Tight at the top! | NPLSA Preview | Round 12

Adelaide Comets vs Modbury Jets
Venue: SA Athletics Stadium
Date: 9/10/2020 08:00 PM

Top of the table Adelaide Comets faces a struggling Modbury Jets under the Friday Night lights of SA Athletics Stadium.

Barney Smith's side though are struggling to maintain any kind of form with two wins from their last five, so perhaps an opportunity for the Jets, who themselves have just one win on the board in their last five. 

Despite this though, Comets sit one point clear on top of the tree, but just two above MetroStars who sit in fourth.

The Comets went down 3-1 away to an in form Croydon Kings last week, while the Jets were punished with a 5-1 hammering at home to MetroStars.

Adelaide Comets line-up: 1. Julian Torresan, 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, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 23. Scott Nagel, 31. Daniel Vaughan (GK), 77. Chris Christofilos

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

Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Emma Gericke, Elsie Kenny

Modbury Jets line-up: 1. Kieran Griffiths (GK), 2. Zack Gomez, 3. Thomas Veart, 5. Daniel Pritchard, 6. Nathan Farrell, 10. Jesse Francesca, 11. Dylan Tripodi, 12. Cameron O'Doherty, 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

Raiders vs Adelaide United FC
Venue: Croatian Sports Centre
Date: 9/10/2020 08:15 PM

Raiders welcome the Young Reds at Croatian Sports Centre on Friday, with huge points at stake. 

Adelaide United, unbeaten in their last five matches, crept out of the relegation zone last week after a hard fought draw at the home of the champions. The Reds have certainly tightened up their defence, conceding just once in their recent unbeaten run.

Raiders though are looking forward, not back, and find themselves in sixth spot, just one point ahead of City and Olympic, and three behind Cumberland United in 5th. Raiders themselves brushed aside struggling Para Hills last week with a 1-0 smash and grab victory. 

Raiders line-up: Vincent Barbaro, Nikola Jurkovic, Craig Shearer, Nicholas Basile, James Odenwalder, Kalilou Kamara, Thomas Brown, Alun Webb, Emanuel Philip, Vianne Kurikwimana, Paul Blefari (C), Adam Van Dommele, Vasilios Tryfopoulos, Sallu Kamara, Mohammed Sumaoro, David Carosi, Nicholas Munro (GK), Oliver Zafiridis, Noah Holmes, Jacob Lever, Joseph Costa

Coaches: Nikica Kuzman, Terry Westwood

Team Staff: Lisa Feleppa

Adelaide United FC line-up: Cooper Nunn, 18. Louis D’arrigo, 34. Yared Abetew, 36. Noah Smith, 40. Dakota Ochsenham (GK), 41. Jackson Walls, 45. Michael Cittadini, 46. Binyam Kebede, 49. Mohamed Toure, 51. Panashe Madanha, 55. Keshav Shrestha, 58. Jonny Yull, 63. Arbi Mollas, 69. Musa Toure

Coaches: Paul Pezos, Joshua Smith

Team Staff: Justin Graetz


Croydon Kings vs Para Hills Knights
Venue: Jack Smith Park
Date: 10/10/2020 02:30 PM

Undeniably the in form team in the competition, Croydon Kings 6th win on the spin last weekend saw them jump into the top two. Polonia made a statement last weekend, toppling league leaders Adelaide Comets, 3-1 at Jack Smith Park. 

This though will be the first game without their main main, Domenic Costanzo, who this week departed the club to join Adelaide United's senior squad. 

Para Hills Knights look to be in a world of pain, with no win since the 18th July which was their second win of the season. Their first win? An opening day triumph against this weekend's opponents, Croydon Kings. 

Croydon Kings line-up: 1. Sebastian Matosevic, 2. John Panagaris, 3. Filimon Asefa, 5. Luke Klimek (C), 7. Kur Kur, 8. Adam Martinello, 9. Nathan Munro, 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

Para Hills Knights line-up: Ryan Hanson, Ali Rayez Muradi, 2. Will Hendon, 3. Paul Wilson, 4. Kieran Mcnally, 8. Luka Chikwuba, 9. Mohamed Conneh, 10. Isaac Mullen, 13. Jagajeet shrestha Shrestha, 14. Lochlan Czapla, 15. Riley Stam, 16. Tito Bontor, 17. Jaweed Muradi, 18. Franz Pjetri, 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


Cumberland United vs Adelaide City
Venue: A.A Bailey Reserve
Date: 10/10/2020 03:00 PM

Cumberland United and Adelaide City face off at AA Bailey Reserve in a massive finals six pointer on Saturday afternoon. 

