Welcome to season 2019! About time football is back!!
A new look side, a new look coaching panel and the away trip to fancied favourites Adelaide City.
A warm night at Adelaide City Park saw new coach Ange Costanzo give starts to new players Nathan Munro, John Hall, Andrew Maio and the returning Antoni Trimboli, as well as rewarding the super talented 16 year old Kerrin Stokes. James Skeffington was also welcomed back to the starting 11 in his return from injury late last season.
A big crowd witnessed a high tempo start with tonnes of forward run and pressure from tall timber duo Munro and Trimboli up front… just what the Polonia faithful love to see! Early chances in the 11th and 15th minutes had City worried after some great link up play from the Kings mids and forwards. A really positive first 25 mins with Croydon doing all the attacking with new keeper John “Hallski” without much to do.
Just 10mins later (35th min) the Kings got their reward after some brilliant work down the right from Skeffington with a pin point squaring pass to the waiting Munro. A tap in from the number 9 opened his account in 2019. Just 6mins later, the Kings ball control and silky passes had City rattled. A free kick from 40 yards by Martinello was perfectly met by the head of Munro who now has a brace! A fantastic start and the away side was all over the black and whites… but the Kings fans weren’t celebrating just yet… we were in the same position in the same fixture last season… However in 1st half stoppage time, forward Pete Mercurio found himself in some space about 20 yards out, and with the screams of “HIT IT” from the stands he unleashed a bullet and almost put a hole in the top left corner of the net! Kings players and fans were up and about with the lads going into half time 3-0 up! A magnificent first half!
City’s stalling tactics coming out of the rooms at half time didnt work and just 12mins into the 2nd half, Skeffington was brought down in the box after another string of wonderful passes from the Kings. Referee Verdeccio didnt hesitate in pointing to the spot. Up stepped Trimboli to take the spot kick… a bit of a surprise to the Kings faithful with usual penalty taker Adam Martinello on the half way line. Nether the less, Trim hammered home a perfect penalty… Croydon 4-0 up and silencing the City players. coaches and fans. Not even star signing Marcos Flores could get City back into this one!
With the Kings in complete control of every aspect of the game, Costanzo made some changes. Young Alex Demasi came on for Vice Captain James Skeffington, Japanese import Jo Ichiguchi replaced the hard running Antoni Trimboli and finally Guy Miller came on for the cracking Pete Mercurio. More chances for the away side kept on coming, with Andrew Maio’s 30 yard strike sailing just over the bar. Keeper John Hall just had the 1 save to make, before taunting City strikers by side stepping them and playing on!
Final whistle went and the Croydon boys were 4 to the good! A huge first up win for Ange and the guys. Not 1 bad player on the park and very difficult to select a top 3. A lot of unlucky lads to miss out on the votes. Unfortunately Steve Pepper’s u18′s went down 3-2 with a missed penalty from us in the last minute. Adam Vizzari’s reserves also went down by a goal 5-4, conceding twice late in the game.
We now turn our attention to THIS SUNDAY as we take on West Adelaide (and Marcelo Carrusca) at Polonia Reserve. This first home game will be in memory of club favourite Paul Zajac who suddenly passed away in October last year. The Croydon boys will wear black armbands and a minute silence will be observed in memory of Paul.
U’18′s 9:30am ko
Reserves: 11:45am ko
Seniors 2pm ko
RD 1 RESULTS
U18′s: 3-2 loss
Reserves: 5-4 loss
Seniors: 4-0 win