R20 Preview: Campbelltown City v Adelaide Olympic

Campbelltown City v Adelaide Olympic

PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia - Round 20

When: Saturday, July 30th Kick-off 3pm
Where: Steve Woodcock Sports Centre


Campbelltown City: 2. Shaun Harvey, 4. Iain Fyfe (C), 5. James Wilson, 6. Vasilis Parhas, 7. Luigi Ditroia, 8. Kento Hara, 9. Thomas Strain, 10. Jake Monaco, 11. Anthony Ture, 12. Jacob Williams, 14. Adam Piscioneri, 16. Kristos Stefanopoulos, 18. Keita Minomura, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 23. Jake Halliday, 28. Joshua Negrean

Adelaide Olympic: Manni Katopodis, Ioannis Simosis, Tomas Maricic, Kosta Mantis, David Makridis, Christos Pounendis, Christopher Mara, Julio Abadia, Josef Shyti, Haris Vuckic, Joseph Punturieri, Oliver Totani, Sean Brennan, Michael Papacharalambous, Matthew Bouzalas, Gino De Lucia (GK)


Campbelltown City: D W W

Round 17: Campbelltown City 1 - 1 Adelaide City, Steve Woodcock Sports Centre.
Round 18: Adelaide Comets 1 - 3 Campbelltown City, SA Athletics Stadium.
Round 19: Raiders 0 - 2 Campbelltown City, Croatian Sports Centre

Adelaide Olympic: L W L

Round 17: South Adelaide 4 - 1 Adelaide Olympic, OSullivans Beach Sports & Community Centre
Round 18: Raiders 0 - 1 Adelaide Olympic, Croatian Sports Centre
Round 19: Adelaide Olympic 0 - 4 MetroStars, Elite Systems Football Centre


Campbelltown City, still with a faint hope of winning the Championship, will be hoping that all the planets align and the results fall their way this weekend when they host relegation contender Adelaide Olympic in their PlayStation 4 National Premier League round 20 match at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre.

Campbelltown will be looking for maximum points when they step out on the park as they try to chase down league leader Adelaide City, but they will confront an Olympic side prepared to put up a competitive fight as they continue their struggle to avoid the threat of demotion to the State league.

Olympic, coming off a 4-0 belting at the hands of MetroStars, will face an even tougher challenge to get a winning score on the board, coming up against a stingy impenetrable Campbelltown defence led by their captain Iain Fyfe. Campbelltown has conceded only seventeen goals for the season the least of any club..

Talented Campbelltown winger Lui Ditroia was full of praise for his goalkeeper Nicholas Harpas and the compact back four, Shaun Harvey, Jake Monaco, Jake Halliday and Fyfe. Ditroia said the defensive structure has been solid all season.

“Harps and all the defenders have had a great year having conceded only seventeen goals, that is a testament for their hard work at training.” Ditrioa said

“We focus on keeping our shape when we defend, and then hit the opposition on the break with our fast movement forward.”

“We are taking it one game at a time, and Saturday’s is an important game for us. Olympic will come out all guns blazing so we will need to be switched on from the start.”

Ditrioa is just getting back to full fitness after overcoming a strained knee ligament, and will be an integral partner up front with Thomas Strain and Anthony Ture.

Olympic will be hoping their star striker Fausto Erba can recapture some early season form and find the back of the net, and to do that he will need to receive some quality ball from his midfielders if Olympic are to cause an upset.

Olympic trio Kosta Mantis, Ioannis Simosic and David Makridis will have to play out of their skin to match the skilful Campbelltown midfield of Adam Piscioneri. Kieta Minomura and Vasilis Parhas. The Campbelltown engine room has been destructive all season if allowed to run free. The challenge facing Olympic will be to limit Campbelltown’s time on the ball and restrict their forward forays.

This contest will be another season cracker, Campbelltown will start favourites, but if Olympic bring the “Will” the result could go down to the final whistle.

Written by: Joe Pangallo


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