NPLSA Round 6 - Preview


Image: Campbelltown City SC

Campbelltown City vs MetroStars
Venue: Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Date: 5/04/2019 07:30 PM

MetroStars is looking to leapfrog Raiders and Blue Eagles to the top of the table in the opening round of the weekend as they take on NPL National Champions Campbelltown City on Friday night. 

The Klemzig based club are in decent form, going down only to a single defeat in their opening five games, while the reigning premiers have made a slow start to their own high standards.

The Red Devils are looking to build on their impressive comeback last weekend after coming back from two goals down at Adelaide City. An Alex Mullen penalty and a smart finish by Antony Piscioneri secured a valuable point late on.

MetroStars were frustrated after going a goal up at Croydon Kings after Esposito pounced in a defensive error, only to be brought back to level terms just two minutes later.

Despite playing all of its games away from home due to the upgrade of their facilities, MetroStars have made an impressive start to their 2019 campaign and will be a stern test for Joe Mullen's men. 

Campbelltown City: 1. Jamie Signorello, 2. Shaun Harvey, 4. Iain Fyfe (C), 5. Matthew Mullen, 6. Dion Kirk, 7. Joel Allwright, 8. Alexander Mullen, 9. Marc Marino, 10. Luigi Ditroia, 11. Anthony Ture, 12. Jacob Williams, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 15. Antony Piscioneri, 16. Daniel Mullen, 17. Brandon Centofanti, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 22. Yohei Matsumoto, 23. Jake Halliday
Coaches: Joseph Mullen, Philip Stubbins, Leslie Pogliacomi
Team Staff: Panfilo Ciccocioppo, David Cavaiuolo, Elio Bria

MetroStars: 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 2. Nicholas Menechella, 3. Cohan Morris, 4. Justin Davis, 6. Lachlan Barr, 7. Michael Daloisio (C), 8. Rocky Callisto, 9. Thomas Strain, 10. Anthony Solagna, 11. Matthew Charalambous, 12. Benjamin Head, 14. Dylan Smith, 16. Alexander Jakob, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O’Donnell, 20. Cameron O'Doherty, 22. Hamish Gow, 23. Christian Esposito, 25. Jackson O’Donnell, 26. Stefan Cali
Coaches: Robert Saraceno, Travis Dodd
Team Staff: Giorgio Capoccia, Leonardo Cali, Joseph Polisena, Peter Terminello, George Laoutaris




Adelaide United FC vs Croydon Kings
Venue: VALO Football Centre 
Date: 6/04/2019 03:00 PM

Words contributed by Gianluca Filosi (@GianlucaFilosi).

Adelaide United Youth is back in action against the unbeaten Croydon Kings at the VALO Football Centre on Saturday, eager to strengthen their position in the top six.

Sixth-placed United have found form with successive wins after back-to-back defeats, while fifth-ranked Croydon remains invincible. However, since opening the season with two triumphs, the Kings have drawn three straight games, all ending in 1-1 scorelines.

Nevertheless, Young Reds full-back, Aladin Irabona is anticipating a tight contest with both sides sitting on nine points.

“I think we’re expecting a very tough game,” Irabona said.

"They haven’t lost a game yet and for us mentally we know it’s going to be tough.

But I think if we just stick to our game plan we can definitely get a result.”

He said one of the keys to matching Croydon will be ensuring they are up for the physical battle.

Inform Pacifique Niyongabire will have his work cut out though trying to break down the Polonia defence, with the Kings maintaining their impressive defensive record with only conceding three goals so far this season, a league best. 

Adelaide United FC: 2. Cooper Nunn, 5. Noah Smith, 6. Ryan Yates, 8. Jai King, 9. Ninko Beric, 11. Carlo Armiento, 12. Yared Abetew, 17. Aladin Irabona, 19. Alhassan Toure, 20. Luca Meggetto, 24. Pacifique Niyongabire, 27. Louis D?Arrigo, 28. Kristin Konstandopoulos, 30. Isaac Richards (GK), 33. Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, 44. Jared Clark

Coaches: Paul Pezos, Joshua Smith, Mario Karlovic
Team Staff: William Cutts, Julian Urlings

Croydon Kings: 1. Gianni Tramontin, 2. John Panagaris, 3. James Polli, 4. Alexander Sunasky, 5. James Skeffington, 6. Kerrin Stokes, 7. Kristos Stefanopoulos, 8. Andrew Maio, 9. Nathan Munro, 10. Luke Klimek (C), 11. Antoni Trimboli, 12. Christopher Vivian, 13. Guy Miller, 14. Peter Mercurio, 15. Alex Demasi, 16. Adam Martinello, 18. Jarrod Brazzale, 19. John Papapetros, 20. Zade Heinicke, 21. John Hall (GK), 23. Patrick Caraccia
Coaches: Angelo Costanzo, Maurice Natale, Latham Byfield, Robert Matosevic
Team Staff: Mario Catalano, Joshua Avery



Para Hills Knights vs West Adelaide
Venue: The Paddocks
Date: 6/04/2019 03:00 PM

Our VALO Match of the Round this weekend features two sides still looking for their first win of the 2019 campaign as Marcelo Currusca's West Adelaide visit Para Hills Knights at the Paddocks on Saturday afternoon. 

