NPL Preview | 2019 Grand-Finalists go head-to-head and MetroStars look to pull away in Round 18


MetroStars vs Raiders
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: Friday 17 July 7:30PM

MetroStars kick off an action-packed weekend of fixtures in the NPLSA against a confident Raiders side, who have now won three of their last four matches, under lights at TK Shutter Reserve.

The Gepps Cross-based club have recovered from a slow start to the season to now sit in fourth spot on the ladder, most recently accounting for a high-flying Adelaide Olympic side 2-0 at the Croatian Sports Centre.

MetroStars, meanwhile, will be looking to atone for their most recent result, being held to a 0-0 draw by the struggling Para Hills Knights.

However, they will take confidence from managing to hold onto first place on the ladder thanks to results from the teams around them and look to flex their impressive firepower for the challenge that an in-form Raiders presents.

MetroStars: 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 3. Cohan Morris, 7. Michael Daloisio (C), 8. Rocky Callisto, 9. Thomas Strain, 10. Anthony Solagna, 11. Luis Benedetti, 12. Benjamin Head, 14. Dylan Smith, 16. Kyle Crout, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O'Donnell, 20. Joshua Mori, 22. Hamish Gow, 23. Christian Esposito, 24. Nahuel Bonada, 26. Stefan Cali, 45. Jayden Spruyt

Coaches: Robert Saraceno, Travis Dodd, Nicholas Bouzalas

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

Raiders: David Carosi, Noah Holmes, David Mapstone, Oliver Zafiridis, Nicholas Basile, Jacob Lever, Joseph Costa, Ibrahima Soumah, Craig Shearer, Lucas Cuschieri, Alun Webb, Thomas Brown (C), Vasilios Tryfopoulos (GK), Mohammed Sumaoro, Emanuel Philip, Jake Monaco, Adam Van Dommele, Sallu Kamara, Daniel Kornagel

Coaches: Nikica Kuzman, Terry Westwood, Larry Piscioneri

Team Staff: Antonio Vella, Lisa Feleppa

Image: Cumberland United

Cumberland United vs Modbury Jets
Venue: A.A. Bailey Reserve
Date: Saturday 18 July 3:00PM

Despite a strong start to the season, the Jets have stalled over the past couple of weeks and will be aiming to turn their poor form around against Cumberland United.

The Jets were undone last week by the Kings, marking their second consecutive loss since the season resumed from its long absence.

United are smarting from a 4-2 defeat at fellow slow starter Campbelltown City and have now conceded 20 goals in just six matches, nine more than any other side in the competition.

Despite this, they have scored five times in the last two matches and will hope their reinvigorated firepower will be able to outmatch that of a Jets side without a win since March.

Cumberland United: JUAN  GUTIERREZ, Hamish Lewis, Jack Mina, 1. Luke Schoen (GK), 3. Joshua Harvey, 4. Declan Gray, 6. Christopher Skull, 8. Harry Thannhauser, 15. Ryan Wood, 16. Matthew Charalambous, 17. Callum Elms, 18. Antoni Panagoulias, 32. Aristomenios Haralampopoulos, 37. Ayom Ayom Majok

Coaches: Neil Young

Team Staff: Jody Loomes, Sean Bushby

Modbury Jets: Thomas Veart, Brandon Centofanti, 1. Kieran Griffiths (GK), 5. Daniel Pritchard, 6. Nathan Farrell, 8. Zac Miller, 10. Jesse Francesca, 12. Cameron O'Doherty (GK), 13. Daniel Ditroia, 14. Donovan Pollock, 15. Kur Kur, 17. Taylor Martyn, 19. Harrison Conant, 20. Declan Burchell (GK), 26. Shaun Mcgreevy, 27. Michael Doyle, 29. Paul Radice

Coaches: Jason Trimboli, Carl Maynard, Raymond Coull

Team Staff: Nigel Gill, Ric Wojciechowski


Adelaide City vs Croydon Kings
Venue: Adelaide City Park
Date: Saturday 18 July 3:00PM

City will be raring to go against the Kings on Saturday after missing last week’s round of fixtures thanks to the restrictions imposed on Adelaide United by COVID-19.

They marked the competition’s return with a win over the Knights two weeks ago after going into the break without claiming the three points in any of their previous three matches.

The Kings, despite staying unbeaten in their last five matches, have struggled to put wins on the board in the early stages of the season but stamped their authority with an impressive victory over the Jets.

The sides are separated by just one point, with the Kings in the ascendancy but City holding a game in hand, so the match-up at Adelaide City Park looms as one that could truly go either way.

Adelaide City: Alexander Woodlands, James Boffa, Adam D'Agostino, Matthew Jones, Austin Ayoubi, Terence Christopher Carter, Aladin Irabona, Perry Mitris, Yanni Delengas, Jordan Maricic, Anthony Ture, Markus Orchard, Zakariah Waters, Adriano Pellegrino, Stefan Casalbore, 3. Bradley Corbo, 11. Nicholas Bucco, 15. Jackson Stephens, 16. Thomas Love, 24. Awal Dut, 34. Noah Benouzekri

Coaches: Michael Matricciani, brenton hiern, Angelo Paul, Edward Scalzi

Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio, Adrian DAloia, Liam Oates

Croydon Kings: 1. Sebastian Matosevic, 2. John Panagaris, 5. Luke Klimek (C), 6. Domenic Costanzo, 7. Rocco Visconte, 8. Adam Martinello, 9. Nathan Munro, 10. Sam Carmichael, 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


Adelaide Blue Eagles vs Adelaide Olympic
Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Date: Saturday 18 July 3:00PM

Olympic will be looking to bounce back from a loss last weekend against the Blue Eagles, who are still looking for their first win of the 2020 season.

