MetroStars had a tough start to life in the South Australian Amateur Soccer League as the SAASL Club Challenge Series got underway last weekend.
The first round of the season saw MetroStars make to the trip to Smith Partners Stadium to face Division 3 side Modbury Jets.
Modbury opened the scoring and charged into a 3-0 lead inside half an hour. Joseph Alvarez won a penalty on the 35th minute which he confidently converted to make it 3-1 at the half time break.
The Jets turned it up a notch in the second half and scored quickly to increase their lead. Substitute Samuel Livori linked up with brother Jackson to decrease the deficit however several defensive mistakes allowed to Modbury to capitalise with further goals. Substitute Dedan Johns scored a consolation for Metro.
Starting Lineup: 1. Bobby Bilney (GK), 2. Nick Folker, 5. Joshua Otoole, 6. Jackson Livori, 7. Ben Restell, 8. Darcy Mayer, 9. Brandon Alyward, 15. Joseph Alvarez, 16. Ben Faulkner, 23. Kieran Stepney, 26. Will Skelly
Substitutes: 22. Samuel Livori, 24. Dedan Johns, 12. Bradley Truscott, 13. Brad Smith
Goals: Joseph Alvarez, Jackson Livori, Dedan Johns
It was a similar story in the Reserves as Modbury scored 3 goals without reply in the first half.
MetroStars opened the second half much stronger before harshly conceding another two goals. Daniel Franchina finding the net for MetroStars first ever goal in SAASL competitions. Substitute Cavey added a consolation goal late on after good build up play from Sfyrios and Truscott.
Starting Lineup: 39. Adam Knobben (GK), 12. Bradley Truscott, 13. Brad Smith,17. Daniel Franchina, 18. Alex Evans, 21. Phillipe Sfyrios, 25. Anton Faranda, 27. Nathan Spence, 28. Ricardo Bagarozza, 31. Ian Johnson, 32. Daniel Didas
Substitutes: 20. Ben Hoffman, 34. Jason Cavey
Goals: Daniel Franchina, Jason Cavey,