NPL Preview | Round 16


Adelaide Blue Eagles vs Adelaide Olympic
Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Date: 6/07/2019 03:00 PM

Our AMC Commercial Cleaners Match of the Round comes from Marden Sports Complex on Saturday arvo as Blue Eagles welcome FFA Cup SA Qualifying Cup Winners Adelaide Olympic.

Blue Eagles find themselves in unfamiliar territory in their worst form of the campaign with just one win in their last five games. Blue Eagles throwing away a one-goal lead with ten minutes to go to leave the Paddocks empty-handed after a 2-1 defeat.

Olympic, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last seven league outings and are coming off the back of a respectable 1-0 win at home to Croydon Kings last weekend. 

A win for Olympic would see them move to within just a point of Blue Eagles and cement their place with a superb opportunity to clinch a finals spot as we head into the business end of the campaign.

The last time the sides met was in round five, where Emanuel Testardi scored a double to help Blue Eagles to a 3-1 win. 

Match Official: Gary Powers
Assistant Referees: Dion Turner, Alexander Diamond

Adelaide Blue Eagles: Raffaele De Lucia, Daniel Cockerline, 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 Olympic: John Tsimopoulos, Paul Koutsampasis, Jack Chivers, 1. Daniel Vaughan (GK), 2. Jacob Butler-Bowdon, 3. Matthew Halliday, 4. Thomas Brown, 5. David Makridis, 7. John Karatzas, 8. Manni Katopodis, 9. Christos Pounendis, 10. Ricardo DaSilva (C), 12. Dimitri Toumazos, 13. Paul Espina, 14. Fausto Erba, 16. Ioannis Simosis, 21. Nikolas Harpas, 23. Michael Alexandrou, 32. Kristi Vangjeli
Coaches: George Tsonis, Tony Sacca, Ali Sadick
Team Staff: Caroline Riemelmoser, Carl Robinson, Alex Abela




Adelaide United FC vs Para Hills Knights
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: 6/07/2019 03:00 PM
Words by Gianluca Filosi | @GianlucaFilosi

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Just two points separate eighth-place Adelaide United Youth and ninth-ranked Para Hills Knights as the pair meet in a crucial clash on Saturday afternoon at VALO Football Centre.

The Young Reds, who have amassed 19 points, know just how important claiming the victory will be to move further clear of Para while also maintaining hope of a finals appearance.

United Youth recorded their first win in eight matches last week, courtesy of a comprehensive 3-0 triumph over West Adelaide.

Aladin Irabona, who opened the scoring from the penalty spot for Paul Pezos’ side, was proud of the display after feeling the team struggled to assert their authority early on.

“I think we started a bit slow, I think slower than what we usually start,” said Irabona, who has been the stand-in captain while Louis D’Arrigo has been on a break and now in pre-season with the senior side.

“They had more of the ball in the first half, but once we got into the rhythm of the game we played really well and got the result in the end and the boys were really happy.”

That result extended the Young Reds’ unbeaten run to four matches, with Irabona delighted to convert a promising outing into three points after three straight draws.

“The form has been good, we’ve been playing well and it’s just that the results haven’t been going our way,” he said.

“But we stuck to it I guess and just kept working at training and it’s paid off.”

As alluded to, Irabona revealed he has embraced the role of being the interim skipper and has even taken the responsibility from the penalty spot, slotting two attempts in the last three games.

“I’m relishing the chance to be Captain, but obviously I know I’m not the natural Captain, but Pez (Paul Pezos) gave me the role and I’ve just embraced it,” he explained.

“I’m always prepared to do it to be honest (take a penalty) I don’t think it’s just a captain thing, we practice them sometimes at training and I think I just build composure from there.”

The 21-year-old is also anticipating a tough battle against the Knights, who beat Adelaide Blue Eagles 2-1 last round.

“I think they’re going to be challenging,” he said.

“Para Hills are going to be physical and look to out muscle us but I think if we just play our normal game, I think we’ll get the job done.” 

Adelaide United Youth host Para Hills Knights in Round 16 of the National Premier League 2019 season on Saturday, 6 July at VALO Football Centre – The Parks. Kick-off is at 3.00pm. Reserves kick-off at 12.45pm.

