NPL Preview | Round 18



Raiders vs South Adelaide
Venue: Croatian Sports Centre
Date: 20/07/2019 03:00 PM

In a must-win game for both sides, South Adelaide Panthers travels to Croatian Sports Centre to face a Raiders side on Saturday afternoon. 

The home side, who are still in contention for a finals football finish, are trying to pick themselves up after a recent dip in form, with just one win from their last five games. 

Raiders will be looking to bounce back quickly and get over their 6-0 drubbing from Adelaide Comets last weekend; their heaviest defeat of the season.

South Adelaide were moments away from picking up a handy point at home to NPL new boys Blue Eagles, only to be undone in the last minute with a Liam McCabe winner.

With just five games to go, Panthers simply have to win and would see this as a good opportunity. 

Raiders: 1. Vasilios Tryfopoulos, 2. Aaron Acton, 3. Kalilou Kamara, 4. Paul Blefari (C), 5. Adam Van Dommele, 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. Michael Acton, 21. Jake Monaco, 30. Giovanni Previtali, 91. Yasmin Sudic, 99. Emanuel Philip
Coaches: Nikica Kuzman, Larry Piscioneri, Michael Paleka, Lindsay Paterson
Team Staff: Antonio Vella, Lisa Feleppa, An-Phong Nguyen

South Adelaide: Michael Goode, Joel Smith, Christopher Reed, Sam Carmichael (C), 1. Ryan Veitch (GK), 4. Robert Parker, 5. Caden Yates, 7. Nicholas Harpas, 9. David Thornton, 10. Donovan Pollock, 13. Jai Conroy, 14. Jeven Beck, 15. Christopher Ashwood, 16. Brayden Micallef, 19. Callum Nissen
Coaches: Benjamin Dale, Dave Lee, Matthew Huntley, Fraser Mc Lean
Team Staff: Kym Goode, Lucy Boseley, Connor Fagan



Adelaide City vs Adelaide Blue Eagles
Venue: Adelaide City Park
Date: 20/07/2019 03:00 PM

A recent resilient Adelaide City side welcomes second-place Adelaide Blue Eagles to Oakden on Saturday in a game which can affect both ends of the table. 

Michael Matriciannis's men are unbeaten in their last six-games and find themselves two points outside the relegation zone.

However, City were moments away from having that two-point gap turn into four after succumbing to a last gasp equaliser to Adelaide Olympic at VALO on Saturday night. 

In the same theme, Blue Eagle struck late last Friday night down at South Adelaide for a vital win. 

The sides met back in round two and produced one of the games of the season, with Blue Eagles fighting back from 3-0 down to earn a draw at Marden.

Adelaide City: Stefan Casalbore, James Boffa, Austin Ayoubi, Haris Vuckic, Christopher Pepe, Dominic Matricciani, Yanni Delengas, Marcos Flores, Tomas Maricic, Fabio Ferreira, Zakariah Waters, 8. Joseph Costa, 9. Anthony Costa, 10. Evan Kostopoulos, 16. Thomas Love, 46. Joe Gauci
Coaches: Michael Matricciani, Geoff Hargreaves, Joe Verringer
Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio, Oliver Totani, Kevin Doan, Mark Zito

 Adelaide Blue Eagles: Raffaele De Lucia, 1. Benjamin Jackson, 6. Brylon Nthoane, 7. Shekubah Hutton-Addy, 8. Damien Crettenden, 9. Daniel Cockerline, 11. Evan Kounavelis, 13. Alemayo Kebede, 14. Stefan Gluscevic, 15. Christian D'Angelo, 16. Hamish Mccabe, 17. Liam Mccabe, 18. Lucas Candeloro, 19. Christopher Annicchiarico (C), 23. Antoni Panagoulias, 24. Adrian Barone, 26. Richard Goss
Coaches: Vojislav Gluscevic, Danny Barone
Team Staff: Zlatko Belanic, Bhavik Dadia, Jackson Howie, Cale Amos



Campbelltown City vs Adelaide United FC
Venue: Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Date: 20/07/2019 03:00 PM
Words by Gianluca Filosi | @GianlucaFilosi

Adelaide United Youth face their biggest test of the season when they meet league leaders Campbelltown City at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre on Saturday.

The Young Reds come into the match off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Croydon Kings, while Campbelltown are 14 games unbeaten and sitting seven points clear at the top of the table.

Midfielder, Ryan Yates, was under no illusions that it will be a tough game.

“Campbelltown have a lot of quality in their side so I think it’ll be a great test for us going into the end of the year,” Yates said.

“And obviously pushing for finals is a game we need to win so we’ll definitely be pushing for our best and hopefully we can come away with a result.”

United Youth’s loss to Croydon was their first in six matches, with Yates suggesting his side struggled to adapt to the conditions as well as their counterparts.

“I think we were a bit unlucky with the way the game ended,” he said.

“I think the two goals came from a few of our mistakes, but it was a bit hard to play on the pitch as we’re used to the smoother surface on the artificial playing our game.

“So we had to adjust and I think we were unlucky. We created chances but we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net unfortunately.”

But despite the setback, the Young Reds are maintaining belief they can reach the finals for a second straight season.

Adelaide’s loss coincided with sixth-place MetroStars also succumbing to defeat incidentally against the Red Devils which means they remain three points outside of the top six.

