R2 Preview: Adelaide Blue Eagles v Adelaide Olympic
Adelaide Blue Eagles v Adelaide Olympic
PlayStation4 National Premier League South Australia Round 2
When: Monday, March 7th, kick-off 8:15pm
Where: Marden Sports Complex, 43 Lower Portrush Road, MARDEN
Adelaide Blue Eagles: A.Trimboli, 1. M. Catford (GK), 2. A. Harris, 4. C. Atsikbasis (C), 6. N. Niutta, 7. J. Boyokino, 8. D. Crettenden, 9. F. Filletti, 10. E. Kounavelis, 11. S. Altundag, 13. A. Kebede, 14. J. Shyti (GK), 15. S. Tesfagabr, 16. M. Charalambous, 17. M. Dawber, 19. M. Balsamo, 20. A. Dimas, 22. A. Rastovac, 23. H. Kochi, 25. P. Sourjani (GK)
Adelaide Olympic: M. Papacharalambous, G. Aslanidis, G.Delucia, F. Erba, J. Giannitto, G. Hristakopoulos, M. Katopodis, P. Katranis, A. Kristo, D. Makridis, M. Bouzalas, C. Pounendis, J. Punturieri, D. Signore, O. Totani, L. Vallelonga, T. Waterhouse, J. Wyten (C), J. O'Donnell (GK)
Adelaide Blue Eagles: L
Round 1: Adelaide United FC 2 - 0 Adelaide Blue Eagles, Elite Systems Football Centre.
Adelaide Olympic: L
Round 1: West Adelaide 4 - 1 Adelaide Olympic, Adelaide shores Football Centre.
Adelaide Blue Eagles and Adelaide Olympic will be looking for their first points of the season, when they meet in Round 2 of the PlayStation4 National Premier League South Australia at Marden Sports Complex on Monday night.
The Blues Eagles – last season’s grand finalists – surprisingly fell to newly promoted Adelaide United 2-0, whilst Olympic lost 4-1 to current title holders West Adelaide in last week’s season opener.
Blue Eagles winger, Yvan Boyokino, was remarkably upbeat when asked about last week’s loss.
“We’re feeling good,” he said,” it’s only the start of the season; we’ve got plenty of time to improve.”
“We knew Adelaide (United) would be tough; they we’re promoted first from the State League and have a lot of talent.
“We also got a couple of new players that are getting used to our (style of) game and coach; that will take time.”
Boyokino said he and his team we’re quite wasteful in front of goal too.
“We didn’t take our chances,” he said.
“Even I had a good chance to make it 1-1, but I missed.”
With both teams needing points, Boyokino expects a tough encounter.
“It will be a tough match, as we both (teams) want to win,” he said.
“We lost to Adelaide United and they sic to West Adelaide, you know, the reigning champions.
“They want to prove themselves, especially against us at Marden, because we are a big team and it will mean a lot to them.”
On the other hand, Olympic’s Fausto Erba was slightly upset, after his team’s heavy defeat to West Adelaide.
“We feel bad because to lose 4-1 is never good, but we played some good soccer and this gives us morale to (sic) the future,” he said.
Erba believes that inexperience got the better of the team last week against West Adelaide.
“We paid for our mistakes for (sic) inexperience and we have to work to reduce that (sic) mistakes; be switched on 90 minutes and to do this we need work like a team, but we are in the right way,” he said.
Like Boyokino, Erba expects a difficult match.
“It will be another tough game, but we will play to win because we have the quality to do that (sic),” he said.
“We will put in the same determination like last game and we will try to use our quality to put them in difficulty.”
Written by Christopher Munker