RAA NPLSA Preview | Round Eight

NPLSA Round 8

Cumberland United vs Adelaide Blue Eagles
Venue: A. A. Bailey Reserve
Date: Saturday 12 June, 3:00 PM

The first of four simultaneous kick-offs on Saturday sees Cumberland enter their contest against Blue Eagles with a point to prove.

A 4-0 thrashing at the hands of a rejuvenated Campbelltown outfit saw the hosts surrender top spot on the ladder and slide all the way down to fifth in a season that has now yielded almost as many defeats as it has victories.

Blue Eagles picked up their first point of the season in dramatic fashion last weekend, with a late penalty enabling them to salvage a point against Comets and bring their losing streak to an end.

Cumberland know that they must get wins on the board if they’re to challenge for higher honours this year, but Blue Eagles will be desperate to keep picking up points to stave off the drop.

Cumberland United line-up: Antoni Panagoulias, 1. Luke Schoen (GK), 2. Jack Schoen, 3. Joshua Harvey, 5. Sam Carmichael, 6. David Signore, 8. Harry Thannhauser, 9. JUAN  GUTIERREZ, 10. Jumar Oakley, 11. Thomas Briscoe, 15. Ryan Wood, 17. Tom Dittmar, 19. Rocco Visconte, 20. Stavros Bakopanos, 23. Matthew Charalambous, 25. Charlie Ince

Coaches: Neil Young, Mathew Balopitos, Matthew Prodanovski, Marijan Kolar

Team Staff: Jody Loomes, Sean Bushby, Steven O'Donnell

Adelaide Blue Eagles line-up: 1. Nikolas Harpas (GK), 2. Caleb Evans, 3. Aaron Bannister, 4. Christian Sotira, 6. Anik Warnakulasuriya, 7. Liam Mccabe, 8. Stefan Gluscevic, 9. Hamish Anderson, 10. Hamish Mccabe (C), 12. Kody Maude, 14. Stanisa Velinov, 15. Christian D'Angelo, 16. Beau Ieraci, 17. Raffaele De Lucia, 18. Yohei Matsumoto, 19. Jake Tatarelli, 20. Isaac Mullen, 21. Alex Tsavalas, 25. Elias Mimidas

Coaches: VOJISLAV GLUSCEVIC, Steven Melling

Team Staff: james keating, Josh Smith, Henry Lambert



South Adelaide vs Campbelltown City
Venue: O’Sullivan Beach Sports and Community Centre
Date: Saturday 12 June, 3:00PM

South host Campbelltown in a contest between sides who have been able to perform well in the early stages of the 2021 NPL season.

The Panthers have picked up wins in their last two outings to arrest a run of three losses, with their most recent coming away from home in a 2-1 victory over the Kings, becoming just the second side this season to breach their defence more than once.

Campbelltown, meanwhile, have hit a rich vein of form with wins in their last three matches after none in their previous four, defeating top of the table Cumberland 4-0 to put the rest of the competition on notice.

The reigning champions are starting to find their groove, which would make any side nervous, but South will be hopeful that their achievements thus far in the season will hold them in good stead.

South Adelaide line-up: 1. Ryan Veitch (GK), 4. Robert Parker (C), 5. Declan Gray, 6. Liam Wooding, 8. Daniel Hosking, 9. Brett Rayner, 10. Jonathon Rideout, 11. Alexander Rideout, 13. Jai Conroy, 15. Jackson Stephens, 18. Blake Lindsay, 20. Jack Walker, 21. Jack Ellis, 24. Daniel Evans, 25. Callum Nissen, 31. Masaya Sasaki, 39. Awal Dut

Coaches: Andrew Calderbank, Anthony Rideout, Mitchell Daly, Fraser McLean

Team Staff: Wayne Harrington, Aniket Dhabade

Campbelltown City line-up: 1. Jamie Signorello, 2. Shaun Harvey (C), 3. Liam Miller, 5. Julian Oscar Ionni, 7. Joel Allwright, 8. Alexander Mullen, 9. Marc Marino, 10. Luigi Ditroia, 12. Nicholas Francese, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 15. Antony Piscioneri, 16. Daniel Mullen, 17. Adam De Ieso, 18. Trey Williams, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 23. Jake Halliday

Coaches: Iain Fyfe, Leslie  Pogliacomi, Corey Artone, Ali Sadick

Team Staff: Agelo Kapnistis, Ryan Hanlon



Adelaide Comets vs Adelaide City
Venue: SA Athletics Stadium
Date: Saturday 12 June, 3:00PM

City pay Comets a visit in what promises to be one of the matches of the round between the sides in first and third place.

