WNPLSA & WSL Preview | Round Seven

Football SA NTC vs Adelaide Comets
6:15 pm | Friday 13 May | State Centre for Football
Last Meeting: (1/10/21) Round 21 | Adelaide Comets 2 vs Football SA NTC 1

Adelaide Comets
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To kick off Round Seven of the WNPLSA, Football SA NTC will host Adelaide Comets at the State Centre for Football tonight. Football SA NTC is currently without a win in their last two games and now sits in fourth, four points away from first place West Adelaide. In their last fixture, Football SA NTC experienced their first defeat of the season, as Adelaide City’s experience and quality were too much for Football SA NTC to handle on the day, resulting in a 4-2 loss. The team also made an early exit from the WNPL & WSL Cup, as they were beaten by Adelaide City 6-1 on Tuesday night. Football SA NTC will be eager to regain their winning form from the start of the season as they looked to distance themselves from their Round Seven opponents who currently sit in fifth.

Adelaide Comets is looking to continue their great run of form that has seen them remain undefeated in their last three fixtures. In Round Six, Adelaide Comets recorded an impressive 4-1 win against Adelaide University as they closed the top-four gap to only a single point. In their 4-1 win, Georgie Nicola recorded her fourth of the season and Joanna Katsabis scored her third, while Chrissy Panagaris scored twice with one of her goals earning a nomination for Goal of the Week. A win for Adelaide Comets will see them enter the top four for the first time since Round One.

Football SA NTC line-up: 1. ELYSHIA OGSTON, 2. Madeleine Wright, 3. Emilia Murray, 4. Lily Di Cola, 6. Michaela Belmonte, 7. Abby Middleton, 8. Abbey Burns (C), 10. Erin Kontoutsikos, 11. Sienna Western, 12. Brooklyn Mciver, 13. Lily Barber, 14. Victoria Costanzo, 15. Hayley Wellington, 16. Ruby De Pieri, 17. Stella Dracopoulos, 18. Nicola Scalzi, 19. Claire Scarpin, 21. Sophie Allison, 25. Grace Wilson (GK)
Coaches: Michele Lastella, Mark Lobianco, Kosta Jaric, Danyon Loud
Team Staff: Sharee Mcnamara, Jason Collins

Adelaide Comets line-up: 1. Izabel Czechowicz (GK), 2. Elena Psaroulis (C), 3. Chantelle Reed, 5. Joanna Katsabis, 8. Chrissy Panagaris, 9. Kiara Osullivan, 10. Georgie Nicola, 11. Mariah Karittevli, 14. Sofia Kouzionis, 21. Kira Glinz, 24. Ava Barton, 33. Nanako Sasaki, 35. Sevanah Pantelis, 37. Stefanie Lang, 40. Yuka Sasaki, 46. Jaala Keogh, 50. Esther M Heywood-smith
Coaches: John Panagaris, Thomas Monsigneur, Nathan Bell
Team Staff: Linda Reed, Arthur Skrembos, Kieran O'Sullivan


Modbury Vista vs WT Birkalla
8:15 pm | Friday 13 May | State Centre for Football
Last Meeting: (12/9/21) Round 15 Women’s State League | Modbury Vista 5 vs WT Birkalla 4

Modbury Vista

Last season’s two Women State League standouts face each other for the first time since being promoted. Both clubs have struggled to adapt to life in the WNPLSA this season, with both yet to win a game. Modbury Vista secured their first points of the season in Round Six as they drew with fellow strugglers Fulham United, with Elisabeth Dodds scoring their only goal to record her fifth in six games. Yet to record a win for the season, tonight’s matchup against WT Birkalla is the perfect opportunity for them to record their first three points and remove themselves from the bottom of the ladder.

WT Birkalla will be hoping to pick up their first victory in the WNPLSA after going six rounds without a win. In their last match, WT Birkalla were beaten by West Adelaide, however, produced a great defensive performance that kept the league’s best-attacking side goalless until the 58th minute, eventually losing 2-0. WT Birkalla must search for a source of goals if they are to find three points, with the team only scoring four goals in their opening six games. There is all to play for in Round Seven for both clubs.

Modbury Vista line-up: RGK. Effie Arharidis, 3. Elyse Moon, 5. Ella Smith, 6. Claudia Neubauer, 8. Alana Armstrong, 9. Pirrie Weeks, 11. Georgia Dearden, 15. Claudia Hewitt, 17. Mackenzie Wegener, 18. Alana Fitzsimmons, 19. Leah Noto, 20. Aimee Benton (GK), 22. Elisabeth Dodds, 23. Olivia Tripodi, 27. Ailin Marshall, 38. TinaTina Lauszus, 50. Georgia Henderson (C)
Coaches: Duncan Soang, Campbell Arnold
Team Staff: Kelly Tataryn, Zoe May

WT Birkalla line-up: 1. Kendall Jenner, 2. Vanja Todorovic, 4. Nicole Robertson, 5. Ellie Seaton, 7. Amelia Rechichi, 9. Katie Bray, 11. Emma Wiltshire, 15. Marie Heinrich (C), 16. Sarah Chappel, 17. Justyna Dul, 20. Libby Davy (GK), 24. Mariah Aplin, 25. Jasmine Franks, 28. Sascha Williams, 30. Izzy Barchiesi, 33. Kate Seaton


