An early look at the new 2018 soccer season suggests the Northern Demons cannot be too concerned about things right now even with both Premier and State League 1 Leagues kicking off this weekend leaving the locals and their new coach to wait another fortnight before it starts its season in a night game against Modbury Vista.
Nevertheless, the Demons have been kept real busy in preparation to the new season with innovatively appointed and highly-rated coach Joel Porter now in charge at Byrne Park and only a matter of time before the local Reds’ season gets rolling in what promises to be an exciting soccer season at the new-look Magor Road complex.
The Demons have been engaged and forced into short series of interclub trials all away from home due to major modifications at Byrne Park that features a FIFA approved ‘synthetic pitch’ and gameday clubrooms that will be ready before starting its State League 2 season on Friday, March 2.
It will be another soccer season that the Northern Demons will be striving to win promotion after badly missing out last season when the Reds found themselves in their best ever situation, but were caught out with two unproductive home finals that spoilt the locals’ finals intentions.
Relegated teams Adelaide United and Adelaide Victory will return to State League 2 and will be new opponents for the Demons this season
Last year’s finalists Seaford Rangers and Fulham United were promoted into the middle tier soccer division in a new season that sees no additional teams being added by the FFSA.
The Demons’ tough pre-season trial campaign was decimated by long lasting hot summer weather and the FFSA’s heat policy, while all games had been rostered to be played away due to works been done at Byrne Park, however the Reds have played four trials.
Interclub trials against State League 1 team Cove FC where it lost 3-5 before taking on former Premier League opponent Cumberland United and also losing 1-2, while just two weeks ago the Demons defeated Gawler Eagles 4-1 and followed up with last Saturday’s 1-0 loss against Premier League outfit Para Hills Knights at the Paddocks,
The Demons will play Eastern United this weekend at Athelstone Reserves in what probably will be the Reds’ last trial game.
Saturday’s trial with Para Hills was not one where both teams could get excited about where the two camps played young combinations, however the Northern Demons may experience some early season headaches regarding its goalkeeping department.
COVE FC 5 def NORTHERN DEMONS 3
CUMBERLAND 2 def NORTHERN DEMONS 1
GAWLER EAGLES 1 lost to NORTHERN DEMONS 4
PARA HILLS KNIGHTS 1 def NORTHERN DEMONS 0