NPL SA Round Three Preview

Croydon FC vs Adelaide Olympic
Venue: Jack Smith Park
Date: Saturday 1 May 2:30 PM

The (slightly) early kick-off sees Croydon host Olympic tomorrow afternoon in a match-up between two sides eager to get a win on the board.

The hosts backed up their nervy 1-0 win over United thanks to a late Patrick Caraccia strike with a comfortable 4-0 FFA Cup Preliminary Round triumph over Northern Demons after making the trip up to Port Pirie.

Olympic prop up the table after the opening two rounds, losing 3-1 at home to South Adelaide a fortnight ago, but were able to edge past State League Two’s Adelaide University in the Cup thanks to Jason Konstandopoulos’ goal.

The visitors have to work hard to arrest their poor form before it threatens to overshadow their season, but they face a stern task in the form of a tough Kings outfit.

Croydon FC line-up: 1. Gianni Tramontin, 2. John Panagaris, 3. Filimon Asefa, 5. Luke Klimek (C), 6. Christopher Vivian, 7. Antoni Trimboli, 8. Adam Martinello, 9. Nathan Munro, 10. Rocco Visconte, 11. Luis Benedetti, 12. Tatenda Nyaruwe, 13. Foribert Niyonkuru, 14. Peter Mercurio, 15. Manni Katopodis, 16. Kristos Stefanopoulos, 18. Jarrod Brazzale, 19. Chikondi NYIRENDA, 20. Jared Clark, 21. John Hall (GK), 23. patrick caraccia

Coaches: Travis Dodd, Latham Byfield, Adam Vizzari

Team Staff: Mario Catalano, Joshua Avery

Adelaide Olympic line-up: 1. Lewis Moss (GK), 2. chol wel, 3. Paul Wilson, 4. Benkert Abdija, 5. Michael Cittadini, 6. Kristin Konstandopoulos, 7. Jacob Jones, 8. Jason Konstandopoulos, 9. Christos Pounendis, 10. Hirofumi Kochi, 11. Tito Bontor, 14. Fausto Erba (C), 20. Clifford Maina, 22. Joshua Kavenagh, 24. Panagiotis Manidakis, 25. Will Hendon, 44. Ioannis Simosis

Coaches: Yianni Stamatelopoulos, George Konstandopoulos, Lansana Conneh

Team Staff: Konstandinos Dimas, Sumin Kim

Cumberland United vs Adelaide Comets
Venue: A.A. Bailey Reserve
Date: Saturday 1 May 3:00 PM

Cumberland have been one of the surprise packets of the opening rounds, scoring freely and winning matches, but they’ll face their toughest test yet as Comets pay them a visit.

Winning at MetroStars has been no easy feat in recent seasons so Cumberland’s 3-2 triumph signalled their intent for this NPL, although they were unable to take their winning run into the Cup in their 2-0 defeat to Sturt.

Comets, meanwhile, have rebounded from their Round 1 draw in impressive style, first beating Raiders away from home 4-1 and then thrashing State League Two strugglers Mount Barker 9-1 in the Cup.

With both sides playing attractive, high-scoring football, this fixture is shaping as the match of the round for the neutral; expect goals in this one.

Cumberland United line-up: Antoni Panagoulias, 1. Luke Schoen (GK), 2. Jack Schoen (C), 3. Joshua Harvey, 4. Declan Gray, 5. Sam Carmichael, 6. David Signore, 8. Harry Thannhauser, 9. JUAN  GUTIERREZ, 10. Jumar Oakley, 11. Thomas Briscoe, 14. Cohan Morris, 15. Ryan Wood, 16. Brayden Micallef, 17. Tom Dittmar, 20. Stavros Bakopanos, 22. Aristomenios Haralampopoulos, 23. Matthew Charalambous

Coaches: Neil Young, Mathew Balopitos, Matthew Prodanovski, Marijan Kolar

Team Staff: Jody Loomes, Sean Bushby

Adelaide Comets line-up: 1. Julian Torresan (GK), 3. Manley Barnett, 4. Nathan Dimou, 5. Adam Le Cornu, 6. Jack Bladen, 7. John Karatzas, 8. Ryan Yates, 9. Andreas Wiens, 10. Anthony Mavrolambados, 11. Jayden LoBasso, 12. Harry Keramidas, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 16. Ninko Beric, 18. Thomas Giannakopoulos, 19. Jaiden Diamantis, 21. Nikolas Ikonomopoulos, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 23. Scott Nagel, 31. Daniel Vaughan, 77. Chris Christofilos

Coaches: Barney Smith, James Guffogg, Matthew Bates

Team Staff: Evangelo Katsambis, Emma Gericke, katerina gatsios

Adelaide Croatia Raiders vs Adelaide City
Venue: Croatian Sports Centre
Date: Saturday 1 May 3:00 PM

Raiders host City at the Croatian Sports Centre on Saturday afternoon looking for another victory after a couple of disappointing results.