With five games left in the regular season, Yates was confident they could fulfill their objective.

“In this league, it’s very close and we’ve set the goal at the start of the year to a certain amount of points and to make that top six,” Yates insisted.

“We’re close, obviously we had a disappointing result on the weekend but there’s still a number of games to go and we’re all positive and the team has come a lot closer together and we believe we can push and make that top six.”

Campbelltown City: 1. Jamie Signorello, 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 United FC: Aladin Irabona, 1. Cameron Cook (GK), 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
Coaches: Paul Pezos, Mario Karlovic, Joshua Smith
Team Staff: Robert Muscio, Julian Urlings



MetroStars vs Adelaide Olympic
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: 20/07/2019 03:00 PM
Words by Jason Cavey | @JasonKVOfficial 

MetroStars are coming off a 2-1 loss at home to league leaders Campbelltown City (match highlights here) last Saturday.

MetroStars were left heavily depleted with captain Michael D'Aloisio a late omission, Nonetheless, Metro started the game brightly and were unfortunate to go behind to a quick counter-attacking goal from Lui Di Troia. MetroStars kept fighting and get a deserved equaliser when Hamish Gow played a delightful ball through to Cooper O'Donnell who calmly slotted the ball past Harpas. Di Troia got what turned out to be the winner minutes later as his floated free-kick in deceived defenders and goalkeeper alike and went into the back of the net.

Meanwhile, Adelaide Olympic got a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw with Adelaide City. John Karatzas' goal 92nd-minute goal earning them a share of the points. Olympic are currently sitting 4th on the ladder and sitting 2 points ahead MetroStars in 6th place. 

Rocky Callisto and Lachlan Barr return from suspension. Tom Strain is back in training from a hamstring injury and may make his comeback in the Reserves game. Justin Davis and Nick Menechella are both out with season-ending injuries. 

MetroStars: 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 3. Cohan Morris, 5. Timothy Henderson, 6. Lachlan Barr, 7. Michael Daloisio (C), 8. Rocky Callisto, 9. Thomas Strain, 10. Anthony Solagna, 11. Matthew Charalambous, 14. Dylan Smith, 15. Liam Wooding, 16. Alexander Jakob, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O'Donnell, 19. Jackson O'Donnell, 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

Adelaide Olympic: 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



Para Hills Knights vs Adelaide Comets
Venue: The Paddocks
Date: 20/07/2019 03:00 PM

With both sides on cloud nine after huge wins last week, an entertaining game awaits at The Paddocks as Para Hills Knights faces Adelaide Comets. 

Para Hills were lethal at Oakden last Saturday, smashing 5 past a struggling West Adelaide side, scoring some world-class goals in the process. 

Comets too were enjoying a day of goals, hitting Raiders for six at SA Athletics Stadium. 

Para Hills now finds themselves looking up instead of down after their recent run finding themselves with an eight-point gap above the relegation zone, and now five points off a finals spot.

With two consecutive 6-0 wins on the spin, Comets are absolutely flying with confidence.    

Para Hills Knights: 1. Timothy Ramsey (GK), 3. Peter Eleftherakis, 4. Kieran Mcnally, 5. Tyson Herraman, 6. Matthew Marchioro, 8. Logan Mcfall, 9. Michael Ndjekompte, 10. Luke Colalancia, 11. Andrew Butler, 12. Ryan Hanson, 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
Coaches: Barney Smith, Paul Crout, Matthew Bates
Team Staff: Geoff Sullivan, Jamie Ocego-Kingsley, Dwayne Hall

Adelaide Comets: 1. Julian Torresan (GK), 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, 15. Philip Cash, 16. Stephan Travaglione, 17. Christos Kotsiou, 18. Stefan Simic, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 23. Scott Nagel, 30. Alexander Woodlands, 31. Thanasi Doupolis
Coaches: Konstandinos Antoniou, Elias Demo, Antonios Galanopoulos, Chris Simpson
Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Elsie Kenny, Bridget Siviour



West Adelaide vs Croydon Kings
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: 20/07/2019 05:30 PM

West Adelaide are slipping into dangerous territory after last weekends game and now are two points below the relegation zone and now rely on Adelaide City to slip up to stay in the division. 

The former NSL powerhouse at a high risk of playing State League football next season barring a sudden rise in form with games running out. 

The blue and whites copped a 5-1 spray to Para Hills last weekend, their third loss on the spin and are now winless in nine games. 

Kings, on the other hand, come into this one on the back of two consecutive wins against MetroStars and Adelaide United, keeping the race for finals football as tight as ever. 

The last time the sides met back in round two, Antoni Trimboli struck in the second half to secure a 1-0 win for Croydon at Polonia. 

West Adelaide: 1. Lewis Moss (GK), 3. Gatlat Tongyik, 5. Zachary Hristodoulopoulos, 6. Elias Vlassis, 7. Perry Mitris (C), 8. Jack Yull, 9. Theo Balomenos, 10. Kosta Mantis, 11. Ibrahima Kamara, 12. Matthew Bouraee, 16. Tzoi Tsarkani, 18. Tito Bontor, 19. Jaiden Diamantis, 20. Thanasis Lesi, 21. Roan Gillam, 23. Kristos Stefanopoulos
Coaches: Stavros Gelekis, Nicholas Bouzalas\
Team Staff: Aaron Kaselouris, Charlie Larosa

Croydon Kings: 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