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R12 Preview - MetroStars vs. Adelaide Blue Eagles

We preview Round 12 in the National Premier Leagues - SA competition as North Eastern MetroStars host Adelaide Blue Eagles at T.K. Shutter Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

MetroStars are coming off a come from behind 4-1 win over Para Hill Knights (match highlights here). A response was required following our FFA Cup disappointing exit at the hands of Elizabeth Downs. Second half goals from Dylan Smith, Anthony Solagna, Matt Charalambous and a brilliant Hamish Gow free kick gave us all 3 points in what was a difficult week for the club.

Meanwhile Adelaide Blue Eagles are coming off a 2-0 loss at home to Campbelltown City which saw them relinquish top spot in NPLSA. Daniel Mullen and Yohei Matsumoto brought a halt to Blue Eagles recent good form.

Antony Solagna is set to play in his 250th competitive game. Tim Henderson will be pushing for a starting berth after appearing as a substitute twice. Fabian Barbiero will return to the squad. Tom Strain, Cohan Morris and Christian Esposito are unavailable through injury. Matthew Dawber and Matt Charalambous will face their old club, both having moved across from OG Road to join MetroStars.

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

Adelaide Blue Eagles Squad: 1. Benjamin Jackson, 5. Chris Annicchiarico, 6. Brylon Nthoane, 7. Shekubah Hutton-Addy, 8. Damien Crettenden, 9. Emanuele Testardi, 10. Alemayo Kebede, 11. Evan Kounavelis, 12. Zac Vannucci, 14. Stefan Gluscevic, 15. Christian D'Angelo, 16. Hamish Mccabe, 17 Liam Mccabe, 18. Lucas Candeloro, 20. Chante Mayol, 21. Ivan D'Adamo, 23. Antoni Panagoulias, 24. Adrian Barone, 26. Richard Goss, Raffaele De Lucia

Photo credit: Adam Butler

Form (last 5 games):

MetroStars 4-1 Para Hills Knights

Elizabeth Downs 3-3 MetroStars (4-2 on penalties)

Adelaide City 1-0 MetroStars

Para Hills Knights 1-2 MetroStars

MetroStars 4-1 West Adelaide

Adelaide Blue Eagles 0-2 Campbelltown City

Adelaide United 0-1 Adelaide Blue Eagles

Adelaide Blue Eagles 1-0 Raiders

Raiders 2-1 Adelaide Blue Eagles

Adelaide Blue Eagles 2-1 Croydon Kings

Last 4 meetings:

29.7.17 - Adelaide Blue Eagles 1-1 MetroStars

30.4.17 - MetroStars 4-2 Adelaide Blue Eagles

2.7.16 - Adelaide Blue Eagles 1-2 MetroStars

26.3.16 - MetroStars 1-5 Adelaide Blue Eagles

Photo credit: Adam Butler

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:

Gary Mooney - Referee

Dion Turner- Assistant Referee 1

Thomas Temby - Assistant Referee 2

MetroStars vs. Adelaide Blue Eagles Saturday 1st June - 3PM

Reserves 12:45PM | U18 10:30AM

T.K. Shutter Reserve, Klemzig

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