R5 Preview - Adelaide Comets vs. MetroStars
We preview Round 5 in the National Premier Leagues - SA competition as MetroStars travel to the SA Athletics Stadium to face Adelaide Comets this Saturday afternoon.
MetroStars come into this game following an emphatic 4-0 win over Modbury Jets last Friday night.
It didn’t take long for MetroStars to stamp their authority on the game, with Timothy Henderson nodding home a looping corner from former Red Fabian Barbiero to take the lead in the sixth minute.
Nahuel Bonada doubled his side’s advantage on 45 minutes after a neat one-two with Hamish Gow, beating the keeper one on one by calmly sliding the ball into the bottom corner.
It was another fast start to the second half as Bonada doubled up in the 50th minute, latching onto a low Christian Esposito cross and firing in off the far post.
The striker saved his best for last, however, as he controlled a Dylan Smith clearance with his head before lobbing the keeper from range to complete his hat-trick and seal a four-star performance for MetroStars.
1st placed Adelaide Comets are coming off a 2-1 win over Croydon Kings. An Allan Welsh double saw the Mile End based club climb to the top of the league table after overcoming a resilient Croydon Kings side.
Defender Tim Henderson is set to make his 100th appearance for the club, having played 190 matches in total. Hamish Gow is set to make his 50th appeance for the club.
Striker Tom Strain will face a late fitness test ahead of the game. Defender Justin Davis is available for selection after overcoming his ACL injury.
MetroStars Squad: 1. Isaac Carmody, 3. Cohan Morris, 4. Justin Davis, 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, 17. Matthew Dawber, 18. Fabian Barbiero, 19. Cooper O’Donnell, 21. Alessio Melisi, 22. Hamish Gow, 24. Nahuel Bonada, 45. Jayden Spruyt (GK)
Injured: Stefan Cali (ACL:), Tom Strain (hamstring)
Adelaide Comets Squad: 1. Julian Torresan (GK), 3. Manley Barnett, 4. Tom Dittmar, 5. Adam Le Cornu, 6. Jack Bladen, 7. Tete Yengi, 8. Ryan Yates, 9. Andreas Wiens, 10. Anthony Mavrolambados, 11. Jayden LoBasso, 12. Stelios Zacharakis, 14. Nathan Andijanto, 16. Ninko Beric, 17. Lansana Smith, 18. Nathan Dimou, 21. Nikolas Ikonomopoulos, 22. Allan Welsh (C), 31. Daniel Vaughan, 77. Chris Christofilos
Highlights: MetroStars 4-0 Modbury Jets Footage: Football South Australia
Form (last 5 games):
MetroStars 4-0 Modbury Jets
Croydon Kings 2-1 MetroStars
MetroStars 2-2 Adelaide United
Campbelltown City 0-1 MetroStars
MetroStars 1-1 Raiders
Adelaide Comets 2-1 Croydon Kings
Raiders 1-2 Adelaide Comets
Para Hills Knights 1-3 Adelaide Comets
Adelaide United 0-3 Adelaide Comets
Adelaide Comets 0-1 Campbelltown City
Last 5 meetings:
3.7.20 - MetroStars 5-4 Adelaide Comets
8.2.20 - MetroStars 5-4 Adelaide Comets
7.9.19 - Adelaide Comets 4-0 MetroStars
29.6.19 - MetroStars 1-1 Adelaide Comets
16.3.19 - Adelaide Comets 1-4 MetroStars
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.
Christian Verdicchio - Referee
Nick Elagin - Assistant Referee 1
Liam Miller - Assistant Referee 2
Daniel Elder - 4th Official
Adelaide Comets vs. MetroStars Saturday 22nd August 2020
SA Athletics Stadium
Kick off 3:00PM