Round 4 Whyalla Match Preview

City's Love in action last weekend - Photo Joe Janko

Round 4 Whyalla Match Preview

Adelaide City players and staff will leave tomorrow to travel to Whyalla for the Round 4 contest against Adelaide Comets as part for the FFSA initiative to take top flight state football competition to the regional areas of SA.

Adelaide Comets v Adelaide City
PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues South Australia, Round 4

When: Saturday, March 19 2016 at 15.00.
Where: Whyalla Wanderers, Broadbent Terrace. WHYALLA

Teams:

Adelaide Comets: 18 T. Balomenos6 J. Bladen19 L. Colalancia77 E. El Wali5 K. Francis9 S. Grelli4 Z. Hristodoulopoulos25 H. Keramidas7 E. Kostopoulos16 Y. Nestoras10 C. Pepe14 S. Warner17 Z. Waters22 A. Welsh11 A. Wiens21 A. Woodlands15 O. Zafiridis23 D. Zerillo1 J. Solari

Adelaide City: 2 M. Acton 7 J. Allwright 8 P. Blefari 11 N. Bucco 9 A. Costa 12 L. Farquhar 13 D. Filosi 5 M. Halliday17 M. Kamara 19 G. Kolopelnyk 16 T. Love 10 N. Mileusnic M. Moore 18 J. Mori 6 M. Mullen14 A. Orphanou 3 A. Sunasky 4 S. Tobias 1 R. Veitch

Form:

Adelaide Comets: W W D

Round 1: MetroStars 2 – 3 Adelaide Comets, TK Shutter Reserve.
Round 2: Adelaide Comets 3 – 2 Croydon Kings, SA Athletics Stadium.
Round 3: West Adelaide 0 – 0 Adelaide Comets, Adelaide Shores Football Centre.

Adelaide City: W W D

Round 1: Adelaide City 4 – 2 Croydon Kings, Adelaide City Park.
Round 2: Adelaide City 1 – 0 West Adelaide, Adelaide City Park.
Round 3: Adelaide Olympic 3 – 3 Adelaide City, Elite Systems Football Centre.

Preview:

Adelaide Comets and Adelaide City are headed to Whyalla in Round 4 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues South Australia this Saturday.

Both teams are yet to be defeated this season with Comets (0-0 against West Adelaide) and City (3-3 against Adelaide Olympic) coming off draws in the previous round.

Comets’ Davide Zerillo did not feature in last week’s match, but claims that the team is “happy to get the draw” against the reigning champions.

“West Adelaide are obviously the benchmark for this year, by the looks again,” he said.

“What we put into place so far in preseason is starting to come together.”

Zerillo and co. are satisfied with their performances thus far, especially given their form last season.

“This year we are much happier with our consistency,” Zerillo said,” It’s been a good start to the year, getting two wins and a draw.”

“We are certainly happy with the way it’s looking so far.”

Zerillo on the restructured team:

“Our renewed team is still gelling – we got a lot of new players, new coach and a new philosophy,” he said.

“Everything is coming together slowly, so it’s going to take time, but we’re certainly heading into the right direction.”

Everyone at the Comets appears to be abuzz ahead of the clash against City in Whyalla.

“It’s exciting,” Zerillo said,” I think everyone is excited to play this weekend.”

“It’s going to be a good game. Adelaide City are always tough; they are always thereabouts every year (on top of the ladder).

“It’s going to be a challenge.”

City also came off a hard fought draw, but unlike Zerillo, Thomas Love wasn’t entirely happy with his team’s performance.

“We didn’t play our best,” Love said,” We didn’t play the best we could, so we were a little bit disappointed with the result.”

“But the good thing is we came back from 2-1 down, up to 3-2, so we got some positives to look at, but definitely not a solid performance by us at all.”

Despite the three-all draw, Love is pretty happy with the way the team has been playing so far.

“We are all extremely happy with the way we’ve been playing the past couple of weeks,” he said.

“We’ve been defending quite well, only conceding two goals before this week (against Olympic).

“Also in attack as well, we scored four goals against Croydon.

“So the team should be happy with our performances – maybe aside our game against Olympic – but there are still positives to take out of it.

Love expects a difficult competition this year with the Comets being one of the tougher oppositions.

“With a lot of the teams in the league, I think there is going to be a tough competition and I think Comets is one of them,” he said.

“We’re not underestimating anyone, but we’re just trying to get the three points out of it, which we believe we can.

“But yeah, it will be a tough game.”

Written by Christopher Munker