Adelaide United youth had a number of first team players out (on duty with the A-League side), but still they were not to be taken lightly. Japanese import Iwakiri brought his fans to the game and was given a start by Costanzo. A solid line up with some class on the bench. Young gun Adam Martinello watched from the stands after a knock at training the day before.
The home side looked sharp early in the first half… crisp ball movement and quick to switch the play. Sam Carmichael was looking dangerous in the middle while Dom Costanzo was creating headaches for the United defense on the left. But it was 2019 B&F Pat Caraccia (donning a fresh new cut i must add), with an amazing chance inside the first couple mins. His close range shot whistled past the post- but really should have hit the back of the net- early chance gone begging for the boys in white.
We dominated play and posession for 20 mins- looking dangerous going forward. With some serious striking power and aerial force, the Kings were on the front foot. United had a small patch in the first half where they looked on top, but that was about it. Striker Nathan Munro was brought down in the box not long before the break- but waved away by the referee- much to the “advice” from the home fans. After absolutely dominating that first half, we had nothing to show for it… 0-0 at the break.
Second half began with more of the same… Croydon pressing and an eye for goal. But the young reds were up for the fight this half. Sam Carmichael’s header off a corner came crashing off the post and no one could believe it… who knows how we werent 4-0 up! Not long after, Carmichael got his first goal for the club with a close range rocket. Right place, right time… like all good mids! Some fantastic lead up play from Klimek and Iwakiri had the ball bobbling around the box. It fell to Sam who burried it from 6 yards out. 1-0 o the home side after 70mins.
Jared Clark took one for the team… a nice slit across the eye had trainer Josh Avery with his hands full! A quick patch up and wrap of the head saw the strong defender make his way back on the pitch. Captain Lukasz Klimek was once again showing that age is irrelevant, as he led the way in defense. Munro was his usual work horse self… chasing down every ball played over the top.
Late changes were made with Costanzo making way for Trimboli. The hard working striker did just that- ran hard! Unfortunately just 15mins after taking the lead, the home side conceded. Young starlet Chris Vivian was caught on the wrong side of his opponent who finished off a low hard cross. Keeper John Hall was left no chance. 1-1 with 5+ stoppage time to go. Caraccia made way for Mercurio in hope of a last minute winner… but it just wasnt to be. A dominant Croydon side had to settle for a draw even though 3 points was well deserved. Missed chances early on cost us- but still a good performance. Now to build on that against the reigning champions Campbelltown in round 3.
The following day both the U18’s and reserves tackeld the SA-NTC and AUFC reserves at John Hart Reserve (our home base & training facility for the next couple years). It was a round of draws as Steve Pepper’s 18’s plated out a 1-1 draw then after Adam Vizzari’s reserves took a point with a 2-2 draw. According to club legend and fanatic Eddie Czerwinski, all 3 sides should have walked away with 3 points each… but thats football!
Join us at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre tomorrow night (FRIDAY 6th) at 7:30pm kick off as we look to secure our first win of the season against Campbelltown City. The 18’s and ressies are back there the next day (SAT 7th) at 10:30 and 12:45 respectively.
Make sure you get down to the games this weekend to cheer on our lads… and keep your eyes and ears posted for womens teams matches coming up! (We picked up our first win in a trial last week! Go girls!!)
ROUND 2 RESULTS
Under 18’s: 1-1 Draw
Reserves: 2-2 Draw
Seniors: 1-1 Draw