We preview Round 20 in the National Premier Leagues - SA competition as MetroStars host Adelaide United at T.K. Shutter Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
MetroStars come into this game following a hard fought win over reigning champions Campbelltown City
A second half goal from Tom Strain goal was the difference between the two sides in a tightly contested game at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre.
Youngsters Ariath Poi and William Mitev made their first team debuts, both coming off the bench in the second half.
Campbelltown pushed hard for an equaliser in the dying minutes but the MetroStars squad held firm and kept the Klemzig
Bottom placed Adelaide United last weekend suffered a second straight 3-0 defeat at home to Adelaide Comets. An Allan Welsh double and a Lansana Smith goal secured Barney Smith's side all 3 points.
Isaac Carmody is set to make his 100th appearance for the club.
Joshua Mori and Matthew Dawber are both out after sustaining hamstring strains. Nahuel Bonada could feature following his groin injury. Justin Davis and Cohan Morris both returned to action last week, both playing 45 minutes in the reserves.
The Young Reds are missing first team players Mohammed Toure, Pacifique Niyongabire, Lachlan Brook, Noah Smith and goalkeeper Dakota Oschensham who are all currently interstate with the A-League squad. Binyam Kebede is suspended following a straight red card against the Comets.
MetroStars Squad: 1. Isaac Carmody, 3. Cohan Morris, 4. Justin Davis, 7. Michael D'Aloisio (c), 8. Rocky Callisto, 9. Tom Strain, 10. Anthony Solagna, 11. Luis Benedetti, 12. Benjamin Head, 14. Dylan Smith, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O’Donnell, 21. Alessio Melisi, 22. Hamish Gow, 23. Christian Esposito, 26. Stefan Cali, 40. Jayden Spruyt (GK)
Injured: Joshua Mori (hamstring), Nahuel Bonada (groin)
Adelaide United Squad: 33. Cooper Nunn, 37. Jai King, 43. Dylan Bressan, 45. Michael Cittadini, 46. Binyam Kebede, 47. Adam Leombruno, 57. Terence Lynch, 59. Terence Lynch, 63. Arbi Mollas, 68. Kane Vidmar, 70. Ethan Cox (GK), 37. Keshav Shrestha, 51. Keshav Shrestha, 56. Ethan Alagich
Highlights: Campbelltown City 0-1 MetroStars Footage: Football South Australia
Form (last 5 games):
Campbelltown City 0-1 MetroStars
MetroStars 1-1 Raiders
Para Hills Knights 0-0 MetroStars
MetroStars 5-4 Adelaide Comets
MetroStars 2-0 White City
Adelaide United 0-3 Adelaide Comets
Cumberland United 4-3 Adelaide United
Adelaide Olympic 1-1 Adelaide United
Adelaide United 2-2 Modbury Jets
Croydon Kings 1-1 Adelaide United
Last 5 meetings:
8.6.19 - MetroStars 1-1 Adelaide United
14.4.19 - Adelaide United 3-2 MetroStars
18.8.18 - MetroStars 1-0 Adelaide United
3.6.18 - Adelaide United 2-1 MetroStars
3.3.18 - MetroStars 4-3 Adelaide United
Cohan Morris (pictured) and Justin Davis both made their comebacks through injury in the reserves Photo credit: Tony O'Reilly
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.
Nicholas Quirk - Referee
TBA - Assistant Referee 1
Thomas Brinkworth - Assistant Referee 2
MetroStars vs. Adelaide United
Saturday 25th July 2020
Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Kick off 3:00PM
Reserves 12:45PM | Under 18 10:30AM
MetroStars (SAASL) vs. Modbury Jets
Kick off 7:30PM | Reserves 5:30PM