NPLSA Round 3 - Preview

National Premier League SA 2019 – Round 3 Preview 

South Adelaide 0-4 MetroStars,
Friday 7pm at O’Sullivans Beach Sports & Community Centre

South Adelaide: 0
MetroStars: 4(Dylan SMITH 19', Rocky CALLISTO 30', Christian ESPOSITO 65', Matthew CHARALAMBOUS 90')
Venue: OSullivans Beach Sports and Community Centre
Date: 08/03/2019 07:00
South Adelaide Substitutes: Nil
MetroStars Substitutes: Nil
South Adelaide Yellow cards: Christopher ASHWOOD 64'
MetroStars Yellow cards: Nil
South Adelaide Red cards: Nil
MetroStars Red cards: Nil


Image: Campbelltown City SC

Campbelltown City vs Raiders, Saturday 3pm at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre 

The Red Devils and Raiders both got off the mark last week after the disappointment of losing their respective opening round encounters. 

Campbelltown managed to stave off a late charge from the Young Reds, earning a 4-3 victory after leading 4-1 early in the first half. Japanese import Yohei Matsumoto getting on the score sheet again while the returning Alex Mullen showed why he’s regarded as one of the stars of the competition with a stellar performance. 

Raiders made the trek South to record a convincing victory over Panthers at O’Sullivans Beach, which coach Nik Kuzman will be hoping can kickstart his side’s season. Josh Mori picking up a goal in a best on ground performance, while Yasmin Zudic and Jake Monaco chipped in with a goal each on the way to a 3-1 triumph. 

Raiders have a real opportunity to show whether they’re up to the task of NPL football against the nation’s top side from 2018. 


Campbelltown City: 1. Jamie Signorello, 2. Shaun Harvey, 4. Iain Fyfe (C), 5. Matthew Mullen, 7. Joel Allwright, 8. Alexander Mullen, 10. Luigi Ditroia, 11. Anthony Ture, 12. Jacob Williams, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 15. Antony Piscioneri, 17. Brandon Centofanti, 19. Thomas Veart, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 22. Yohei Matsumoto, 23. Jake Halliday

Coaches: Joseph Mullen, Philip Stubbins, Leslie Pogliacomi

Team Staff: Panfilo Ciccocioppo, David Cavaiuolo, Elio Bria


Raiders: 1. Vasilios Tryfopoulos, 2. Michael Acton, 3. Kalilou Kamara, 4. Paul Blefari (C), 5. Adam Van Dommele, 10. Terence Carter, 11. David Carosi, 12. Joshua Moran, 13. Nicholas Munro (GK), 15. Jackson Walls, 16. Ambesager Yosief, 17. Justin Bralic, 18. Joshua Mori, 21. Jake Monaco, 33. Thilo Wilke, 91. Yasmin Sudic, 99. Emanuel Philip

Coaches: Nikica Kuzman, Larry Piscioneri, Lindsay Paterson

Team Staff: Antonio Vella, Lisa Feleppa, An-Phong Nguyen, Alex Awwad


Image: Para Hills Knights

Para Hills Knights vs Croydon Kings, 3pm Saturday at The Paddocks 

Para Hills Knights will be disappointed they didn’t claim the three points on Monday night, leading for the majority of the match against Comets at Jack Smith Park. An 89th minute Allan Welsh penalty cancelled out Michael Ndjekmopte’s first half goal, ensuring they would make the journey home with only a draw to their name.  

Croydon Kings contrastingly still sit proudly on their throne at the top of the NPL table after recording a second consecutive win. Striker Antoni Trimboli banging in his second goal for the season and Luke Klimek turning out another Captain’s performance in a 1-0 win over West Adelaide. 

Barney Smith’s Knights will be hoping they can turn their fortunes around to claim their first win for the season. If they are to do so, Tyler Bailey will need to continue his strong start to the 2019 campaign.

Speaking publicly throughout the week, new coach Angelo Costanzo indicated his side had been spurred on by the doubters and he’ll be hoping their motivation continues this Saturday at The Paddocks.  


