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National Premier League SA
Round 13


Adelaide City vs West Adelaide
Venue: Adelaide City Park
Date: 7/06/2019 08:15 PM

The biggest game of the weekend by far, two giants of SA football meet under the lights at Oakden in a huge six-pointer.

Both City and West Adelaide are sitting in the bottom 3 respectively. 

City will be buoyed by their midweek qualification to the FFA Cup SA Qualifying Final after a 2-1 win over Elizabeth Downs. The Black and Whites also welcome into the side new signing and former Hyundai A-League winner Adriano Pellegrino. And with the vastly experienced Marcos Flores back from injury, midfielder Nic Bucco thinks the pairs' experience can help their cause for survival.

"It's fantastic to have them both in the side. Marcos has been fantastic for the playing group and the club as a whole. Adding Adriano in has been awesome. He has helped lift the boys at training with his great knowledge and talent. I'm certainly looking forward to playing with him tonight." 

Bucco, who returns to the side tonight after a hamstring strain, thinks tonight's derby will have significance in the relegation race.

"Every game is important to us, and this is like any other. Three points are up for grabs which will really help reinvigorate our season if we win. Being a derby also has a bit of extra importance, so we all know how key it is to win tonight."

West Adelaide's Perry Mitris says the game is huge for both sides after they picked up a huge point against Campbelltown City last weekend.

"It's a big game and a season-defining game for both teams.

We [West Adelaide] need a win to clear the pack at the bottom and city need a win to get back in amongst it so it's going to be a good game."

Tonight's game is part of a doubleheader, with the WNPL match being played at 6.15pm.

Match Officials:
Christian Verdicchio
Aaron Galanti
Torin Cooper

Adelaide City: Stefan Casalbore, Adriano Pellegrino, Joe Gauci, 1. Ryan Veitch (GK), 3. Bradley Corbo, 4. Elliot Green, 6. Dominic Matricciani, 8. Joseph Costa, 9. Anthony Costa, 10. Evan Kostopoulos, 14. Ante Markulic, 18. Paul Radice, 19. James Boffa, 45. Tomas Maricic, 48. Marcos Flores, 49. Massimo Falco
Coaches: Michael Matricciani, Geoff Hargreaves, Oliver Totani, Joe Verringer
Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio, Kevin Doan, Mark Zito

West Adelaide: 1. Lewis Moss (GK), 2. Joshua Papasian, 3. Matthew Di Matteo, 5. Zachary Hristodoulopoulos, 6. Ryuta Hamamatsu, 7. Perry Mitris (C), 8. Jack Yull, 9. Theo Balomenos, 10. Kosta Mantis, 11. Ibrahima Kamara, 12. Matthew Bouraee, 16. Jordan Maricic, 17. Athanasios Morakis, 18. Tito Bontor, 19. Jaiden Diamantis, 20. Thanasis Lesi, 25. Rian Del Nido
Coaches: Steven De Giovanniello, Stavros Gelekis
Team Staff: Aaron Kaselouris, Charlie Larosa


Image: South Adelaide Panthers

South Adelaide vs Croydon Kings
Venue: OSullivans Beach Sports and Community Centre
Date: 7/06/2019 07:00 PM

Bottom side South Adelaide Panthers face off against an inform Croydon King's side on Friday night down at O Sullivans Beach.

The Panthers will be without their star player, Liam Wooding, after the star joined MetroStars this week, amidst reports on social media of unrest within the playing squad.

With South Adelaide already struggling to find a run of form, Wooding's absence will be sorely missed. Wooding scoring last week from the spot in a 1-1 draw against fellow strugglers Adelaide City. 

Croydon Kings though come into the game with back to back wins, and back to back clean sheets to go with it. Last weekend, the side known as 'Polonia' picked up a massive three points at Adelaide Comets, with Masahiro Haruoka playing a key part in both goals, scoring one and setting up the other.

Match Officials:
Gary Mooney
Liam Miller
Cole Davy

South Adelaide: Jordan Watson, Nicholas Harpas, Con Zacharopoulos, Caden Yates, Thomas Parks, Brett Rayner, Joel Smith, Michael Goode, Charlie Rhodes, 3. Christopher Reed, 4. Robert Parker, 5. Tyson Condon, 8. Sam Carmichael (C), 9. Harley Gepp, 10. Donovan Pollock, 11. Jayden Lobasso, 12. Callum Nissen (GK), 13. Jai Conroy, 15. Christopher Ashwood, 16. Brayden Micallef
Coaches: Benjamin Dale, Dave Lee, Matthew Huntley, Fraser Mc Lean
Team Staff: Kym Goode, Lucy Boseley, Connor Fagan

Croydon Kings: 1. Gianni Tramontin, 1. Sebastian Matosevic, 2. John Panagaris, 3. James Polli, 4. Alexander Sunasky, 6. Kerrin Stokes, 7. Kristos Stefanopoulos, 8. Andrew Maio, 9. Nathan Munro, 11. Antoni Trimboli, 12. Christopher Vivian, 13. Eric Scardigno, 14. Peter Mercurio, 16. Adam Martinello, 17. Alex Demasi, 18. Jarrod Brazzale (C), 19. Masahiro Haruoka, 20. Zade Heinicke, 21. John Hall (GK), 23. Patrick Caraccia
Coaches: Latham Byfield, Robert Matosevic
Team Staff: Mario Catalano, Joshua Avery

Image: MetroStars

MetroStars vs Adelaide United FC
Words by Jason Cavey @JasonKVOffficial
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: 8/06/2019 03:00 PM

MetroStars are coming off a 5-0 win over Adelaide Blue Eagles (match highlights here) last Saturday afternoon. A brilliant hat-trick and man of the match performance from Dylan Smith led us to victory over the team sitting second in the league. Rocky Callisto and Matthew Dawber also got on the score sheet to keep us within touching distance of the league leaders Campbelltown City.

