Last weekend’s Challenge Cup round of 32 was not good for five of the six Division 3 teams that participated with Savoy losing to strong top division team Elizabeth Downs 0-7 at Argana Park in a cup tie that cancelled out its score from the Green and Whites opening cup game last month when the Vincent DeGioia coached team defeated Westwood FC 7-0.
Division 3 teams Adelaide Croatia lost 1-6, Angle Vale lost 0-11, SBS lost 1-3, and Adelaide Great Wall lost 0-2, however, league leader Rowe Park defeated 2nd Division outfit Tea Tree Gully City 2-1 to move into next round along with South Coast United who had a bye in this round.
The cup game report suggests it was an outstanding Elizabeth Downs team that played impressive soccer in Saturday’s Challenge Cup encounter and one that Savoy tried to tame but was unable to even though the Green and Whites held the Downs for different periods in both the first and second half of the game.
Savoy goalkeeper Nathan Brook was kept busy all afternoon but at the same time stopped the home team from hitting double figures on the scoreboard in top performance in the visitor’s goals – Downs led Savoy 4-0 at halftime.
A multi trophy winner in amateur soccer, the Downs never scored till the 35th minute before adding quick goals, and it was likewise in the second half where Savoy stopped their opponents for considerable time before Elizabeth Downs penetrated the Green and Whites defence with very good soccer.
Coach Vincent DeGioia did not play AJ Sabimana, skipper Darren Clinton and defender Rhys Gillet in Sunday’s cup tie at Argana Park and it was quite clear that the Savoy defensive line would feature in the best players in Sunday’s game.
Goalkeeper Nathan Brook and Tate Brook got DeGioia's votes while midfielder Carlo Librino and deputy skipper Domenic Keain collected the other votes in Savoy’s cup loss, but one it will learn from especially against classy opposition.
SAVOY: N.Brook, T.Brook, C.Librino, D.Keain.
Rd. No.5 – FIXTURES
SAVOY v SOUTH COAST UNITED
Macedonia United v Maiwand FC
Adelaide Croatia v Angle Vale
Adel Great Wall v SBS
Rowe Park v Para Hills United
SAASL CHALLENGE CUP – Round of 32 – RESULTS
ELIZABETH DOWNS 7, SAVOY (Div 3) 0
Rowe Park (Div 3) 2, Tea Tree Gully City 1
Unley United 3, SBS (Div 3) 1
Salisbury Inter 11, Angle Vale (Div 3) 0
Adelaide Croatia (Div 3) 1, MA Hawks 6
Adel Great Wall (Div 3) 0, Old Ignatians 2
Macedonia United 2, Greenacres Chiefs 0
Adelaide Titans 1, USC Lion 4
Stuart Marion 5, FIZI 1
Adelaide Pumas 4, West Beach 0
Northern Wolves 0, Para Hills West 6
Aldinga 0, BOSA 2
Elizabeth Grove 6, Strathalbyn 0
Prince Alfred 2, Ghan Kilburn 3
Adelaide Cobras 0, Croydon Cougars 9
Modbury Jets 5, One Tree Hill 5
Adel Red Blue Eagles 6, CFC 0
Southern Breakers 0, St Peters 5
Ingle Farm 6, Athelstone 1
Salisbury Florina 1, Stirling 1
Munno Para 9, Monarchs 2
Noarlunga United 11, M United Stars 4
WA Raptors 1, Adelaide Uni 2
Adel Blue Eagles 2, FSASA 4 (aet)
Modbury Vista 2, Salisbury Sharks 0
Para Field Gardens 2, Gleeson 1
Para Hills East 1, Pitbulls 1
Southern Knights 2, Hahndorf 0
Pontian Eagles 5, Salisbury Villa 3
Brahma Lodge 4, Adelaide Wanderers 1 (aet)
Elizabeth Vale v Flinders Uni
SAVOY SATURDAY AT HOME AGAINST COAST
Savoy hosts South Coast United this Saturday afternoon and an opponent that seemed to have disappeared from the scene with the Coast falling down as far as Division 4 for two years before slowly fighting back in the amateur ranks and return to the higher grade and this weekend the Green and Whites renew its on-park soccer acquaintances.
