We preview Round 4 in the National Premier Leagues - SA competition as North Eastern MetroStars host Adelaide Blue Eagles on Saturday evening.
MetroStars head into this match after a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Adelaide City. An even first half ended with a Marcos Flores header giving the visitors the lead, although the hosts can count themselves as unfortunate to not have the goal ruled offside. The introduction of Cooper O'Donnell off the bench sparked renewed energy for Metro with the youngster setting up Christian Esposito for a well deserved equaliser. Both sides had chances to win it however Isaac Carmody was required to pull off a great last ditch save in the last minute.
Meanwhile Adelaide Blue Eagles are coming off a 1-0 loss at home to Raiders on Monday night. The hosts were a awarded a penalty in the 12th minuted however Evan Kounavelis spot kick was saved by Nick Munro. English striker Alun Webb gave Raiders in the 30th minute, beating 3 defenders and rifling his shot past Richard Goss. This was enough for Raiders to earn a victory and all three points.
Tom Strain and Anthony Solagna are back in contention this week following their injuries which will be a huge boost to Rob Saraceno's side.
MetroStars Squad: 1. Isaac Carmody, 3. Cohan Morris, 5: Tim Henderson, 7. Michael D'Aloisio (c), 8. Rocky Callisto, 9. Tom Strain, 10. Anthony Solagna, 11. Luis Benedetti, 12. Benjamin Head, 14. Dylan Smith, 16. Kyle Crout, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O’Donnell, 20. Joshua Mori, 22. Hamish Gow, 23. Christian Esposito, 25. Jackson O’Donnell (GK), 26. Stefan Cali, 40. Jayden Spruyt (GK)
Injured: 4. Justin Davis,
Suspended: 24. Nahuel Bonada
Adelaide Blue Eagles Squad: 1. Richard Goss 3. Paul Espina 4. Christian Sotira 6. Brylon Nthoane 7. Shekubah Hutton-Addy 8. Damien Crettenden 9. Dante Isla Cacciavillani 11. Evan Kounavelis 13. Alemayo Kebede 14. Stefan Gluscevic 15. Christian D'Angelo 18. Yohei Matsumoto 23. Hirofumi Kochi
Highlights: Cumberland United 0-8 MetroStars Footage: Football South Australia
Form (last 5 games):
MetroStars 1-1 Adelaide City
Cumberland 0-8 MetroStars
MetroStars 0-3 Adelaide Olympic
MetroStars 3-2 Fulham United
MetroStars 5-4 Adelaide Comets
Adelaide Blue Eagles 0-1 Raiders
Adelaide Blue Eagles 1-1 Adelaide City
Campbelltown City 3-2 Adelaide Blue Eagles
Adelaide Blue Eagles 2-1 Western Strikers
Adelaide Olympic 2-0 Adelaide Blue Eagles
Last 5 meetings:
3.8.19 - Adelaide Blue Eagles 0-2 MetroStars
1.6.19 - MetroStars 5-0 Adelaide Blue Eagles
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
Tim Henderson picked up the man of the match award in the 1-1 draw against Adelaide City. Photo credit: Adam Butler
Come and join us Saturday afternoon for a massive game of football! The game will be live streamed on the Football South Australia YouTube channel.
Daniel Goodwin - Referee
Thomas Temby - Assistant Referee 1
Jack Robinson- Assistant Referee 2
MetroStars vs. Adelaide Blue Eagles
Saturday 14th March 2020 - 7:30PM KO
Reserves 5:15PM | Under 18 3:00PM
T.K. Shutter Reserve