NPLSA Round 11 - Preview

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West Adelaide vs Adelaide Comets
Venue: Adelaide City Park
Date: 25/05/2019 03:00 PM

West Adelaide welcomes Adelaide Comets in neutral territory at Adelaide City Park on Saturday afternoon. 

West Adelaide finds themselves in a relegation dog fight but have their heads held high after thier last gasp equaliser against Adelaide Olympic last weekend. Matthew Bouraee calmly sliding the ball home to give his side their first point in 5 games. 

Adelaide Comets do come into the game on the back of a tough 3-0 loss away at NPL Champions Campbelltown City and will be looking to keep the pressure on the top two with a win this afternoon. 

Last week's loss was their first since Round 4 after a tough start to the campaig. A win today is vital for Comets as the teams above them, Adelaide Blue Eagles and Campbelltown City, face off against each other and one of which will be dropping points. 

West Adelaide: 1. Lewis Moss (GK), 3. Matthew Di Matteo, 5. Zachary Hristodoulopoulos, 6. Ryuta Hamamatsu, 7. Perry Mitris (C), 8. Jack Yull, 9. Theo Balomenos, 10. Kosta Mantis, 12. Matthew Bouraee, 13. Matthew Bouzalas, 15. Alex Hristodoulopoulos, 16. Jordan Maricic, 17. Athanasios Morakis, 18. Tito Bontor, 19. Jaiden Diamantis, 20. Thanasis Lesi, 21. Roan Gillam
Coaches: Steven De Giovanniello, Stavros Gelekis
Team Staff: Aaron Kaselouris, Charlie Larosa

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. Tete Yengi, 11. Anthony Mavrolambados, 13. Jon Aurtenetxe Borde, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 15. Lansana Smith, 16. Stephan Travaglione, 17. Franz Pjetri, 18. Stefan Simic, 22. Allan Welsh, 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



Adelaide Blue Eagles vs Campbelltown City
Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Date: 25/05/2019 03:00 PM

It's 1st vs 2nd at Marden Sports Complex this afternoon as Adelaide Blue Eagles welcomes the NPL champs Campbelltown City to Marden in a derby steeped in history. 

The pair met in Round 1 which turned out to be a classic encounter. Blue Eagles that night scoreing twice late on to set the car amongst the pigeons. Since then, Blue Eagles have lost just one game.

Meanwhile, Campbeltown City will see this as a fantastic oportunity to jump to the top of the ladder with win. The Red Devils have a slight superior goal difference, so a win would see the current holders go to the top of the league.

Blue Eagles had a difficult task in overcoming a stubborn Adelaide United side last weekend but were eventually victorious as 1-0 winners, thanks to a Evan Kounavelis goal right on half-time. 

Campbelltown City had a huge win at home to also in form Adelaide Comets. A sublime free-kick from Iain Fyfe, a glorious header from Alex Mullen and a late strike from Deon Kirk secured all three points at Steve Woodcock to give the side a third win on the bounce.

Adelaide Blue Eagles: Raffaele De Lucia, 1. Benjamin Jackson, 5. Christopher Annicchiarico (C), 6. Brylon Nthoane, 7. Shekubah Hutton-Addy, 8. Damien Crettenden, 9. Emanuele Testardi, 10. Alemayo Kebede, 11. Evan Kounavelis, 12. Zac Vannucci, 14. Stefan Gluscevic, 15. Christian D'Angelo, 16. Hamish Mccabe, 17. Liam Mccabe, 18. Lucas Candeloro, 20. Chante Mayol, 21. Ivan D'Adamo, 23. Antoni Panagoulias, 24. Adrian Barone, 26. Richard Goss
Coaches: Vojislav Gluscevic, Danny Barone
Team Staff: Remo Gagliardi, Bhavik Dadia, Jackson Howie, Cale Amos

Campbelltown City: Anthony Ture, Brandon Centofanti, 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, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 16. Daniel Mullen, 18. Yohei Matsumoto, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 23. Jake Halliday
Coaches: Joseph Mullen, Philip Stubbins, Leslie Pogliacomi
Team Staff: David Cavaiuolo, Elio Bria



Adelaide United FC vs Raiders
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: 25/05/2019 03:00 PM

Words by Gianluca Filosi @GianlucaFilosi 

Adelaide United Youth welcome Raiders to the VALO Sports Centre on Saturday as we reach the halfway point of the season.

