NPL Preview | Round 15

National Premier League SA - Round 15

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South Adelaide vs Campbelltown City
Venue: OSullivans Beach Sports and Community Centre
Date: 28/06/2019 07:00 PM

It's top vs bottom tonight at OSullivans Beach Sports and Community Centre as Panthers welcomes NPL champions Campbelltown City. 

The Panthers finds themselves with a bit of momentum after three consecutive draws, but realistically need to find wins if they have any chance in pulling off the great escape.

In their first game since losing star player Liam Wooding, Panthers played some entertaining football and scored two outstanding goals in round 14's 3-3 draw at MetroStars. 

Campbelltown City will have their tails wagging after Wednesdays FFA Cup draw pipping them against A-League side Melbourne City. 

The champions are showing championship form with six wins from their last seven games which have seen them open up a three-point gap at the top of the ladder. 

The Red Devils demolished South Adelaide 5-1 in the last time the two sides met, which was back in round four. 

South Adelaide line-up: 
1. Ryan Veitch (GK), 2. Michael Goode, 3. Christopher Reed, 4. Taiyo Izumi, 7. Nicholas Harpas, 8. Sam Carmichael (C), 9. David Thornton, 10. Donovan Pollock, 12. Caden Yates, 13. Jai Conroy, 14. Jeven Beck, 15. Christopher Ashwood, 16. Brayden Micallef, 17. Joel Smith, 18. Callum Nissen
Coaches: Benjamin Dale, Dave Lee, Matthew Huntley, Fraser Mc Lean
Team Staff: Kym Goode, Lucy Boseley, Connor Fagan

Campbelltown City line-up: 1. Jamie Signorello, 2. Shaun Harvey, 4. Iain Fyfe (C), 5. Matthew Mullen, 6. Dion Kirk, 7. Joel Allwright, 8. Alexander Mullen, 9. Marc Marino, 10. Luigi Ditroia, 11. Anthony Ture, 12. Jacob Williams, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 15. Antony Piscioneri, 16. Daniel Mullen, 17. Brandon Centofanti, 18. Yohei Matsumoto, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 23. Jake Halliday
Coaches: Joseph Mullen, Philip Stubbins, Leslie Pogliacomi
Team Staff: Panfilo Ciccocioppo, David Cavaiuolo, Elio Bria



MetroStars vs Adelaide Comets
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: 29/06/2019 05:00 PM
Words by Jason Cavey | @JasonKVOfficial

Both sides are coming off a 1-week break due to last weekend's cup final. MetroStars are coming off a disappointing 3-3 draw with South Adelaide Panthers (match highlights here) last Saturday afternoon. We went in at half-time ahead thanks to goals from Christian Esposito and Stefan Cali. With 10 minutes to go, we were behind 3-2 courtesy of a brace from David Thornton and a brilliant strike from Joel Smith before Lachlan Barr's goal from close range rescued a point. MetroStars currently sit third on the ladder, six points behind leaders Campbelltown City.

Meanwhile, Adelaide Comets are coming off a 2-1 loss at home against Adelaide Olympic and are without a win in 5 league games. Ricardo Da Silva put the visitors ahead early before captain Allan Welsh equalised to bring the teams level at half time. Ioannis Simosis won the game for the away side in the 81st minute. Coach Kon Antoniou will be asking for a response from his squad against the team that dismantled them 4-1 back in March. 

Tom Strain is unlikely to feature having only lasted 40 minutes in the Reserves a fortnight ago. Cohan Morris is a possibility after overcoming a hamstring injury. Dylan Smith will return to the squad after missing the game against South Adelaide. Nahuel Bonada is a possibility to make his debut from the bench, having scored in his Reserves debut. 

MetroStars line-up: 
1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 2. Nicholas Menechella, 3. Cohan Morris, 4. Justin Davis, 5. Timothy Henderson, 6. Lachlan Barr, 7. Michael Daloisio (C), 8. Rocky Callisto, 9. Thomas Strain, 10. Anthony Solagna, 11. Matthew Charalambous, 12. Benjamin Head, 14. Dylan Smith, 15. Liam Wooding, 16. Alexander Jakob, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O'Donnell, 20. Cameron O'Doherty, 22. Hamish Gow, 23. Christian Esposito, 25. Jackson O'Donnell, 26. Stefan Cali
Coaches: Robert Saraceno, Terry Frangakis, Robert Lopresti
Team Staff: Giorgio Capoccia, Joseph Polisena, Peter Terminello, George Laoutaris

Adelaide Comets line-up: 
1. Julian Torresan, 2. Harry Keramidas, 4. Tom Dittmar, 5. Adam Le Cornu, 6. Jack Bladen, 7. Thomas Cyganov, 8. Connor Gollan, 9. Andreas Wiens, 10. Lansana Smith, 11. Jayden Lobasso, 12. Tete Yengi, 13. Jon Aurtenetxe Borde, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 16. Stephan Travaglione, 17. Franz Pjetri, 18. Stefan Simic, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 23. Scott Nagel, 30. Alexander Woodlands
Coaches: Konstandinos Antoniou, Elias Demo, Antonios Galanopoulos, Chris Simpson
Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Elsie Kenny, Bridget Siviour


Para Hills Knights vs Adelaide Blue Eagles
Venue: The Paddocks
Date: 29/06/2019 03:00 PM

Para Hills welcomes Adelaide Blue Eagles to the Paddocks on Saturday afternoon with both sides looking for vital points at both ends of the table. 

