R2 Preview: West Adelaide v West Torrens Birkalla

West Adelaide v West Torrens Birkalla
South Australia PlayStation4 National Premier League Round 2 

When: Friday, February 19th. Kick-off 7pm
Where: Adelaide Shores Football Centre, West Beach Road, WEST BEACH


West Adelaide: 14 N. Andijanto, 21 D. Atkins, 11 T. Briscoe, 10 R. Da Silva, 20 T. Hatzis, 18 M. Hiern, 15 R. James, 16 J. Koutroumbis, 5 R. Lippett, 8 K. Mantis, 2 E. Metanomski, 1 L. Moss, 9 A. Rideout, 4 T. Veart, 6 E. Vlassis, 7 J. Wright 

West Torrens Birkalla: 9 A. Ciarla, 80 J. Cirillo, 14 L. D'Arrigo, 4 T. Dittmar, 11 R. Kitto, 17 J. Maricic, 2 S. Nagel, 8 T. Quaglia, 10 P. Radice, 3 K. Rowe, 12 S. Shoemark, 20 N. Temby, 23 D. Thornton, 1 J. Torresan, 16 D. Waine18 J. Watson 


West Adelaide: Round 1: Campbelltown City 0-0 West Adelaide, Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
West Torrens Birkalla: Round 1: West Torrens Birkalla 4-1 South Adelaide, Jack Smith Park 


West Adelaide will be aiming for their first win of the campaign when they host opening round victors West Torrens Birkalla in Round 2 of the South Australia PlayStation4 National Premier League at Adelaide Shores Football Centre tonight. 

West Adelaide started their 2015 campaign with a 0-0 draw away to Campbelltown City last Sunday. 

Coach Paul Pezos says it was a steady start to the new season and notes they are some areas that need improvement. 

“I thought it was a steady performance from the boys,” he said. 

“They worked well given it was the first game. We need to improve in some areas, but I was happy with the effort showed. 

“We need to put our chances away and work on our structure in the final third. 

“We did our pre-season, played some build-up games and worked well then. The guys took that and had a reasonable start last weekend.” 

The Blue and Whites, newly promoted last season, were a penalty shootout away from reaching the Grand Final, only to fall to eventual champions Croydon. 

Pezos says the goal this term is to improve on that as his side prepares to face Birkalla. 

“Improving on last year is our aim, so that is getting to the Grand Final. 

“And from a personal standpoint, my aim is to give youngsters a chance, which happened in our first game. 

“Every game will be difficult; there has been lots of player movement and good additions to squads. Birkalla started well last week and we are looking for our first win.” 

West Torrens Birkalla started the new season in emphatic fashion as they downed South Adelaide 4-1. Jordan Watson led the way last Sunday with a hat-trick. 

Coach Steve Degiovaniello was pleased with a debut win on the bench. 

“I was absolutely stoked, I thought it was a fantastic performance and a great start which gives a young group a world of confidence,” the coach stated. 

“The boys brought in their good pre-season work to Round 1 and while I am satisfied, I don’t want to get carried away. It’s only one win. 

“We did a lot right, but perhaps having more possession is something we can work on. Squad rotation as a few guys come back will also be important.” 

Birkalla endured a frustrating campaign in 2014 and eventually finished just five points clear of relegation. 

Degiovaniello believes Birkalla can target a top six spot this year, but says West Adelaide will provide a measure of where his side is at. 

“Our aim is to go as far as we can. I’m not putting expectations on the squad, but my feeling is we are capable of reaching the finals. 

“West will be a tough opponent, an excellent measuring stick for us. That’s no disrespect to South Adelaide, but West Adelaide did finish second last season. It’s a good gauge for us.” 

Tonight’s match will be viewable via live stream at www.nplsa.com.au with commentary via 1629 Adelaide. 

Article by Luca Cetta - @l_cetta


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