Football SA NTC vs Adelaide City
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: Friday 7 May 6:15 PM
The opening match of the round pits an in-form NTC against City in what shapes as an exciting fixture under lights at VALO Football Centre.
NTC have shown their prowess in front of goal since their heavy opening round defeat to Inter, scoring three goals in seven minutes either side of half-time against reigning champions Metro after smashing six past Comets prior to the Cup round.
The side that lost to Metro in last year’s Grand Final endured a shaky opening two weeks but returned to their clinical best as a Chelsie Dawber hat-trick inspired a 4-0 victory over Fulham.
With both sides displaying a proclivity for finding the back of the net, expect some fireworks from this contest as both sides fight for supremacy on the night.
Football SA NTC line-up: 2. Abbey Burns, 3. Michaela Belmonte, 4. Zoe Tolland (C), 5. Katie Bowler, 6. Ella Tonkin, 8. Nicola Scalzi, 9. Anastasia Willoughby, 11. Emilia Murray, 12. Libby Davy, 15. Lily Di Cola, 17. Abby Middleton, 23. Erin Kontoutsikos, 24. Victoria Costanzo, 25. Grace Wilson (GK), 34. Claire Scarpin, 36. Amelia Rechichi, 39. Ruby De Pieri
Coaches: Michele Lastella, Mark Lobianco, Michael Moularas, Anthony Breaden
Team Staff: Sharee Mcnamara, Jason Collins
Adelaide City line-up: 1. Kendall Jenner (GK), 4. Daniela Di Bartolo, 5. Alyce Macauley, 8. Alanah Ursino, 9. Caitlin White, 10. Chelsie Dawber (C), 13. Sophie Leszczynski, 14. Chrissie Zikos, 15. Bianca Gray, 16. Isobel Dahlen-Flight, 18. Alana Fitzsimmons, 19. Shae Blackwood, 20. Paula Kelly (GK), 21. Mikayla Vidmar, 23. Natalie Frantzis
Coaches: Jamie Dunning, Rachid Maliki
Team Staff: Seymour Di Bartolo, Alexander Tan, Nicholas Whiteside
Salisbury Inter vs Fulham United
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: Friday 7 May 8:15 PM
Inter’s brief 100% start to the season was brought to a halt last week, but they’ll be keen to continue their opening charge against a struggling Fulham side in the late kick-off.
Having found themselves two goals down at home against Comets last weekend, Inter star and reigning Shirley Brown Medallist Cote Rojas fired a second-half brace in her first appearance of the season to salvage a 2-2 draw.
Fulham’s fortunes weren’t quite as positive, though, as they were defeated resoundingly by City in a 4-0 loss that leaves them one of two teams still searching for a victory this season.
It may appear a mismatch on paper, but Inter will be hoping to avoid dropped points as they did last week while Fulham will be eager to register their first win of the season.
Salisbury Inter line-up: 1. Matilda Comley, 2. Khal Adam Khan, 4. Gabrielle Bentley, 5. Isabella Kouimtzis, 6. Nicole Calder, 7. Maria Jose Rojas Pino, 8. Emily Condon, 10. Chrissa Pavlomanolakos, 11. Nicola Frazzetto, 12. Chantelle Ryder (C), 14. Emily Heazlewood, 17. Dragana Kljajic, 20. Erin Hood, 23. Anna Pritchard, 24. Mina Nishitani, 76. Zafiro Papanikitas (GK)
Coaches: Simon Catanzaro, Darran King, Brad Donovan, Colin Bajkusev
Team Staff: Tamara Simeoni, Shreya Modi, Daniela Marlitsis
Fulham United line-up: 1. Natalie Hayman (GK), 2. Sarah Mills, 3. Olivia Bramley, 4. Natasha Vella (C), 5. Charlotte Waters, 6. Josephine Trimboli, 7. Mia Lundquist, 8. Siobhan Eastham, 9. Mia Mcgranaghan, 10. Elizabeth Cufari, 11. Chloe Mortimer, 12. Angela Mills, 14. Amielia Ebbs, 15. Fiona Worts, 16. Zoe J Turner-Davey, 17. Susan Roberts, 26. Francesca Queale (GK)
Coaches: Ayoub Hassine, Ali Ali, Masoud Teymouri, John RUSSELL
Team Staff: Adam Mortimer, Maggie Smith, Yacine Grar
Metro United vs West Adelaide
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: Saturday 8 May 3:00 PM
Metro were brought back down to earth last weekend, and the opening weeks of their title defence faces another significant hurdle tomorrow as they go toe-to-toe with West.