Metro United WFC vs Fulham United
1:15 pm | Saturday 14 May | TK Shutter Reserve
Last Meeting: (1/10/21) Round 21 | Fulham United 4 vs Metro United WFC 2

metro United
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Metro United WFC’s start to the 2022 season has been one of mixed emotions, with the team sitting in seventh with only two wins in their opening six games. Although losing their previous two games, Metro United WFC’s performances in the past couple of weeks have been relatively strong, with the team narrowly losing by one goal against title hunters Adelaide City and Salisbury Inter. In their previous fixture, Roxanne Dodd’s two goals almost secured a point against Salisbury Inter, however, the opposition was too strong on the day. Four points away from sixth, Metro United WFC will hope to close the gap with a win in Round Seven.

Fulham United are searching for their first win of the season after going the first six games without recording a victory. After four straight losses, Fulham United secured their second points as they drew with fellow strugglers Modbury Vista 1-1, with Angela Mills scoring only the team’s third goal of the season. Currently holding the worst attacking output in the competition, Fulham United will need to start finding the back of the net as they search to remove themselves from the bottom two. Can Fulham United FC record their first three points of the season in Round Seven?

Metro United WFC line-up: 1. Melanie Comyns (GK), 2. Ebony Kyriacou, 3. Emma Cotgrove, 6. Laura Stockdale, 8. Isabella Scalzi (C), 9. Roxanne Dodd, 10. Talia Bilardo, 11. Lauren Steer, 15. Mirella Scalzi, 16. Sarah Taylor, 17. Victoria Mansueto, 18. Amber-May Smith, 20. Michaela Hadaj, 22. Sophie McGrath, 23. Mikayla Librandi, 29. Jessica Signoriello, 36. Emily Bouchereau, 43. Romy Franceschilli
Coaches: Paul Morris, Eleanor Bills, Terry Kyriacou, Rochelle Draper
Team Staff: Andreas Zacharia

Fulham United line-up: 1. Natalie Hayman (GK), 3. Susan Roberts, 4. Natasha Vella, 6. Josephine Trimboli, 7. Hannah Doyle, 8. Kara Davies, 10. Elizabeth Cufari, 12. Mia Lundquist, 14. Sarah Mills, 15. Laura Niejalke, 16. Sarah Hunt, 17. Chloe Mortimer, 18. Gabrielle Bentley, 19. Hannah Freer, 23. Angela Mills, 24. Jessica Fulford, 27. Manamen Sumaoro
Coaches: Nando Sergi, Massimo Primaro
Team Staff: Romeo Vella, Toan Le


Adelaide City vs Salisbury Inter
2:30 pm | Saturday 14 May | Adelaide City Park
Last Meeting: (28/9/21) Round 16 | Adelaide City 0 vs Salisbury Inter 2

Salisbury Inter

Two teams that are searching for the top spot face off Saturday afternoon as Adelaide City host Salisbury Inter at Adelaide City Park.

Adelaide City is currently on a great run of form, winning five of their opening six games which now see them occupy second, missing out on first by goal difference. In their last league fixture, Adelaide City’s talent and their experience were shown as they provide top-four rival and then-undefeated Football SA NTC their first loss of the season beating them 4-2, before beating them again 6-1 on Tuesday night in the WNPL & WSL Cup. New signing Zoe Tolland recorded back-to-back league goals, while Isabel Hodgson has now scored three in her last three games. A win for Adelaide City will see them distance themselves from opponents Salisbury Inter by five points heading into Round Eight, while they could gain first if West Adelaide were to lose.

Currently on a run of three wins in a row, Salisbury Inter a desperate to overtake Adelaide City and West Adelaide and regain their place at the top of the WNPLSA. In their last fixture, Salisbury Inter recorded a 3-2 win over Metro United WFC with Maria Rojas scoring twice to secure her fifth and six goals in five games, while Emily Heazlewood secured her fifth goal of the season. Currently holding the second-best defensive record in the competition, Salisbury Inter will be eager to withhold a strong Adelaide City attack to secure their fifth win of the season.

Adelaide City line-up: 1. Claudia Jenkins (GK), 2. Zoe Tolland, 3. Matilda Mcnamara, 4. Daniela Di Bartolo (C), 5. Alyce Macauley, 7. Valeria Guajardo, 8. Alanah Ursino, 9. Caitlin White, 10. Alison Atkins, 11. Alicia Nickolas, 13. Sophie Leszczynski, 14. Chrissie Zikos, 15. Bianca Gray, 16. Isabel Hodgson, 18. Mawa Sumaoro, 19. Katie Bowler, 20. Abbey Lucas (GK), 23. Natalie Frantzis, 40. Grace Abbey (GK)
Coaches: Angelo Paul, Ayoub Hassine, Brian Gale
Team Staff: Seymour Di Bartolo, Masoud Teymouri, Tricia Yan Wen Soh