Their 1-0 win at Blue Eagles was backed up by a heavy 4-1 home defeat to Comets, before surrendering a two-goal half-time lead to lose 3-2 against State League One side Adelaide Victory in the Cup.

City, like their opponents, ground out a 1-0 victory over Blue Eagles a fortnight ago and survived a major scare in the Cup last week, overturning a two-goal deficit to snatch a win over Adelaide Hills Hawks in injury time, who play their football in State League One.

The Black and Whites will be eager to maintain their 100% start to the NPL season, while Raiders will see tomorrow’s contest as a chance to further prove their credentials this year.

Adelaide Croatia Raiders line-up: Aaron Bannister, David Carosi, Nathan Hancock, 2. Jackson Walls, 5. Matthew Mullen, 6. Omari Didero, 7. Dylan Pickert, 9. Massimo Falco, 10. Dion Kirk, 12. Jacob Williams, 13. Nicholas Munro (C) (GK), 15. Lansana Smith, 17. Harley Gepp, 20. Thanasis Lesi, 21. Jaxson Bullen, 22. Kelvin Kamburu, 23. Mark Ulaj

Coaches: Terry Westwood, Steven Hughes, Michael Paleka

Team Staff: Antonio Vella, Lisa Feleppa

Adelaide City line-up: 1. Alexander Woodlands (GK), 4. Matthew Halliday (C), 6. Bradley Corbo, 7. Nicholas Harpas, 8. Joseph Costa, 10. Nicholas Bucco, 11. Charlie Devereux, 13. Lachlan Barr, 14. Aladin Irabona, 20. Kur Kur, 23. Jai King-Byrne, 28. Jonathon D'arrigo, 45. Markus Orchard, 77. Asad Kasumovic

Coaches: Paul Pezos, Stavros Gelekis, Angelo Paul, Edward Scalzi

Team Staff: Fabian Garuccio, Dennis Medic

Adelaide Blue Eagles vs Sturt Lions
Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Date: Saturday 1 May 3:00 PM

Blue Eagles have endured a tough start to 2021 and are still searching for their first win in all competitions, which stands in stark contrast to their opponents, Sturt.

Back-to-back 1-0 defeats, against Raiders and City, and a disappointing 2-1 loss to State League One club Playford City in the Cup has left Blue Eagles empty-handed thus far.

Sturt, meanwhile, were impressive in holding reigning champions Campbelltown to a draw two weeks ago, before defeating Cumberland 2-0 in the Cup to seal their progress to the Preliminary Round of 16.

Blue Eagles won’t be keen on letting their dry spell stretch for much longer, while Sturt will be looking to continue their bright start to life back in the top tier with another win.

Adelaide Blue Eagles line-up: Christian Sotira, Dillon Howie, Beau Ieraci, Jake Tatarelli, Caleb Evans, Francesco Pangallo, 1. Nikolas Harpas (GK), 4. Anik Warnakulasuriya, 7. Liam Mccabe, 8. Stefan Gluscevic, 9. Hamish Anderson, 10. Hamish Mccabe, 11. Dylan D'Agostino, 12. Taki Tsialafos, 13. Yuta Chinen, 14. Stanisa Velinov, 15. Christian D'Angelo, 18. Yohei Matsumoto, 20. Isaac Mullen, 21. Alex Tsavalas, 23. Tomas Maricic, 25. Lachlan Fusco, 25. Elias Mimidas

Coaches: VOJISLAV GLUSCEVIC, Steven Melling

Team Staff: James Keating, Josh Smith, Lewis Hutcheson

Sturt Lions line-up: Akira Kobaishi, Brandon Centofanti, Valentino Esposito, Daniel Solari, James Klappers, Oliver Sigley, Jonathan Fusco, Daniel Snobl, Samed Altundag, Toby Nelson, Tom van der Hoeven, Cooper Mullins, Luke Fusco, Anthony Taylor, Ben Woollard, Daniel Guastella, Alexander Sortini, Samuel Voigt, Cale Nagle, Jacob Atkinson, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Michael Gravas, Caden Yates

Coaches: Lino Fusco, Frank Tibaldi, Gregory Videon, Michael Harkness

Team Staff: Ivan Piovesan, Jakson Messent, Andrew Ross

South Adelaide vs MetroStars
Venue: O’Sullivans Beach Sports and Community Centre
Date: Saturday 1 May 3:00 PM

South are one of three sides left with a 100% league record after two rounds, but they face a challenge to maintain that as they face up against MetroStars tomorrow.