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Match Official: Daniel Cook
Assistant Referees: Bradley French, Tessa Quinn

Adelaide United FC: Aladin Irabona, 2. Cooper Nunn, 5. Noah Smith, 6. Ryan Yates, 7. Taras Gomulka, 8. Jai King, 9. Ninko Beric, 10. Kusini Yengi, 12. Yared Abetew, 19. Alhassan Toure, 21. Domenic Costanzo, 33. Anthony Mavrolambados, 44. Jared Clark, 50. Dakota Ochsenham (GK)
Coaches: Paul Pezos, Mario Karlovic, Joshua Smith
Team Staff: Robert Muscio, Julian Urlings

Para Hills Knights: 1. Timothy Ramsey (GK), 3. Peter Eleftherakis, 4. Kieran Mcnally, 5. Tyson Herraman, 6. Matthew Marchioro, 10. Luke Colalancia, 11. Andrew Butler, 12. Jordan Findlay, 14. Thilo Wilke, 15. Pierce Stephens, 16. Todd Leahy, 17. Mohammed Sumaoro, 18. Pietro Piantedosi, 18. Logan Mcfall, 20. Charlie Devereux, 21. Isaac Mullen, 22. Hirofumi Kochi, 23. Tyler Bailey, 24. Kyle Crout
Coaches: Barney Smith, Paul Crout, Matthew Bates
Team Staff: Geoff Sullivan, Jamie Ocego-Kingsley, Dwayne Hall



MetroStars vs Croydon Kings
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: 6/07/2019 03:00 PM

MetroStars are coming off a 1-1 draw with Adelaide Comets (match highlights here) last Saturday evening. MetroStars went ahead in the first half to an Anthony Solagna header. Kon Antoniou's Comets side come out strong in the second half and grabbed themselves an equaliser through Allan Welsh. Both teams had chances to grab a winner late on but Metro had to settle for a third consecutive draw at home. 

Meanwhile, Croydon Kings are coming off a narrow 1-0 loss away to Adelaide Olympic. FFA Cup hero Jacob Butler-Bowdon gave Olympic the lead in the 24th minute and Angelo Costanzo's men couldn't make a breakthrough. Croydon are currently 7th on the ladder and six points behind third-placed MetroStars.

MetroStars almost have a clean bill of health once again. Tom Strain is still recovering from a long-term hamstring injury. Cohan Morris made his comeback through the reserves last week, playing 70 minutes and coming through unscathed. Nahuel Bonada made a lively debut from the bench last week from the bench and will be fighting hard for a starting spot.

Match Official: Daniel Elder
Assistant Referees: Daniel Bryant, Riley Cowan

MetroStars: Jackson O'Donnell, 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 4. Justin Davis, 5. Timothy Henderson, 6. Lachlan Barr, 7. Michael Daloisio (C), 8. Rocky Callisto, 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, 24. Nahuel Bonada, 26. Stefan Cali
Coaches: Robert Saraceno, Travis Dodd, Terry Frangakis
Team Staff: Giorgio Capoccia, Joseph Polisena, Peter Terminello, George Laoutaris

Croydon Kings: 1. Sebastian Matosevic, 1. Gianni Tramontin, 2. John Panagaris, 3. James Polli, 4. Alexander Sunasky, 5. James Skeffington, 6. Kerrin Stokes, 9. Nathan Munro, 10. Luke Klimek (C), 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



Campbelltown City vs Adelaide City
Venue: Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Date: 6/07/2019 03:00 PM

In a repeat of the 2018 NPL Grand Final, Campbelltown City clashes with Adelaide City at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre on Saturday, with both ends of the table watching with anticipation.

The Red Devils are a force in the league right now and show no signs of slipping up, after showing their never-say-die attitudes after coming back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat South Adelaide 4-2 last Friday night at OSulivans Beach. A wonderfully worked Marc Marino goal which featured in our goal of the week poll epitomised the football the NPL champions are playing right now.

Despite their recent FFA Cup SA Qualifying Final defeat, Adelaide City are showing form at just the right time. The famous 'Black and Whites' are unbeaten in their last four league games and come into this one after a confidence-boosting 3-2 win at home to Raiders.

The last time the sides met turned into a thriller. The Costa brothers scoring two outrageous goals only to be denied by a Campbelltown comeback in a 2-2 draw at Oakden.

