National Premier League SA 2020 | Round 8 Preview
MetroStars vs Campbelltown City
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: 11/09/2020 07:30 PM
We have a blockbuster fixture on our hands in Round 8, as third-placed MetroStars host second-placed Campbelltown under lights at TK Shutter Reserve tonight.
MetroStars have won their last two matches, albeit against the sides currently occupying 11th and 12th, to rebound from their heavy loss to Comets in Round 5 and keep in touch with their rivals at the top.
Campbelltown ground out a crucial 1-0 victory over fellow finals challenger Adelaide City to hold onto second and extend their gap on fourth to four points.
The result tonight will have massive ramifications at the top end of the table, as a Campbelltown win will further entrench them in second place but triumph for MetroStars will see them reclaim their spot in the top two.
Match Officials: Daniel Cook (Referee), Ian Crossing & Angus MacDonald (Assistant Referees)
MetroStars: 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 3. Cohan Morris, 4. Justin Davis, 5. Timothy Henderson, 7. Michael Daloisio (C), 8. Rocky Callisto, 9. Thomas Strain, 11. Luis Benedetti, 14. Dylan Smith, 15. Ariath Piol, 16. Kyle Crout, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O'Donnell, 20. Joshua Mori, 21. Alessio Melisi, 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
Campbelltown City: Tom van der Hoeven, 1. Jamie Signorello, 2. Shaun Harvey (C), 3. Blake Carpenter, 5. Matthew Mullen, 6. Dion Kirk, 7. Joel Allwright, 8. Alexander Mullen, 9. Marc Marino, 10. Luigi Ditroia, 11. Joshua Barresi, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 15. Antony Piscioneri, 16. Daniel Mullen, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 23. Jake Halliday
Coaches: philip stubbins, Iain Fyfe, Leslie Pogliacomi
Team Staff: Panfilo Ciccocioppo, David Cavaiuolo, Elio Bria
Adelaide City vs Raiders
Venue: Adelaide City Park
Date: 12/09/2020 03:00 PM
City will be eager to bounce back from a couple of disappointing recent results when they take on a Raiders side fired up by losing their spot in the top half of the ladder.
A late winner undid City against high-flyers Campbelltown, a result that was followed up with a disappointing 0-0 draw with lowly Adelaide United mid-week.
Raiders stumbled to a home defeat at the hands of Cumberland United, having now only won once in their last six matches and occupying seventh.
City have missed out on recent opportunities to push further up the table and will be keen to do so tomorrow, while Raiders are aiming to recapture the form that had them in the mix for top spot.
Match Officials: Christian Verdicchio (Referee), Jack Robinson & Ian Crossing (Assistant Referees)
Adelaide City: 1. Alexander Woodlands (GK), 4. Jordan Maricic, 5. Zakariah Waters, 7. Perry Mitris, 8. Bradley Corbo, 9. Terence Christopher Carter, 10. Evan Kostopoulos, 11. Nicholas Bucco, 14. Aladin Irabona, 15. Jackson Stephens, 19. James Boffa, 21. Adriano Pellegrino, 23. Markus Orchard, 24. Awal Dut, 26. Fabian Garuccio, 34. Noah Benouzekri
Coaches: Michael Matricciani, brenton hiern
Team Staff: Liam Oates
Raiders: 1. Vasilios Tryfopoulos, 2. Jacob Lever, 4. Paul Blefari (C), 5. Adam Van Dommele, 6. Noah Holmes, 7. Mohammed Sumaoro, 8. Joseph Costa, 9. Alun Webb, 10. Jake Monaco, 11. David Carosi, 13. Nicholas Munro (GK), 14. Oliver Zafiridis, 16. Sallu Kamara, 17. Thomas Brown, 20. Nicholas Basile, 44. Ibrahima Soumah, 99. Emanuel Philip
Coaches: Nikica Kuzman, Terry Westwood
Team Staff: Lisa Feleppa
Adelaide Comets vs Adelaide United FC
Venue: SA Athletics Stadium
Date: 12/09/2020 03:00 PM
Comets continue to shoot for the stars and remain the team to beat at the minute, an assignment that will certainly prove difficult for the struggling Young Reds.
The league leaders stretched their winning run to seven thanks to a narrow 1-0 victory over Para Hills Knights, maintaining their five-point buffer at the top of the table.
In contrast, United snapped a four-match losing run with a draw against Adelaide City on Wednesday, an impressive result for a side that has failed to get things to click this season.
The Jets are in United’s sights as they look to steer themselves clear of the bottom, but their side will have to pull out all the stops against a Comets side that has simply been unbeatable of late.
Match Officials: Gary Mooney (Referee), Joe-Jordan Tripodi & Jackie Megson (Assistant Referees)
Adelaide Comets: 1. Julian Torresan (GK), 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, 21. Thomas Giannakopoulos, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 23. Scott Nagel, 31. Daniel Vaughan, 77. Chris Christofilos
Coaches: Barney Smith, Konstandinos Antoniou, Antonios Galanopoulos, Matthew Bates
Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Emma Gericke, Elsie Kenny
Adelaide United FC: Steven Hall, Louis D’arrigo, 1. Dakota Ochsenham (GK), 18. Lachlan Brook, 24. Pacifique Niyongabire, 33. Cooper Nunn, 34. Yared Abetew, 36. Noah Smith, 41. Jackson Walls, 43. Daniel Bressan, 45. Michael Cittadini, 46. Binyam Kebede, 49. Mohamed Toure, 55. Keshav Shrestha, 58. Jonny Yull, 68. Kane Vidmar
Coaches: Paul Pezos, Joshua Smith
Team Staff: Justin Graetz
Para Hills Knights vs Adelaide Blue Eagles
Venue: The Paddocks
Date: 12/09/2020 03:00 PM
Things just haven’t gone the way the Knights would’ve hoped this season, with a bright Blue Eagles team the latest hurdle in their fight to avoid the wooden spoon.
