Adelaide City will play away against Campbelltown City when the 2016 PS4 NPL Grand Finalists clash in one of four 2017 Westfield FFA Cup SA Quarter-Finals this weekend.
By Joe Pangallo Courtesy FFSA
The rivalry between the two giants of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League competition continues this weekend, when Campbelltown City and Adelaide City clash at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre, in their Westfield FFA Cup Quarter Final encounter.
When these two teams met in the opening round of the season at the same venue, it was the Black & Whites who reigned supreme on that occasion with a 3-1 victory. But expect a closer contest this time around with both sides in good form.
Campbelltown CIty will take the field minus their talented midfielder Adam Piscinoeri who will be watching from the grandstand as he serves out a one week suspension.
Piscioneri’s work rate, and ball distribution will leave a huge vacuum in the middle of the park for the Red Devils.
Tommy Strain is back in goal scoring form, as is Lui Ditroia. The duo will give the Black & White defenders a few anxious moments throughout the contest. Anthony Ture has also found some good form and his duel with the Adelaide City wing backs will be integral if the Red Devils are to win the encounter.
Adelaide City go into the match with a full squad to choose from, the only doubt is with Mamadi Kamara who will have a late fitness test.
Thomas Love has been good since returning from injury and should force his way into the starting eleven, alongside Nicholas Bucco and Dylan Smith. This formidable midfield trio have been damaging in the past month of football, and could hold the key to the result.
Other weapons that the Black & Whites will unleash on Campbelltown will be Joel Allwright who has seamlessly slotted back into the team after his A-League stint, and Anthony Costa who has been scintillating in front of goal.
Brilliant Adelaide City midfielder Nicholas Bucco was full of praise for his side as they continue to build momentum heading into the back half of the season.
“We have set ourselves a challenge to win all our games for the remainder of the season, and this week’s Cup round will be a big test for us against a real competitive side,” Bucco said.
‘Campbelltown are strong defensively, – they have a strong midfield unit, and up front (Tom) Strain and (Lui) Ditroia are dangerous in front of goal.”
“We go into the game knowing we have to work hard on and off the ball, and deny them any possession time. We have to play the game on our terms, and if we can do that, Anthony (Costa) who has been in great form in front of goal, will help get the job done for us.”
“With the return of Joel (Allwright) and Thomas (Love) competition for spots in the team has escalated, with everyone vying for a starting role.”
“We strive to win trophies and this (FFA Cup) is one of those on our list, and we will be out there on Saturday doing our best to progress into the next round.”
On form the Black & Whites will start slight favourites but expect a dogged Red Devil outfit to put up an old fashion scrap and make the visitors earn their victory.
When: Saturday May 13, 2:30pm
Where: Steve Woodcock Sports Centre, Stradbroke Road, Newton
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Campbelltown City SC
3. Spase Dilevski, 4. Iain Fyfe (C), 5. Marc Cavallin, 6. Dion Kirk, 7. Luigi Ditroia, 9. Thomas Strain, 10. Hirofumi Kochi, 11. Anthony Ture, 12. Jacob Williams, 16. Kristos Stefanopoulos, 17. Aidan Masone, 18. Keita Minomura, 19. Andrew Maio, 20. Nicholas Harpas (GK), 23. Jake Halliday, 99. Joseph Ruggiero
Coaches: Joseph Mullen, Antonio Scalzi, Edward Scalzi
Team Staff: Panfilo Ciccocioppo, Elio Bria
1. Ryan Veitch (GK), 4. Scott Nagel, 5. Matthew Halliday (C), 6. Jordan Pudler, 7. Joel Allwright, 8. Paul Blefari, 9. Anthony Costa, 10. Dylan Smith, 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
Campbelltown City SC: W W D
Round 8: Campbelltown City 2 WT Birkalla 0, Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Round 9: Cumberland United 0 Campbelltown City 4, A A Bailey Reserve
Round 10: : Campbelltown City 2 Adelaide Olympic 2 Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Adelaide City: W W W
Round 8: Adelaide City 2 Cumberland United 1, Adelaide City Park
Round 9: Adelaide Olympic 0 Adelaide City 4, The Parks Football Centre
Round 10: Adelaide City 2 Adelaide Comets 1, Adelaide City Park
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