R11 Preview - MetroStars vs. Para Hills Knights


We preview Round 11 in the National Premier Leagues - SA competition as North Eastern MetroStars host Para Hills Knights at T.K. Shutter Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

MetroStars are fresh off a disappointing FFA Cup penalty exit away to Elizabeth Downs (match report here). MetroStars were severely depleted missing 4 integral first team players. Matthew Dawber, Matt Charalambous gave the vistirors a two-nil lead but Downs hit back quickly before half-time. Downs fought back to go 3-2 ahead before Cooper O'Donnell, in his full debut for the club, equalised with 11 minutes remaining. Extra time could not separate the two sides so it went to penalties were Elizabeth ultimately prevailed.

Meanwhile Para Hills are coming off a decent 4-1 win at home to struggling to South Adelaide. Goals from Kochi, Sumaoro, Wilke and Marchioro give the Knights the win after they initially went behind to a Liam Wooding penalty.

Tim Henderson is now available for selection after coming on as a substitute midweek. Captain Michael D'Aloisio returns following a suspension. Tom Strain and Christian Esposito are unavailable through injury. Dylan Smith is likely to go straight back into the side after some recent health issues. Former MetroStars midfielder Darsem Shaksi will make his return to T.K Shutter Reserve.

Photo credit: Adam Butler

MetroStars Squad: 1. Isaac Carmody 2. Nicholas Menechella, 3. Cohan Morris, 4. Justin Davis, 6. Lachlan Barr, 7. Michael D'Aloisio (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

Para Hills Knights Squad: 1. T. Ramsey (GK), 2 E. Sims, 3. P. Eleftherakis, 4. K. Mcnally, 5. T. Herraman, 6. M. Marchioro, 8. D. Shaksi, 9. M. Ndjekompte, 10. L. Colalancia, 11. A. Butler, 12. P. Reilly (GK), 14. T. Wilke, 15. P. Stephens, 16. K. Crout, 17. M. Sumaoro, 18. P. Piantedosi, 210 I. Mullen, 22. H. Kochi, 23. T. Bailey, C. Devereux, J. Findlay

Come and join us Saturday afternoon for a massive game of football! Alternatively, you can follow live updates on our Twitter @NE_MetroStars or by using the hashtag #MetroStars.

Referee Appointments:

Aaron Galanti - Referee

TBD - Assistant Referee 1

Riley Cowan - Assistant Referee 2

MetroStars vs. Para Hills Knights Saturday 25th May - 3PM

Reserves 12:45PM | U18 10:30AM

T.K. Shutter Reserve, Klemzig

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