R15 Preview: South Adelaide v Adelaide Blue Eagles
South Adelaide v Adelaide Blue Eagles
PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues South Australia
When: Saturday, June 15 2016 at 3 PM.
Where: O’Sullivan’s Beach Sports & Community Centre, Galloway Road, O’Sullivan’s Beach.
South Adelaide: 1. Addison Rodgers (GK), 2. Mitchell Sumnall, 3. Christopher Reed (C), 4. Robert Parker, 5. Adam Horner, 6. Jonathan Moore, 7. Alexander Rideout, 8. Sam Carmichael, 9. Liam Molesworth, 10. Jonathon Rideout, 11. Kurtis Rowe, 13. Daniel Varma, 15. Jamie Recchia, 16. Brayden Micallef, 21. Christopher Tortorella
Adelaide Blue Eagles: Hamish Mccabe, Liam Mccabe, Mattia Perrotti, Antoni Panagoulias, 1. Michael Catford, 2. Adam Harris, 4. Christopher Atsikbasis, 5. Chris Christofilos, 6. Nathan Niutta, 7. Jean-Claude Boyokino, 8. Damien Crettenden, 9. Fortunato Filletti, 10. Evan Kounavelis, 13. Alemayo Kebede, 14. John Solari, 15. Samuel Tesfagabr, 16. Matthew Charalambous, 17. Matthew Dawber, 19. Marco Balsamo, 20. Anthony Dimas, 22. Andrej Rastovac, 66. Pedram Sourjani
South Adelaide: L L W
Round 12: Raiders 3-1 South Adelaide, Croatian Sports Centre.
Round 13: South Adelaide 1-3 Campbelltown City, O’Sullivan’s Beach Sports & Community Centre.
Round14: Adelaide United 1-3 South Adelaide, Elite Systems Football Centre.
Adelaide Blue Eagles: W W L
Round 12: Adelaide Blue Eagles 2-1 Adelaide United, Marden Sports Complex.
Round 13: Adelaide Olympic 4-5 Adelaide Blue Eagles, Elite Systems Football Centre.
Round 14: Adelaide Blue Eagles 0-2, West Torrens-Birkalla, Marden Sports Complex.
South Adelaide will be looking for a second straight win, when they take on Adelaide Blue Eagles at O’Sullivan’s Beach Sports & Community Centre in Round 15 of the Playstation 4 National Premier Leagues South Australia this Saturday.
The Panthers won 3-1 last week against Adelaide United, after previously suffering four consecutive losses.
South Adelaide midfielder Jonathan Moore described the win as a “confidence booster for the whole team”.
“We obviously lost a few games in a row, “Moore said,” the confidence was still good and the morale was good, but we obviously needed a win to, probably, just push us back up – we obviously jumped one spot up the ladder – to push us back up, in terms of getting a bit of momentum going.”
“And hopefully, like we did last season, as soon as you get a win, it normally keeps momentum going and hopefully we get three or four to follow.
“But obviously, it was just good to get out there and get the three points, really.”
Moore is adamant that it was only a matter of time until the Panthers notched up a win.
“I think it was a case of a matter of time,” he said.
“We were obviously still all training hard and just persevering with how things were going; all had confidence in each other and the manager and everything.
“It was just a case of when we were going to win and not if we were going to win our next game, it was a case of when.”
The Panthers midfielder insists that the team should “keep doing what we’re doing”, in order to stay in the league, especially at home against Blue Eagles this weekend.
“We take each game as it comes and I think it will be another tough fixture,” Moore said.
“Normally, at home, we’re sort of strong at our won venue, but I think it doesn’t really matter whether you play home or away.
“I think you just got to get the job done and go in with the right attitude.
“You are going to make mistakes, but you’ve got learn from the crucial ones.
“And being just a bit more clinical in front of goal – I think you’ll probably need two goals, in order to kill off Blue Eagles.
“They’ve got a lot of fire power going forward.”
However last week, Blue Eagles fired blanks as the Marden-based side lost 2-0 against West Torrens-Birkalla.
Blue Eagles attacker Yvan Boyokino didn’t seem too upset about the defeat.
“We played a really well organised team,” Boyokino said.
“They came to Marden knowing what they wanted to do with the better determination.
“Of course, we did go in with some injuries, but that’s not a reason why we lost the game.
Sitting fifth with eight games remaining, Boyokino insists the Blue Eagles are confident about reaching the finals.
“For a lot games, we’ve been facing injuries, maybe some bad decisions in some games,” he said.
“But we’re still really confident about making the finals.
“Blue Eagles are top six and we’ll make the finals for sure, that’s a hundred per cent – I can guarantee that.”
The Blue Eagles face a team that sits second-to-last, but for Boyokino that means very little.
“Our expectation is to go there and face a team, who is second-to-last, but it doesn’t nothing (sic),’ he said.
“Points doesn’t (sic) mean quality of their game.
“We will be facing them at their pitch; they’ll feel more comfortable – anything (sic) is more comfortable at home.
“They are a really strong, physical team and they will always be dangerous up front.
“We’ll make sure we’ll go there with a hundred per cent focus, without looking at the table and just play our best on a difficult pitch.”
Written By Christopher Munker