National Premier League SA Round 14 Preview


Adelaide United Youth host league leaders MetroStars in what will be an intriguing Round 14 clash of the National Premier League season at Smith Partners Stadium on Sunday.

The Young Reds are fresh and ready to go after their previous game against Adelaide Comets was abandoned due to lightning storms.

Thirty-six minutes of the match were played up in Loxton for the South Australian Premier League Regional Round.

The United boys will be feeling somewhat disappointed that the game was cancelled as they had taken an early lead through Ninko Beric.

Skipper, Paul Wilson, was certain that his side will fancy their chances again against the Comets in the rescheduled match.

Wilson believed that, although it would be a new game, their impressive start which saw them dominate proceedings for the opening half an hour would be weighing heavy on the Comets player’s minds.

“It was a really good start, we can take away a positive from it and I guess it’s sort of a small battle won,” Wilson said.

“Especially to be up within the first 36 minutes, it’s almost like a mental battle and the next time we face them they’ll remember we were 1-0 up.”

Wilson was excited for the upcoming fixture, which sees the Young Reds play at home against frontrunners MetroStars.

“I’m feeling very fresh, not having played a full ninety, but training has been a bit harder but very fresh, I’m sure the rest of the boys will be too,” he said.

In the reverse fixture against MetroStars, Wilson was given his marching orders early on and missed what was one of the most thrilling games of the season for the Young Reds.

“(I’m) not thinking too much about that previous game really, it was obviously a thrilling game but I’ll be trying to stay on the field for the full ninety this time,” he said.

“We can really bring it to them, I have a lot of faith for this game and the team threatened for almost the full ninety with 10 men.”

Wilson was eager and ready to bring the fight to the league leaders and was not frightened by MetroStars’ winning form.

“At training you wouldn’t know that if we were playing a lower side or one of the top teams in the league you wouldn’t know,” he explained.

“Nothing changes with the preparation and there’s no real major changes.”

Adelaide United Youth host MetroStars in Round 14 of the National Premier League 2018 season on Sunday, 3 June at Smith Partners Stadium. Kick-off is at 3.15 PM ACST.