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Coolen's Corner - Week 10

Adelaide United coach continues his weekly contribution for Football Federation SA


Rini Coolen watched the Devine Super League Round 17 clash between Western Strikers and Adelaide City

I was pretty excited before the game and I suspected a very good game with two of the better teams in the league playing against each other.

I think teams like that definitely in the last weeks of the season have special games where you have to win the points.

The outcome was it was a pretty easy game for Adelaide City who played in my opinion a very concentrated and very focussed game.

They did they job what they had to do, they didn’t give too many chances away because I didn't see too many chances from the opponent.

They created a lot of chances for themselves and scored four goals so I think it was a very good performance from Adelaide City who deserves at this moment to be number one of the league.

Of course Western Strikers were handicapped by not having their number one striker Calvin Mbarga who is their leading scorer – that was a big loss for them.

The circumstances at this period at the end of the season aren't fantastic but overall the result was a fair result which showed me that they play a very organised and disciplined game.

They also had to handle a few different players in different positions so they had a very good performance.

But, if you saw Western Strikers against Adelaide United on Tuesday night you would see that they are a good team that prefers to play football.

They have very good players so they didn't really have a fantastic game against Adelaide City, but they definitely proved against us on Tuesday that they have a good team, good players and they play very good football.

And, that's how I've seen them over the whole season.  It's very nice to watch them play football but unfortunately last weekend was not their best day.

I also caught up with players from Rostrevor Old Collegians Soccer Club at the Bath Hotel in Norwood.

It was nice to catch up with them at the end of the day and talk about football. They came together often to discuss the results and that day it was good to share with them because all their teams won their games.

Round 17 Results
Saturday August 6

Western Strikers 0 v Adelaide City 4 (Jono Negus 2, Ricardo Da Silva, Nicky Orr) (HT 0-2)
Best – Western Strikers: Ermias
Haile, Chahine Noujaim, Tomas Maricic; Adelaide City: Eli Vlassis, Jace Cummins, Jordan D’Arsie,


Rini Coolen also discusses Adelaide United's latest trial match against Western Strikers at Hindmarsh Stadium on Tuesday night.

We're working week to week to improve and this was the first game that most of the players played 90 minutes so it was very important for the physical part of our game.

We worked on our structure and it was good that everyone had plenty of time to play.

At the end of the game we had some players like Jon McKain and Evgeniy Levchenko get some playing time. Dario Vidosic was supposed to be playing as well but we'll give him a bit longer.

We scored five goals and some good goals actually. It was a good game for us to make another step forward in our pre-season.

It was also good to play against a team who plays good football and it's nice to have sessions like that, like in the last weeks.

It's good to have the opportunity to play against local clubs on a good surface and all the clubs try to play in this way, nice and good football that we can use to prepare ourselves for the competition.

We had one guest player, Andrej Rastovac, a left-sided central defender, who is doing well with his club White City in the Devine Premier League.

As always we try to have contact with players to introduce them with us because you never know what happens in the future during the season and he played 60 minutes with us and did well.

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