Meanwhile Adelaide United are coming off a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Adelaide Olympic. The Young Reds made 5 changes to their lineup as their A-League contracted players were made unavailable. Nonetheless, an impressive point to stop their 4 game losing streak. Domenico Costanzo and Jai King linked up well to provide the game's opener before a conceding a second-half penalty.

Christian Esposito is a possibility to be included following a knee injury. Tom Strain and Cohan Morris are unlikely to feature. Fabian Barbiero and Dylan Smith are set to face the club they represented at A-League level. New signings Liam Wooding and Nahuel Bonada are also available for selection.

Match Officials:
Aaron Galanti
Ian Crossing
Thomas Temby

MetroStars: 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 2. Nicholas Menechella, 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. Luis Benedetti, 16. Alexander Jakob, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O'Donnell, 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

Adelaide United FC: Daniel Bressan, 2. Cooper Nunn, 5. Noah Smith, 6. Ryan Yates, 7. Taras Gomulka, 8. Jai King, 9. Ninko Beric, 10. Kusini Yengi, 12. Yared Abetew, 17. Aladin Irabona, 20. Luca Meggetto, 21. Domenic Costanzo, 38. Ayom Ayom Majok, 44. Jared Clark
Coaches: Paul Pezos, Joshua Smith, Mario Karlovic
Team Staff: Robert Muscio, Julian Urlings, Agelo Kapnistis


Image: Raiders

Raiders vs Adelaide Olympic
Venue: Croatian Sports Centre
Date: 8/06/2019 03:00 PM

Raiders face off against Olympic at Croatian Sports Centre on Saturday in an intriguing tie with both sides in a decent patch of form. 

Raiders go into the game with three wins in the bounce and continue to keep the pressure on the top 4. The home side had a comfortable afternoon at The Paddocks last Saturday, with Jake Monaco and Joshua Mori on the scoresheet in a 2-0 away win which sees the side within two points off the top of the ladder.  

Olympic will be on cloud nine after their midweek FFA Cup SA Qualifying Semi-final victory against Adelaide Comets. Olympic also finds themselves on a 4 game unbeaten run in the league, after last weekend's 1-1 draw with Adelaide United. 

The two sides met in Round 7 where a Joshua Mori double gave Raiders a 2-1 win that night. 

The game will surely produce goals, with both of the league's top goalscorers on the field, with Christos Pounendis [Olympic] and Terrence Carter [Raiders] both on 10 goals for the year so far. 

Match Officials:
Isabella Blaess
Liam Miller
Alexander Diamond

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, 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 NguyenAdelaide 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


Image: Campbelltown City

Campbelltown City vs Para Hills Knights
Venue: Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Date: 8/06/2019 03:00 PM

NPL Champions Campbelltown City entertain Para Hills Knight at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre on Saturday afternoon, looking to maintain their hold on the top of the league.

The Red Devils are fortunate to still be at the top though, succumbing to a last-minute equaliser to West Adelaide last weekend. Nick Harpas was left broken as a minute before the equaliser the keeper saving a Perry Mitris penalty. Other results though meant that City maintained their position at the top for the week.

Para Hills come into the game on the back of two defeats on the spin but will be buoyed by the fact they held Campbelltown City to a 0-0 draw back in Round 7 at The Paddocks.

The game is an opportunity for Para Hills to gain some breathing space away from the relegation zone with Adelaide City and West Adelaide facing off the night before the game.

Match Officials:
Foti Massinis
Dion Turner
Riley Cowan

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, 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: David Cavaiuolo, Elio Bria

Para Hills Knights: RGK. Jordan Findlay, 1. Timothy Ramsey (GK), 3. Peter Eleftherakis, 4. Kieran Mcnally, 8. Darsem Shaksi, 9. Michael Ndjekompte, 10. Luke Colalancia, 11. Andrew Butler, 14. Thilo Wilke, 16. Todd Leahy, 17. Mohammed Sumaoro, 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 Blue Eagles vs Adelaide Comets
Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Date: 8/06/2019 03:00 PM

In an intriguing encounter, Blue Eagles welcome Adelaide Comets to Marden on Saturday arvo. On paper, his matchup two weeks ago would have been a top of the table clash, however, both sides head into this one on the back of two uncharacteristic defeats. 

Blue Eagles suffered their worst result of the season last Saturday, going down 5-0 to MetroStars at TK Shutter reserve. As a result of a red card, Blue Eagle will be without  Christian D'Angelo.

Adelaide Comets will be looking to pick themselves up from a disappointing week, after suffering a 2-0 home loss to Croydon Kings last weekend, then Wednesday night's FFA Cup SA Qualifying semi-final to Olympic. 

Having said that, both sides are still in the hunt after Campbelltown City also dropping points in Round 12. A win for Blue Eagles could see them top of the league by the weekend's close, should Campbelltown City drop points at home to Para Hills. 

Comets are within 4 points of the top and will be looking for Andreas Wiens to continue his fine form in front of goal. 

Match Officials:
Andrew Kite
Andrew Citti
Harold Spanner

Adelaide Blue Eagles: Harrison Taylor, 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, 16. Hamish Mccabe, 17. Liam Mccabe, 18. Lucas Candeloro, 20. Chante Mayol, 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 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. Lansana Smith, 13. Jon Aurtenetxe Borde, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 16. Stephan Travaglione, 17. Franz Pjetri, 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