The Young Reds will be desperate to end a three-game losing streak against a side they defeated 2-0 in the reverse fixture on the opening round of the campaign.

Raiders themselves have improved since then, however, occupying fourth spot on goal difference and have adapted well upon their return to the top-flight.

Despite coming up empty handed in their previous three games, utility Kristin Konstandopoulos believes they have played better than those results suggest.

“We haven’t had good results recently,” Konstandopoulos said, after United suffered a 1-0 defeat to Adelaide Blue Eagles in their most recent outing.

“But I don’t think we’ve been playing poorly at all.

“I think we’ve been playing alright on the ball, but I think defensively we’ve struggled a bit.

“But we still need to put away our chances as well and attack. We’re not playing bad, we just need to focus and forget about the losses and worry about winning our next game.”

As mentioned, Adelaide prevailed in their earlier meeting this season and Konstandopoulos is predicting nothing less than a difficult game.

The 20-year-old stressed the importance of collecting three points to remain in the top six.

The Gepps Cross outfit also thumped Croydon 5-1 last weekend following successive losses, but exited the quarterfinals of the FFA Cup SA in a penalty shootout defeat to Adelaide Comets on Wednesday night.

“First time we played them it was a hard game,” he said

“They were a good side and I expect them to be a good side again.

“So it’s going to be a tough fight but we can beat any team if we play well.

“… I think this week is a must-win for us, we needed to win last week but we didn’t so this week it needs to happen.”

Adelaide United Youth host Raiders Round 11 of the National Premier League 2019 season on Saturday, 25 May at VALO Football Centre – The Parks. Kick-off is at 3.00 PM. Reserves kick-off at 12.45pm.

Adelaide United FC: 5. Noah Smith, 6. Ryan Yates, 9. Ninko Beric, 10. Kusini Yengi, 11. Carlo Armiento, 12. Yared Abetew, 17. Aladin Irabona, 18. Lachlan Brook, 20. Luca Meggetto, 24. Pacifique Niyongabire, 27. Louis D'Arrigo, 28. Kristin Konstandopoulos, 30. Isaac Richards (GK), 32. Gideon Arok, 44. Jared Clark
Coaches: Paul Pezos, Joshua Smith, Mario Karlovic
Team Staff: Con Kapnistis, William Cutts, Julian Urlings, Agelo Kapnistis

Raiders: 1. Vasilios Tryfopoulos, 2. Michael 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. Aaron Acton, 21. Jake Monaco, 91. Yasmin Sudic, 99. Emanuel Philip
Coaches: Nikica Kuzman, Larry Piscioneri, Michael Paleka, Lindsay Paterson
Team Staff: Antonio Vella, Lisa Feleppa, An-Phong Nguyen

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MetroStars vs Para Hills Knights
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: 25/05/2019 03:00 PM

Words by Jason Cavey (

MetroStars are fresh off a disappointing FFA Cup penalty exit away to Elizabeth Downs (match report here). MetroStars were severely depleted missing 4 integral first team players. Matthew Dawber, Matt Charalambous gave the vistirors a two-nil lead but Downs hit back quickly before half-time. Downs fought back to go 3-2 ahead before Cooper O'Donnell, in his full debut for the club, equalised with 11 minutes remaining. Extra time could not separate the two sides so it went to penalties were Elizabeth ultimately prevailed.