Last season’s minor premiers have struggled over their past three matches, picking up just two points against the current bottom two in that time which included a 1-1 draw with Blue Eagles in which they conceded late on.

City haven’t set the world on fire with their recent form either, but a win in their last match against MetroStars took them to the top of the league, having won four and lost only one of their opening seven fixtures.

It’s a big three points up for grabs for both clubs, with City wanting to maintain their position on the ladder and Comets hoping to steal it with a win this weekend.

Adelaide Comets line-up: 1. Julian Torresan, 3. Manley Barnett, 4. Nathan Dimou, 5. Adam Le Cornu, 6. Jack Bladen, 7. John Karatzas, 8. Ryan Yates, 9. Andreas Wiens, 10. Anthony Mavrolambados, 11. Jayden LoBasso, 12. Lukas Ikonomopoulos, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 16. Ninko Beric, 18. Thomas Giannakopoulos, 19. Jaiden Diamantis, 21. Nikolas Ikonomopoulos, 22. Allan Welsh, 23. Scott Nagel, 31. Daniel Vaughan, 77. Chris Christofilos

Coaches: Konstandinos Antoniou, James Guffogg, Dimitri Panagis, Matthew Bates

Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Emma Gericke, Elsie Kenny

Adelaide City line-up: 1. Alexander Woodlands (GK), 4. Matthew Halliday, 5. Thomas Brown, 6. Bradley Corbo, 9. Luka Chikwuba, 10. Nicholas Bucco, 11. Charlie devereux, 13. Lachlan Barr, 14. Aladin Irabona, 20. Kur Kur, 33. Darcy Dawber, 45. Markus Orchard, 77. Asad Kasumovic

Coaches: Paul Pezos, Stavros Gelekis, Angelo Paul, Edward Scalzi

Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio

MetroStars vs Sturt Lions
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: Saturday 12 June, 3:00 PM

MetroStars host Sturt in the final of the 3:00 PM Saturday kick-offs with both sides eager to string together positive results consistently.

The home side find themselves hovering just two points above the relegation zone at this stage, with their 3-1 defeat to City leaving them with just two wins from their opening seven fixtures.

Such is the volatility of the league table at this point in the season that Sturt were in the top two within the past few weeks and now find themselves outside the top half, their 2-0 loss to Olympic their third in four matches.

Both clubs enter this match aiming to arrest disappointing or indifferent form, with MetroStars in particular needing wins under their belt if they hope to replicate their third-place finish from last year.

MetroStars line-up: 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 2. Connor O'rielly, 3. Luke Frangakis, 4. Justin Davis, 5. Timothy Henderson, 8. Rocky Callisto, 10. Anthony Solagna (C), 11. Ariath Piol, 12. Alessio Melisi, 14. Dylan Smith, 16. Francesco Schimizzi, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 20. Joshua Mori, 22. Hamish Gow, 23. Christian Esposito, 24. Theo Doufos, 26. Stefan Cali, 45. Jackson O'Donnell, 68. Kalilou Kamara

Coaches: Robert Saraceno, Nicholas Bouzalas, Adam Van Dommele, Michael Rende

Team Staff: Joseph Polisena, Patrick Pike, George Laoutaris

Sturt Lions line-up: Valentino Esposito, Cale Nagle, Bradley Davey, Akira Kobaishi, Brandon Centofanti, Samuel Voigt, Oliver Sigley, Samed Altundag, James Klappers (GK), Ben Woollard, Anthony Taylor, Luke Fusco, Michael Gravas, Jonathan Fusco (C), Gonzalo Rodriguez, Tom van der Hoeven, Toby Nelson, Daniel Snobl, Cooper Mullins, Jacob Atkinson, Jasper Donovan, Alexander Sortini, Daniel Solari, Caden Yates, Daniel Guastella, Taine Harding

Coaches: Lino Fusco, Frank Tibaldi, Gregory Videon, Michael Harkness

Team Staff: Ivan Piovesan, Jakson Messent, Andrew Ross


Adelaide Olympic vs Adelaide United
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: Saturday 12 June, 6:00 PM

After a shaky start to the season, Olympic have made big strides in the last month or so but face a very stern test in the form of the Young Reds.