The home side finds themselves five points adrift of the drop zone, while the visitors are just three points off top spot. 

After three consecutive defeats, Knights grabbed a valuable point at Croydon Kings in Round 14 but could have had more if it wasn't for a spectacular penalty save from John Hall, keeping out Tyler Bailey.

Blue Eagles are coming in on the back of a frustrating 1-1 draw against West Adelaide. Testardi getting on the scoresheet for the tenth time this season after a scintillating run from the inform Hamish McCabe. 

Para Hills Knights line-up: 
1. Timothy Ramsey (GK), 2. Elliot Sims, 3. Peter Eleftherakis, 4. Kieran Mcnally, 5. Tyson Herraman, 6. Matthew Marchioro, 8. Darsem Shaksi, 9. Michael Ndjekompte, 10. Luke Colalancia, 11. Andrew Butler, 12. Jordan Findlay, 14. Thilo Wilke, 15. Pierce Stephens, 16. Todd Leahy, 17. Mohammed Sumaoro, 18. Pietro Piantedosi, 19. Kyle Crout, 20. Charlie Devereux, 21. Isaac Mullen, 22. Hirofumi Kochi, 23. Tyler Bailey

Adelaide Blue Eagles line-up: 
1. Benjamin Jackson, 5. Christopher Annicchiarico (C), 6. Brylon Nthoane, 7. Shekubah Hutton-Addy, 8. Damien Crettenden, 9. Emanuele Testardi, 10. Evan Kounavelis, 11. Chante Mayol, 12. Zac Vannucci, 13. Alemayo Kebede, 14. Stefan Gluscevic, 15. Christian D'Angelo, 16. Hamish Mccabe, 17. Liam Mccabe, 18. Lucas Candeloro, 23. Antoni Panagoulias, 24. Adrian Barone, 26. Richard Goss
Coaches: Vojislav Gluscevic, Danny Barone
Team Staff: Remo Gagliardi, Bhavik Dadia, Jackson Howie, Cale Amos


Adelaide City vs Raiders
Venue: Adelaide City Park
Date: 29/06/2019 03:00 PM

Adelaide City entertains Raiders at Oakden on Saturday afternoon in another game on high importance for both teams. 

City will be looking to bounce back immediately after its crushing 3-2 FFA Cup SA Qualifying Final defeat to Adelaide Olympic at Coopers Stadium on Saturday.

City boss Michael Matricciani referred to his side playing "fourteen cup finals" previously to the Cup Final, and this will be no different. 

The famous Black and Whites have brought in ex-Adelaide United winger Fabio Ferriera to boost their squad, as they look to make up a three-point gap in the relegation dog fight. 

Raiders though are still looking competitive for a finals berth despite their entertaining 5-2 defeat to NPL champs Campbelltown City a fortnight ago. 

The visitors are seven points off the top but only four points separates them and seventh-placed Croydon Kings.

Adelaide City: 
Joe Gauci, Marcos Flores, Haris Vuckic, Riley Ward, Zakariah Waters, Christopher Pepe, Stefan Casalbore, Elliot Green, Adriano Pellegrino, Massimo Falco, 3. Bradley Corbo, 8. Joseph Costa, 9. Anthony Costa, 11. Nicholas Bucco, 16. Thomas Love
Coaches: Michael Matricciani, Geoff Hargreaves, Oliver Totani, Joe Verringer
Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio, Kevin Doan, Mark Zito

Raiders line-up: 
1. Vasilios Tryfopoulos, 2. Michael Acton, 3. Kalilou Kamara, 4. Paul Blefari (C), 6. Omari Didero, 7. Jackson Walls, 8. Rocco Visconte, 9. Scott Tunbridge, 10. Terence Carter, 11. David Carosi, 13. Nicholas Munro (GK), 14. Oliver Zafiridis, 16. Ambesager Yosief, 18. Joshua Mori, 20. Aaron Acton, 21. Jake Monaco, 30. Giovanni Previtali, 33. Mark Ulaj, 91. Yasmin Sudic, 99. Emanuel Philip
Coaches: Nikica Kuzman, Larry Piscioneri, Michael Paleka, Lindsay Paterson
Team Staff: Antonio Vella, Lisa Feleppa, An-Phong Nguyen


Adelaide Olympic vs Croydon Kings
Venue: VALO Football Centre 
Date: 29/06/2019 07:00 PM

The FFA Cup SA winners, Adelaide Olympic, welcomes Croydon Kings to VALO Football Centre on Saturday night in a bid to carry on momentum after Saturday's history-making cup win.

Croydon Kings though will be looking to spoil the party, with 'Polonia' finding themselves just a point behind Olympic.