The Knights have now gone seven matches without picking up a single point, although a 1-0 defeat at Comets on paper appears an impressive performance on paper given their form.
Blue Eagles have continued their upwards trend since the break and, despite occupying eighth, sit just two points behind fourth-placed City.
The home side have enough time to reverse their fortunes but the job becomes more difficult with every passing week, as every match is a final from hereon in, while Blue Eagles continue their charge towards finals football.
Match Officials: Garry Powers (Referee), Andrew Citti & Thomas Temby (Assistant Referees)
Para Hills Knights: rgk. Ryan Hanson, 2. Will Hendon, 3. James Wilson, 4. Kieran Mcnally, 5. Paul Wilson, 6. Mohamed Donzo, 7. Ali Rayez Muradi, 8. Luka Chikwuba, 9. Ramzi Him, 10. Isaac Mullen, 11. Andrew Maio, 13. Jagajeet shrestha Shrestha, 14. Lochlan Czapla, 15. Thilo Wilke, 16. Tito Bontor, 17. victor anyimba, 18. Franz Pjetri, 18. Pietro Piantedosi, 19. Logan Marley-Mcfall, 21. Jordan Findlay, 24. Stephan Travaglione
Coaches: Theodoros Tsiounis, Kosta Dimopoulos, Jamie Ocego-Kingsley, Chris Simpson
Team Staff: Geoff Sullivan, Shailesh Godhani, John Vu
Adelaide Blue Eagles: 1. Richard Goss, 3. Paul Espina, 4. Christian Sotira, 5. Christopher Annicchiarico, 6. Brylon Nthoane, 8. Damien Crettenden, 10. Hamish Mccabe, 11. Evan Kounavelis, 12. Liam Mccabe, 15. Christian D'Angelo, 19. Stanisa Velinov, 22. Stefan Valentini, 23. Hirofumi Kochi, 25. Paul Reilly
Coaches: Steven Melling
Team Staff: james keating, Josh Smith, Lewis Hutcheson
Cumberland United vs Croydon Kings
Venue: A.A Bailey Reserve
Date: 12/09/2020 05:00 PM
United moved into the top half last week and will be show the competition they belong there, with a fixture against the side level on points with them providing an excellent litmus test.
Victory at Raiders was an important result for United, who have failed to consistently find the end product to secure wins week in, week out.
The Kings are another side who have flirted with finals form but have been unable to maintain it, but with two wins in as many weeks they find themselves well and truly in the mid-table tangle that will decide who progresses beyond the minor round.
With both sides vying for all-important top-half spots, this match is set to shake up the finals race and the teams around it.
Match Officials: Daniel Goodwin (Referee), Henry Day & Liam Miller (Assistant Referees)
Cumberland United: Antoni Panagoulias, 1. Luke Schoen (GK), 4. Declan Gray, 5. Sam Carmichael, 6. Christopher Skull, 8. Harry Thannhauser, 9. Juan Gutierrez, 11. Thomas Briscoe, 12. David Signore, 15. Ryan Wood, 16. Matthew Charalambous, 32. Aristomenios Haralampopoulos, 37. Ayom Ayom Majok
Croydon Kings: 1. Sebastian Matosevic, 2. John Panagaris, 3. Filimon Asefa, 5. Luke Klimek (C), 6. Domenic Costanzo, 8. Adam Martinello, 9. Nathan Munro, 10. Rocco Visconte, 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 Olympic vs Modbury Jets
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: 12/09/2020 06:00 PM
Saturday’s late kick-off pits Olympic against the Jets, two sides that have been hit hard by heavy post-break slumps that have threatened to derail their seasons.
Tonight’s hosts were unable to get past the Kings last week in a 1-0 loss, sliding all the way down to ninth in the table after picking up just one win in their last six matches.
The Jets, who themselves have endured a disastrous run of results, sit one rung below them on the ladder, having been comfortably dealt with in their last two outings by the Kings and Blue Eagles.
Olympic’s six-point buffer on Jets will provide little solace for the club but their mere four-point deficit on City will boost their belief that they are still in the mix, while the Jets are now in danger of being caught by the Reds should they pick up a second win.
Match Officials: Nicholas Quirk (Referee), Andrew Kite & Cole Davy (Assistant Referees)
Adelaide Olympic: 1. Nikolas Harpas (GK), 2. Mark Ochieng, 3. Matthew Halliday, 4. Benkert Abdija, 5. Julian Ionni, 6. Kristin Konstandopoulos, 7. Nicholas Harpas, 8. Jason Konstandopoulos, 9. Christos Pounendis, 10. Charlie devereux, 11. Emile Damey, 12. Dimitri Toumazos, 14. Melad Ahmad, 15. Kosta Styladis, 24. Panagiotis Manidakis, 30. Joshua Kavenagh
Coaches: George Tsonis, Peter Mihalopoulos, Ali Sadick
Team Staff: Caroline Riemelmoser, Sumin Kim
Modbury Jets: Zack Gomez, 1. Kieran Griffiths (GK), 3. Thomas Veart, 4. Harrison Conant, 5. Daniel Pritchard, 6. Nathan Farrell, 8. Zac Miller, 9. Rhys Turner, 10. Jesse Francesca, 11. Dylan Tripodi, 12. Cameron O'Doherty, 13. Daniel Ditroia, 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