Match Official: Christian Verdicchio
Assistant Referees: Ian Crossing, Thomas Temby

Campbelltown City: 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, 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

Adelaide City: Christopher Pepe, Yanni Delengas, 5. Zakariah Waters, 6. Dominic Matricciani, 8. Joseph Costa, 9. Anthony Costa, 10. Evan Kostopoulos, 16. Thomas Love, 17. Stefan Casalbore, 19. James Boffa, 20. Fabio Ferreira, 21. Adriano Pellegrino, 23. Markus Orchard, 45. Tomas Maricic, 46. Joe Gauci, 48. Marcos Flores, 49. Massimo Falco
Coaches: Michael Matricciani, Geoff Hargreaves, Oliver Totani, Joe Verringer
Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio, Kevin Doan, Mark Zito



Raiders vs West Adelaide
Venue: Croatian Sports Centre
Date: 6/07/2019 03:00 PM

Raiders welcome strugglers West Adelaide to Croatian Sports Centre on Saturday. 

Last weekend, Raiders suffered their second consecutive defeat as they went down 3-2 to Adelaide City at Oakden. 

West Adelaide, with just one win in eight league games, are desperate for points as they find themselves in a locked-horns relegation battle with Adelaide City and South Adelaide. A win though could see West Adelaide within four points of Para Hills.

A win for West Adelaide could see them close the gap on Para Hills, who sit in 9th place, to just two points. Raiders, on the other hand, will be hoping to keep in touch with the top of the table chasers as they look to maintain their trajectory to a finals berth.

Raiders will be hoping of a Round 5 repeat when the sides met last, where they demolished a depleted West Adelaide side 7-2.

Match Official: Gary Mooney
Assistant Referees: Cole Davy, Finley Drewniaksandery

Raiders: Adam Van Dommele, David Carosi, Vasilios Tryfopoulos, Giovanni Previtali, Paul Blefari (C), Michael Acton, 3. Kalilou Kamara, 6. Omari Didero, 7. Jackson Walls, 8. Rocco Visconte, 9. Scott Tunbridge, 10. Terence Carter, 13. Nicholas Munro (GK), 18. Joshua Mori, 20. Aaron Acton, 21. Jake Monaco, 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

West Adelaide: 1. Lewis Moss (GK), 3. Gatlat Tongyik, 5. Zachary Hristodoulopoulos, 6. Elias Vlassis, 7. Perry Mitris (C), 8. Jack Yull, 10. Kosta Mantis, 11. Ibrahima Kamara, 12. Matthew Bouraee, 14. Tzoi Tsarkani, 15. Alex Hristodoulopoulos, 16. Jordan Maricic, 18. Tito Bontor, 19. Jaiden Diamantis, 20. Thanasis Lesi, 21. Roan Gillam, 23. Kristos Stefanopoulos
Coaches: Stavros Gelekis
Team Staff: Aaron Kaselouris, Charlie Larosa



Adelaide Comets vs South Adelaide
Venue: SA Athletics Stadium
Date: 6/07/2019 03:00 PM

Comets make their return to SA Athletics Stadium on Saturday when they welcome South Adelaide Panthers in a 3 pm kick off on Saturday.

After a solid midseason run, Comets are looking for their first win in seven games as they nervously look over their shoulders to the chasing pack of Croydon Kings, Adelaide United and Para Hills for that sixth spot. 

Comets grabbed a hard-working point, their first in four games, away at MetroStars last weekend in our match of the round. In tough conditions, Nathan Andijanto slammed the ball home to take a valuable point away from Klemzig.

South Adelaide are still in with a glimmer of hope despite throwing away a priceless two-goal lead at home to the NPL Champions, Campbelltown City, last weekend. That was their first defeat in four games after three successive draws, but they will be needing to turn those draws into wins if they are in any chance to stay up by the season's end.

Jon Aurtenetxe broke Panther's hearts in the last minute when the two sides met back in March, slotting a wonderful free-kick into the top corner to give Comets a 3-2 victory.   

Match Official: Eric Ford Sestili
Assistant Referee: Andrew Citti, Angus Macdonald

Adelaide Comets: 1. Alexander Woodlands, 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. Julian Torresan
Coaches: Konstandinos Antoniou, Elias Demo, Antonios Galanopoulos, Chris Simpson
Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Elsie Kenny, Bridget Siviour

South Adelaide: 1. Ryan Veitch (GK), 2. Michael Goode, 3. Christopher Reed, 5. Caden Yates, 6. Taiyo Izumi, 7. Nicholas Harpas, 8. Sam Carmichael (C), 9. David Thornton, 10. Donovan Pollock, 13. Jai Conroy, 14. Jeven Beck, 15. Christopher Ashwood, 16. Brayden Micallef, 17. Joel Smith, 19. Callum Nissen
Coaches: Benjamin Dale, Dave Lee, Matthew Huntley, Fraser Mc Lean
Team Staff: Kym Goode, Lucy Boseley, Connor Fagan