It’s all on the line as Adelaide City clash with Croydon Kings in this year’s PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia Grand Final.
Adelaide City will be looking to end a 7 year title drought on Saturday at Coopers Stadium, Damian Mori’s men making their way to the final match of the state’s leading competition after being crowned Premiers at the end of the regular season, winning 16 of their 22 home and away fixtures.
The black and whites then overcame South Australia’s Westfield FFA Cup Champions MetroStars in a two leg semi-final playoff, earning the right to compete for the club’s 18th Championship.
Croydon Kings have been the surprise packet of the 2017 PlayStation 4 National Premier League Finals Series. Finishing 4th on the ladder, Mark Brazzale’s hard working team has accounted for West Adelaide, Adelaide Comets and MetroStars, to make their first Grand Final appearance since being crowned Champions back in 2014.
After only scoring 24 goals in the regular season, Croydon now pose a real threat in front of goal, scoring 8 goals in their 3 finals series fixtures.
Expect goals to be on the menu for this battle! Adelaide City boast an abundance of attacking threat, golden boot winner Anthony Costa, the speedy Mamadi Kamara and set-piece specialist Nicholas Bucco, to name a few. City’s captain and general Matthew Halliday will lead the defensive charge, well supported by Paul Blefari and Jordan Pudler through the middle.
Croydon’s long time servant Shaun McGreevy has hit goal scoring form at the right time of the season, banging in 4 goals during their finals campaign. He will be hoping Rocky Visconte can overcome an injury cloud heading into the clash, while Captain Luke Klimek and Nathan Farrel will look to boss the midfield battle from the first whistle.
The Kings have had the wood over their rivals in 2017, overcoming them twice already this season. This will be in the mind of both sides as they take the field on Saturday, but as we know come finals time, previous encounters can mean very little.
Bring it on!
Adelaide City v Croydon Kings
Venue: Coopers Stadium
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Week 1 Semi-Final (Leg 1): MetroStars 0 – 1 Adelaide City
Week 2 Semi-Final (Leg 2): Adelaide City 2 – 1 MetroStars
Week 1 Elimination Final: Croydon Kings 2 – 1 West Adelaide
Week 2 Elimination Final: Adelaide Comets 2 – 4 Croydon Kings
Week 3 Preliminary Final: MetroStars 1 – 2 Croydon Kings
Last time they met:
Round 4: Adelaide City 0 – 3 Croydon Kings
Round 17: Croydon Kings 2 – 1 Adelaide City
Adelaide City line-up: 1. Ryan Veitch (GK), 3. Bradley Corbo, 4. Scott Nagel, 5. Matthew Halliday (C), 6. Jordan Pudler, 7. Joel Allwright, 8. Paul Blefari, 9. Anthony Costa, 11. Nicholas Bucco, 12. Carlo Armiento, 16. Thomas Love, 17. Mamadi Kamara, 18. Joseph Costa, 19. Jacob Butler-Bowdon, 20. Luke Ostbye, 23. Evan Kostopoulos
Coaches: Damian Mori, George Tsonis
Team Staff: David Cavaiuolo, Jack Evans
Croydon Kings line-up: 1. Nicholas Munro (GK), 2. John Panagaris, 3. Alhassan Toure, 4. Michael Doyle, 5. James Skeffington, 6. Nathan Farrell, 7. Shaun Mcgreevy, 8. Rocco Visconte, 9. Paul Radice, 10. Luke Klimek (C), 11. Patrick Caraccia, 13. Hosine Bility, 16. Jesse Francesca, 18. Jarrod Brazzale, 19. Anthony Francesca, 20. Adrian D’Alfonso, 21. Costa Zacharopoulos
Coaches: Mark Brazzale, Joel Porter
Team Staff: John Plunkett, Latham Byfield, Joshua Avery