The Knights come into this one on the back of two straight defeats to Adelaide Blue Eagles and last weekend's 3-0 drubbing of Adelaide United.

Barney Smith and his side will be desperate to take advantage of a West Adelaide side desperately low in confidence.

West Adelaide has a had a fortnight to forget, going down 7-2 at VALO Football Centre to Raiders in Round 5, followed by a shock exit out of the FFA Cup at the hands of Tea Tree Gully last Sunday.

Para Hills Knights: Darsem Shaksi, 1. Tim Ramsey (GK), 3. Peter Eleftherakis, 5. Tyson Herraman, 6. Matthew Marchioro, 7. Chester Castellaw, 9. Michael Ndjekompte, 10. Luke Colalancia, 11. Andrew Butler, 12. Paul Reilly (GK), 15. Pierce Stephens, 16. Kyle Crout, 17. Mohammad Sumaoro, 18. Pietro Piantedosi, 20. Charlie Devereux, 21. Isaac Mullen, 22. Hirofumi Kochi, 23. Tyler Bailey
Coaches: Barney Smith, Paul Crout, Matthew Bates
Team Staff: Geoff Sullivan, Jamie
Ocego-Kingsley, Dwayne Hall

West Adelaide: 1. Lewis Moss (GK), 3. Matthew Di Matteo, 5. Gatlat Tongyik, 6. Ryuta Hamamatsu, 7. Perry Mitris (C), 8. Kosta Mantis, 9. Theo Balomenos, 10. Marcelo Carrusca, 11. Ibrahima Kamara, 12. Matthew Bouraee, 13. Matthew Bouzalas, 15. Alex Hristodoulopoulos, 17. Athanasios Morakis, 19. Jaiden Diamantis, 20. Nahuel Bonada, 22. Asad Kasumovic, 23. Angelo Composto, 40. Rian Del Nido
Coaches: Steven De Giovanniello, Stavros Gelekis
Team Staff: Aaron Kaselouris, Charlie Larosa


Image: Adelaide City FC

Adelaide City vs Adelaide Olympic
Venue: Adelaide City Park
Date: 8/04/2019 07:00 PM

Adelaide City welcomes a high flying Olympic side at Oakden on Monday night which promises to be a very interesting encounter. 

City is rejuvenated after clawing back their points deduction and now find themselves on zero points. However, Michael Matricciani's side will be looking to get some wins on the board after only one win in five. In their last two outings, City has been unable to see out leads, being two goals ahead in both games against Raiders in Round 4 and last weekend's Campbelltown City clash. 

The two Costa brothers produced some magic though with two outstanding goals.

Adelaide Olympic's Matthew Halliday returns to face his boyhood club for the first time after departing the Black & Whites earlier this year. The centre back will be hoping the attention will be stolen by Olympic forward Christos Pounendis who has scored four in his last five outings for the side. 

Adelaide City: 3. Bradley Corbo, 4. Elliot Green, 5. Zakariah Waters, 6. Dominic Matricciani, 8. Joseph Costa, 9. Anthony Costa, 10. Evan Kostopoulos, 11. Nicholas Bucco, 12. Kouakou Kouadio, 17. Stefan Casalbore, 18. Paul Radice, 20. Luke Ostbye, 45. Tomas Maricic, 48. Marcos Flores
Coaches: Michael Matricciani, Oliver Totani, Geoff Hargreaves, Joe Verringer
Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio, Peter Romeo, Kevin Doan

Adelaide Olympic: 1. Daniel Vaughan (GK), 2. Jacob Butler-Bowdon, 3. Matthew Halliday, 5. David Makridis, 6. Elias Vlassis, 7. John Karatzas, 8. Manni Katopodis, 9. Christos Pounendis, 10. Ricardo Da Silva (C), 11. Alexandros Koutoulogenis, 12. Dimitri Toumazos, 14. Fausto Erba, 15. John Tsimopoulos, 16. Julio Abadia, 17. Mamadi Kamara, 18. Jack Chivers, 19. Tito Bontor, 21. Nikolas Harpas, 23. Andrea Dallera
Coaches: George Tsonis, Tony Sacca, Ali Sadick
Team Staff: Caroline Riemelmoser, Michael Malandris, Alex Abela

Image: Raiders

Raiders vs Adelaide Comets
Venue: Croatian Sports Centre
Date: 6/04/2019 07:00 PM

Newly promoted Raiders will look to continue their fabulous early season form as they welcome Comets to Croatian Sports Centre on Saturday evening. 

