Young Reds put five past Playford

The Adelaide United Youth Team continued its impressive start to the NPL State League, upstaging the Playford Patriots 5-0 at the Elite Systems Football Centre on Saturday afternoon.

In perfect conditions, the opening 10 minutes saw both sides share possession of the football however it was the Young Reds who had the better of the opportunities.

In the 21st minute, a shot taken by Niko Apostolopoulos was palmed away by the Playford keeper and fortunately found its way into the stride of Antoni Trimboli who calmly slotted the ball into the net.    

The Adelaide United Youth grew in confidence after the goal and 6 minutes after they had their second. A lovely piece of individual play by Thomas Love allowed him to chip in a delightful cross enabling central defender Ben Warland to control the ball and hit into the net.

Adelaide became confident in possession which saw both defenders Oliver Zafridis and Mark Ochieng join in on attacks. But Adelaide weren’t able to extend their lead only going into the half time break 2 goals ahead.

The second half saw a much creative Adelaide United Youth Team, as each player looked confident and poised on the football.

Just on 60 minutes Antoni Trimboli netted his second of the match, as a flick on from a near throw in enabled Trimboli to latch onto the ball and neatly tuck it into the far corner of the net.

With Tthe Young Reds dominating in possession the squad brought upon play maker Nathan Konstandopoulos and strong defender Jordan Pudler. The two made immediate impacts of the bench linking up well with the front three and defence.

In the 81st minute Mark Ochieng made an impressive run down the right hand side and found marksman Doni Pollock who cleverly turned his defender and stroke the ball home from 6 yards out sealing the points for Adelaide United.

However, Adelaide United never stopped attacking and found a fifth goal in the 90th minute. Substitute Alec Maiolo used his quick feet to take on a defender and curl in an enticing low cross which found its way into the net via an own goal.


Adelaide United came away from the match 5-0 victors keeping them adrift of the competition and giving them confidence in preparing for next week’s match against Adelaide Olympic.

Antoni Trimboli who scored a brace, said he was pleased with the result and but insistent that over confidence was never an issue throughout.

“It was great result for us, we obviously never take teams lightly and we know each team will come out fighting against,” said Trimboli.

“It’s important that we didn’t come with an over confident mentality and today we played to the system and took an important three points.

“Each team will play their best football against us, so going into the second half we needed to keep focus and obviously we are pleased to see our goal difference go up as well.

“Overall, it was a match which we can take a lot of confidence from and we move onto next week’s match with the same mentality against Adelaide Olympic”.

Match Details  
Saturday, 21 March 2015
NPL 2015 State League - Round 7
Adelaide United 5  (A.Trimboli 2, B.Warland, D.Pollock, TOG)
Playford Patriots 0
Venue: Elite Systems Football Centre


Adelaide United will next take on the Adelaide Olympic this Saturday 24 March at the Elite Systems Football Centre in Round 8 of the NPL State League Season. Kick-off at 7:00pm. 

And the Adelaide United reserves also take on Adelaide Olympic this Saturday 24 March at the Elite Systems Football Centre in Round 8 of the NPL State League Season. Kick-off at 5:00pm.