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Adelaide University vs Adelaide Comets
Venue: West Beach Parks Football Centre
Date: 26/07/2019 06:15 PM

There are bound to be plenty of students at Adelaide University who leave their study until late in the term so perhaps it’s appropriate that their WNPL team is also getting busy towards the end of the season. For the first time this year they’ve won three in a row and the question now might be whether they just pass or achieve a credit or distinction.

Adelaide Comets will be competitive but results continue to elude them (though they did hold Uni to a draw the last time they met). In their first year in the WNPL, they’ve done a terrific job defensively – only City, West and Uni have conceded fewer goals – but they’ve achieved that with a structure that limits opportunities at the other end.

The last meeting between these teams finished 0-0 and you wouldn’t expect a high scoring encounter tonight. But with Uni trying to secure a place in the finals and Comets trying to avoid bottom spot, the result could hardly be more important.

Adelaide University line-up: 1. Evelyn Goldsmith (GK), 2. Elle Pirintzis, 3. Elysha Magor, 4. Gemma Macfarlane, 7. Mia Lundquist, 10. Georgia Iannella, 11. Laura Johns (C), 12. Georgia Box, 13. Mabel Day, 14. Pirrie Weeks, 15. Velvet Klass, 17. Manamen Sumaoro, 23. Alysia Panagakos, 30. Mawa Sumaoro, 37. Chloe Craig
Coaches: Kosta Jaric, Andrej Djakovic, Alex Macdonald, Hayley Truskewycz
Team Staff: Giorgio Profiris, Thiago Pinheiro, Alice Gorman

Adelaide Comets line-up: 1. Tessa Touchette (GK), 2. Vanja Todorovic, 3. Hannah Wall, 4. Georgia Johnson (C), 7. Elise Garlick, 9. Victoria Mansueto, 10. Charlotte Meszaros, 11. Emma Wiltshire, 12. Abbey Flight, 16. Sarah Chappel, 23. Caitlin Stalker, 24. Mariah Aplin, 31. Rosie Coleman (GK), 48. Chantelle Reed, 49. Georgie Nicola, 84. Leslie Queguiner
Coaches: Tony Mansueto, Arthur Skrembos, Jim Tsialafos, Alex Savva
Team Staff: Jeanette Chappel, James Frantzis



Metro United WFC vs Salisbury Inter
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: 26/07/2019 08:15 PM

Salisbury Inter, remarkably, are going into a match against Metro United as favourites. But while that’s a result of Metro’s wretched form – they have now lost four consecutive league or cup games without scoring in the process – Inter have also struggled in recent weeks.

Indeed, Inter’s 3-2 victory over Comets in Round 16 is their only win in their last five outings. Having looked a good bet for finals all season, a loss tonight would place huge pressure on them to keep their place in the top four.

Both league meetings between these teams this year were draws. The Salisbury side would be happier if there’s a third tonight. They may have the edge in firepower. Emily Condon and Esther Heywood-Smith have had great seasons up forward and Nicole Calder and Chantelle Ryder can pop up with goals.

Their opponents do, however, welcome Laura Stockdale back into their team tonight. The Pride of Sunderland is second to Chrissy Panagaris on Metro’s goalscoring list despite not playing since May.

Can last season’s premiers keep their season alive?

Metro United WFC line-up: 2. Ebony Kyriacou, 6. Laura Stockdale, 7. Millie Scott, 8. Chrissy Panagaris, 9. Roxann Dodd, 12. Rochelle Kuhar, 13. Vanessa Reed, 15. Mirella Scalzi, 17. Stella Rigon (C), 18. Isabella Scalzi, 21. Stefany Scriva, 23. Kristy Moore, 24. Annie Green, 29. Jessica Signoriello, 50. Georgia Henderson, 55. Olivia Bunge (GK)
Coaches: Antonio Scalzi, Brenton Ellul
Team Staff: Elizabeth Mcgrath, Terry Kyriacou, Andreas Zacharia

Salisbury Inter line-up: Rebecca White, 1. Sian Mclaren (GK), 5. Esther M Heywood-smith, 6. Chantelle Ryder (C), 8. Nicole Calder, 10. Emily Condon, 11. Nicola Frazzetto, 14. Jasmine Hurst, 15. Sarah Taylor, 17. Romy Franceschilli, 18. Shanice Pinnegar, 20. Erin Hood, 22. Olivia Comini, 25. Sinead Parobiec, 32. Hannah Toomey (GK), 43. Sofia Tipouikidis
Coaches: Tracey Jenkins, Darran King, Brad Donovan, Phil Hallard
Team Staff: Tamara Simeoni, Kim Hood, Daniela Marlitsis



West Adelaide vs Adelaide City FC
Venue: West Beach Parks Football Centre
Date: 26/07/2019 08:00 PM

It could have been all over when these teams met at Adelaide City Park seven weeks ago with the home side eight points clear. But West’s upset win that evening – and a subsequent 100% record – has kept the Premiership race alive with four rounds remaining.

And West will have to do it again to have any chance of finishing top of the ladder.

That will require another strong defensive performance from the team which has conceded fewer times than any other this season. Which isn’t surprising because even if you get past Nishitani, Psaroulis, Touchette and Hodgson, you still have to contend with the Willacy Wall – it’s currently been intact for 274 minutes of playing time. But there is an injury cloud hovering over West’s keeper. Will she don the gloves tonight?

At the other end, Christie Hillyer is in superb form. She opened the scoring the last time these teams met and her goals in recent weeks against Comets and Fulham have been matchwinners.

Adelaide City, of course, are the goalscoring queens. Chelsie Dawber, Daniela Di Bartolo, Yuka Sasaki and Tiarn Powell have a barely believable 67 between them this season. But 65 of those goals have come against other teams; in two games against West, only Powell and Dawber have found the back of the net.

It’s irresistible force versus immovable object; it’s the Real Adelaide Derby; and it’s the game of the season. Don’t miss this one.

West Adelaide line-up: 1. Sarah Willacy (GK), 2. Elena Psaroulis (C), 3. Sevanah Pantelis, 4. Abby Touchette, 5. Christie Hillyer, 8. Georgia Macri, 11. Emily Hodgson, 14. Katerina Mattheou, 15. Anna Pritchard, 18. Izabel Czechowicz, 19. Dragana Kljajic, 19. Mina Nishitani, 25. Matika Hilliard-Faulkner, 28. Siena Covino, 29. Nenita Burgess, 38. Harriet Burnett
Coaches: Adrian Santrac, Paul Giannaras, Eric Sialas
Team Staff: Julie Ocego-Kingsley, Ric Wojciechowski

Adelaide City FC line-up: 1. Kendall Jenner (GK), 2. Alicia Nickolas, 3. Matilda Mcnamara, 4. Daniela Di Bartolo, 5. Alyce Macauley, 7. Isabel Hodgson, 8. Dylan Holmes, 10. Chelsie Dawber, 12. Georgia Campagnale, 13. Alison Atkins, 15. Bianca Gray, 16. Isobel Dahlen-Flight, 17. Tiarn Powell (C), 21. Mikayla Vidmar, 33. Nanako Sasaki, 50. Lea Ann Cutshall (GK)
Coaches: Andrew Calderbank, Brian Gale
Team Staff: Seymour Di Bartolo, Rachael Jaensch