Round 4 took the Croydon boys to West Beach in a tough battle against Birkalla. After a very impressive home win last week, the Kings were looking for another away win this week.
With 2 key players in Paul Radice (suspended) and James Skeffington (injured) out of the line up, coach Mark Brazzale had to make some changes. Hosine Bility was brought back into the starting 11, as was Alhassan Toure, hoping pace will break the Birks backline.
In what was perfect weather for spectators (a touch warm for the boys on the artificial pitch), the Croydon boys were off to a good start. The ball moving quickly off the plastic surface, a 22nd min strike from star midfielder Rocky Visconte made the Birkalla keeper pull out a good save. A tight tussle between both teams early on.
Goalkeeper Nick Munro kept Croydon in the game with a magnificent reflex save at his near post in the 34th min to keep the scores 0-0. Just 2mins before the break, winger Adrian D’Alfonso was played in by Captain Lukasz Kilmek, only to have his 1 on 1 attempt smothered by the Birkalla keeper. Both teams went into the sheds at half time 0-0.
A positive start to the 2nd half with D’Alfonso again having his shot well saved in he 47th min. Unfortunatley just 6 mins later, Birkalla broke the deadlock with a tap in on the front post. Our defence wasn’t able to deal with the run thru the middle or the cross coming in and we found ourselves 1-0 down.
The Croydon boys had several chances in the 2nd half with striker Nicolo Interieri unable to beat the Birks keeper in another 1 on 1 situation. Once again, Munro had to pull off some heroics to keep the Kings in the game with another quality save on the hour mark. The Kings kept pushing and pressing and Visconte saw his bottom corner effort turned around he post. It was beginning to look like Birkallas day.
Brazzale brought on youngsters Johnny Papapetros and Dom Costanzo to ignite some pace, along with Guy Miller for some experience but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. We went down 1-0 and quickly looked to move on to next week. Goalkeeper Nick Munro kept us in the hunt the whole match and was no doubt the Kings best player on the park.
On a brighter note, both the u18′s and Reserves notched up good wins earlier in the day. Senior players Pete Mercurio and Patty Caraccia both had good games in the reserves and will push for spots in the senior team. Mercurio even chimed in with a brace! Well done to both the 18′s and Reserves for bringing 6 points back to Polonia Reserve.
Unfortunately the Croydon senior women’s side went down at home to Salisbury United 0-14 in their round 2 fixture. A tough start to the year for the ladies, but no doubt they’ll fight back this week back at home. Heads up ladies, lots more football to come!
This week the Croydon boys are back at Polonia Reserve against a young Adelaide United Youth side who are looking for their second win. Lets make sure we ALL get down to OUR HOME GROUND to cheer on OUR BOYS as we look to take the 3 points this SATURDAY!
u’18s 4-3 win
Reserves 3-1 win
Seniors 1-0 loss
Womens 14-0 loss