NPLSA Round 4 - Preview

National Premier League SA 2019
Round 4 Preview


Raiders v AC

Raiders vs Adelaide City – Croatian Sports Centre, 7.30pm TONIGHT

Are Raiders the real deal? That’s the question on everyone’s lips after defeating 2018 National Premier Leagues Champions Campbelltown City on their own turf last weekend. 

A first-half strike from 2019 signing Terrence Carter was enough to seal the win for Kuzman’s troops, keeping Campbelltown City goalless for the first time in almost twelve months. 

Adelaide City bounced back from a disappointing opening two rounds to secure their first three points of the season, bossing the Adelaide United Youth Team on the way to a 2-0 victory at home. 

A second goal this season for 2010/2011 Johnny Warren Medal winner Marcos Flores the highlight from this game, lobbing the United keeper from inside his own half – the goal going viral this week, viewed in excess of 17,000 times on social media. 

Young gun Joshua Mori has been the star performer for Raiders so far this season and will be keen to continue his rich vein of form against his former team. 

Matricciani will have the defensive pairing of Zak Waters and James Boffa available for selection who return from suspension. 

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Raiders: Joshua Mori, Vasilios Tryfopoulos, Michael Acton, David Carosi, Ambesager Yosief, Justin Bralic, Kalilou Kamara, Joshua Moran, Jackson Walls, Thilo Wilke, Omari Didero, Emanuel Philip, Yasmin Sudic, Adam Van Dommele, Paul Blefari (C), Oliver Zafiridis, Jake Monaco, Nicholas Munro (GK), Terence Carter, Rocco Visconte, Aaron Acton
Coaches: Nikica Kuzman, Larry Piscioneri, Lindsay Paterson
Team Staff: Antonio Vella, Lisa Feleppa, An-Phong Nguyen

Adelaide City: 1. Ryan Veitch, 3. Bradley Corbo, 4. Elliot Green, 5. Zakariah Waters, 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 (GK)
Coaches: Michael Matricciani, Oliver Totani, Geoff Hargreaves, Joe Verringer
Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio, Peter Romeo, Kevin Doan


Croydon v Adelaide Olympic
Image: Adelaide Olympic FC

Croydon Kings vs Adelaide Olympic - Polonia Reserve, 3pm Saturday 

In another match of the round contender, Croydon will face their toughest test of the season against top of the table Adelaide Olympic at Polonia Reserve on Saturday. 

Croydon remains undefeated from their first three encounters, trumping NPL heavyweights Adelaide City in Round 1 before securing a hard-fought victory over West Adelaide in Round 2 and sharing the spoils in their most recent encounter against Para Hills Knights. 

Adelaide Olympic’s three consecutive victories include two massive scalps in title contenders Adelaide Comets and MetroStars respectively, scoring 8 goals along the way, the most of any club in the competition. 

Joeys representative Kerrin Stokes continues to prove he’s up to the task of senior football, while Antoni Trimboli leads the scoring for Costanzo’s side with two goals from three starts. 

During the week, Olympic coach George Tsonis stated: “We’ve won three games in a row, but we’ve won nothing yet, and that’s the reality”. A fourth consecutive win this Saturday and reality may well be that Olympic is firm title favourites. 

Croydon Kings: 1. Gianni Tramontin, 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, 13. Guy Miller, 14. Peter Mercurio, 15. Jo Ichiguchi, 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 Olympic: 1. Daniel Vaughan (GK), 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 (C), 11. Alexandros Koutoulogenis, 12. Dimitri Toumazos, 14. Fausto Erba, 15. John Tsimopoulos, 16. Julio Abadia, 17. Mamadi Kamara, 18. Jack Chivers, 19. Tito Bontor, 21. Nikolas Harpas, 23. Andrea Dallera
Coaches: George Tsonis, Tony Sacca, Ali Sadick
Team Staff: Caroline Riemelmoser, Michael Malandris, Alex Abela


Image: Campbelltown City

Campbelltown City vs South Adelaide - Steve Woodcock Sports Centre, 3pm Saturday 

Conceding 7 goals in three games is not what you expect from a line-up that features the leadership of former A-League players Daniel Mullen, Iain Fyfe and Joel Allwright, but that’s the reality for National Champions Campbelltown City heading into Round 4. 
Campbelltown recorded their second loss in three games last weekend, going down to Raiders at home and failing to record a goal for the first time in almost a year. 

