Thursday Night’s Rd.8 Results
GAWLER EAGLES 1, NORTHERN DEMONS 1
Rd. No.15 – FIXTURES
ADELAIDE COBRAS v NORTHERN DEMONS
Adelaide Hills v Adelaide Victory
Modbury Vista v Playford City
Eastern United v Adelaide University
Vipers F.C. v Mount Barker
Uni SA FC v Gawler Eagles
Demons draw to Eagles
It was all as expected that last Thursday night’s first catch-up game away at a cold, windy and slippery Karbeethan Reserve proved no such a simple assignment for the Northern Demons although the Joel Porter coached Reds created enough chances to win the game instead of drawing 1-1.
The end result was not what the visitors needed on an unsuitable midweek timeslot even though the Demons principal scorer Chris Mara put his team 1-0 up at the 39th minute and take a narrow lead into the halftime break before the Gawler Eagles replied in the second half from a set piece of play.
The Northern Demons were unable to creep up the ladder and makeup ground on teams above it and where I believe one would expect at first glimpse of the fixtures back months ago the round eight encounter would be ticked as a win.
The Joel Porter coached Demons regrettably are experiencing everything imaginable to put it off track about winning with confidence, and against Gawler the Reds had three players missing, still have injuries and forced to play the next on offer at Byrne Park where the locals could not make it back to back wins after defeating Modbury Vista previously at Byrne Park.
However, the Earl Pudler coached outfit has sparingly served up tough games for the Demons in the past seasons and last Thursday the home outfit courtesy of several fast forwards and being better from set pieces challenged the visitors mainly in the second half with the two teams being desperate for all points.
Nonetheless, Demons coach Joel Porter forced to play a well undermanned selection still was able to play to his structures with Josh Spadavecchia again playing well and could have well given the Reds the lead when he missed what appeared to be a simple tap in before Marco Balsamo also messed up a goal chance.
The Demons’ performance was much better than its opponents in the opening half and throughout the night the Reds’ strong defence became a feature although on many occasions gave up possession to their opponents in midfield and give the home team opportunities to be dangerous.
The Chris Mara opening goal was a beauty when he let go with a well taken volley from the right corner of the Reds box to give Eagle’s keeper Michael Gomes no chance and the lead to the Reds just inside 40 minutes of soccer.
The Demons then could not add to its score instead Gawler Eagles found a 60th minute Brad Docherty equalizer from a right corner kick and a set piece of soccer that the home team had excelled in during the contest.
Earl Pudler, the Gawler coach, conceded that the Demons were the best outfit in the first period before some halftime directives had them playing much better soccer, however did point out that the Reds should have scored a second goal from real close range and maybe the winner.
Meanwhile, reports from Karbeethan Reserve indicate the catch-up fixture was a real crowd pleaser especially after a difficult opening period where conditions tested the two teams - both teams keep their sixth and eighth positions on the State League 2 ladder.
BEST PLAYERS – GAWLER EAGLES: B.Docherty, J.Klappers, H.Hodgson, I.Baragomwa. DEMONS: J.Spadavecchia, C.McMillan, D Introna, C.Mara.
GOAL SCORERS – ADELAIDE COBRAS: B.Docherty. DEMONS: C.Mara.
Tough but essential for Reds
The Northern Demons are on the road again this Saturday following their midweek unfavourable drawn catch-up game against Gawler when it takes on league leader Adelaide Cobras at Weigall Oval in another stiff fixture for the local State League 2 team where winning this one rates as essential for the Red. And for Demons coach Joel Porter there is little he can do except hope his younger players that are getting a chance of playing league soccer keep improving as the selected season recruits remain unavailable and no doubt making things tough.
The Adelaide Cobras are an improved outfit from last season and tops the league ladder with some fine recent results and the Weigall Oval outfit with the same number of games played as the Demons have a seven point break on the eighth-placed Reds. In the meantime the State League 2 ladder makes for some fine calculations where the Demons current inconsistency and mixed results suggest its spot on the table still is secure although the Joel Porter coached outfit must pick up points better than it has of late where a three straight home game block of games in the next few weeks can be savoured by the Byrne Park team.
However, this Saturday the Demons game against the top ranked Cobras will rekindle past confrontations between the two teams where in the past five games the Northern Demons has an undefeated record with three wins and two draws.
But there should be some concern for the Demons with its opponents looking very settled and different to the Reds right now – the Demons have two wins in their last five games whereas the Cobras had won five straight before a 1-3 home loss to the progressing Adelaide Victory last round and no doubt will be after vengeance .
With the Cobras combination having free scorer Andrew Kaine, Ali Toure, Kostas Partou. Andrew Orpanou and captain Michael Papacharalambous playing good soccer and the expectation of bouncing back after its latest loss one can see the Demons being pressured considerably in Saturday’s away game.
Demons Chris Mara and the Spadavecchia brothers and Chris Annese attacking work, Reds captain Daniel Cox’s hard work in the middle and defender Andrew McMillan will be the Reds main players and Porter will be hoping his keeper Pranav Kotra will be good to play.
The Demons have scored just eight goals in their last six games whereas the Cobras have tripled that with 24 goals in the same period and a statistic that explains the Reds current woes and their lack of getting the ball in the net.
On Saturday, the league leading Cobras will start favourites against the visiting Demons, however for the Reds a big challenge and a huge scalp is there for the taking and only a super performance from Joel Porter’s team will do that.
RESERVES & UNDER 18s
After a comfortable win over Modbury Vista top of the table Northern Demons will take on the 6th placed Adelaide Cobras at Weigall Oval in a Reserves contest that the Reds are tipped to win and keep their supper form on track, while the Under 18s game could be a closer game of soccer.
The Cobras Reserves drew with Victory 2-2 as the Demons put paid to Vista 4-0 and in Under 18’s soccer the Demons lost 0-5 and the Cobras won 1-0.
However, this Saturday the Demons young 18’s outfit could also win even though the Cobras (sixth) are marginally better placed than the Reds (eighth) in the afternoon’s opening game of the round 15 fixture.
And should the two Demons teams play to their proven capabilities another double win in the preliminary games could be on the cards for the visitors.
13 COMPLETED LEAGUE ROUNDS
Rd. 1 - Modbury Vista 2 Demons 4 W
Rd. 2 - Demons 3 Playford 0 W
Rd. 3 - Adel University 4 Demons 1 L
Rd. 4 - Demons 6 Adel Victory 3 W
Rd. 5 - Demons 1 Adel Cobras 1 D
* Rd. 6 - Demons v Mount Barker -
Rd. 7 - Adel Hills 0 Demons 2 W
Rd. 8 - Gawler Eagles 1 Demons 1 D
Rd. 9 - Demons 2 Eastern United 1 W
Rd.10 - Uni SA FC 0 Demons 2 W
Rd.11 - Demons 0 Vipers FC. 1 L
Rd.12 - Adel Victory 2 Demons 2 D
Rd.13 - Playford City 2 Demons 0 L
Rd.14 - Demons 3 Modbury Vista 1 W