Young Reds fall to Sturt in season opener

Adelaide United Youth suffered a 2-1 loss to Sturt Lions in Round 1 of the PlayStation4 National Premier League 2018 season at Adelaide Shores on Saturday.

Carlo Armiento’s late spot-kick was rendered inconsequential after goals from Samed Altundag and Alex Sortini either side of the break had given the hosts what eventually proved an unassailable lead.

Paul Pezos named a strong line-up which featured the likes of Lachlan Brook, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, Pacifique Niyongabire and Kristin Konstandopoulos, all who have tasted Hyundai A-League experience.  

Both teams made a cautious start to the match, testing each other out with the majority of the ball being confined to the centre of the park.

Altundag was a handful throughout the encounter and he opened the scoring with a header in the 36th minute.

The Lions doubled their advantage in the second-half through another headed goal this time from Sortini.  

United ensured a dramatic finish when substitute Armiento won and dispatched a penalty with four minutes remaining, but despite a barrage of late pressure Sturt survived.

Key moments:

12’ | Kristin Konstandopoulos makes space for himself before shooting wide of the top corner.

18’ | Altundag’s free-kick smashes the underside of the crossbar and bounces out.

20’ | Isaac Richards is forced into a diving save following Altundag’s powerful strike from distance.

36’ | GOAL! Altundag heads in Akira Kobaishi’s corner at the front post.

63’ | GOAL! Sortini is left unmarked in the box and heads in Anthony Tropiano’s cross.

74’ | Apostolos Stamatelopoulos’ glancing header is astray following Armiento’s flat delivery.

86’ | GOAL! Armiento cuts the deficit, calmly finishing his penalty into the bottom left corner, sending the goalkeeper the other way.

89’ | Armiento almost finds an equaliser when his low shot flashes past the upright.

Match details:

Saturday, 17 February 2018
PlayStation4 National Premier League SA 2018 Season - Round 1
Sturt Lions 2 (Altundag 36’ Sortini 63’)
Adelaide United Youth 1 (Armiento 86’)
Venue: Adelaide Shores Football Centre