Round 22 National Premier League Wrap - Croydon Kings v South Adelaide
Croydon Kings scored a comfortable 3-0 win over South Adelaide at Polonia Reserve in Round 22 of the South Australia National Premier League.
The win put Croydon back into second place, after West Adelaide were held to a 1-1 draw by Para Hills Knights.
South Adelaide dropped one spot into 11th position, six points above the relegation zone.
Croydon striker Andreas Weins opened up the scoring after just 10 minutes, before doubling his tally five minutes into the second half.
Rocco Visconte scored with 12 minutes remaining to seal the three points for Croydon.
Luke Klimek of Croydon said his team was able to control the game.
“We shut them down when they had the ball and we were able to counter when we got the ball,” Klimek said.
“All points are crucial at this time of the year and obviously the higher we finish, the more chance there is of getting that double chance.”
Klimek said his side would stick to the same game plan when they travel to Frank Mitchell Park to take on White City in Round 23.
“I think we’ve just got to continue playing our game, shutting teams down and attacking at speed as we always do on the counter,” Klimek said.
South Adelaide coach Danny Graystone said his team came up against a strong Croydon side.
“We had a game plan, but unfortunately within 10 minutes we conceded with a really poor goal,” Graystone said.
“They built from there and got stronger and stronger as the game went on and we just weren’t solid enough at the back.
“We’ve got some important games, especially the Para Hills and Western Strikers games, but I think one more win before the end of the season and we should be safe.”
Panthers host Adelaide Comets in Round 23 and Graystone felt his side was unlucky not to win their previous encounter in Round 10, which ended in a goalless draw.
“The pitch will be a little bit worse, which is not going to suit their style of football of keeping the ball on the deck,” Graystone said.
“We just need to be organised and make sure we’re not giving away any soft goals, then take our chances at the other end.”