Preview: Adelaide City v Brisbane Strikers
Adelaide City v Brisbane Strikers
Tuesday 16 September 2014 (Kick-Off 7.00pm local time)
Marden Sports Complex, Marden SA
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Radio broadcast: 531AM 5RTI Radio Italiana Adelaide
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Adelaide City squad: 1.Ryan VEITCH (GK), 3.Alex SUNASKY, 4.Shane TOBIAS, 5.Matthew HALLIDAY (c), 6.Matthew MULLEN, 7.Joel ALLWRIGHT, 8.Paul BLEFARI, 9.Anthony COSTA, 10.Marco MITTIGA, 11.Nicholas BUCCO, 12.Alex RIDEOUT, 13.Michael ACTON, 14.Josh MORI, 15.Shannon DAY, 16.Thomas LOVE, 21.Jackson O’DONNELL (GK), 23. Nicholas BUDIN
Brisbane Strikers squad: 1.Michael TURNBULL (GK), 2.Christopher MAHER, 3.Alexander SCHIAVO, 4.David SALIN, 5.Scot COULSON, 6.Daniel PARTRIDGE, 7.Keenan DUIMPIES, 8.Michael ANGUS, 10.Kalen FISHER-SMITH, 11.Jonathan RICHTER, 12.Greg KING (c), 16. Joshua TAYLOR, 17.Jackson HALL, 18.Matthew THURTELL, 19.Jheison MACUACE, 20.Jacob JARRATT (GK)
The last time these two proud clubs went head-to-head it was in the old national league and now they will resume hostilities on the national stage again.
Damian Mori’s City were the huge story of the round of 32, knocking off Hyundai A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers FC in the biggest upset of the competition so far.
And they should again enjoy some rapturous support at Marden Sports Complex in what should be an entertaining encounter between two sides that love to attack.
Most eyes will be on teenage sensation Thomas Love to see if he can have the same impact he did against the Wanderers, while young striker Anthony Costa will do his hopes of securing a Hyundai A-League contract no harm if he can get amongst the goals.
Costa, who was the National Youth League’s golden-boot last season, is on the radar of the Reds and a couple of other Hyundai A-League clubs and is someone that the Strikers will need to keep in check.
But the visitors have their own in-form striker in Matt Thurtell, who is also being monitored by Hyundai A-League champions Brisbane Roar.
Thurtell, who has an incredible 113 goals in just 96 appearances for the club, was a Roar youth team player and has been training with the Roar in the hope of securing a deal.
After scoring a stunning volley in the previous round’s win over Broadmeadow, Thurtell will again be key to Brisbane’s hopes and it may just be whichever striker has a better night as to which side goes on to the quarters.