As things stand, The Foxes, who some suggest are this season's surprise package, sit in 5th spot, four points ahead of the Black and Whites in 7th. A win for City would pull them back into the Final's race. 

Cumberland were moments away from a huge three points last week, but Blue Eagles struck in the last minute to break Foxes hearts. Likewise City suffered late too, conceding a stoppage time winner against Olympic last Saturday night at VALO. 

City beat Cumberland United on the opening day of the campaign, 3-0, at Oakden back in February. 

Cumberland United line-up: Ryan Wood, Brayden Micallef, 1. Luke Schoen (GK), 2. Jack Schoen (C), 4. Declan Gray, 5. Sam Carmichael, 6. Christopher Skull, 7. Ayom Ayom Majok, 8. Harry Thannhauser, 9. Juan Gutierrez, 12. David Signore, 17. Callum Elms, 32. Aristomenios Haralampopoulos

Coaches: Neil Young, Jody Loomes

Team Staff: Sean Bushby

Adelaide City line-up: Zakariah Waters, Fabian Garuccio, 1. Alexander Woodlands (GK), 7. Perry Mitris, 9. Terence Christopher Carter, 10. Evan Kostopoulos, 11. Nicholas Bucco, 14. Aladin Irabona, 15. Jackson Stephens, 21. Adriano Pellegrino, 23. Markus Orchard, 24. Awal Dut, 34. Noah Benouzekri, 48. Lachlan Barr

Coaches: Michael Matricciani, Angelo Paul

Team Staff: Liam Oates

Adelaide Olympic vs MetroStars
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: 10/10/2020 07:00 PM

Adelaide Olympic faces the league's top scorers, MetroStars at VALO Football Centre in some tasty Saturday night football. 

MetroStars are lethal in front of goal, with 43 goals to their name so far this season, five of those coming last weekend at Modbury Jets. Games with MetroStars seem to promise goals at the moment, with an average of 4.4 in their last 5 encounters. 

Olympic are struggling for consistency right about now, with two wins in their last five, which include three defeats. A late late Nicholas Harpas strike last Saturday though could prove a pivotal moment in their season, as they look to stay in the hunt for a finals berth with just four rounds remaining. 

Adelaide Olympic line-up: Cristian Aloisi, Emile Damey, 1. Nikolas Harpas (GK), 2. Jacob Butler-Bowdon, 3. Matthew Halliday, 4. Benkert Abdija, 5. Julian Ionni, 6. Kristin Konstandopoulos, 7. Nicholas Harpas, 8. Jason Konstandopoulos, 9. Christos Pounendis (C), 10. Charlie devereux, 11. Ioannis Simosis, 12. Dimitri Toumazos, 14. Mark Ochieng, 15. Melad Ahmad, 21. Gianni Tramontin, 24. Panagiotis Manidakis

Coaches: George Tsonis, Peter Mihalopoulos, Ali Sadick

Team Staff: Caroline Riemelmoser, Sumin Kim

MetroStars line-up: 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 3. Cohan Morris, 4. Justin Davis, 5. Timothy Henderson, 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, 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



Adelaide Blue Eagles vs Campbelltown City
Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Date: 12/10/2020 08:15 PM

In some classic Monday Night Football action, our Match of the Round this week takes us to Marden Sports Complex for Adelaide Blue Eagles versus champions Campelltown City. 

In what seems like a lifetime ago, these two sides played in the league's curtain raiser back in February, with the drama or Liam and Hamish McCabe lurking in the air. The twins face Campbelltown City for the first time since they left the club before the season started. 

Back to current times though, Campbelltown, under the new leadership of club legend Iain Fyfe, sit third, a point off top spot, while Blue Eagles are down in 9th, but still with a finals sniff, just two points off sixth. 

Former Campbelltown City attacker, Yohei Matsumoto, is still sidelined with a suspension. 

Adelaide Blue Eagles line-up: Hirofumi Kochi, 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, 16. Beau Ieraci, 17. Tatenda Nyaruwe, 19. Stanisa Velinov, 22. Stefan Valentini, 25. Paul Reilly

Coaches: VOJISLAV GLUSCEVIC, Steven Melling

Team Staff: james keating, Josh Smith, Lewis Hutcheson

Campbelltown City line-up: 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, 12. Nicholas Francese, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 15. Antony Piscioneri, 16. Daniel Mullen, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 23. Jake Halliday

Coaches: Iain Fyfe, Corey Artone, Leslie  Pogliacomi

Team Staff: Panfilo Ciccocioppo, David Cavaiuolo, Elio Bria