West Torrens Birkalla v Adelaide City
PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia Elimination Semi Final

When: Saturday, August 29th. Kick-off 2:30pm
Where: Jack Smith Park, Morphett Road, NOVAR GARDENS

WT Birkalla and Adelaide City will aim to continue their finals journey when they meet in the PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia Elimination Semi Final at Jack Smith Park on Saturday.

Birkalla opened the finals series with a 5-4 penalty shootout triumph over Campbelltown City after the match ended scoreless.

It was Birkalla’s first finals appearance since 2011 and coach Steve De Giovanniello was proud of his players.

“It was a typical finals game, very tight with limited chances. However, both sides had good ones and it could have gone either way,” he said.

“It was the club’s first finals game for a while and the first for this group. They haven’t experienced that sort of pressure and intensity before. Campbelltown had more experience in that area and so I was proud of how the players handled the occasion.”

On its last trip to the finals, Birkalla was immediately eliminated following a loss against Western Strikers. It finished third this term, but is the outsider to lift the trophy of the four remaining clubs.

De Giovanniello accepts the underdog tag and believes this will be different to the pair’s last meeting – a 3-0 win for Adelaide City just three weeks ago.

“We are the underdogs even if we finished higher. If you look at experience, City has far more in these games. It’s new territory for my players.

“We learnt a lot from the last game, but having a midweek game beforehand had a bearing on it. We’ll be better prepared this time.

“Defensively Adelaide City are sound, while our strength is our front three. It will come down to our attack against their defence.”

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Under 18’s Final

The FFSA NPL Under 18s round 2 Final will also be played this Saturday morning between WT Birkalla & Modbury Jets.

When: Saturday, August 29th. Kick-off 9:30 am

Where: Jack Smith Park, Morphett Road, NOVAR GARDENS

Lets hope to see all our valued supporters at Jack Smith Park this Saturday to help both teams get over the line and progress to the next round.