alun Webb, 11. David Carosi, 13. Nicholas Munro (GK), 14. Oliver Zafiridis, 15. Vianne Kurikwimana, 16. Sallu Kamara, 17. Thomas Brown, 23. James Odenwalder, 44. Kalilou Kamara, 99. Emanuel Philip

Coaches: Nikica Kuzman, Terry Westwood

Team Staff: Lisa Feleppa

Match Officials: Daniel Cook (Referee), Henry Day & Cole Davy (Assistant Referees)

Image: Adelaide United

Adelaide United vs Croydon Kings
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: Friday 16 October 8:15PM

United missed out on a chance to move four points clear of the drop zone last week in their loss to Raiders and they face another tough assignment in the flying Kings.

The Young Reds have followed up consecutive 4-0 wins with two points in their last three games, which has kept them in the scrap at the bottom of the ladder with the Jets entering the pointy end of the season.

In stark contrast, the Kings are the league’s form side and are on a stretch of seven straight wins that has seen them scale the ladder to within a point of the summit, although MetroStars and Campbelltown are both breathing down their neck.

United will be desperate for three points tonight to potentially put distance between themselves and the relegation positions, while the Kings are now looking to secure the minor premiership and must keep winning to do so.

Adelaide United FC line-up: Michael Cittadini, 1. Dakota Ochsenham (GK), 18. Louis D’arrigo, 29. Kusini Yengi, 33. Cooper Nunn, 34. Yared Abetew, 36. Noah Smith, 37. Jai King, 41. Jackson Walls, 49. Mohamed Toure, 51. Panashe Madanha, 55. Keshav Shrestha, 57. Terence Lynch, 58. Jonny Yull, 69. Musa Toure

Coaches: Paul Pezos, Joshua Smith

Team Staff: Justin Graetz

Croydon Kings line-up: 1. Sebastian Matosevic, 2. John Panagaris, 3. Filimon Asefa, 5. Luke Klimek (C), 7. Kur Kur, 8. Adam Martinello, 9. Nathan Munro, 11. Antoni Trimboli, 12. Christopher Vivian, 14. Peter Mercurio, 15. Joseph Macheda, 17. Kelvin Kamburu, 18. Jarrod Brazzale, 19. Raymond Muhoma, 20. Jared Clark, 21. John Hall (GK), 23. patrick caraccia

Coaches: Angelo Costanzo, Maurice Natale, Latham Byfield

Team Staff: Mario Catalano, Joshua Avery

Match Officials: Garry Powers (Referee), Angus MacDonald & Jackie Megson (Assistant Referees)


Para Hills Knights vs Modbury Jets
Venue: The Paddocks
Date: Saturday 17 October 3:00PM

Saturday’s standalone fixture sees two sides who have endured incredibly tough seasons face off for the chance of a rare victory.

The Knights have battled all season but just haven’t done enough to put points on the board, picking up just one in their last 12 matches to leave them marooned at the bottom of the ladder and with only slim hopes of survival.

The Jets’ have not fared much better, with their win over Olympic in Round 8 their only victory since the resumption of the season, but are still a big chance of surviving the drop as they only require two more points than Adelaide United until the end of the season.

Victory for the visitors tomorrow will not only give their survival hopes a massive boost but also seal the Knights’ fate, with any result other than a win for the hosts condemning them to State League One in 2021.

Para Hills Knights line-up: 1. Ryan Hanson, 2. Will Hendon, 3. Paul Wilson, 4. Kieran Mcnally, 5. Logan Marley-Mcfall, 6. Mohamed Conneh, 7. James Wilson, 8. Luka Chikwuba, 9. Ali Rayez Muradi, 10. Isaac Mullen, 11. Andrew Maio, 12. Jaweed Muradi, 13. Jagajeet shrestha Shrestha, 14. Lochlan Czapla, 16. Tito Bontor, 17. Riley Stam, 18. Franz Pjetri, 21. Jordan Findlay

Coaches: Theodoros Tsiounis, Kosta Dimopoulos, Chris Simpson

Team Staff: Jamie Ocego-Kingsley, Shailesh Godhani, John Vu, Michele Manticos

Modbury Jets line-up: 1. Kieran Griffiths (GK), 2. Zack Gomez, 3. Thomas Veart, 5. Daniel Pritchard, 6. Nathan Farrell, 10. Jesse Francesca, 11. Dylan Tripodi, 14. Donovan Pollock, 16. Peter Terminello, 17. Brandon Centofanti, 20. Declan Burchell (GK), 26. Shaun Mcgreevy, 27. Michael Doyle, 29. Paul Radice

Coaches: Nigel Gill, Raymond Coull

Team Staff: Damien Burchell, Ric Wojciechowski


Match Officials: Gary Mooney (Referee), Andrew Citti & Harold Spanner (Assistant Referees)