Para Hills Knights: 1. Tim Ramsey (GK), 3. Peter Eleftherakis, 4. Kieran Mcnally, 6. Matthew Marchioro, 9. Michael Ndjekompte, 10. Luke Colalancia, 11. Andrew Butler, 12. Paul Reilly (GK), 14. Chester Castellaw, 15. Pierce Stephens, 16. Kirill Gretchko, 17. Mohammad Sumaoro, 18. Pietro Piantedosi, 20. Charlie Devereux, 21. Isaac Mullen, 22. Hirofumi Kochi, 23. Tyler Bailey, 21. Kyle Crout

Coaches: Barney Smith, Paul Crout

Team Staff: Geoff Sullivan, Dwayne Hall, Jamie Ocego-Kingsley, Matthew Bates


Croydon Kings: 1. Sebastian Matosevic, 2. John Panagaris, 5. James Skeffington, 6. Kerrin Stokes, 8. Andrew Maio, 9. Nathan Munro, 10. Luke Klimek (C), 11. Antoni Trimboli, 12. Christopher Vivian, 13. Guy Miller, 14. Peter Mercurio, 15. Jo Ichiguchi, 16. Adam Martinello, 17. Alex Demasi, 18. Jarrod Brazzale, 19. John Papapetros, 21. John Hall (GK), 23. Patrick Caraccia

Coaches: Angelo Costanzo, Maurice Natale, Latham Byfield, Robert Matosevic

Team Staff: Mario Catalano, Joshua Avery

Image: Adelaide City FC

Adelaide City vs Adelaide United FC, Saturday 7pm at Adelaide City Park 

In what has been described as one of the most exciting games in recent seasons, City let a 3-0 lead slip on Monday evening at Marden to eventually share the spoils with Adelaide Blue Eagles. 

The spirited come back from Vojo Gluscevic’s side was aided by the fact two of City’s defenders were shown their marching orders in the second half, both Bradley Corbo and Zak Waters sent from the field for receiving a second yellow card. 

City has now leaked 7 goals in two games and with two starting defenders missing from their backline, will have their work cut out to keep a first clean sheet for the season. 

On a positive note for Matricciani’s side, summer signing Marcos Flores opened his goal scoring account, while Evan Kostopoulos showed he has valuable defensive qualities, slotting in at centre back as the black and whites held on for a draw. 

Paul Pezos’ side will enter the match on the back of a 4-3 defeat to Campbelltown City last weekend. Despite the loss, the Young Reds showcased great character against last year’s champions and almost salvaged something from the game after being down 4-1 early in the second half. 

A stunning free kick from Carlo Armiento the highlight for United, as well as strong performances from Pacifique Niyongabire and Isaac Richards. 

This one promises to be a truly fascinating encounter.  


Adelaide City: 1. Ryan Veitch (GK), 6. Dominic Matricciani, 8. Joseph Costa, 9. Anthony Costa, 10. Evan Kostopoulos, 11. Nicholas Bucco, 12. Kouakou Kouadio, 14. Ante Markulic, 17. Stefan Casalbore, 18. Paul Radice, 19. James Boffa, 20. Luke Ostbye (RGK), 23. Markus Orchard, 45. Tomas Maricic, 46. Marcos Flores

Coaches: Michael Matricciani, Oliver Totani, Geoff Hargreaves, Joe Verringer

Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio, Peter Romeo, Kevin Doan


Adelaide United FC: 2. Cooper Nunn, 5. Noah Smith, 6. Ryan Yates, 7. Taras Gomulka, 8. Jai King, 9. Ninko Beric, 11. Carlo Armiento, 12. Yared Abetew, 17. Aladin Irabona, 19. Alhassan Toure, 20. Luca Meggetto (GK), 21. Domenic Costanzo, 24. Pacifique Niyongabire, 25. Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, 27. Louis D’Arrigo, 28. Kristin Konstandopoulos, 44. Jared Clark

Coaches: Paul Pezos, Joshua Smith, Mario Karlovic

Team Staff: William Cutts, Julian Urlings


Adelaide Olympic vs Adelaide Comets, 7pm Saturday at VALO Football Centre – The Parks

Adelaide Olympic head into Saturday night’s MATCH OF THE ROUND clash with Adelaide Comets as one of only two teams claiming the maximum 6 points from their opening two fixtures for 2019. 

