- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 25 April 2014
Photo: University skipper Aaron Hindmarsh should steer his side to victory today against New Town Eagles [PlessPix]
University should have no problem in maintaining their lead at the top of the Southern Premier League standings when they host bottom-side New Town Eagles at 2.30pm today at Olinda Grove.
“Last weekend we played two games against Taroona and Kingborough and we scored three goals and conceded two,” said University coach, Romilton Amaral.
“This is not a bad effort, but despite it taking us to the top of the ladder in SPL, it was not good enough to take us to the semi-finals in the Lakoseljac cup.
“This means there is a lot of room for improvement.
“In this sense, we understand this game against Newtown in the SPL is as important as any other game.
“Every game is worth exactly 3 points. We know New Town is working hard to rebuild, but we can't afford to take them lightly.
“We will play them with the same intensity that we played Taroona and Kingborough.
“We are three points clear ahead of Clarence and we want to make sure we keep this advantage to the second round.
“In yesterday’s training session, we worked on our attack as we have wasted so many scoring opportunities.
“We now have increased the ratio of balls on target, so hopefully, this weekend we can do a better job.
“Our midfield has been doing very well and our defence has improved so much, so I’m looking forward to the weekend.
“We are planning to bring in some of the players that have not been able to play 90 minutes.
“Peter Frank is returning into our defensive line-up. John Buga will be introduced to play with his brother, Alex, and Ronald John will lead our attack and consolidate his leadership in that area of the field.”
Nelson Eastern Suburbs welcome Taroona to North Warrane today for a 2.30pm kick-off and Taroona must be favoured to come away with the three points.
Nelson’s senior coach, Michael Roach, is away this weekend and assistant senior coach Andrew Reason will manage the team.
Nelson make two changes from last weekend’s team, with Luke Wallace returning from injury and Heetham Hekmat returning after being unavailable against Clarence.
"We have had some disappointing results over the past three weeks, but we are looking forward to playing on our home ground for the first time this year and finishing the first full round of matches with a positive result,” Reason said.
Photo: Taroona coach, George Krambousanos, said six of his players are heading to Brazil to watch the World Cup [PlessPix]
Taroona coach, George Krambousanos, is disappointed he has so far been unable to field his best side this season.
“Every week goes past and yet we haven’t played our best 11,” Krambousanos said. “Never mind, because that's football.
“Our game this Saturday will be played with a few players having their last games as six of them are going to the World Cup.
“I, as a coach, approach every game with a positive attitude and so do the players.
“The game will be played with a few new faces and with full respect to Nelson, who have a young group and slowly will better their style of play as the season moves on.”
“At the moment, University look the goods and they and Clarence played very well against the Victory League clubs last week.”
In the remaining match of the round, Clarence United travel to Sandown Park to take on reigning champions Beachside at 2.30pm today.
“It's going to be a tough ask to come away from the Tropicana with three points this weekend,” said Clarence coach, Alan Jablonski.
“Our starting eleven will consist of no less than five teenagers as we have a huge list of players who are unavailable.
“It's going to be a real test of our depth, but the young men coming in are quality and I am confident they will cope with the pressure.
“Paul Bremner, Sam Karas, Dipendra Kunwar, Henry Lush, Jeremy Price and Jarryn Prendergast are a few of the names who won’t be playing this week.”
“Beachside may not be as strong as last season, but I am sure they will be ready for this encounter.
“We will be desperate to win this game and stay in touch with the red hot University.”