PlayStation 4 National Premier League Round 21 Preview – WT Birkalla vs. Adelaide United

Where: The Parks Football Centre, Cowan Street, Angle Park
When: Saturday August 5, 12pm

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Teams

West Torrens Birkalla
1. Joe Gauci, 4. Tom Dittmar (C), 5. Davide Zerillo, 6. Lawrence D’Arrigo, 7. Jake Monaco, 8. Michael Mangafakis, 9. Daniel Scorsonelli, 10. Ian Kamau, 11. Fumiya Suzuki, 12. Taro Kawamura, 13. William Plush, 14. Oliver Zafiridis, 15. Hayden Walter, 20. Julian Torresan (GK), 21. Christian Verbi, 23. Michael Camacho, 28. Adam Le Cornu, 37. Jake Forrester, 80. John-Paul Cirillo
Coaches: Steven De Giovanniello, Juan Rodriguez, Joe Verringer
Team Staff: Ivan Piovesan, Katie Plush

Adelaide United
Anastasi Savvoudis, 1. Daniel Margush (GK), 2. Liam Mccabe, 3. Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, 4. Paul Wilson, 5. Zakariah Waters, 6. Nathan Konstandopoulos, 7. Ryan Strain, 8. Charlie Devereux, 9. Kristin Konstandopoulos, 10. Aladin Irabona, 11. Pacifique Niyongabire, 14. Blake Carpenter, 16. Joshua Mori, 17. Bailey Truscott, 20. Jasper Kelley (GK)
Coaches: Hussein Skenderovic, Ivan Karlovic, Neil Tate
Team Staff: Julian Urlings, Django Gentilcore

Form

West Torrens Birkalla
Round 18: Adelaide City 1 WT Birkalla 3, Adelaide City Park
Round 19: WT Birkalla 1 Campbelltown City 1, Smith Partners Stadium
Round 20: Para Hills Knights 1 WT Birkalla 0, The Paddocks

Adelaide United Youth W L W
Round 18: Adelaide Blue Eagles 0 Adelaide United 1, Marden Sports Complex
Round 19: MetroStars 3 Adelaide United 2, TK Shutter Reserve
Round 20: Adelaide United 2 Croydon Kings 1, The Parks Football Centre

Last time they met

Round 10, 2017
Adelaide United 0
West Torrens Birkalla 6
The Parks Football Centre

Preview

Adelaide United face West Torrens Birkalla in Round 21 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League at The Parks Football Centre on Saturday.

Following the awe-inspiring win against Croydon Kings last week, it has put the Young Reds three points clear of the drop zone.

It was a performance that was held in high-regard, hailed as one of their best this season.

Goals to Pacifique Niyongabire and Apostolos Stamatelopoulos sealed the crucial three points in their 2-1 victory over the Kings.

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Onto their opponent this week, sixth-placed WT Birkalla, fell 1-0 to Para Hills Knights, courtesy of Alex Mullen.

They will want to push for the three points against Adelaide in order to maintain their top-six spot and contention for the Finals.

Adelaide United’s last meeting with WT Birkalla was back in May, where they were outrun by six goals to nil.

Head Coach, Huss Skenderovic, revealed that that team’s objective before the end of the season is to make amends on past matches and also back-up performances.

“It is about learning, and playing for 95 minutes which is what we have been doing over the past 12 weeks,” Skenderovic said.

“It is now that period where we ask if we can back-up games, like last week.

“Adelaide United Head Coach, Marco (Kurz) also said that it was the best performance he had seen thus far, from the team.

“The challenge will be whether or not we can emulate that performance, and be consistent over the next few weeks.

“It has been pleasing to see our improvement, especially in build-up play and now we will go in the direction of trying to consolidate more possession.

“And can we circulate better, by hitting teams where they don’t expect us to.”

Skenderovic mentioned that Adelaide United have earnt the respect of the rest of the competition, as they have what it takes to compete, and are not an “easy win”.

“And from a different perspective, other teams think that we play a certain style, but we hit them with something else and that is part of our development.

“Our last meeting with WT Birkalla was one of those games where we just dropped our heads once we started to concede goals and we lost the ability to compete.

“Whereas, now, we want to win the game on the weekend, as the players have the mindset to show our opposition who we are and that we can compete.

“With two games to go, we are still knocking just outside the top six, and I think a lot of teams this year now respect us and the way we have conducted ourselves.

“Teams that play us now are wary of what we can do and don’t think it is an easy three points on the day.”

Written by Cassandra Treppiedi
Article feature image: Adam Butler