A spirited come from behind victory in Round 1 was backed up by a blistering first half display last week against MetroStars, rounding out 3-1 winners at home. Renowned goal scorer Fausto Ebra opened his account for the season, as did the classy Ricardo Da Silva with a goal of the week contender. 

Comets salvaged a point in their most recent fixture on Monday night against Para Hills Knights. A penalty in the dying minutes, calmly slotted by Captain Allan Welsh, ensured the home side remain unbeaten from two starts. 

Lewis Farquhar has been outstanding for Comets in their opening two encounters for 2019 and will look to link up with Andreas Wiens in the front half of the pitch throughout the season. New signing Omid Popalzay showed off his talents on Monday night as well and looks as though he’ll be a vital part of Comets’ title chances. 

The defensive pairing of Andreas Dallera and new signing Matthew Halliday look to be gelling well early and will be a vital cog in Olympic’s wheel for 2019.   


Adelaide Olympic:  . John Tsimopoulos, Julio Abadia, 1. Daniel Vaughan, 2. Jacob Butler-Bowdon, 3. Matthew Halliday, 5. David Makridis, 6. Elias Vlassis, 7. John Karatzas, 8. Manni Katopodis, 9. Christos Pounendis, 10. Ricardo Da Silva, 11. Alexandros Koutoulogenis, 12. Dimitri Toumazos, 14. Fausto Erba, 15. Mamadi Kamara, 19. Tito Bontor, 21. Nikolas Harpas, 23. Andrea Dallera

Coaches: George Tsonis, Tony Sacca, Ali Sadick

Team Staff: Caroline Riemelmoser, Michael Malandris, Alex Abela


Adelaide Comets: 1. Alexander Woodlands, 2. Harry Keramidas, 4. Tom Dittmar, 5. Adam Le Cornu, 6. Jack Bladen, 7. Lewis Farquhar, 8. Connor Gollan, 9. Andreas Wiens, 10. Christopher Pepe, 11. Anthony Mavrolambados, 12. Christos Kotsiou, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 16. Stephan Travaglione, 17. Franz Pjetri, 18. Stefan Simic, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 23. Scott Nagel, 30. Julian Torresan

Coaches: Theodoros Tsiounis, Antonios Galanopoulos, Chris Simpson

Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Elsie Kenny, Bridget Siviour


Adelaide Blue Eagles vs West Adelaide, Tuesday 8:15pm at Marden Sports Complex 

A bumper crowd on Monday night witnessed Adelaide Blue Eagles overcome a three-goal half time deficit to draw 3-3 with Adelaide City. 

Two goals from Evan Kounavelis either side of the break dragged his side back into the contest, who were unable to capitalise on a two-man advantage when City had players sent from the field in the 49th and 76th minutes. 

West Adelaide are still looking for their first win of the season, going down 1-0 to current league toppers Croydon Kings. 

Steve De Giovanniello will be hoping marquee signing Marcelo Carrusca is available to take his place in the starting 11 and will need the likes of Perry Mitris and the in-form Ibby Kamara to lead from the front. 

Blue Eagles Italian import Emanuele Testardi looks set to make his first appearance for the season and will provide another goal scoring avenue for Vojo Gluscevic’s side.  


Adelaide Blue Eagles: 1. Benjamin Jackson, 5. Christopher Annicchiarico, 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, 19. Chante Mayol, 21. Ivan D'Adamo, 23. Antoni Panagoulias, 24. Adrian Barone, 25. Joshua Negrean, 26. Richard Goss

Coaches: Vojislav Gluscevic, Danny Barone

Team Staff: Remo Gagliardi, Alex Mcveigh, Bhavik Dadia, Cale Amos, Jackson Howie


West Adelaide: 1. Lewis Moss (GK), 2. Andrew Koutroumbis, 5. Gatlat Tongyik, 6. Matthew Di Matteo, 7. Perry Mitris (C), 8. Kosta Mantis, 9. Theo Balomenos, 10. Marcelo Carrusca, 11. Ibrahima Kamara, 12. Matthew Bouraee, 13. Matthew Bouzalas, 14. Alec Maiolo, 19. Jaiden Diamantis, 20. Nahuel Bonada, 21. Thanasi Doupolis, 22. Michael Alexandrou

Coaches: Steven De Giovanniello, Stavros Gelekis

Team Staff: Aaron Kaselouris, Charlie Larosa