Brendan Simpkins previews the battle between red-hot West Adelaide and reigning Champions Campbelltown City.
West Adelaide vs. Campbelltown City PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia – Round 2
When: Sunday 26th February, 3pm
Where: Adelaide Shores Football Centre, West Beach Road, West Beach.
1. Lewis Moss (GK), 2. Ioannis Simosis, 3. Panagiotis Papaefthymiou, 4. Pavlos Vangelis, 5. Robin Lippett, 6. Elias Vlassis (C), 9. Alexander Rideout, 10. Ricardo Da Silva, 11. Thomas Briscoe, 12. Osman Fofana, 13. Michael Alexandrou, 14. Athanasios Morakis, 16. Alexandros Koutoulogenis, 17. Jonathon Rideout, 19. John Karatzas, 20. Tony Hatzis, 23. Perry Mitris, 40. Dimitrios Simosis
2. Shaun Harvey, 4. Iain Fyfe (C), 5. Marc Cavallin, 6. Dion Kirk, 7. Luigi Ditroia, 9. Thomas Strain, 10. Hirofumi Kochi, 11. Anthony Ture, 12. Jacob Williams, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 16. Kristos Stefanopoulos, 17. Aidan Masone, 18. Keita Minomura, 19. Thomas Veart, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 23. Jake Halliday, 99. Joseph Ruggiero
Round 1: Croydon Kings 0 West Adelaide 5, Polonia Reserve
Round 1: Campbelltown City 1 Adelaide City 3, Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Round 1 Highlights brought to you by RAA HERE.
Defending Champions Campbelltown City travel to the Adelaide Shores Football Centre on Sunday afternoon to take on West Adelaide looking for their first win of the 2017 PlayStation 4 National Premier League season.
Both sides were at the opposite ends of the spectrum at the conclusion of Round 1.
West were the team of the round after a dominant display against Croydon, recording a 5-0 win courtesy of a clinical performance from Tom Briscoe.
Perry Mitris, winger for the Blue and Whites, said he was surprised at the convincing scoreline but was ecstatic with the way the team played.
“It was a great performance by the group,” Mitris said.
“Croydon are a very good side with lots of quality players so I don’t think that any team that travels to Croydon expects to come away with a result like that.
“It was surprising, but I thought that we were rewarded for our hard work.”
On the other hand, Campbelltown slipped to a 3-1 loss to Adelaide City in the Grand Final rematch which kicked off the season.
Campbelltown winger Lui Ditroia said the defending Champs would look to make amends this weekend.
“It is always disappointing to lose the opener,” he said.
“Especially on the occasion being the Grand Final replay under lights and against City.
“We don’t want to be zero from two because we fall a little behind the pack.
“We are the Champions and want to keep it that way so we want to get wins on the board as soon as possible.”
Things were made worse for the Red Devils as high profile signing Spase Dilevski was sent off on his debut.
Though a big loss, Ditroia believes there is enough quality throughout the club to cover for Dilevski’s absence.
“Any suspension is a loss in this league,” he said.
“Spase brings a tonne of experience to our squad and brings composure on the park, unfortunately he is unavailable but we have every belief in every player in our squad.
“Whoever Joe selects to fill in any gaps we are positive they can come in and do their role to the best of their abilities and as a club we cannot ask for more than that.”
Mitris said he expected Campbelltown to come out with a point to prove on Sunday after their loss in Round 1.
“Campbelltown will be out to make amends for their loss last week so we will need to be ready for what will be a tough game.
“In saying that, we will certainly not be resting on our laurels.”
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Having missed out on playing finals football last season, and subsequently unable to defend their Championship, Mitris said that taking two wins on the trot against two quality opponents would lay the foundations for a strong charge in 2017.
“You always want to get off to winning ways in the first game of the year,” he said.
“(Round 1) has obviously given us confidence going into this week because we know that if we focus and take our chances, we can score lots of goals.
“In my view, it is so important to start the season in a positive fashion and if we can grab 6 points in the first two games then that will indeed steer us in the right direction for the season.”
Ditroia said Campbelltown City did not fear West Adelaide at all, despite the 5-0 win the week prior.
“We respect Westies, they are a great footballing team with many great players but we don’t fear anyone,” he said.
“We try to worry more about ourselves more than the opposition and focus on our strengths and bring that into each week, try to adapt as we can depending on the opposition
“They will be up for it I’m sure and looking to make it two from two.”