Adelaide City went down to Croydon Kings 0-4 in Round 1 of the National Premier League.
It was a disappointing result and start to the season for City as they could not find their spark and Croydon took their chances to run out winners.
It was a cagey opening for both sides as the score-line remained locked for half an hour, but Croydon were firing early.
Nathan Munro drew first blood for the visitors in the 31st minute and then doubled the lead seven minutes later.
Right before the halftime break, Peter Mercurio’s strike made it three for the Kings.
Croydon were then awarded a penalty on the hour mark in which Antoni Trimboli converted to make it 0-4, following a foul by Tomas Maricic.
City were starved of chances on goal and due to an inexperienced back-line, it wasn’t their night.
Head Coach, Michael Matricciani said there is a lot to reflect upon and learn from.
“Huge credit to Croydon Kings, they came here with a plan and put us under immense pressure.
“They were clearly the team that wanted it more, and they punished us, so it is a big learning curve and we need to take a big look at ourselves, myself included.
“We will learn from it, and we will review the game and we’ll make sure that this coming week we’ll train hard, work on the deficiencies and make sure we’re ready for Adelaide Blue Eagles next week.
“There are a number of things to improve on, but the most important is how we started the match, our warm-up and the mentality, so for me, I think we really struggled with that.
“We really need to work on that, and make sure we’re giving 110 per cent.”
Second half sub Joseph Costa noted the lack of inexperience but believes once the team gels together and gets a few players back in, they will be able to take control of games.
“We didn’t want to start with a 4-0 loss, but it is a relatively new team and we had a pretty slow start, so I think we needed to take a bit more control early on.
“I think we got a little bit rattled early and then they got a couple of goals and we went into a bit of a shell.
“It was disappointing not to get on track earlier and get back into the game, but down by three goals at halftime is always difficult to come back from.
“Then they scored one early in the second half, so it was difficult to get momentum.
“The positive is that it is only round one, and you don’t win trophies in February, and it is just going to take some time for the new team to gel, but it wasn’t the start we wanted.
“For some of the boys, it was their first game, my brother Anthony (Costa) is back next week and hopefully I’ll be fit to start next week, so we’ll get back on track and take control in the next match.”
By Cassandra Treppiedi