Ben Dale’s side has had arguably the toughest draw to open the season, facing Adelaide Olympic, MetroStars and Raiders in their first three games. It won’t get any easier this weekend against a hungry Campbelltown City. 

Panthers’ defence has leaked 10 goals in three games, the most of any side in the competition, and hasn’t scored a goal from open play in either of their previous two games. 

Yohei Matsumoto leads the scoring for the Red Devils with three for the season and will be hoping Lui Ditroia can find his 2018 form to take some of the weight off his shoulders in the attacking half. 

Liam Wooding continues to lead the line for his side and will need his comrades to lift if they’re to get something out of this one. 

Campbelltown City: 1. Jamie Signorello, 2. Shaun Harvey (C), 4. Iain Fyfe, 5. Matthew Mullen, 7. Joel Allwright, 8. Alexander Mullen, 10. Luigi Ditroia, 11. Anthony Ture, 12. Jacob Williams, 13. Jozef Kogoj, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 15. Antony Piscioneri, 17. Brandon Centofanti, 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

South Adelaide: Jake Carmichael, Michael Goode, Jordan Watson, 01. Con Zacharopoulos (GK), 3. Masahiro Haruoka, 04. Robert Parker, 06. Liam Wooding, 07. Nicholas Harpas, 08. Sam Carmichael (C), 09. Harley Gepp, 10. Donovan Pollock, 11. Jayden Lobasso, 13. Jai Conroy, 15. Christopher Ashwood, 16. Brayden Micallef, 17. Joel Smith
Coaches: Benjamin Dale, Dave Lee, Matthew Huntley, Fraser Mc Lean
Team Staff: Kym Goode, Lucy Boseley, Connor Fagan


Image: Adelaide Comets

Adelaide Comets vs MetroStars - Jack Smith Park, 5pm Saturday 

MetroStars are looking to celebrate Michael D’Aloisio’s 350th senior appearance with a vital win at Jack Smith Park in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday evening. 

Comets are eager to bounce back after a 2-0 loss at an unbeaten Olympic last weekend after an agonizing own goal from Tom Dittmar before a class lob from Da Silva sealed the win.

With Olympic facing Croydon Kings at the top of the tree, a win would keep MetroStars in the mix in the top four. They’ll be looking for an in-form Dylan Smith to continue his form in front of goal after bagging his second goals of the season last Friday night. 

Adelaide Comets: 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 (GK), 40. Zak Collingwood
Coaches: Theodoros Tsiounis, Antonios Galanopoulos, Chris Simpson
Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Elsie Kenny, Bridget Siviour, Phillip Rillotta

MetroStars: 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 2. Nicholas Menechella, 3. Cohan Morris, 4. Justin Davis, 6. Lachlan Barr, 7. Michael Daloisio (C), 8. Rocky Callisto, 9. Thomas Strain, 10. Anthony Solagna, 11. Matthew Charalambous, 12. Benjamin Head, 14. Dylan Smith, 16. Alexander Jakob, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O’Donnell, 20. Cameron O'Doherty, 22. Hamish Gow, 23. Christian Esposito, 25. Jackson O’Donnell, 26. Stefan Cali
Coaches: Robert Saraceno, Travis Dodd, Konstandinos Antoniou
Team Staff: Giorgio Capoccia, Joseph Polisena, Peter Terminello, George Laoutaris


Image: Adelaide United FC

Adelaide United FC vs West Adelaide - VALO Football Centre, 6pm Saturday

Adelaide United FC welcomes a familiar face on Saturday as Marcelo Carrusca returns to face his former employers with West Adelaide. 

