R15 Wrap: Croydon Kings v Port Adelaide Pirates
Croydon netted a goal in each half to secure a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Port Adelaide Pirates in Round 15 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia at Polonia Reserve on Saturday.
Lewis May scored the opening goal just shy of the half-hour, while Andreas Wiens settled the contest 13 minutes from time, edging the Kings closer to the top six.
Croydon attacker Rocky Visconte said after requiring penalties to down White City in Westfield FFA Cup Qualifying, the team is happy to have come through a tough week.
“In the first half Port started better. Yet our defensive shape was good and they found it hard to break us down. We got better as the game went on and had some good chances,” he noted.
“We are very happy. We certainly tested our fitness levels this week.
“A big positive was that the boys who came in have shown they can play at this level and can make a difference.”
Port Adelaide coach Derek Hall lamented defensive errors.
“It was a game we dominated. We could have scored a few early on but didn’t. We did well, but defended poorly for two goals. We need to cut out those mistakes,” Hall said.
“We didn’t take our chances, while Croydon did and punished us. We played well, but need to keep it out at the other end.
“We went to Croydon, held the ball and had chances. But we can’t defend like we did.”
Croydon captain Luke Klimek fired the first shot after a tentative opening from both sides in difficult conditions. Issac Carmody was equal to his long-range effort.
Kings goalkeeper Nick Munro had to be alert to stop Hikaru Tanaka in the 19th minute, with the Japanese player through on goal.
From the resulting corner Josh Giles’ bullet header was denied by Munro.
Visconte centred the ball for May, who tucked the ball home at the second attempt to open the scoring in the 27th minute.
Port nearly equalised on the counter-attack as Lewis Farquhar burst clear on goal only for Munro to keep the lead intact.
Visconte crossed from the left for Wiens after the interval, but the striker’s near post flick ended the wrong side of the post.
The same combination sealed the game for the Kings in the 77th minute. Visconte’s precise cross was met by the head of Wiens, the ball cannoning in off the underside of the bar.
Article by Luca Cetta - @l_cetta