R2 Preview: Adelaide United v West Torrens Birkalla

Adelaide United vs West Torrens Birkalla
PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia Round 2

When: Sunday, 6th March, 2016. Kick-off 7:30 pm
Where: Elite Systems Football Centre, 46 Cowan Street, Angle Park.


Adelaide United FC: 1. D. Margush (GK), 2. Z. Gomez, 3. R. Tongyik, 4. J. Pudler, 5. T. Stokes, 6. J. Elliott, 8. J. O'Doherty, 9. N. Polli, 10. D. Smith, 12. M. Ochieng, 14. B. Carpenter, 15. B. Warland, 17. C. Maina, 18. J. Koutroumbis, 19. A. Maiolo, 20. I. Richards (GK), 21. P. Wilson, 22. R. McGree, 30. J. Hall (GK)

WT Birkalla: 1. J. Torresan (C)(GK), 2. M. Mangafakis, 3. K. Rowe, 4. T. Dittmar, 5. S. Nagel, 6. L. D'Arrigo, 7. F. Suzuki, 8. C. Skull, 9. A. Ciarla, 10. P. Radice, 12. T. Kawamura, 14. H. Vuckic, 18. J. Watson, 20. N. Temby, 23. D. Thornton, 24. I. Kamau, 28. A. Le Cornu, 80. J. Cirillo


Adelaide United: W

Round 1: Adelaide United 2-0 Adelaide Blue Eagles, Elite Systems Football Centre

WT Birkalla: L

Round 1: WT Birkalla 0-2 Campbelltown City, Jack Smith Park


Football is back, and on Sunday in the PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia, West Torrens Birkalla will tackle newly promoted Adelaide United.

Last week, the newly crowned giant killers knocked off the grand finalists of 2015 - Adelaide Blue Eagles - with an exhilarating 2-0 victory.

West Torrens Birkalla were hard out of luck last week, controlling patches of their game, yet suffering a 0-2 home defeat, to a side full of effervescent attacking flair - Campbelltown City.

"We created lots of chances and had periods in the game where we dominated, but there were periods where we lost concentration and in the end, it cost us," Scott Nagel of Birkalla said.

Nagel says the club were disappointed with the loss, but thinks that it was the kind of result the team needed to kickstart their season.

"The squad is really positive [this week], and we have had a great week of training, we will definitely turn it around and in a way, we are looking better than we have all preseason."

Despite his optimism and self-assurance for rectification, Nagel knows just how priceless three early points could be, after narrowly missing out on top-spot last year.

"Not starting off with three points is frustrating, and although it's the start of the season, and there are plenty of games to be played and won, we have to remember that we lost the title [last year] by three points."

With no quarter asked and none expected to be given, the stakes are high for Birkalla, and the squad know that they won't be gifted any favors against the young United boys this week.

"After playing United in preseason, we know that they're not just a team that's been promoted, they can play some great football.

"I expect they'll play a lot of possession based football, and the key to beating that is to remain patient and stay disciplined.

"If we do, I know we will come away with the win." Nagel says.

Prepared for this week’s battle, Nagel is sure the game will set the standard for the rest of Birkalla's season, for better or worse.

"Although we started with a loss, we are a great squad and we will bounce back, I'm confident in that."

United's Mark Ochieng is expecting a game that will be hard fought, and he knows they [United] can't afford to underestimate their opponents'.

"They have a strong team this year, and we can't afford to take this game lightly.

"We're a young team, and expect teams to battle against us," he says.

Newly promoted yet highly hopeful, Ochieng, 19, says the league is competitive, but they are setting their goals for top-spot this year.

"In every league, you want to win and you hope to win.

"Beating Blue Eagles was an amazing start, and we're hoping to finish as high as we can.

"We're aiming for the playoffs and then finals, but if we can keep our form running, then we can win this league," he said. 

 Off the run of their first victory, Ochieng says the league boasts some impressive footballing talent, and he's honored to be surrounded by quality.

"There's such a great mix of players in this league, there are ex A-league players, international players, and great local players all around.

"It makes the league that much more competitive, and it's exciting to be apart of it [the league]."

The game is sure to showcase bright and attacking football, with two of this season's best teams locking horns, in what could be a season defining fixture for both sides.

Written by Christian Fleetwood




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