After a brilliant win last week against AUFC Youth, the Kings were looking to get closer to top 6 with a win over West Adelaide. A late and cold winters day at The Parks saw young Johnny Papapetros get his first start of the year.
Apologies if this report is shorter than usual… im going off memory (what parts of the game I actually watched) and Eddie’s opinions… Daddy day care at the football for this reporter!!
Plenty of forward pressure and brilliant ball movement from the Kings early on had West on the back foot. The pace of young gun Patty Caraccia had the opposition scattering. After just 18 mins, Patty took the ball and drove into the box and drew the foul… the referee blew and pointed to the spot for a very clear penalty. Right back and resident penalty taker Adam Martinello stepped up and buried the spot kick! 1-0 Croydon.
The chances continued to come for the Kings but just couldn’t put them away. Goalkeeper Nick Munro was relatively quiet in the first half and only called upon a couple times to keep the score in our favour going into the break. 1-0 half time.
The Croydon boys were out of the blocks early in the 2nd half and keen to double their lead. After dominating the start if the half, the home side pinched a goal back in the 51st min. West Adelaide then had the momentum and looked to take the game on. Both teams again had chances to take the lead, none closer than a sensational goal line save by the Big Mummy off a West Adel corner. Then it was star midfielder Rocky Visconte’s turn… A thunderbolt from 22 yards out went crashing off the crossbar. Exactly what the fans want to see… players having a crack at goal! The longer the game went, the more likely the Croydon boys would get up… but with a quality chance to Dom Costanzo and Rocky Visconte gone begging, the referee had called an end to proceedings. The game ending in a 1-1 draw.
Defenders Ambes & Adam Martinello were once again solid down back, while Patty and Rocky continue with their exceptional form. Plenty of good signs for the Kings, just couldn’t make the most of their chances up front. Luckily for us, other results went our way and we now are 1 game and goal difference away from Birkalla in relegation zone. On the flip side, a win next week against Olympic will see us only 1 game away from the top 6! A big end to the season coming up!
Earlier in the day Viz’s under 18′s were off to a belting start… up 3-0. A poor 2nd half from the young lads saw us go down 5-2. A disappointing result for Adam and his young side- but will learn from it and be better for the lesson. The ressies were in a similar position… up 2-1 early in the 2nd half only to fall in a heap not long after. The boys conceded 4 goals in the last 40mins to go down 5-2. Again, something for the lads to take away and learn from.
This week we’re back at Polonia Reserve (our 3rd to last home game EVER at the ground) on Saturday against Adelaide Olympic. A win is crucial and us, the fans, have no doubt the boys will give It their all and come out fighting for 3 points!
Photo credit: Adam Butler (80km photography)… Thanks mate!
U’18′s: 5-3 loss
Reserves: 5-2 loss
Seniors: 1-1 draw