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Round 4



MetroStars vs Croydon Kings
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: Friday 7 May 7:45 PM

Tonight’s fixture sees MetroStars pitted against the Kings under lights at TK Shutter Reserve in a contest between two sides with identical win-loss records and goal difference up to this point.

The hosts grabbed their first win of the season at the third attempt, coming from a goal down to defeat South Adelaide 2-1 away from home and bounce back from their home defeat against Cumberland the week prior.

Meanwhile, the Kings have found goals slightly tougher to come by so far, only managing one in each of their three fixtures including a late equaliser to salvage a draw against struggling Olympic at home.

The third and fourth-placed sides from 2020 haven’t quite stamped their names as contenders so far, so tonight’s match-up presents both teams with an opportunity to claim an impressive scalp.

MetroStars line-up: 1. Isaac Carmody, 2. Oliver Zafiridis, 3. Luke Frangakis, 4. Justin Davis, 5. Timothy Henderson, 7. Michael Daloisio, 8. Rocky Callisto, 10. Anthony Solagna (C), 11. Ariath Piol, 12. Alessio Melisi, 14. Dylan Smith, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O’donnell, 20. Joshua Mori, 22. Hamish Gow, 23. Christian Esposito, 25. Jayden Spruyt, 45. Jackson O'Donnell (GK), 68. Kalilou Kamara

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

Team Staff: Joseph Polisena, Patrick Pike, George Laoutaris

Croydon Kings line-up: 1. Gianni Tramontin, 2. John Panagaris, 3. Filimon Asefa, 5. Luke Klimek (C), 6. Christopher Vivian, 7. Antoni Trimboli, 8. Adam Martinello, 9. Nathan Munro, 10. Rocco Visconte, 11. Luis Benedetti, 12. Tatenda Nyaruwe, 13. Foribert Niyonkuru, 14. Peter Mercurio, 15. Manni Katopodis, 16. Kristos Stefanopoulos, 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


Cumberland United vs Adelaide Croatia Raiders
Venue: A.A. Bailey Reserve
Date: Saturday 8 May 3:00 PM

Cumberland will be hoping to bounce back from their dramatic loss last weekend, but a Raiders side fresh off a similarly thrilling result stands in their way.

The home side certainly took it to Comets in their match, coming from two goals down at half-time to draw level before conceding an injury-time winner that broke Cumberland's hearts.

Raiders, on the other hand, were able to salvage a point in incredible circumstances, equalising in injury time to secure a 2-2 draw with City despite playing with ten men for over half the match.

The visitors will be hoping to spoil the party as they did last weekend but will endure an uphill battle to do so in the face of one of the competition’s entertainers over the opening weeks.

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, 16. Brayden Micallef, 17. Tom Dittmar, 20. Stavros Bakopanos, 31. Benjamin Visser

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

Team Staff: Jody Loomes, Sean Bushby

Adelaide Croatia Raiders line-up: jai esposito, Julian Vella, Rhys Thompson, 1. Vincent Barbaro, 2. Jackson Walls, 5. Matthew Mullen, 6. Omari Didero, 7. Dylan Pickert, 9. Massimo Falco, 10. Dion Kirk, 11. David Carosi, 13. Nicholas Munro (C) (GK), 15. Lansana Smith, 17. Harley Gepp, 19. Vianne Kurikwimana, 20. Thanasis Lesi, 21. Jaxson Bullen, 22. Kelvin Kamburu, 23. Mark Ulaj

Coaches: Terry Westwood, Steven Hughes, Michael Paleka

Team Staff: Antonio Vella, Lisa Feleppa

Image: Adelaide United

Adelaide United vs Adelaide Blue Eagles
Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Date: Saturday 8 May 3:00 PM

Two sides who have struggled to find their feet in the first three weeks of the season face off at Marden Sports Complex tomorrow, as United take on Blue Eagles.

After a barren opening two rounds that yielded no points or goals, United certainly made a statement that they’re not to be written off by beating Campbelltown on their own turf 2-1.

Blue Eagles are the only side remaining with no points on the board so far this year but came close to earning a result against Sturt, before conceding twice in the last 15 minutes to lose 3-2.

The Young Reds will be keen to continue their fine form from last weekend into this fixture and make it two wins on the spin, while Blue Eagles know that they have to pick up their form before too long.

