Savoy drew 1-1 with third place Ghan Kilburn on Sunday in what developed into an exciting Mothers’ Day for all the wrong reasons at Savoy Park where a second half melee spoilt a very close round 5 Division 2 game.
It was some cool refereeing that kept the game going and who was forced to send off two Ghan players leaving the visitors to finish the contest two players short and after it led the encounter 1-0 at halftime. Sunday’s game was another fixture that the Matthew Black-coached green-and-whites needed to win and by all reports the home team did perform rather well considering the fiery development that resulted after a rough tackle on Tate Brook and the locals’ strong display against the well-rated Ghan.
It was a good result for Savoy and one that lifted the local amateurs a spot on the ladder against the fast and good soccer playing Ghan combination who had defeated Tea Tree Gully City in their previous league game and Savoy had won against Angle Vale. Savoy matched Ghan Kilburn right until the 40th when a Callum Baldwin pass went astray allowing the visitors to gain possession and beat keeper Dyason Stephens in the home goals giving the Adelaide team a 1-0 halftime lead.
Savoy never allowed its opponents to get on top and restricted Ghan into free flowing soccer and it was at the 70th minute that they found the equalizer when a great square ball from Sam Sullivan found the skilful Stefan Barletta who got one on one with the keeper before slotting the ball in the net for a 1-1 score line. But once that goal was scored a seemingly undisciplined Ghan lost control copping two red cards before the contest resumed for a frenzied final 10 minutes of soccer where both teams should have scored at different ends of the park in a clash that either team could have won. Savoy last Sunday was again without Rhys Gillet, could not play Graeme Swan as well as Jessie Catalano, but Fabian Balmer did return for a game that was full of amusement and much excitement. Best players – Savoy: S.Barletta, J.Kouimtzis, D.Stephens, D.Keain. Goal scorers – Savoy: S.Barletta.
The Reserves defeated Ghan Kilburn 3-2 in a stunning result on Sunday where Savoy kicked three first half goals and led 3-1 at halftime with the result seeing Savoy move into fourth spot on the ladder. Nick Mrozek kicked the opening two for Savoy and Nathan Lane scored the third before Ghan Kilburn pegged one back just before the long break. Savoy held its 3-1 lead until the closing two minutes of the game before the visitors got their second goal, however Savoy’s 3-2 win saw them win consecutive games and after five games the green-and-whites have two wins and a draw in what is the locals’ best performance in Reserves soccer. For Savoy Rylie Talbot, Ashley Brook, and Victorio Ciampi played strong games, while Nick Mrozek’s two straight goals put the locals on the winning track.
Savoy will be after WA Raptors scalp this Sunday in an away round six game at Kingston Gardens in Adelaide to add to its previous win and last week’s draw in an ill-tempered Savoy Park game that saw the local amateurs draw 1-1 with Ghan Kilburn. And after the Raptors heavy 2-8 loss to Tea Tree Gully and with Savoy playing more consistent and better soccer there is no reason that the Savoy will not win again away from home after having won against Angle Vale three weeks ago.
For Savoy coach Black ladder points will be a priority and even though the game is between 8th and 9th placed ladder teams a win becomes precious to say the least for both camps. Last season the two teams were involved in home and away games that produced a genuine goal fest with a 12 aggregate where Savoy lost at home 3-4 and then won Kingston Gardens 3-2, but the Raptors did finish off the season best.
The Raptors have been an annoying opponent for Savoy in recent seasons and the green-and-whites will have to improve its goal scoring, a department in its soccer that is struggling right now. Black again will label the game as one it needs to win, and if he manages to get the best team on the park, Savoy can win although after Raptors big loss last week the Adelaide team will want to bounce back.
The Reserves will be attempting to continue its good recent form and after defeating Ghan Kilburn 3-2 takes on WA Raptors away who last week lost 2-5 to Gully City. With two wins in a row Savoy could well make it three against 8th placed Raptors especially with Savoy now in 4th spot on the ladder and a huge boost in confidence coming into the local team courtesy of the good results so far this season. Another good start will give Savoy the ideal launch to another win, while they did win away just three weeks ago when it defeated Angle Vale 3-2.