League games make way for cup round

League games will make way for the third round of the Challenge Cup this weekend with only two Division 2 teams participating where top ladder team Para Hills West plays Salisbury Florina, and Angle Vale takes on Para Hills East.

Of the two teams Para Hills West has a good winning chance against Florina and can win a semi-final spot in this season’s major cup.

The make-up of this weekend’s quarters consist of seven teams from Sunday Premier division, four from Saturday Premier division, two from Sunday division two and one from the Saturday division two.

Pontian v Ghan Game Abandoned

Sunday’s game between Pontian Eagles and Ghan Kilburn was abandoned only minutes before halftime at Yalumba Drive Reserve with the score at 0-0 where allegedly the visiting and fiery Ghan team, who already had a player sent off and followers were again back to their old tricks, gave the referee no choice but to call the game off.

Before Sunday’s round 11 fixture Pontian were in sixth spot and Ghan Kilburn was in fourth place on the Division 2 Sunday Amateur League competition.

SAVOY GOAL KICKING ANGUISH

Savoy were outclassed in the goalkicking department again in its Saturday afternoon round 11 game against Plympton Bulldogs in Adelaide when it lost 0-3 as the Matthew Black-coached green-and-whites suffered its eighth loss for the season in a despairing Division 2 soccer season for the locals.

Savoy had played so well against the Bulldogs in their last meeting at home earlier in the season when it lost 0-1, but on Saturday its efforts in comparison were hardly of any resemblance as the anguish of goalkicking continued and its offensive brand of soccer also ordinary.

As reported, Savoy played in good brief patches against the Bulldogs, but the visitors’ consistency in the game failed it with the green-and-whites lacking badly in depth and real efficiency at both ends of the park as being the case since the season started.

On Saturday it was Savoy that probably should have opened the scoring when Callum Baldwin got one on one with the burly home keeper only to mess up his good chance where immediately Plympton went into attack to score for a 1-0 lead at the 15th minute mark.

Plympton could have twice added to the score when it hit two posts before the home team doubled its score line when it scored from a freekick that Savoy goalkeeper Michael Dimou should have done better protecting his goals and allowing the home team a 43rd minute goal and a 2-0 halftime lead. 

In the second period Savoy started with gusto and for a 15 minute period outplayed the Plympton Bulldogs by moving the ball around nicely and having a stranglehold on possession somewhat suggesting a fightback from the Black-mentored team.

But to no surprise the better and well balanced Plympton combination regained its composure and against the run of play clinically scored its third goal and post a 3-0 winning margin against an opponent that could offer only occasionally genuine fighting effort throughout the afternoon.

Steffan Barletta continues to play the best soccer for Savoy but gets little assistance and Quenten Louis was again good in his second game, but it was Tate Brook who was forced to do most of the bullocking trying to stem the Plympton attack in what was rated the best on last Saturday afternoon.

The issues of Savoy’s weakness at both ends continue to haunt and hurt the locals where another soccer season now has just little hope of survival remaining, and regrettably one being a repeat of their last.

BEST PLAYERS

SAVOY – T.Brook, S.Barletta, Q.Louis, J.Catalano  

SAVOY RESERVES

The Savoy Reserves tried its hardest last Saturday against Plympton when it fought back after trailing 0-2 at halftime before going onto lose 2-3 in a strong second half of soccer. Savoy matched its opponents in the second period and played some good soccer where it outscored the home team after having presented it with a healthy start, goal scorers for Savoy were Ashley Brook and Vincent DeGioia. SCORES – Plympton 3, Savoy 2. Gully City 3, Para Hills West 3. Pontian 2, Ghan 2. West Beach 2, WA Raptors 1. Munno Para 2, Angle Vale 2. 

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