Olympic comes off a great 2-1 league win at Adelaide Comets in the last round, with Ricardo DaSilva slotting home an outrageous free-kick before new signing Ioannis Simosis heading home late on to give Olympic all three points.

Croydon has drawn seven of their fourteen matches in the league and will be looking to start turning draws into wins as we head into the business end of the campaign. 

Adelaide Olympic line-up: 1. Daniel Vaughan (GK), 2. Jacob Butler-Bowdon, 3. Matthew Halliday, 4. Thomas Brown, 5. David Makridis, 6. Elias Vlassis, 7. John Karatzas, 8. Manni Katopodis, 9. Christos Pounendis, 10. Ricardo DaSilva (C), 11. Alexandros Koutoulogenis, 12. Dimitri Toumazos, 13. Paul Espina, 14. Fausto Erba, 15. Jack Chivers, 16. John Tsimopoulos, 17. Paul Koutsampasis, 21. Nikolas Harpas, 23. Michael Alexandrou
Coaches: George Tsonis, Tony Sacca, Ali Sadick
Team Staff: Caroline Riemelmoser, Carl Robinson, Alex Abela

Croydon Kings line-up: 1. Sebastian Matosevic, 1. Gianni Tramontin, 2. John Panagaris, 3. James Polli, 4. Alexander Sunasky, 5. James Skeffington, 6. Kerrin Stokes, 8. Andrew Maio, 9. Nathan Munro, 10. Luke Klimek (C), 11. Antoni Trimboli, 12. Christopher Vivian, 13. Eric Scardigno, 14. Peter Mercurio, 15. jo ichiguchi, 16. Adam Martinello, 17. Alex Demasi, 18. Jarrod Brazzale, 19. Masahiro Haruoka, 20. Zade Heinicke, 21. John Hall (GK), 23. Patrick Caraccia
Coaches: Angelo Costanzo, Maurice Natale, Robert Matosevic
Team Staff: Mario Catalano, Joshua Avery, Latham Byfield


West Adelaide vs Adelaide United FC
Venue: VALO Football Centre 
Date: 29/06/2019 05:00 PM
Words by Gianluca Filosi | @GianlucaFilosi

Adelaide United Youth returns to action against West Adelaide on Saturday, looking to record their first win in eight matches.

However, they have drawn their past three matches after succumbing to four straight defeats and lie four points clear of this weekend’s opponents.

Young Reds utility, Yared Abetew, said Adelaide must turn their recent positive displays into three points.

“It’s been a long time coming, I think we’ve definitely been playing well over the last few weeks but just struggling to get the win,” he said.

“We start games well but let teams get some lucky goals you could say.

“But we’re definitely looking to get the three points this weekend and get back to winning ways and keen to make the top six.”

Abetew began the season predominantly at centre-back, but has featured at right-back and more recently protecting the back four as a defensive midfielder.

His versatility has been useful for Head Coach, Paul Pezos, with the 20-year-old admitting he is just glad to contribute to the team.

“I started off the season playing in centre-back but I guess with some of the boys away Louis D’Arrigo, for example, I’ve slotted into the midfield, playing as a defensive midfielder,” he revealed.

“I think it’s been good and it’s working well on my side and I think just a bit of balance in the midfield and just doing what I can really at the moment – anything to benefit the team.

“And whatever position Paul Pezos puts me in I’ll give what I can for the team and if it works, it works.”

For 10th place West Adelaide, they have played out five consecutive draws, since suffering a 4-1 loss to MetroStars.

Abetew knows his side must be at their best to secure the win and to maintain hope of a finals appearance.

“I think we definitely can’t underestimate any side in this league,” he said.

“It’s pretty tight at the moment and I definitely think we need to work as a collective group and everything does their roles and I think we’re definitely good enough to get the three points.

“It’s just a matter of how we come out on game day.”

West Adelaide line-up: 1. Lewis Moss (GK), 3. Matthew Di Matteo, 5. Zachary Hristodoulopoulos, 7. Perry Mitris (C), 8. Jack Yull, 9. Theo Balomenos, 10. Kosta Mantis, 11. Ibrahima Kamara, 12. Matthew Bouraee, 15. Alex Hristodoulopoulos, 16. Jordan Maricic, 17. Kristos Stefanopoulos, 18. Tito Bontor, 19. Jaiden Diamantis, 20. Thanasis Lesi, 23. Tzoi Tsarkani, 25. Rian Del Nido
Coaches: Steven De Giovanniello, Stavros Gelekis
Team Staff: Aaron Kaselouris, Charlie Larosa

Adelaide United FC: Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio, 2. Cooper Nunn, 5. Noah Smith, 6. Ryan Yates, 7. Taras Gomulka, 8. Jai King, 9. Ninko Beric, 11. Yared Abetew, 17. Aladin Irabona, 19. Alhassan Toure, 21. Domenic Costanzo, 23. Jason Konstandopoulos, 40. Dakota Ochsenham (GK), 44. Jared Clark
Coaches: Paul Pezos, Joshua Smith, Mario Karlovic
Team Staff: Robert Muscio, Julian Urlings, Agelo Kapnistis