R13 Wrap: Adelaide City v Raiders
Raiders’ mid-season blues continued as they went down 2-1 to a resurgent Adelaide City in round 13 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia.
After a fairly even first half where both sides saw plenty of the ball but failed to generate any clear-cut chances, midfield enforcer Shane Tobias got the ball rolling for the home side six minutes into the second half. City marksman Anthony Costa latched onto a poor back pass from Raiders centre back Ermias Haile, but his shot was saved by the feet of Deale Chamberlain. The rebound feel to Tobias who easily finished into an open goal.
Christos Pounendis brought the scores back level with a low-driven bullet from outside the box, but it wasn’t to be for Raiders, as Nick Bucco converted from the penalty spot after Costa appeared to have his heels clipped.
The loss makes it one point over the last six games for Raiders, but young playmaker Jordan O’Doherty said luck just hasn’t been on their side.
“The luck wasn’t on our side yesterday, and that’s been happening to us over the last few games. It’s getting quite frustrating but we’re just living with it, keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully the luck will start going our way.
“I feel like we’ve been quite unlucky over the past six games, obviously the results haven’t been going our way but we’re still playing well and we still feel like there’s a positive environment; we just need to wait for the luck to go our way before we start thinking about making any changes.
“If we start putting in those chances that we’re missing then there’s no reason we can’t start winning games.”
With the side coming up against fellow strugglers White City in round 14, O’Doherty said it’s the perfect time to start putting away those chances and turn their luck around.
“Both clubs are near the bottom of the table now and it’s a massive game for the club, so we’ll be doing everything we can to win that game and hopefully it’ll set us up for the rest of the season.”
Fellow playmaker and goal scorer for City, Nic Bucco, said confidence was high amongst the squad since hitting a purple patch following their 3-0 loss to Modbury.
“Our confidence is high, and we’re really happy with the direction we’re going. We had a bit of a slip up against Birkalla, but we feel like that’s a bump in the road.
“The last three weeks, including Saturday, we haven’t been at our best but we’ve got two wins out of three, so we’re feeling confident; we’re at the half way mark and we’re probably not where we want to be, but it is what it is and we don’t deserve to be any higher. The table doesn’t lie.”
With a repeat of the round one encounter against Blue Eagles on the cards for round 14, Bucco said it would be an indication of how far the side has come since then.
“That round one encounter, the score line definitely flattered Blue Eagles but I thought we didn’t deserve to lose like that, but they showed that they’re clinical and we have to be wary of that.
“We know how good they are, we need to make sure that we’re on our game and play our best defensively and offensively. We haven’t won there for a while so we’re looking to get the win.
Article by Brendan Simpkins