NPL SA Women's Round 14 Preview

Metro United vs Adelaide City
Venue: TK Shutter Reserve
Date: Friday 6 August 6:15PM

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It’s a fitting match to kick off the return of the WNPL after a short break, as Metro host City in a rematch of last season’s dramatic Grand Final.

Metro escaped with a point by the skin of their teeth last time out, with Roxanne Dodd’s 90th minute headed goal saving their bushes and rescuing a point against lowly Uni, ceding their spot in the top four to NTC in the process.

City enters tonight’s match with a point to prove after losing 1-0 to an Inter side reduced to ten players after 55 minutes, a result that saw them slide to six points behind the top two and just four ahead of fifth.

With the hosts now out of the coveted finals positions, and City within their grasp, both sides know that they need to pick up wins wherever they can to entrench themselves above the rest.

Metro United WFC line-up: 1. Melanie Comyns (GK), 3. Emma Cotgrove, 4. Talia Bilardo, 6. Laura Stockdale, 7. Millie Scott, 9. Roxanne Dodd, 11. Lauren Steer, 12. Rochelle Draper, 13. Vanessa Reed (C), 17. Victoria Mansueto, 18. Isabella Scalzi, 20. Chanel Todino, 23. Kristy Moore, 26. Michaela Hadaj, 27. Amber-May Smith, 29. Jessica Signoriello, 99. Olivia Bunge (GK)

Coaches: Antonio Scalzi, Brenton Ellul, Emilio Librandi

Team Staff: Terry Kyriacou, Andreas Zacharia

Adelaide City line-up: 1. Kendall Jenner (GK), 4. Daniela Di Bartolo, 5. Alyce Macauley, 5. Bianca Gray, 8. Alanah Ursino, 9. Caitlin White, 10. Chelsie Dawber, 11. Isabel Hodgson, 13. Sophie Leszczynski, 14. Chrissie Zikos, 16. Isobel Dahlen-Flight, 18. Alana Fitzsimmons, 19. Shae Blackwood, 20. Abbey Lucas (GK), 23. Natalie Frantzis

Coaches: Jamie Dunning, Rachid Maliki, Nicholas Whiteside

Team Staff: Seymour Di Bartolo, Alexander Tan


Salisbury Inter vs West Adelaide
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: Friday 6 August 6:15PM

It’s the match of the round at VALO tonight as the league’s two most dominant forces go head-to-head in their second crunch match of the season.

Inter consolidated their spot in the top two last time out with a remarkable 1-0 victory over City despite having a player sent off early in the second half and skipper Chantelle Ryder playing in goal for over half an hour. 

It was raining goals as West tore Comets apart in a 6-1 demolition job, with Laura Johns’ incredible chipped effort in at the near post from a tight angle and a series of fine team goals getting the job done.

A win to Inter would see them reclaim top spot and keep real breathing distance between them and third, but victory to West would increase their lead at the league summit to five points.

Salisbury Inter line-up: 2. Khal Adam Khan, 4. Gabrielle Bentley, 5. Isabella Kouimtzis, 6. Nicole Calder, 7. Maria Jose Rojas Pino, 8. Emily Condon, 10. Chrissa Pavlomanolakos, 12. Chantelle Ryder (C), 14. Emily Heazlewood, 15. Sharni Tansell, 17. Dragana Kljajic, 20. Erin Hood, 23. Anna Pritchard, 24. Mina Nishitani, 76. Zafiro Papanikitas

Coaches: Simon Catanzaro, Brad Donovan, Arnouluck Sirisay

Team Staff: Tamara Simeoni, Shreya Modi, Colin Bajkusev

West Adelaide line-up: Alison Atkins, Harriet Burnett, Nicole Tilley, 2. Emily Hodgson, 5. Christie Hillyer, 6. Elena Psaroulis, 8. Georgia Macri, 10. Georgie Nicola, 11. Laura Johns, 13. Maddie DuRieu, 19. Zoe Haralampopoulos, 22. Lucy Adamopoulos, 23. Sarah Willacy (GK), 24. Mawa Sumaoro, 28. Siena Covino, 30. Kira Glinz

Coaches: Tracey Jenkins, Alex Macdonald, Alice Gorman, Leanne Davis

Team Staff: David Lewis, Lachlan Hall


Football SA NTC vs Adelaide University
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: Friday 6 August 8:15 PM

With NTC snapping their winless streak in their last match before the break and Uni picking up a hard-earned point, both sides enter this week off the back of positive performances.

