NPL Review: Jets still set the pace in SA as Raiders get first win

Raiders notched their first win of 2020 in Round 3 of National Premier Leagues in South Australia, while West Adelaide were the big winners in the opening round of National Premier Leagues Women’s competition in the state.

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Winless from their first two matches, Raiders broke through for their first three points of the season with a 3-1 win on the road to Adelaide Blue Eagles.

Alun Webb was the hero for the Raiders as he netted in the 30th minute to leave the Blue Eagles with just a single point to start their season.


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Modbury Jets continue to set the pace atop the standings as they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Adelaide United Youth – extending both sides unbeaten starts to the campaign.

Early goals from Josh Farrell and Shaun Mcgreevy put the Jets on the front foot, but they were pinned back by a second half double from Mohamed Toure.

Hot on the Jets heels are Adelaide Olympic and Adelaide Comets, who both posted 1-0 wins.

Fausto Erba was the hero for Olympic as they downed Para Hills Knights with an 83rd minute winner, while Tete Yengi did the damage for the Comets as they prevailed at home over bottom-of-the-table Cumberland United.

Meanwhile, four further sides settled for a share of the points in 1-1 draws.

Nathan Munro delivered the equaliser for Croydon Kings against Campbelltown City to rub out Joshua Barresi’s first-half opener; while MetroStars also fought back from a goal down against Adelaide City as Christian Esposito cancelled out Marcos Flores’ opener.

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West Adelaide made a flying start in the opening round of the campaign as they dismantled Fulham United 8-0.

Georgia Macri and Nicole Tilley led the returns with two goals apiece at West Beach Parks Football Centre to help their side end week one atop the standings.

Also in the winner’s circle was Inter Salisbury as they strolled to a 3-1 win over Adelaide University

Chilean international Maria Jose Rojas Pino rounded out the win by adding to earlier strikes from Sophie Fleming and Khatima Sultani.

Elsewhere, Chrissy Panagaris was the hero for Metro United as she netted a 71st minute winner in their 2-1 win over Adelaide City.

Earlier, Nanako Sasaki levelled terms for the Zebras by cancelling out Millie Scott’s first-half opener for Metro.

The points were shared in the other match as Adelaide Comets and Football South Australia NTC played out a 1-1 draw.

Both goals came in a three minute second-half flurry as Georgia Oliver rubbed out Emilia Murray’s 68th minute opener.

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Feature image courtesy of Cumberland United