The away side were defeated 2-0 by an in-form Raiders side at the Croatian Sports Centre, which prevented them from snatching top spot from MetroStars, who also stumbled on the weekend.

Blue Eagles, meanwhile, remain rooted to the bottom of the table but will be buoyed by draws against the Kings and the Comets to remain unbeaten since the restart.

Despite on paper the 12th versus 2nd match looking to only be going one way, the Blue Eagles will fancy themselves to take the game to Olympic on Saturday following their improved form.

Adelaide Blue Eagles: Hamish Mccabe, Liam Mccabe, Hirofumi Kochi, Stefan Gluscevic, 1. Richard Goss, 3. Paul Espina, 4. Christian Sotira, 5. Christopher Annicchiarico (C), 6. Brylon Nthoane, 7. Shekubah Hutton-Addy, 8. Damien Crettenden, 9. Dante  Isla Cacciavillani, 11. Evan Kounavelis, 15. Christian D'Angelo, 18. Yohei Matsumoto, 22. Paul Reilly

Coaches: VOJISLAV GLUSCEVIC, Steven Melling, Aleksandar Bojanic

Team Staff: james keating, Josh Smith, Lewis Hutcheson, Nunzio Giurastante

Adelaide Olympic: 1. Nikolas Harpas (GK), 2. Jacob Butler-Bowdon, 3. Matthew Halliday, 4. Benkert Abdija, 5. David Makridis, 6. Alexander Tsimopoulos, 7. Nicholas Harpas, 8. Jason Konstandopoulos, 9. Christos Pounendis (C), 10. Charlie devereux, 12. Dimitri Toumazos, 13. Julian Ionni, 14. Fausto Erba, 15. John Tsimopoulos, 21. Gianni Tramontin, 24. Panagiotis Manidakis

Image: Adelaide Comets

Adelaide Comets vs Campbelltown City
Venue: SA Athletics Stadium
Date: Saturday 18 July 3:00PM

The reigning premiers announced their return to form last week with a resounding victory over Cumberland United and will be looking to continue that into its crunch match against the Comets.

Campbelltown hit four last weekend to claim their second win of the season after a disappointing stretch of results to leapfrog their opponents and put more distance between them and the relegation zone.

The Comets have been unable to match their pre-break form in the last two matches, claiming just one point in that time against the last placed Blue Eagles.

They still sit third on the table, however, and will be keen to end the lull that has marred their return to competition over a resurgent Campbelltown.

Adelaide Comets: 1. Julian Torresan, 3. Stelios Zacharakis, 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, 13. Benedek Futtty-Ferdinandy, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 15. Konstandinos Tsalamangos, 16. Ninko Beric, 17. Lansana Smith, 21. Thomas Giannakopoulos, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 31. Daniel Vaughan, 77. Chris Christofilos

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

Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Emma Gericke, Elsie Kenny

Campbelltown City: 1. Jamie Signorello, 4. Connor Centofanti, 5. Matthew Mullen, 6. Dion Kirk, 7. Joel Allwright, 8. Alexander Mullen, 9. Marc Marino, 10. Luigi Ditroia, 11. Joshua Barresi, 12. Nicholas Francese, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 15. Antony Piscioneri, 16. Daniel Mullen (C), 17. Adam De Ieso, 19. Lachlan Barr, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 23. Jake Halliday

Coaches: philip stubbins, Iain Fyfe, Leslie  Pogliacomi

Team Staff: Panfilo Ciccocioppo, David Cavaiuolo, Elio Bria



Para Hills Knights vs Adelaide United
Venue: The Paddocks
Date: Saturday 18 July 3:00PM

United, like Adelaide City, will be keen to return to action with a win after their postponed match last weekend, with the Knights standing in their way at The Paddocks.

Despite playing out an entertaining 4-3 fixture with Cumberland United, United walked away empty handed, stretching their run without victory to four since their opening round win over Raiders.

The Knights will take confidence from their clean sheet against MetroStars last weekend, but that point also represents their first taken since Round 1.

With the sides winless since February, and with United missing keeper Dakota Ochsenham following his red card against Cumberland, this match could be crucial in the context of the season for both clubs.

Para Hills Knights: Isaac Mullen, 1. Jasper Kelley (GK), 2. Franz Pjetri, 3. James Wilson, 4. Kieran Mcnally, 5. Tyson Herraman, 6. Mohamed Donzo, 8. Andrew Maio, 9. Cali Daniel, 11. victor anyimba, 12. Brima Kamara, 14. Thilo Wilke, 19. Logan Marley-McFall

Coaches: Theodoros Tsiounis, Kosta Dimopoulos, Chris Simpson

Team Staff: Geoff Sullivan, Shailesh Godhani, John Vu

Adelaide United FC: Binyam Kebede, Massimo Falco, Panashe Madanha, Kane Vidmar, Adam Leombruno, Jackson Walls, Ethan Alagich, Jonny Yull, Jaiden Diamantis, Terence Lynch, 2. Cooper Nunn, 8. Jai King, 12. Yared Abetew, 13. Daniel Bressan, 15. Alexandar Popovic, 18. Lachlan Brook, 25. Michael Cittadini, 36. Noah Mcnamara, 37. Keshav Shrestha, 40. Ethan Cox (GK)

Coaches: Paul Pezos, Joshua Smith

Team Staff: Will Mockridge, William Cutts, Justin Graetz, Katrina Smith