The young talent of NTC was too much for Metro to handle as they went down in a 3-1 defeat, as their opening-round win over reigning wooden spooners Comets remaining their only victory thus far.
West have started the season brightly, with a late equaliser at City preceding last weekend’s goal fest against Uni that finished 5-3, which was particularly impressive as their two goal lead had been reeled in with 20 minutes left to play.
Metro face a stern test to get their season kick-started this weekend, as the free-scoring West side they come up against tomorrow will likely present their toughest challenge yet this season.
Metro United WFC line-up: 1. Melanie Comyns (GK), 3. Emma Cotgrove, 4. Talia Bilardo, 6. Laura Stockdale, 7. Millie Scott, 8. Chrissy Panagaris, 9. Roxanne Dodd, 10. Eleanor Bills, 11. Lauren Steer, 12. Rochelle Draper, 13. Vanessa Reed (C), 14. Annie Green, 17. Victoria Mansueto, 18. Isabella Scalzi, 20. Chanel Todino, 23. Kristy Moore, 24. Gabriella Demarco, 26. Michaela Hadaj, 29. Jessica Signoriello, 99. Olivia Bunge (GK)
Coaches: Antonio Scalzi, Brenton Ellul, Emilio Librandi
Team Staff: Terry Kyriacou, Andreas Zacharia
West Adelaide line-up: Danica Fajardo, Sarah Willacy (GK), 1. Erin Murphy (GK), 2. Emily Hodgson, 3. Alison Atkins, 6. Elena Psaroulis (C), 7. Lara Kirkby, 8. Georgia Macri, 11. Laura Johns, 13. Maddie DuRieu, 19. Zoe Haralampopoulos, 24. Mawa Sumaoro, 37. Stefanie Lang
Coaches: Tracey Jenkins, Alex Macdonald, Alice Gorman, Leslie Allan Bell
Team Staff: David Lewis, Lachlan Hall
Adelaide Comets vs Adelaide University
Venue: SA Athletics Stadium
Date: Saturday 8 May 5:30 PM
Comets haven’t had much to show for their off-season recruiting spree so far, so they’ll be hoping to break their duck this weekend over Uni, who pays a visit to the SA Athletics Stadium tomorrow night.
A 2-2 draw against high flyers Inter represents a big step in the right direction for Comets, who failed to pick up a point in the opening two rounds, but will be keen to improve on rounding out games as they surrendered a two-goal lead.
Uni, on the other hand, have failed to pick up a point in the two weeks since their opening round triumph over City, most recently on the losing side of an eight-goal thriller against West.
Both sides will be keen to register a win here, with both sides looking to rise further up the table in 2021.
Adelaide Comets line-up: Emma Pinyon, Kiara O'Sullivan, Yuka Sasaki, Pirrie Weeks, Georgia Oliver, Hannah Jenkin, Clare Davey, Sian Fryer-Mclaren (GK), Valeria Guajardo (C), Elyse Moon, Chantelle Reed, Nanako Sasaki, Nicole Robertson, Kate Seaton, Christine Skrembos, Emily Gale
Coaches: Andres Obieglo, Joshua Mcloughney, Brian Gale
Team Staff: Arthur Skrembos, Katerina Gatsios, Karin Mitris, Kieran O'Sullivan
Adelaide University line-up: 1. Evelyn Goldsmith (GK), 2. Elle Pirintzis, 3. Gemma MacFarlane, 5. Sasha Coorey, 6. Alysia Panagakos, 7. Velvet Klass, 10. Georgia Iannella (C), 11. Ellie Sparrow, 12. Georgia Box, 13. Elysha Magor, 16. Milano Venter, 17. Tanaye Morris, 20. Aimee Benton (GK), 21. Sophie Burke, 22. Briarna Hamersley, 23. Hayley Needs, 77. Margarita Fitzharris
Coaches: Kosta Jaric, Danyon Loud, Ebony Charles
Team Staff: Giorgio Profiris, Mark Bosio, Alex Flood