Young Reds aim to “back-up” with crucial consecutive victory


Adelaide United will “travel” to The Parks Football Centre in a last minute venue change to face West Torrens Birkalla in Round 21 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League on Saturday.

Following the awe-inspiring win against Croydon Kings last week, it has put the Young Reds three points clear of the drop zone.

A performance that was left in high-regard, hailed as one of their best this season.

Goals to Pacifique Niyongabire and Apostolos Stamatelopoulos sealed the crucial three points in their 2-1 victory over the Kings.

Onto their opponent this week, sixth-placed WT Birkalla, fell 1-0 to Para Hills Knights, courtesy of Alex Mullen.

Adelaide United’s last meeting with WT Birkalla was back in May, where they were outrun by six goals to nil.

Head Coach, Huss Skenderovic, revealed that that team’s objective before the end of the season is to make amends on past matches and also back-up performances.

“It is about learning, and playing for 95 minutes which is what we have been doing over the past 12 weeks,” Skenderovic said.

“It is now that period where we ask if we can back-up games, like last week.

“Adelaide United Head Coach, Marco (Kurz) also said that it was the best performance he had seen thus far, from the team.

“The challenge will be whether or not we can emulate that performance, and be consistent over the next few weeks.

“It has been pleasing to see our improvement, especially in build-up play and now we will go in the direction of trying to consolidate more possession.

“And can we circulate better, by hitting teams where they don’t expect us to.”

Skenderovic mentioned that Adelaide United have earnt the respect of the rest of the competition, as they have what it takes to compete, and are not an “easy win”.

“And from a different perspective, other teams think that we play a certain style, but we hit them with something else and that is part of our development.

“Our last meeting with WT Birkalla was one of those games where we just dropped our heads once we started to concede goals and we lost the ability to compete.

“Whereas, now, we want to win the game on the weekend, as the players have the mindset to show our opposition who we are and that we can compete.

“With two games to go, we are still knocking just outside the top six, and I think a lot of teams this year now respect us and the way we have conducted ourselves.

“Teams that play us now are wary of what we can do and don’t think it is an easy three points on the day.”

The Young Reds will face West Torrens Birkalla at The Parks Football Centere on Saturday, 5 August at 12:00pm. Reserves kick-off at 10:00am.

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