A round six game of the FFSA National Premier League between the Adelaide Youth team and West Adelaide was the last of four matches played at the Berri Main Oval on Saturday.
This was the second year in a row that the teams had played a similar fixture in the Riverland and it was slightly disappointing that only 500 people attended this year compared with a 1,000 in 2016.
Those that did attend witnessed a magnificent display of soccer.
Starting the program the outstanding Berri Under 14 premiership side faced a Challenge from a Riverland team. Both teams had early chances to score but it was Evan Wade who put Berri on the board with an absolute ‘blinder’ from outside the 18 yard box. Riverland’s Mathilda Rothe, Wade Coombs and Darcy Troy fought hard under constant pressure in defence as Jamie Kovacic out of defence and Mitchell Foulds in the middle set up opportunities for Berri. Holly Amos scored two excellent goals for Berri to send it to half time at 3-0. For Riverland Traeden Ivanovic played strongly and a couple of individual dashes right doen the length of the field that Jameson Whitbourne set off on rewarded him with a goal. Mitchell Rayner pulled off some excellent saves in goal for Riverland.
In a Women’s match a young Riverland team met the FFSA Developmrnt squad. The visitors were indeed a well drilled and disciplined and cooly went about their business to lead 5-0 at half time Chrissie Pavlomanolakos and Elif Sen worked hard for the home side in the middle and Katri Stavrou and Angela Pavlomanolakos did likewise in defence. After half time some excellent saves by Belinda Rayner in goals played a big part in Riverland only allowing the visitor to grab one more goal for a 6-0 finish.
Adelaide United went into the main game looking for its opening win for the season while West Adelaide was undefeated. The crowd was treated to a feast of soccer with fast pace and high skills on display and for 90 minutes it was end to end action. Ryan Stain goaled and after a blistering first half Adelaide United led 1-0 but after the break the contest went up another gear. Blake Carpenter and Pacifique Niyongabore both added to the Adelaide score but the goals themselves paled in comparison the the latter’s actrobatic celebration. Thomas Briscoe salvaged some pride for WA with a goal.
A barbecue at the Berri Club after the game and Meet and Greet at the Berri Oval on Sunday morning rounded out the visit.
FFSA Coaching Clinics were also part of the weekend.