Raiders are on cloud nine after a huge 7-2 win over West Adelaide in Round 5, with an inform Terence Carter scoring no less than four goals in a performance of the season. Carter is in a rich vein of form with seven goals in the first five games. 

Adelaide Comets will have hoped to have turned a corner after a difficult start to their campaign. Spanish import Jon Aurtenetxe slotted home a tremendous late free kick to grab all three points against South Adelaide a fortnight ago. Since then, Comets have also formally appointed new coaches with Kon Antoniou as Senior Coach and Elias Demourtzidis as his Assistant Coach for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Kon has been involved at MetroStars for the past two seasons as an Assistant Coach under Robbie Saraceno. Elias previously took on the role as Senior Coach at West Adelaide in 2018.

Raiders: 1. Vasilios Tryfopoulos, 2. Michael Acton, 3. Kalilou Kamara, 4. Paul Blefari, 5. Adam Van Dommele, 6. Omari Didero, 7. Jackson Walls, 8. Rocco Visconte, 9. Scott Tunbridge, 10. Terence Carter, 11. David Carosi, 13. Nicholas Munro (GK), 14. Oliver Zafiridis, 16. Ambesager Yosief, 17. Justin Bralic, 18. Joshua Mori, 20. Aaron Acton, 21. Jake Monaco, 33. Thilo Wilke, 91. Yasmin Sudic, 99. Emanuel Philip
Coaches: Nikica Kuzman, Larry Piscioneri, Michael Paleka, Lindsay Paterson
Team Staff: Antonio Vella, Lindsay Paterson, Lisa Feleppa, An-Phong Nguyen, Alex Awwad

Adelaide Comets: Christopher Pepe, 1. Julian Torresan (GK), 2. Harry Keramidas, 4. Tom Dittmar, 5. Adam Le Cornu, 6. Jack Bladen, 7. Lewis Farquhar, 8. Connor Gollan, 9. Andreas Wiens, 11. Anthony Mavrolambados, 13. Jon Aurtenetxe Borde, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 16. Stephan Travaglione, 17. Franz Pjetri, 18. Stefan Simic, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 23. Scott Nagel, 40. Zak Collingwood
Coaches: Konstandinos Antoniou, Antonios Galanopoulos, Chris Simpson
Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Elsie Kenny, Bridget Siviour, Phillip Rillotta



Adelaide Blue Eagles vs South Adelaide
Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Date: 8/04/2019 07:30 PM

Table toppers Adelaide Blue Eagles entertains bottom side South Adelaide Panthers on Monday night at Marden.

Vojislav Gluscevic's side continues to impress and made a huge statement last round after ending Olympic's unbeaten run with an impressive 3-1 display at VALO Football Centre. 

Blue Eagles will be hoping Emanuele Testardi remains hungry in front of goal after bagging a double brace last round, with Triple M Player of the Year leader Hamish McCabe also in fantastic form. 

South Adelaide is yet to post any points on the board and will be desperate to get things moving before the threat of being sucked into an extremely tough road ahead for the season. The Panthers though do have Liam Wooding to help galvanize the side, with the ex MetroStars player also in early contention for the Triple M Player of the Year after showing some impressive spells of form this season so far. 

Adelaide Blue Eagles: 1. Benjamin Jackson, 6. Brylon Nthoane, 7. Shekubah Hutton-Addy, 8. Damien Crettenden, 9. Emanuele Testardi, 12. Zac Vannucci, 13. Alemayo Kebede, 14. Stefan Gluscevic, 15. Christian D'Angelo, 16. Hamish Mccabe, 17. Liam Mccabe, 18. Lucas Candeloro, 19. Christopher Annicchiarico (C), 20. Chante Mayol, 21. Ivan D'Adamo, 22. Evan Kounavelis, 23. Antoni Panagoulias, 24. Adrian Barone, 26. Richard Goss
Coaches: Vojislav Gluscevic, Danny Barone
Team Staff: Remo Gagliardi, Bhavik Dadia, Jackson Howie, Cale Amos

South Adelaide: Charlie Rhodes, Michael Goode, Callum Nissen, Thomas Parks, 01. Con Zacharopoulos (GK), 3. Masahiro Haruoka, 04. Robert Parker, 06. Liam Wooding, 07. Nicholas Harpas, 08. Sam Carmichael (C), 09. Harley Gepp, 10. Donovan Pollock, 11. Jayden Lobasso, 13. Jai Conroy, 15. Christopher Ashwood, 17. Joel Smith
Coaches: Benjamin Dale, Dave Lee, Matthew Huntley, Fraser Mc Lean
Team Staff: Kym Goode, Lucy Boseley