The Kings started with Captain Michael Papacharalambous showing the way with some great defensive work fending off the two pronged attack of Stars strikers Michael Matricciani and Francesco Monterosso.
But it was the midfield workhorses that featured in this match, none more so than the stamina and work ethic of Killer King Luke Klimek.
With his physical build perfect for football, his determination and instigation of some great attacking moves was unquestionable and at times brilliant to watch.
Apart from the few runs by Matricciani and opportunities given to Monterosso and Scott Tunbridge which were all well covered by the Kings defence and keeper Christison,
MetroStars were surprisingly lacklustre in this match with key players yet to come back. Unlike their pre-season campaign which proved hard to beat, MetroStars were made to work hard in this match as the Kings continued to methodically weave their way through up front.
Kings only weakness coming from their inability to make the most of scoring opportunities, thwarted by Metros staunch defenders Dave Menechella, Adam Van Dommele and Captain Lee Robertson, all despite being without hardman Daniel Menechella and ‘The General’ Ivan Karlovic.
Croydon’s new recruit Jimmy Okello (Cobras) was proving worthy of his acquisition, as were the Eritrean trio of Erimas Tekle, Jamal Mahamud and Alemao Kebede each playing a pivotal role in the way the side played.
It was such a refreshing change to see a side come up from the Premier league and match it with one of the benchmark teams and not be totally overridden.
Matt Hiern and youngster Dion Gazettas worked like Trojans nullifying much of any attack that the Stars had. Most promising was the way Croydon was able to maintain possession of the ball providing some tough yet entertaining passages of play.
MetroStars were left frustrated at times, their inability to stamp their authority on this match evident. As momentum started to swing MetroStars way,
Croydon dug in with ten minutes to go and were able to hold on to gain the single point.
Coach Emir Tarabar was disappointed with the result. “We lost 2 points and we didn’t get a win. We played some good football out there and Im very happy with the way the new boys played. I feel it was a game we could’ve won”.
Friday night at Jet Park was back in the Super League calendar with Modbury hosting the Adelaide Blue Eagles, both sides looking for their first up win for the season.
The Jets started well with an opportunistic goal by Chris Dean within the first minute of the game to put the Jets in front, sending a shockwave through the Eagles side. Coach Vojo Gluscevic spurred his boys into action, the equalizer coming just seven minutes later via a header from young gun Ian Kamau on the goal line.
Nicholas Bucco had a golden opportunity to put the Blue Eagles two up in the 26th minute with a ball coming in at his feet only to spray it high over the cross bar.
The Eagles were gaining momentum as the game continued, striker Chad Bugeja having several opportunities but unable to make any count.
In the 39th minute some scrappy defending by the Jets saw Bucco slotting away the Eagles second. In the dying seconds of the first half Tony Solanga almost pegged one back as he shot the ball into goal forcing veteran Eagles keeper Gino DeLucia to parry the ball down, Solanga’s second bite at the cherry going just wide of the far post.
The wonderful keeping skills of Jets keeper Paul Reilly were on show in the 63rd minute, a shot looking a certainty to cross the line hjis outstretched dive enabling him to pull a fingertip save. The nail in the coffin for the Jets came in the 72nd minute when Kamau found the back of the net again for Eagles 3rd.
In other matches Raiders went down to visitors Adelaide Galaxy 1:2 at the Croatian Sports Centre, Para Hills made it two wins out of two matches with their 2:1 win over the Western Strikers and Adelaide City host Campbelltown at Adelaide City Park Oakden on Monday night in the Italian derby match.
Modbury 1 (Dean) v Adelaide Blue Eagles (Kamau 2, Bucco) 3 (HT 1 -2)
Best (Reilly, Elekwachi, Harvey ) – Best(Kamau, Filletti, Hatzis)
Res – Modbury 4 v Adelaide Blue Eagles 3
Adelaide City v Campbelltown (HT 0 -0)
Res – Adelaide City 4 v Campbelltown 1
MetroStars 0 v Croydon 0 (HT 0 -0)
Best (Robertson, Van Dommele, Godley (GK) – Best(Klimek, Papacharalambous, Hiern)
Res – MetroStars 4 v Croydon 1
Raiders 1 (Willcocks) v Adelaide Galaxy 2 (Madeley 2) (HT 0 -2)
Best ( Asres, Tesema, Willcocks) – Best(Madeley, Mcgreevy, Nagel)
Res – Raiders 2 v Adelaide Galaxy 2
Para Hills 2 (Williams,Townsend) v Western Strikers(Julardzija) 1 (HT 1 -0)
Best (Townsend, Selga, Bounds) – Best(Yosief, Russo, Stefanopolous)
Res – Para Hills 0 v Western Strikers 1
P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Para Hills 2 2 0 0 3 1 2 6
2 Croydon 2 1 1 0 2 0 2 4
3 Metro Stars 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 4
4 AB Eagles 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
5 Adelaide Galaxy 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
6 Raiders 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2 0
7 Western Strikers 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2 0
8 Modbury 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0
9 Adelaide City 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
10 Campbelltown 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
Adelaide Blue Eagles vs Metro Stars
Marden Sports Com 3:00 PM Sat 9/Apr
Croydon vs Para Hills
Polonia Reserve 3:00 PM Sat 9/Apr
Campbelltown vs Adelaide Galaxy
Steve Woodcock Sports 3PM Sat 9/Apr
Western Strikers vs Raiders
Carnegie Reserve 7:00 PM Sat 9/Apr
Adelaide vs Modbury
Adelaide City Park 7:30 PM Mon 11/Apr