Salisbury Inter line-up: 1. Matilda Comley, 5. Isabella  Kouimtzis, 6. Nicole Calder, 7. Maria Jose Rojas Pino, 10. Khal Adam Khan, 11. Nicola Frazzetto, 12. Chantelle Ryder, 14. Emily Heazlewood, 15. Sharni Tansell, 18. Jasmine Styles, 20. Erin Hood, 23. Mina Nishitani, 24. Danielle Harmer
Coaches: Simon Catanzaro, Darran King, Brad Donovan, Arnouluck Sirisay
Team Staff: Tamara Simeoni, Aleksandra Lalusic


Adelaide University vs West Adelaide
3:00 pm | Saturday 14 May | VALO Football Centre
Last Meeting: (24/9/21) Round 20 | West Adelaide 1 vs Adelaide University 1

West Adelaide Womens SC
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After starting the season with three straight wins, Adelaide University is now without a win in their last three fixtures, with their most recent game coming in the form of a 4-1 loss to Adelaide Comets. Their drop-in form has seen them leave the top four and now currently sit in sixth. Tanaye Morris scored the team’s only goal of the game, recording her fourth of the season. A win for Adelaide University could potentially see them re-enter the top four if Adelaide Comets and Football SA NTC drop points.

West Adelaide continued their winning streak in Round Six, beating WT Birkalla 2-0 to make it five wins in their last five games. Olivia Bramely scored the opener in her first game of the season, while Racheal Quigley scored in her fifth consecutive game, taking her league tally to eight goals in five games. West Adelaide still holds the league’s best attack and defensive records, as they have recorded 30 goals and only seven conceded in six games. West Adelaide will be hoping to distance itself from second place Adelaide City who are currently equal on points.

Adelaide University line-up: 2. Elle Pirintzis, 3. Gemma MacFarlane, 4. Mabel Day, 6. Alysia Panagakos, 8. Stella Rigon, 9. Chanel Todino, 10. Georgia Iannella, 11. Ellie Sparrow, 12. Georgia Box, 13. Elysha Magor, 17. Tanaye Morris, 20. Inana Toovey (GK), 23. Hayley Needs, 34. Mia Mcgranaghan
Coaches: Tony Sacca, Robertto Karas
Team Staff: Margarita Fitzharris, Bryn Weatherill, Mat Prior

West Adelaide line-up: 2. Emily Hodgson, 3. Olivia Bramley, 4. Zoe Haralampopoulos, 9. Harriet Burnett, 10. Racheal Quigley, 11. Laura Johns, 13. Maddie DuRieu (C), 15. Meleri Mullan, 17. Georgia Bailey, 18. Abby Touchette, 19. Emily Gale, 21. Annalee Grove (GK), 23. Anna Pritchard
Coaches: Nic Whiteside, David Lewis, Leanne Davis, Nicole Tilley
Team Staff: Lachlan Hall


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Women’s State League Preview

Women's State League

We are treated to a top-two clash, as the league leaders Adelaide Jaguars take on second place Flinders United at West Beach Parks Football Centre. After starting the season with four consecutive wins, Adelaide Jaguars lost their first game in Round Five as Modbury Jets beat them 1-0, however, they bounced back in great fashion in Round Six by beating Elizabeth Grove 3-0. Flinders United’s start to the season has almost been perfect as well, winning four of their opening five matches. Starting the season with three consecutive wins, Flinders United also dropped points in Round Five after losing to South Adelaide 1-0, they backed the performance up with an incredible 11-0 win over FK Beograd in Round Six. A win for Adelaide Jaguars will see them go six points on top of the WSL table, while a win for Flinders United will secure top place.

South Adelaide faces Campbelltown City tonight at O’Sullivans Beach Sports and Community Centre. On a two-game winning streak, South Adelaide who is currently in fourth is hoping to enter the top two with a win tonight. In their previous fixtures, South Adelaide beat the then-undefeated Flinders United, then beaten Modbury Jets 2-1 in Round Six. Campbelltown City is back in action after two weeks off after receiving a bye in Round Six and FK Beograd forfeiting their Round Five clash. A win for Campbelltown City could see them distance themselves from the bottom two.

After three consecutive defeats, Elizabeth Grove will look to secure their second win of the season as they face Modbury Jets at Dauntsey Reserve. Having not won since their opening-round win over Campbelltown City, Elizabeth Grove will be eager to record another as they search to distance themselves from bottom side FK Beograd. Modbury Jets are now searching for their third win of the season after experiencing a bad run of form. Although experiencing a drop in form, Modbury Jets have remained strong in defence, holding the joint second-best defensive record in the competition with only seven goals conceded. A win for Modbury Jets will see them distance themselves from the bottom three teams.

FK Beograd look for their second win of the season however face a difficult challenge as they face Adelaide Hills on Sunday afternoon. Starting the season with five losses in their first six games, FK Beograd will be hoping for a change of fortunes soon. In their last fixture, they lost to Flinders United 11-0. Adelaide Hills have had a mixed start to the 2022 season winning three and losing two of their opening five games. They most recently beat Cove FC 2-1 and will look to build open this with a big win against FK Beograd. A win for Adelaide Hills could see them enter the top four.

Cove FC has received a bye in Round Seven.