Adelaide United FC line-up: Daniel Bressan, 14. Domenic Costanzo, 15. Noah Smith, 19. Yaya Dukuly, 24. Pacifique Niyongabire, 34. Yared Abetew, 37. Jonny Yull, 42. Fergus Lynch, 43. Alexandar Popovic, 44. Arbi Mollas, 48. Bernardo Oliveira, 50. James Delianov, 51. Binyam Kebede, 52. Adam Leombruno, 55. Ethan Alagich

Coaches: Airton Andrioli, Elvis Markov, Vlado Blazeka

Team Staff: Will Mockridge, Justin Graetz, Katrina Smith

Adelaide Blue Eagles line-up: 1. Nikolas Harpas (GK), 2. Caleb Evans, 4. Anik Warnakulasuriya, 7. Liam Mccabe, 8. Stefan Gluscevic, 9. Hamish Anderson, 10. Hamish Mccabe (C), 13. Yuta Chinen, 14. Stanisa Velinov, 15. Christian D'Angelo, 17. Raffaele De Lucia, 18. Yohei Matsumoto, 19. Jake Tatarelli, 20. Isaac Mullen, 21. Alex Tsavalas, 25. Lachlan Fusco, 25. Elias Mimidas

Coaches: VOJISLAV GLUSCEVIC, Steven Melling

Team Staff: james keating, Josh Smith, Henry Lambert


Image: Adelaide Comets

Adelaide Comets vs South Adelaide
Venue: SA Athletics Stadium
Date: Saturday 8 May 3:00 PM

Comets have returned to the form that saw them take out the minor premiership last season in their last two matches, but they’ll know that South will be no easy task.

A dramatic late winner by Nathan Andijanto saw Comets snatch a thrilling 3-2 win at Cumberland, which returned them to league summit and marked their seventh goal in the last two weeks.

South suffered the first defeat of their return to the top flight, surrendering a first-half lead at home to MetroStars to eventually lose 2-1 in what was their toughest test so far this season.

Comets will certainly be looking to continue their free-scoring, winning form into this fixture and South Adelaide will see this fixture as a chance to test themselves once more against one of the league’s best.

Adelaide Comets line-up: 1. Julian Torresan (GK), 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. Harry Keramidas, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 16. Ninko Beric, 18. Thomas Giannakopoulos, 19. Jaiden Diamantis, 21. Nikolas Ikonomopoulos, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 23. Scott Nagel, 77. Chris Christofilos

Coaches: Barney Smith, James Guffogg, Matthew Bates

Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Andrew Furner, Emma Gericke, katerina gatsios

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

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

Team Staff: Wayne Harrington, Daniel Genikas


Image: Adelaide City

Sturt Lions vs Adelaide City
Venue: West Beach Parks Football Centre
Date: Saturday 8 May 3:00 PM

Sturt and City are the only sides remaining yet to suffer a loss in 2021, alongside Comets, and both will be as desperate as ever to keep their streak alive with a win.

The hosts have continued their smooth adjustment to NPL football, winning their second match in three weeks (both of which were away from home) against Blue Eagles in an entertaining contest that finished 3-2.

City would have been very disappointed to concede an injury-time equaliser to ten-man Raiders at home last weekend, a goal which would’ve seen them become the only side to keep a 100% win record.

The fire from that result will have burned in the bellies of City all week and they have the chance to make amends against another side in impressive form in Sturt.

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

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

Team Staff: Ivan Piovesan, Jakson Messent, Andrew Ross

Adelaide City line-up: 1. Alexander Woodlands (GK), 4. Matthew Halliday, 5. Zakariah Waters, 8. Joseph Costa, 10. Nicholas Bucco, 11. Charlie devereux, 12. Jonathon D'arrigo, 13. Lachlan Barr, 14. Aladin Irabona, 17. Thomas Brown, 20. Kur Kur, 22. Noah Benouzekri, 23. Jai King-Byrne, 45. Markus Orchard, 77. Asad Kasumovic

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

Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio


Image: Adelaide Olympic

Adelaide Olympic vs Campbelltown City
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: Saturday 8 May 3:45 PM

From two unbeaten sides to two winless sides, Olympic and Campbelltown take each other on in the later kick-off tomorrow afternoon in search of an elusive first victory.

Olympic managed to improve on the defensive frailty that saw them concede three goals in both of their opening fixtures to register a 1-1 draw away from home against the Kings but would be disappointed to have conceded a late equaliser.

Campbelltown’s miserable start to the season continued last weekend with a disappointing home loss to United, a result which left them at the wrong end of the league table.

While it’s hardly panic stations three weeks into a 22-round season, both sides will be acutely aware of the risk that a slow start poses to a league campaign, so Olympic and Campbelltown will be desperate to get off the mark tomorrow.

Adelaide Olympic line-up: 1. Lewis Moss (GK), 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, 12. Kosta Styladis, 14. Fausto Erba (C), 20. Clifford Maina, 22. Joshua Kavenagh, 24. Panagiotis Manidakis, 25. Will Hendon, 44. Ioannis Simosis

Coaches: Yianni Stamatelopoulos, George Konstandopoulos, Lansana Conneh

Team Staff: Konstandinos Dimas, Sumin Kim

Campbelltown City line-up: 1. Jamie Signorello, 2. Shaun Harvey (C), 4. Connor Centofanti, 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, 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