After a big win last week against Adelaide United Youth, the Kings were back at home against early cellar dwellers, West Adelaide.
With Rocky Visconte back in the squad, starting on the bench, Croydon were only missing Skeffington and Miller, both are hopeful for recalls to the senior team next week. Croydon were looking to take another 3 points from struggling West Adelaide on a perfect day at Polonia Reserve.
The 2 teams took a little while to settle and work each other out, with chances in the first 20 mins to Captain Lukasz Klimek and striker Nicolo Interieri. A tight contest continued with the Kings looking like controlling the game, until the Hellas struck Munro’s far post in the 40th min. Luckily for the home side it bounced straight back into the keepers gloves.
Croydon had multiple chances in the first half and couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net, with keeper Nick Munro not having too much to do. 0-0 at half time.
The second half was much like the first… plenty of chances going forward with no reward. We found ourselves being second to the ball, far too many loose passes and coughing up the ball too often for coach Brazzale’s liking.. as well as the supporters. West Adelaide were taking advantage of this and in the 80th min forced Munro into a wonderful save to keep the scores 0-0. At this stage, the sKings faithful would have settled for a draw.
Unfortunately for everyone at the club, a foul throw in the dying mins turned into West Adelaide burring the ball in the back of the net a minute later- sending the away team into raptures and the home supporters with hands in heads. West Adelaide held on for a big win for them- and handing the Kings their 2nd home loss this season.
A poor team performance from a squad with far more quality than that. We consistently turned the ball over, missed targets and couldn’t get a shot on target to worry the West Adelaide keeper. Croydon have struggled against lower ranked opposition this season so far with losses to Para Hills, Birkalla and now West Adelaide… No doubt coaches Brazzale and Costanzo will have the boys working overtime this week on the training track to prepare for Olympic Eastern Saturday night.
A mixed bag for the Kings this week with the U18′s going down 3-2 in a cracking game that could have gone either way. The reserves lead by Rocco Colangelo pinched a hard fought 2-1 win over the Hellas.
Be sure to join the Croydon boys for Easter Saturday football this Saturday night at 7pm at The Parks. This has turned into a must win for the white and red as we look to separate ourselves from the middle part of the ladder as well as keeping up with the top 4.