Records between the two teams favour the Green and Whites where in six encounters Savoy have won three times, drawn once and lost twice but all being tough soccer contests both at Savoy Park and at Hackham down south.
It was back in Savoy’s championship season that Savoy last met South Coast United who season finished second from the bottom and a soccer year that the Green and Whites won both games 1-0 at home and then won 3-1 away and in this Saturday afternoon’s round five fixture another win to the DeGioia coached team would be reassuring for the locals.
However, South Coast United are in third spot on goal difference just behind Savoy on the ladder and it will not be easy for the home team should last week’s cup result affect DeGioia’s outfit especially with his team having won its first home game after a long Savoy Park drought when it defeated Macedonia United 5-0 three weeks ago.
Rest assured it will be a much better Savoy starting 11 this Saturday afternoon when the Green and Whites take on South Coast in what should be a testing game for the locals and one they need to show that they have turned the corner and keep their good spot on the Division 3 ladder and more importantly win consecutive home games.
Savoy got severely tested last league game by Maiwand FC before winning 4-2 away in Adelaide whereas South Coast United defeated winless Angle Vale 3-1 that same afternoon and with the Green and Whites being busy in front of goals Saturday’s encounter may well be the one for Sam Salvemini to join the team and get on the score sheet.
And while Ben Higginbottom found the net twice against Maiwand renowned goal scorer AJ Sabimana as yet cannot score goals and with his high work ethics is due to get on the scoresheet sooner rather than later.
Higginbottom was a huge contributor to his team's previous win and against Maiwand neither Sabimana nor Librino made the best players instead young Kynan Crouch and Jayden Gonzalez did in good all-round performances and skipper Darren Clinton was a steady influence.
Saturday’s game against the visiting South Coast team will be another thorough analysis of how Savoy is truly travelling in this new amateur season where consistency of winning games becomes DeGioia’s team major barometer.
The Green and Whites with three wins, two being away and one home as well as an out of sorts home loss to top team Rowe Park back in round two seems on the right track, but a nasty result at home against the Coast will spoil the locals' recent good efforts.
But you would think Savoy can win again and keep its good record against the southerners!
SAVOY’S RESULTS v SOUTH COAST
Savoy WON 1-0
Savoy WON 3-1
Savoy LOST 2-3
Savoy LOST 2-3
Savoy WON 3-0
Savoy DREW 1-1
Stats from Seasons’ 2012, 2013 & 2014 home and away
The Savoy Reserves who lost 1-3 against Maiwand on Saturday take on South Coast United in the early Savoy Park Reserves game where the third-placed visitors play the fifth spot Green and Whites combination.
Savoy have won two and lost two whereas the Coast have won three and lost only once with the southerners having defeated Angle Vale 7-2 in its previous game two weeks ago and on Saturday both teams return to soccer after an idle weekend due to cup commitments.
Savoy will have to match the Coasts forward power play and be efficient in its possession play and general passing – the locals have wins against Vale, and Macedonia, while the Coast have defeated the likes of Vale, SBS and Para Hills United.
But Savoy coach John Smith will be without the services of top goals scorer Graeme Swan for a long time this season due to a leg injury.
PROGRESSIVE WEEKLY RESULTS
Rd.1 Angle Vale 2, Savoy 4
Rd.2 SAVOY 1, Rowe Park 3
Rd.3 SAVOY 5, Macedonia United 0
Rd.4 Maiwand FC. 2, SAVOY 4
Rd.5 SAVOY v Sth Coast United
Rd.6 Adelaide Croatia v SAVOY
Rd.7 SAVOY v SBS F.C.
Rd.8 Para Hills United v SAVOY
Rd.9 SAVOY v Adelaide Great Wall