Category: Match Reports

Round 4 – Kings Still Unbeaten!

A stunning Saturday afternoon at Polonia Reserve greeted players and fans of the Kings and the unbeaten Adelaide Olympic. A beautiful looking pitch was doused in sunshine ready for a cracking game! After a hard fought away point last week at Para Hills, coach Costanzo had the pleasure of bringing Vice Captain James Skeffington back into the starting line up at the expense of striker Nathan Munro who started on the bench. James Polli returned to the bench after a week off from a red card. Zade Heinicke was also back on the bench.

The Kings got off to a brilliant start with Pete Merurio pressuring the Olympic keeper who’s heavy touch was enough for the striker to tackle cleanly… and walk the ball into an empty net! Kings 1-0 up after 7mins! This is the forward pressure that rattled Adelaide City and West Adelaide! The Croydon forwards press and pressure continued. Hard running from Skeffington, Caraccia and Trimboli were causing the visitors some problems while Captain Klimek, Stokes and Brazzale were solid down back as always.

Goalkeeper John Hall was finally called into action 20mins in… and the tall custodian produced a blinder! A magnificent diving save to his right kept the home side with the advantage. With 10mins to go before half time, a poor defensive error from the Kings back line gifted Olympic the leveler. A horrible pass across the goal was cut off too easily by the Olympic forward and was left with a 1 on 1 with Hall. A calm and collected finish brought the score to 1-1. Both teams had few chances in the last 10mins and were unable to add to the score board. 1-1 at half time.

Striker Nathan Munro replaced the returning James Skeffington at the break as Costanzo looked to attack once more. A tight tussle for most of the half but Olympic had the best chances. Star keeper Hall was rock solid and keeping the Croydon boys in the game. Guy Miller made way for Andrew Maio mid way thru the 2nd half. Youngster Zade Heinicke was given a debut appearance with 10mins to go and almost made a hero of himself with his first touch. The forwards shot was saved well by the Olympic keeper as the crowd was up on their feet. Both teams fought it out to the end and finally referee Verdeccio called an end to proceedings. A well earned point from the unbeaten Kings who were on the back foot for most of the 2nd half.

Earlier in the day, Steve Peppers U18′s suffered a 3-1 loss after a good start to the season. On the flip side, Adam Vizzari’s Reserves side (strengthened by the return of keeper Gianni Tramontin and left back James Polli), as well as a solid half from “veteran” Alex Sunasky (returning from injury). A brilliant 3-1 win and their first of the season!

A good sign for the senior side as Sunasky got thru the game well… hopefully not too far away from returning to senior duties. Key winger Kristos Stefanopoulos was also back doing some running training and will resume first team training this week…. good signs for Costanzo and his coaching staff.

Round 5 sees all 3 sides back at Polonia Reserve THIS SATURDAY (day and time change) for a battle with early high flyers Metro Stars. Winner will possibly go top and keep in touch with Olympic. We had a another great crowd this week… lets get all these supporters and more down to the club THIS WEEK to cheer our lads on!

Round 5 v Metro Stars @ Polonia Reserve
U18′s: 10:30am kick off
Reserves: 12:45pm kick off
Seniors: 3pm kick off

U18′s: 1-3 loss
Reserves: 3-1 win
Seniors: 1-1 draw


Round 3 Wrap from The Paddocks

A trip to the Paddocks on a perfect Saturday afternoon… a ground the Kings haven’t been the best on in recent years. After a huge result at home last week against West Adelaide, Costanzo’s troops were ready for a tough battle.

A late fitness test saw Vice Captain James Skeffington sit this one out (will be back in next week), as live wire Pat “Robin Hood” Caraccia taking Skeffs spot in the starting 11. Midfielder Guy Miller’s recent good form was rewarded a starting spot and Andrew Maio starts on the bench. First team new comers Zade Heinicke and Chris Vivian were also on the bench as coach Costanzo looked to youth against the pacey Knights.

A few early chances, and the Kings came out of the blocks as they did in the first few games. Guy Miller had the best chance in the 17th min, only the post getting in his way. However, just 1 minute later, the midfielder made up for the missed opportunity. A long range effort from Miller snuck in under Para keeper Paul Reilly. Kings 1-0 up after 20mins and looking dangerous. Defenders Klimek and Stokes were holding strong and controlling the back line while mids Martinello, Trimboli and Caraccia pressed with lots of forward pressure.

Unfortunately for Kings fans, this is the best we saw of our lads for the rest of the day. Para pressed and put a tonne of pressure on the Kings defense- getting themselves right back in the game. Luckily the Kings went into the sheds 1-0 after seeing off a few Para chances late in the half.

The 2nd half started like the end of the 1st… Kings being forced to sit back and knock it around- keeping possession but unable to press forward. Pat Caraccia was replaced with young Alex Demasi in the 50th min and he instantly brought some run into the game. However just 10mins later, the Kights had their reward. After more pressure, a long ball, fast forwards and some below par defending, the shot on goal made it past keeper John Hall and we were locked at 1-1.

More changes were made with young Maio and Vivian being introduced into the game. Para were clearly looking the more likely to score again- hitting the crossbar not once, but twice late in the game. Defender Jarrod Brazzale found himself unmarked in the 18 yard box from a gem of a free kick from Adam Martinello. Unfortunately for the Kings, the Alex Kosmina medalist couldnt get the connection to put the ball in the back of the net. Final whistle went not long after, and for me, a good point away from home when we were the 2nd best team on the day. Kings 1, Para Hills 1.

Earlier in the day, Steve Pepper’s under 18′s continued their winning run with a 3-1 win. Back to back wins and 3 goals to their name, Great work lads! From there, an undermanned Reserves side squandered multiple chances and a 2-0 lead late in the game, to draw 2-2 with the Knights. Gaffa Adam Vizzari would be disappointed with the way the game finished- being 2-0 up in the last 5 mins- just couldnt see it out.

Round 4 sees all 3 sides back at Polonia Reserve for a top of the table clash against unbeaten Adelaide Olympic. Winner will go top and make the league stand up and take notice. We had a sensational crowd at our first home game… lets get all these supporters and more down to the club THIS WEEK to cheer our lads on!

U`18′s: 10:30 kick off
Reserves: 12:45 kick off
Seniors: 3pm kick off

U18′s: 3-1 win
Reserves: 2-2 draw
Seniors: 1-1 draw