Erin Kontoutsikos’ first-time shot from a loose ball in the area was enough to get NTC over the line against Fulham and reclaim their position in the league’s top four by a solitary point.

Uni snapped a five-week goalless stretch with a sumptuous long ball finding the feet of Margarita Fitzharris, who finished coolly, but an injury-time equaliser cruelly denied them what would’ve been a drought-breaking victory.

Metro are well and truly breathing down NTC’s neck, so they know they’ll need to keep picking up points to stay in the hunt for finals, while Uni could feasibly still leapfrog Comets into sixth with a win.

Football SA NTC line-up: 2. Abbey Burns, 3. Michaela Belmonte, 4. Zoe Tolland, 6. Ella Tonkin (C), 8. Nicola Scalzi, 9. Anastasia Willoughby, 12. Libby Davy (GK), 13. Lily Barber, 14. Ella Smith, 16. Madeleine Wright, 17. Abby Middleton, 19. Danielle Harmer, 21. Camila Madriz Figueroa, 23. Erin Kontoutsikos, 24. Victoria Costanzo, 25. Grace Wilson (GK)

Coaches: Michele Lastella, Mark Lobianco, Michael Moularas, Anthony Breaden

Team Staff: Sharee Mcnamara, Jason Collins

Adelaide University line-up: 2. Elle Pirintzis, 3. Gemma MacFarlane, 4. Mabel Day, 5. Sasha Coorey, 6. Alysia Panagakos, 7. Velvet Klass, 8. Stella Rigon, 10. Georgia Iannella (C), 11. Ellie Sparrow, 12. Georgia Box, 16. Milano Venter, 20. Aimee Benton (GK), 21. Sophie Burke, 23. Hayley Needs, 25. Tahlia Curnow, 33. Alana Lanuzza, 39. Elisa Karas (GK), 77. Margarita Fitzharris

Coaches: Kosta Jaric, Danyon Loud, Luke Gill

Team Staff: Giorgio Profiris, Mark Bosio, Ebony Charles, Daniella Boccaccio, Bodi Love


Adelaide Comets vs Fulham United
Venue: SA Athletics Stadium
Date: Saturday 7 August 5:15 PM

The sole match on tomorrow night sees two out of sorts sides battle it out for a shot at a much-needed victory as Comets host Fulham.

Comets have had a lot of time to stew on their second consecutive disappointing 6-1 thrashing, this time at the hands of West, now boasting the unenviable record of the most goals conceded so far this season.

Fulham’s 1-0 defeat to NTC represented an improvement on their recent form but still wasn’t enough to bring their nearest rivals any closer, with the result marking their fifth consecutive match without finding the back of the net.

Despite their recent results, Comets are only seven points behind fourth spot and can’t count themselves out just yet, while Fulham still have plenty of time to make moves up the table by picking up some positive results.

Adelaide Comets line-up: 3. Chantelle Reed, 4. Emily Gale, 7. Valeria Guajardo (C), 10. Esther M Heywood-Smith, 13. Elyse Moon, 14. Pirrie Weeks, 19. Hannah Jenkin, 22. Nicole Robertson, 27. Kate Seaton, 28. Kiara O'Sullivan, 31. Joanna Katsabis, 33. Nanako Sasaki, 40. Yuka Sasaki, 62. Rebecca White, 82. Inana Toovey (GK)

Coaches: Andres Obieglo, Joshua Mcloughney, Brian Gale

Team Staff: Katerina Gatsios, Jade Conlon, Kieran O'Sullivan

Fulham United line-up: 1. Natalie Hayman (GK), 2. Charlotte Waters, 3. Susan Roberts, 4. Natasha Vella (C), 5. Olivia Bramley, 6. Josephine Trimboli, 7. Siobhan Eastham, 8. Laura Niejalke, 9. Angela Mills, 10. Amielia Ebbs, 11. Hannah Doyle, 16. Caitlin Le Roux, 17. Mia Lundquist

Coaches: Ayoub Hassine, Ali Ali, Masoud Teymouri, John Russell

Team Staff: Adam Mortimer, Maggie Smith, Yacine Grar

Image: 80kms Photography