Finally back at home, the Kings were looking to take maximum points against Olympic. A hard fought draw last week with West Adel had the Croydon boys hungry for a win and climb further away from the danger zone. Both teams came together as one for a minute silence in memory of Daniella Brazzale’s father Bob and Olympics Stav Parissos’ sister Anastasia. A wonderful moment by both clubs. Once again, our condolences go out to the Brazzale and Grubisic families.
The game got underway and Olympic were the ones out of the blocks early. Even from very early on, they were first to the ball and putting pressure on our ball carriers. A shaky start by the home side, who had gone in with an unchanged line up from last weeks starting 11. The first half was mainly played in the middle of the park and chances were few and far between. Gun midfielder Patty Caraccia had the best chance for the home side mid way thru the half, but couldn’t beat the Olympic keeper. On the flip side, 2017 goalkeeper of the year Nick Munro only had a few saves to make to ensure the score board was level at the break. Not the best first half the Kings have played this year, but we still went into the break with the score locked away at 0-0.
The home side needed to fire up in the second half… and fire up they did. The forward drive and pressure from the last couple weeks was coming out and starting to cause the Olympic defenders some trouble. Star midfielder & Vice Captain Rocky Visconte whipped in a wicked cross from the corner flag and after a couple touches in the box, the ball landed on the head of defender Jarrod Brazzale who couldn’t keep his close range header down. The best chance of the game had gone missing- and Kings fans were amazed that we weren’t 1-0 up!
Down the other end, Munro was kept mildly busy but was very well assisted by Ambes Yosief and John Panagaris. Pana was on hand to block 2 shots by Olympics’ Kamara after Munro was beaten and an empty net beckoned. The Croydon defence was under pressure- but was dealt with well by all defenders and hard running mids/wingers.
Skeffington and Visconte were once again crossing in some sensational balls that weren’t able to be finished by the likes of Mercurio, Caraccia and later on, Interieri and Costanzo. Both sides had chances to win the game, even after changes were made. The last chance and kick of the game fell to young forward Dom Costanzo who unfortunately blasted over the bar from just 5 yards out. Again, pin point delivery from Visconte wasn’t finished. The referees whistle went and the points were shared. A much better second half by the home side who take the point but would feel as tho 2 points slipped away. Nether the less, that’s 4 consecutive games without a loss- and at this stage of the year, every point is priceless.
The under 18′s started the day off with a gutsy 3-2 win… a much needed 3 points for legend Adam Vizzari… even with only 10 men for the majority of the game! A great way to start the day… and the Reserves followed suit not long after! After being 3-0 down at one stage, the Kings Reserves fought back to take the 3 points with a 4-2 win! Plenty of fight, spirit and talent shown- well done lads!
Next week we welcome high flyers and old enemy, Adelaide City to Polonia Reserve for our 2nd to last home game at the ground. Its also our Sponsors Day, where we get to show our appreciation to those who have contributed to making our club what it is. Without all our sponsors we wouldn’t here.
Get your family and friends together, come down for a kransky and Zywiez and cheer on our boys as we look to climb that ladder with 3 games to go!
Photo credit: Joe Janko
U’18′s: 3-2 win
Reserves: 4-3 win
Seniors: 0-0 draw