Currusca, who played 114 times for the Reds, will be desperate to kick start his new side’s season after a difficult start.

West Adelaide is still searching for their first win this season, however, the side did secure their first points of the year with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Adelaide Blue Eagles at Marden on Tuesday evening. West Adelaide was ten minutes away from three valuable points after Perry Mitris slotted home a 69th-minute penalty, but the spoils were shared. 

Adelaide United FC goes into this tie on the back of a 2-0 loss to Adelaide City. The young Reds will be looking to Niyongabire to celebrate his birthday week with a goal or two and take United up the ladder. 

Adelaide United FC: 1. Cameron Cook, 2. Cooper Nunn, 5. Noah Smith, 6. Ryan Yates, 7. Taras Gomulka, 8. Jai King, 11. Carlo Armiento, 17. Aladin Irabona, 19. Alhassan Toure, 21. Domenic Costanzo, 24. Pacifique Niyongabire, 27. Louis D?Arrigo, 28. Kristin Konstandopoulos, 30. Isaac Richards (GK), 33. Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, 44. Jared Clark
Coaches: Paul Pezos, Joshua Smith, Mario Karlovic
Team Staff: William Cutts, Julian Urlings

West Adelaide: 1. Lewis Moss (GK), 3. Matthew Di Matteo, 5. Gatlat Tongyik, 6. Ryuta Hamamatsu, 7. Perry Mitris (C), 9. Theo Balomenos, 10. Marcelo Carrusca, 11. Ibrahima Kamara, 12. Matthew Bouraee, 13. Matthew Bouzalas, 14. Alec Maiolo, 15. Alex Hristodoulopoulos, 19. Jaiden Diamantis, 20. Nahuel Bonada, 21. Thanasi Doupolis, 22. Michael Alexandrou
Coaches: Steven De Giovanniello, Stavros Gelekis
Team Staff: Aaron Kaselouris, Charlie Larosa



Adelaide Blue Eagles vs Para Hills Knights, Marden Sports Complex, 8.15pm Monday 

Adelaide Blue Eagles hopes to maintain their impressive unbeaten start to the campaign when Para Hills visits Marden under the lights on Monday evening. 

As one of the newly promoted sides, Blue Eagles have certainly not faltered to any pressures and are quickly being regarding as comeback kings after fighting back in all three of their opening matches to snatch points. 

Shekubah Hutton-Addy struck home with ten minutes on the clock to secure a 1-1 draw with West Adelaide 

Former Serie-A player Emanuele Testardi made his long-awaited debut on Tuesday night with some fantastic touches and link up play. The Italian will be looking to get off the mark for his new side to keep the pressure on the front runners. 

Para Hills Knights will be looking to grab their first win of the season off the back of a good solid point away at high flyers Croydon Kings after Hirofumi Kochi grabbed his first goal since signing for Para Hills. 

Adelaide Blue Eagles: 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, Cale Amos, Jackson Howie

Para Hills Knights: 1. Tim Ramsey, 3. Peter Eleftherakis, 4. Kieran Mcnally, 6. Matthew Marchioro, 9. Mohamed Conneh, 9. Michael Ndjekompte, 10. Luke Colalancia, 11. Andrew Butler, 12. Paul Reilly (GK), 15. Pierce Stephens, 16. Kyle Crout, 16. Kirill Gretchko, 17. Mohammad Sumaoro, 18. Pietro Piantedosi, 20. Charlie Devereux, 21. Isaac Mullen, 22. Hirofumi Kochi, 23. Tyler Bailey
Coaches: Barney Smith, Paul Crout
Team Staff: Geoff Sullivan, Dwayne Hall, Jamie Ocego-Kingsley, Matthew Bates