R11 Wrap: West Adelaide v Croydon Kings
West Adelaide got a much needed win on Saturday as they downed Croydon Kings 3-2 in Round 11 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia.
At the start of the round, both sides sat on 11 points which left them one point outside of the bottom two. At the conclusion, West Adelaide are now only a point outside of the top six.
A double from Perry Mitris and a third from Hikaru Tanaka helped West on their way to three points, but goals from Rocky Visconte and James Skeffington made it tough.
West Adelaide’s Robby Lippett said Saturday’s win was a good foundation for the team to build upon heading into the second half of the season.
“The win was huge for us, not just individually but as a playing group; it was definitely a confidence booster.
“The first half of the season didn’t go the way we wanted but that’s football.
“It’s definitely a good platform to build on we know how important every game is from now on.”
Lippett said his side will treat the game versus Olympic this week the same as they did on Saturday.
“We’ll take the same approach into this week’s game, Olympic have really stepped up lately and they’re a team that can pinch points.
“We’re both hungry for points and it’ll no doubt be an entertaining game and obviously a derby which means a lot to both clubs and the Greek community.”
Croydon captain Luke Klimek said it was a positive showing despite the loss, and gave them something to take with them into their clash against league leaders Adelaide City.
“It was disappointing to go 2-0 down so early on and obviously we had to chase the from then onwards, the boys did well to get it back to 3-2 but unfortunately we couldn’t put away our chances and we simply weren’t good enough on the day.
“Without a doubt we have shown throughout the season that we can dominate for periods of the game, the goal now is to see if we can do that for the full 90.
“We need to be at our best for 90 minutes if we are to get a result against Adelaide City, they are a very strong side sitting at the top of the table.
“We can’t afford to make the same mistakes as we did against West Adelaide, otherwise we will get punished like we did on Saturday.”
West Adelaide started off the brighter of the two sides with plenty of chances and plenty of possession early on.
Tom Briscoe troubled the Croydon keeper Nick Munro with a curling free kick that could only be palmed away for a corner. Perry Mitris would open the scoring from the corner, as Mitch Nicholson headed towards goal into the path of the waiting Mitris who easily tucked it away.
Six minutes later Mitris would have his second as he turned his defender inside out before finishing past Munro.
Croydon started to work their way back into the contest after this, culminating in a free kick in dangerous territory.
Up stepped Rocky Visconte who dipped the ball up and over the wall to give the Kings a glimmer of hope heading into the second half.
Tanaka made his presence felt at the start of the second half with a couple of decent runs down the right hand side, looking a likely avenue for a third.
That proved to be true as Ricardo Da Silva split the defence and played into Tanaka with an easy finish.
Croydon, sensing the game was slipping away, racked up the pressure in an attempt to rescue a precious point for themselves.
Visconte and Elvis Kamsoba stepped up and looked dangerous going forward, creating plenty.
James Skeffington brought the Kings back within one on 65 minutes with a side footed volley from a Visconte corner.
Croydon threw everything at West Adelaide from there, with substitute Aladin Irabona looking dangerous as he continuously got in behind the defence.
Irabona had a golden chance to even things up in the final minutes but spurned the chance.
Written by Brendan Simpkins - @RealSimpkins