National Premier League SA Round 6 Preview


Adelaide United Youth are at home this week, against South Adelaide in Round 6 of the South Australian National Premier League 2018 Season, at the VALO Football Centre (The Parks) on Wednesday night.

The Young Reds are hoping to bounce back this week, after a tough game away against Croydon Kings.

The reigning champions saw out a 2-1 win against United In what was a tough game, with plenty of chances for both sides.

Head coach, Paul Pezos, was disappointed with the result and with the team’s lack of clinical finishing.

“I thought the first half we didn’t play too well. We were turning over silly passes and we weren’t hitting our targets,” he said.

“Second half we were definitely hitting those passing targets, we were breaking through their line, but we just couldn’t finish and that was the disappointing part.”

Pezos, was reflective on his teams tough run of fixtures so far in the National Premier League.

“I’m one-hundred percent happy with the determination and the willingness to take the game on,” he continued.

“It’s just wanting to get the results against these teams and we’ve proven we’re not pushovers, but for me it’s about winning and that’s the next phase.

“We need to realise that there’s a lot more to the game than just keeping possession and we’re going to have to instil that winning mentality.”

The Reds take on the recently promoted South Adelaide Panthers this Wednesday, in what promises to be a good test for the boys.

Pezos was sure his boys had the ability and the hunger to bounce back this week after a series of tough games.

“We’re always confident, I’m that kind of coach that instils that in my players, I believe in what I do and I believe in what my players can do,” he said.

“Obviously South Adelaide is going to be a tough game, and everyone is beating everyone at the moment.

“They’re big boys and they’re physical as well and we need to be smart in how we do things on Wednesday night, but if we do what we do best, plus finish, I think we can win.”

Pezos was also sure that his boys would be raring to go even with a quick turnaround from Saturday’s game.

“We’ve had a good preseason preparation and we’ve played a lot of games, as well as when we went to Indonesia and played two games in two days.”

“It’s nothing new for us and we manage the players’ loads quite well throughout the week, and this is no different to any other game for us.”

Adelaide United Youth play at the VALO Football Centre for Round 6 of the National Premier League 2018 season on Wednesday, 21 March against South Adelaide. Kick-off is at 8:00 PM ACDT.