Meanwhile Para Hills are coming off a decent 4-1 win at home to struggling to South Adelaide. Goals from Kochi, Sumaoro, Wilke and Marchioro give the Knights the win after they initially went behind to a Liam Wooding penalty. 

Tim Henderson is now available for selection after coming on as a substitute midweek. Captain Michael D'Aloisio returns following a suspension. Tom Strain and Christian Esposito are unavailable through injury. Dylan Smith is likely to go straight back into the side after some recent health issues. Former MetroStars midfielder Darsem Shaksi will make his return to T.K Shutter Reserve. 

MetroStars: 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 2. Nicholas Menechella, 4. Justin Davis, 5. Timothy Henderson, 6. Lachlan Barr, 7. Michael Daloisio, 8. Rocky Callisto, 10. Anthony Solagna, 12. Benjamin Head, 14. Dylan Smith, 15. Luis Benedetti, 16. Alexander Jakob, 17. Matthew Dawber, 20. Cameron O'Doherty, 21. Ryan Mayo, 22. Hamish Gow, 25. Jackson O'Donnell, 26. Stefan Cali
Coaches: Robert Saraceno, Travis Dodd, Terry Frangakis
Team Staff: Giorgio Capoccia, Joseph Polisena, Peter Terminello, George Laoutaris

Para Hills Knights: GK. Jordan Findlay, Charlie Devereux, 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. Paul Reilly (GK), 14. Thilo Wilke, 15. Pierce Stephens, 16. Kyle Crout, 17. Mohammed Sumaoro, 18. Pietro Piantedosi, 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



Croydon Kings vs Adelaide City
Venue: Polonia Reserve
Date: 25/05/2019 03:00 PM

In our VALO Match of the Round, Croydon Kings welcomes Adelaide City to Polonia in a repeat of the FFA Cup tie that took place midweek. 

On Tuesday when the sides met at VALO Football Centre, a late Tomas Maricis header sealed 2-1 win and semi-final berth for the Black and Whites, and will be taking that feeling into this domestic matchup.

Croydon Kings are desperate for a win, something they have not done now in their last 8 games, their last coming in Round 2 against West Adelaide. Croydon welomes now have Alex Sunasky back in the fold after his lenghty absence. The former City player made his first start for the 1st team last week after a gruelling road to recovery after breaking his leg over a year ago. 

City will be without the suspeded Nicolas Bucco, but will be filled with confidence after last Saturday's massive 1-0 win at home to MetroStars at Oakden.

Croydon Kings: 1. Gianni Tramontin, 1. Sebastian Matosevic, 2. John Panagaris, 3. James Polli, 4. Alexander Sunasky, 5. James Skeffington, 6. Kerrin Stokes, 7. Kristos Stefanopoulos, 8. Andrew Maio, 9. Nathan Munro, 10. Luke Klimek (C), 11. Antoni Trimboli, 12. Christopher Vivian, 14. Peter Mercurio, 15. Kelvin Kamburu, 16. Adam Martinello, 17. Alex Demasi, 18. Jarrod Brazzale, 19. John Papapetros, 20. Zade Heinicke, 21. John Hall (GK), 23. Patrick Caraccia
Coaches: Angelo Costanzo, Maurice Natale, Latham Byfield, Robert Matosevic
Team Staff: Mario Catalano, Joshua Avery

Adelaide City: Massimo Falco, Zakariah Waters, 1. Ryan Veitch, 3. Bradley Corbo, 6. Dominic Matricciani, 7. Christopher Pepe, 8. Joseph Costa, 9. Anthony Costa, 11. Nicholas Bucco, 14. Ante Markulic, 17. Stefan Casalbore, 18. Paul Radice, 19. James Boffa, 20. Luke Ostbye, 22. Haris Vuckic, 45. Tomas Maricic
Coaches: Michael Matricciani, Geoff Hargreaves, Oliver Totani, Joe Verringer
Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio, Kevin Doan, Mark Zito