R7 Preview: Adelaide City v Port Adelaide Pirates

Adelaide City v Port Adelaide Pirates
PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia Round 7

When: Friday, March 20th. Kick-Off 8:15pm
Where: Adelaide City Park, Cnr Fosters Road & Hilltop Drive, OAKDEN


Adelaide City: L W L

Round 4: West Adelaide 3 Adelaide City 2, Adelaide Shores Football Centre
Round 5: Adelaide City 4 Para Hills Knights 1, Adelaide City Park
Round 6: MetroStars 4 Adelaide City 3, Casadio Park – Mount Gambier

Port Adelaide Pirates: L W L

Round 4: Pirates 2 Campbelltown City 5, Pirate Park
Round 5:West Torrens Birkalla 1 Pirates 2, Jack Smith Park
Round 6: Pirates 1 Raiders 6, Pirate Park


The forecast says it should be raining goals when Adelaide City host Port Adelaide Pirates in round 7 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia. Adelaide City are hitting the back of the net multiple times each road and Pirates are embracing their promotion by going on the hunt for goals.

Unfortunately for Pirates, they were on the wrong end of a goal barrage last week, losing 6-1 to Raiders. Pirates Captain Kieran McFadgen spoke during the week about how his side took the heavy defeat.

“We discussed it at training on Monday and ironed a few issues out hopefully and put a line through it because you can’t dwell on it too much and we have got a lot to look forward to Friday night against Adelaide City.”

With their crosshairs firmly on Adelaide City, McFadgen said his side needs to fix some crucial parts of their game.

“It was simple basic defending we need to brush up on really because we are quite a ball playing attacking team so we need to make sure we are tight at the back and don’t concede.”

He’s also well aware of the challenge that his side faces.

“We know their pedigree and obviously with their Cup run last year but we’d like nothing better than to get up there and get the points but we can’t take anything likely.”

Their opponents, Adelaide City, have had their own problems too and Joseph Costa spoke during the week about the challenge they represent.

“I think with the game on the weekend and a lot of games we’ve played in the season, we’ve been scoring a lot of goals, I think we’re the second highest goal scorers as a team in the league but we just seem to be conceding some uncharacteristic like errors which is costing us some goals.”

However, Costa remains confident about his side getting back to their best.

“I don’t think there’s much to worry about with the team because there’s only a couple of defensive errors that when we fix up, we keep scoring three or four goals a game, it’s going to be hard to lose.”

Another part that can help is their impressive front third which has been in scintillating form. Costa said he could talk at length about the many individual performers but had to give credit to one in particular.

“Bucco’s (Nicholas Bucco) had a pretty good start to the season, scored 6 goals in a couple of games and he carried the team early on when we were finding it hard to score.”

Article by Matthew Carcich - @MattCarcich


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