We preview Round 14 in the National Premier Leagues - SA competition as North Eastern MetroStars host Metro United and Adelaide Comets at T.K. Shutter Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
Both sides are coming off a 1 week break due to last weekend's cup final. MetroStars are coming off a disappointing 3-3 draw with South Adelaide Panthers (match highlights here) last Saturday afternoon. We went in at half-time ahead thanks to goals from Christian Espositio and Stefan Cali. With 10 minutes to go we were behind 3-2 courtesy of a brace from David Thornthon and a brilliant strike from Joel Smith before Lachlan Barr's goal from close range rescued a point. MetroStars currently sit third on the ladder, six points behind leaders Campbelltown City.
Meanwhile Adelaide Comets are coming off a 2-1 loss at home against Adelaide Olympic and are without a win in 5 league games. Ricardo Da Silva put the visitors ahead early before captain Allan Welsh equalised to bring the teams level at half time. Ioannis Simosis won the game for the away side in the 81st minute. Coach Kon Antoniou will be asking for a response from his squad against the team that dismantled them 4-1 back in March.
Tom Strain is unlikely to feature having only lasted 40 minutes in the Reserves a fortnight ago. Cohan Morris is a possibility after overcoming a hamstring injury. Dylan Smith will return to the squad after missing the game against South Adelaide. Nahuel Bonada is a possibility to make his debut from the bench, having scored in his Reserves debut.
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, 15. Liam Wooding, 16. Alexander Jakob, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O’Donnell, 20. Cameron O'Doherty, 22. Hamish Gow, 23. Christian Esposito, 24. Nahuel Bonada 25. Jackson O’Donnell, 26. Stefan Cali
Adelaide Comets Squad: 1. Julian Torresan (GK), 2. Harry Keramidas, 4. Tom Dittmar, 5. Adam Le Cornu, 6. Jack Bladen, 9. Andreas Wiens, 11 Jayden Lobasso, 12 Tete Yengi, 13. Jon Aurtenetxe Borde, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 17 Franz Pjetri, 18. Stefan Simic, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 23. Scott Nagel
Stefan Cali scored his first senior goal for MetroStars against South Adelaide. Photo credit: Adam Butler
Form (last 5 games):
MetroStars 3-3 South Adelaide
MetroStars 1-1 Adelaide United
MetroStars 5-0 Adelaide Blue Eagles
MetroStars 4-1 Para Hills Knights
Elizabeth Downs 3-3 MetroStars (4-2 on penalties)
Adelaide Comets 1-2 Adelaide Olympic
Adelaide Blue Eagles 2-1 Adelaide Comets
Adelaide Comets 0-2 Croydon Kings
West Adelaide 1-1 Adelaide Comets
Campbelltown City 3-0 Adelaide Comets
Last 4 meetings:
16.3.19 - Adelaide Comets 1-4 MetroStars
6.7.18 - Adelaide Comets 1-1 MetroStars
31.3.18 - MetroStars 3-2 Adelaide Comets
17.7.17 - MetroStars 2-1 Adelaide Comets
10.3.17 - Adelaide Comets 1-2 MetroStars
Photo credit: Adam Butler
Come and join us Saturday evening for two massive games of football! The game will also be live streamed on the Football Federation South Australia Facebook and YouTube pages. Alternatively, you can follow live updates on our Twitter @NE_MetroStars or by using the hashtag #MetroStars.
Daniel Cook - Referee
Liam Miller - Assistant Referee 1
Riley Cowan - Assistant Referee 2
MetroStars vs. Adelaide Comets
Saturday 29th June - 5PM
Reserves 12:15PM | U18 10AM
Legends Game 2:30PM
Women's NPL - Metro United vs. Adelaide Comets - 7:15PM
T.K. Shutter Reserve, Klemzig