Their 3-1 win at Olympic a fortnight ago, in which star forward Jonathon Rideout scored his fourth goal in two matches, was followed by a 2-0 defeat to Campbelltown in the Cup last weekend.

MetroStars are still looking for their first win following a thrilling encounter with Cumberland that ended 3-2, although they were able to seal passage to the next round of the Cup with a 2-0 win over WT Birkalla.

Another exciting match is on the cards for tomorrow between these two sides, as both have a penchant for high-scoring games.

South Adelaide line-up: Declan Gray, Daniel Hosking, 1. Ryan Veitch (C) (GK), 7. Joel Smith, 9. Jack Rudge, 10. Jonathon Rideout, 11. Alexander Rideout, 13. Jai Conroy, 15. Jackson Stephens, 18. Blake Lindsay, 20. Jack Walker, 21. Jack Ellis, 24. Daniel Evans, 31. Masaya Sasaki, 39. Awal Dut

Coaches: Andrew Calderbank, Anthony Rideout, Mitchell Daly, Fraser McLean

Team Staff: Wayne Harrington, Daniel Genikas

MetroStars line-up: 1. Isaac Carmody (GK), 2. Oliver Zafiridis, 3. Luke Frangakis, 4. Justin Davis, 7. Michael Daloisio, 8. Rocky Callisto, 10. Anthony Solagna (C), 11. Ariath Piol, 12. Alessio Melisi, 14. Dylan Smith, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O’donnell, 20. Joshua Mori, 22. Hamish Gow, 23. Christian Esposito, 45. Jackson O'Donnell, 68. Kalilou Kamara

Coaches: Robert Saraceno, Nicholas Bouzalas, Adam Van Dommele, Michael Rende

Team Staff: Joseph Polisena, Patrick Pike, George Laoutaris

Campbelltown City vs Adelaide United
Venue: Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Date: Saturday 1 May 3:00 PM

The reigning champions have suffered a slow start to their title defence, but they’ll be hoping to get it back on track as they host United tomorrow.

Campbelltown weren’t able to find a winner against Sturt, consigning them to one point from a possible six to begin the year, but a 2-0 victory over South in the Cup last week saw them get off the mark in all competitions.

United, meanwhile, weren’t able to get a win under their belts in the Cup thanks to their senior side’s involvement, instead having to sit on their 1-0 defeat to Kings for the last two weeks.

The hosts will be raring to go against United and establish Steve Woodcock Sports Centre as a fortress once again, while United are searching for a result against strong opposition.

Campbelltown City line-up: 1. Jamie Signorello, 2. Shaun Harvey (C), 3. Liam Miller, 4. Connor Centofanti, 5. Julian Oscar Ionni, 7. Joel Allwright, 8. Alexander Mullen, 9. Marc Marino, 10. Luigi Ditroia, 12. Nicholas Francese, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 15. Antony Piscioneri, 16. Daniel Mullen, 18. Trey Williams, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 23. Jake Halliday

Coaches: Iain Fyfe, Leslie  Pogliacomi, Corey Artone, Ali Sadick

Team Staff: Agelo Kapnistis, Ryan Hanlon

Adelaide United FC line-up: James Delianov, Domenic Costanzo, 15. Noah Mcnamara, 17. Bernardo Oliveira, 19. Yaya Dukuly, 24. Pacifique Niyongabire, 35. Yared Abetew, 37. Jonny Yull, 41. Daniel Bressan, 42. Fergus Lynch, 43. Alexandar Popovic, 44. Arbi Mollas, 51. Binyam Kebede, 55. Ethan Alagich, 64. Adam Leombruno, 80. Steven Hall

Coaches: Airton Andrioli, Elvis Markov, Vlado Blazeka

Team Staff: Will Mockridge, Justin Graetz, Katrina Smith