Savoy lost in conditions

Savoy, under the guidance of coach Matt Black and team manager Vinnie Degioia, play WA Raptors at home this weekend.

Savoy, under the guidance of coach Matt Black and team manager Vinnie Degioia, play WA Raptors at home this weekend.

It doesn’t get any better and Savoy’s 0-5 loss coupled up with Sunday’s atrocious and unplayable afternoon should have been cancelled like the three fixtures that were in Division 2 soccer on the day.  

Perhaps Savoy gets some sort of excuse for its loss against Ghan Kilburn in Adelaide where it was described that the ball stopped in the mud and surfed over wet areas that gave the younger Savoy players a hell of perspective of soccer never ever experienced before. 

Ghan, even before Sunday’s dreadful weather conditions, were hot favourites to win even though Savoy had drawn with the Kilburn-based team 2-2 in an earlier league round of soccer at Savoy Park.

Savoy coach Matthew Black was forced into several changes with Rhys Gillet and Callum Baldwin out while Stefan Barletta and Graeme Swan came in. 

Ghan scored goals at the seventh and 20th minutes to be 2-0 halftime leaders where both sets of players deserved their dressing shed rest in a half of soccer that Savoy keeper Michel Dimou saved a penalty and in a break that the two coaches could express little in a terrible the round 14 game of soccer.

In the second half Ghan Kilburn, who handled the conditions best, added another three goals for a good 5-0 win against a Savoy team that appeared lost for the greater majority of the afternoon as the home team picked up some revenge on the Green and Whites from when they previously clashed.

BEST PLAYERS

Savoy

T.Brook, M.Dimou, F.Balmer, D.Keain.

SAVOY RESERVES

The Savoy Reserves survived the poor conditions in flying fashion when the Green and Whites defeated Ghan Kilburn 3-1 to complete strong back to back wins against their Adelaide opponents.

An earlier 3-2 home win coupled with Sundays 3-1 away result gives the young Savoy team some well deserved credit this season.

It was Jaden Gonzales that opened the scoring and that was the halftime score line before Ghan levelled, but Ashley Brook regained Savoy’s lead two minutes later before Vincent Bellifemini secured the win with an 81st minute goal for a 3-1 victory.

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Savoy Park win only as Green and Whites play at home

This Sunday Savoy continues to seek its first home win in round 15 of Division 2 amateur soccer after a block of five straight defeats and conceding sixteen goals in its travels when it takes on a beatable seventh-placed WA Raptors at home.

The last three games against the Raptors has the Adelaide team leading by a win after Savoy won away and lost at home last season and in round six this season the Green and Whites lost 1-5 at Kensington Gardens after one of its brightest openings to game.

The early season contest saw Savoy open the scoring and attack its opponents in a prominent opening to the game, but it was in this game that magnified the Matthew Black-coached team’s goalkeeping weakness with the Raptors equalizing from keeper’s howler that turned the game on its head.

The Raptors with another five teams never played last week due to the horrible weather and will be ready to go against the local cellar dwellers on Sunday where all concerned at Savoy Park must surely be frustrated about their team and that the Green and Whites are yet to win on home territory.

Much better conditions are expected this Sunday but going on Savoy’s week in week out winless form, trying to win this game also remains a highly doubtful proposition.

SAVOY RESERVES

The Savoy Reserves lost to WA Raptors 1-2 in round six in Adelaide after the two teams were level at 1-1 at halftime and on that afternoon the Green and Whites messed up their offensive soccer, while the Raptors scored two goals from two chances.

But after winning 3-1 against Ghan Kilburn last week in trying conditions this Sunday’s home game can see Savoy win again and reverse the previous result.