Olympic now boast a five-match unbeaten run, with their 2-0 win over Sturt their second in three weeks, and have moved away from the relegation zone where they sat in and around throughout the opening weeks of the season.

United’s four-match winning streak was brought to a halt last week by Raiders in a contest that finished 1-1 but still sit second on the ladder, which represents a significant improvement on their fortunes last season.

Olympic have proven difficult to beat over the last few rounds and will take confidence into this match, but United know that they need a win to keep the chasing pack at bay.

Adelaide Olympic line-up: Damian Ljujic, Will Hendon, Rastko Ljujic, 1. Lewis Moss (GK), 2. chol wel, 3. Paul Wilson, 4. Benkert Abdija, 5. Michael Cittadini, 6. Kristin Konstandopoulos, 7. Jacob Jones, 8. Jason Konstandopoulos, 9. Christos Pounendis, 10. Hirofumi Kochi, 11. Tito Bontor, 14. Fausto Erba (C), 20. Clifford Maina, 22. Joshua Kavenagh, 24. Panagiotis Manidakis, 44. Ioannis Simosis

Coaches: Yianni Stamatelopoulos, George Konstandopoulos, Lansana Conneh, Pal Prengaj

Team Staff: Konstandinos Dimas, Sumin Kim

Adelaide United FC line-up: Fergus Lynch, 15. Noah Smith, 19. Yaya Dukuly, 24. Pacifique Niyongabire, 34. Yared Abetew, 37. Jonny Yull, 40. Dakota Ochsenham (GK), 41. Nestor Irankunda, 44. Arbi Mollas, 48. Bernardo Oliveira, 51. Binyam Kebede, 53. Noah Mcnamara, 55. Ethan Alagich

Coaches: Airton Andrioli, Elvis Markov, Vlado Blazeka, Joe Verringer

Team Staff: Will Mockridge, Justin Graetz, Katrina Smith



Croydon Kings vs Adelaide Croatia Raiders
Venue: Jack Smith Park
Date: Saturday 12 June, 7:30 PM

Two sides that haven’t quite clicked this season yet have still been around the mark round out this weekend’s action as the Kings host Raiders.

A 2-1 defeat to South last weekend was the hosts’ fifth in a row without a victory, yet only two of those were losses and they still boast the strongest defence in the league despite sitting in the drop zone.

Raiders picked up a handy point against an in-form United outfit last weekend, but with one win in their last six they are in danger of falling further if they fail to pick up points here.

The Kings can leapfrog their opponents and move out of the relegation places with a win, but victory to Raiders could see them fall further behind the sides in mid-table.

Croydon Kings line-up: 1. Gianni Tramontin, 2. John Panagaris, 3. Filimon Asefa, 4. Lawand Hasan, 5. Luke Klimek (C), 6. Christopher Vivian, 7. Sebastian Goode, 8. Adam Martinello, 9. Nathan Munro, 10. Antoni Trimboli, 11. Luis Benedetti, 12. Tatenda Nyaruwe, 13. Foribert Niyonkuru, 14. Peter Mercurio, 16. Kristos Stefanopoulos, 17. Manni Katopodis, 18. Jarrod Brazzale, 19. Chikondi NYIRENDA, 20. Jared Clark, 21. John Hall (GK), 23. patrick caraccia

Coaches: Travis Dodd, Latham Byfield, Adam Vizzari

Team Staff: Mario Catalano, Joshua Avery

Adelaide Croatia Raiders line-up: Lansana Smith, Harley Gepp, Kelvin Kamburu, Massimo Falco, Vincent Barbaro, Julian Vella, 2. Jackson Walls, 5. Matthew Mullen, 6. Omari Didero, 7. Dylan Pickert, 8. Jagajeet shrestha Shrestha, 10. Dion Kirk, 11. David Carosi, 12. Jacob Williams, 13. Nicholas Munro (C) (GK), 19. Vianne Kurikwimana, 20. Thanasis Lesi, 23. Mark Ulaj, 26. James Temelkovski, 28. Nathan Hancock

Coaches: Terry Westwood, Steven Hughes, Michael Paleka

Team Staff: Antonio Vella, Lisa Feleppa, Luke Harris