Young Reds in action against Para Hills in NPL Round 5 on Saturday


Adelaide United will look for their first win ahead of their clash with Para Hills Knights in Round 5 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues at The Paddocks on Saturday.

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Both sides will walk into the match desperate for the vital three points to put their NPL season on track, following a tough first four rounds without a win, or any points to their names.

In Round 4, Adelaide United performed well for the majority of the first-half against Campbelltown City, but the Red Devils accuracy in front of goal was enough for the Reds to the fall behind, 1-3. While, Para Hills were defeated 1-3 by a strong West Adelaide outfit at The Paddocks.

Execution in front of goal has let both Adelaide and the Knights down in previous rounds, but a win is imminent for either Club this coming weekend.

Adelaide United Youth Head Coach, Huss Skenderovic, said his sides experience in the National Premier Leagues will continue to be a learning curve, to understand what is needed to improve their football at the NPL level.

“It has been a disappointing start to our season, and for a number of reasons, but it is a learning experience for them,” he said.

“So with that, they have to be able to learn the hard way and when you lose four games on the trot, it gives them a reality check.

“It will teach them what exactly is needed to improve their game, and the tempo of the games that they will continue to play in.

“This is the calibre of the competition, and it is a good ‘wake-up’ call and learning curve for them to build upon.

“The players are still quite young, and it is about their development, but now they know what type of football is played out there and what needs to happen and how they need to improve.”

Skenderovic believes that the learning experience is positive, and it will only make his players develop into better footballers.

“That is a good thing, and it is the positive that we take out of it, that this is now the road for them.

“It will show them which areas they need to strengthen, and improve on specific areas, and that is how they get better, it is part of their development.”

On facing Para Hills, Skenderovic is confident that his Reds can achieve their first win, following admirable work during training,

“The boys have looked really good in training this week, and if the training performance wasn’t good, I would be concerned but it has been fantastic,” he continued.

“Wednesday’s session was awesome, and at the same time, how you train is how you play so hopefully this should inspire them as we haven’t won a game yet, and give it another crack against Para Hills Knights.

“We are looking for our first win, and they are confident enough that we can do it, as we have shown good displays of football.”

The Young Reds take to the pitch at The Paddocks for a 3pm kick-off. The Reserves kick-off at 1pm.