Croydon are off to The Paddocks to face a desperate but improving Para Hills side in league action on Saturday.
Both teams come off cup wins last week so will be eager to continue winning momentum.
The Kings have slowly settled into a major threat after decisive recent wins against Comets in the cup, Adelaide City and a credible draw against last season’s champions Campbelltown City.
The Paddocks is a happy hunting ground for Croydon in recent years, and the only things to worry about here are either the law of averages (if you believe in them) or complacency.
This is a game you’d like to chalk up as a “should win” but given the Kings rise to form of late it is now in the “must win” category if we are to be a serious finals contender.
Put simply, Croydon need to leverage on its form and try and create a better balance of defence and attack all in the one game. We know they have the heart, the desire and the physical skill – only the mental side of the game could be the only downfall if they relax for any moment as Para will chase, and push them hard from start to finish.
Lets see some more red and white in the crowd and support the Kings on their quest for silverware this season! Hey Polonia!
The Croydon Mermaids are away to Comets on Sunday at Ellis Park (Reserves 1pm, Seniors 3pm) so see how the girls are improving after their last performance as described by Simon Kasperski as follows:
Round 5 saw the Croydon girls up against one of the benchmark teams of the competition in South Adelaide Panthers at Polonia Reserve.
With the odds stacked against them, the Croydon girls fought their guts out, and played with their most attacking strategy this season. Still missing key players due to injury, Croydon fielded what is arguably their strongest starting line-up this season, and the impact was felt from the first kick-off.
It was the Panthers who took the early lead after a defensive blunder saw a free kick go through the entire Croydon defence untouched, to beat the keeper into the bottom corner of the net. This seemed to fire up the Croydon Kings, who refused to go down without a fight. And, it wasn’t long before a pinpoint diagonal ball from Ana-Maria Petrescu found the feet of a flying Faith Abio down the Right wing who was able to slot away Croydon Kings Women’s first ever goal in a competitive match. The score remained 1-1 at the break.
The second half revealed the fitness advantage held by the Panthers, but despite the tired legs, the Kings continued to hold off a hard running opponent, whilst still creating effective goal scoring opportunities. It wasn’t until the around the 75th minute when the Panthers broke through for their second goal, followed by two late goals to conclude the Kings defeat, with the final score 4-1.
This was definitely the best performance to date from the Croydon Girls in their short history.
A proud day for the club!!!!
Congratulations to Faith Abio and her history making goal, and to the whole playing group for their consistent and rapid improvement.
Pic (thanks Joe Janko) – Jarrod Brazzale in action has improved in leaps and bounds this season and hopefully he and his fellow defenders can help make King’s keeper Nick Munro’s day an easier one on Saturday.