Rd. No.13 – RESULTS
SAVOY 2 MAIWAND FC 1
Rowe Park 3 Macedonia Untd 1
Angle Vale 2 South Coast Untd 2
Adelaide Great Wall 1 Adelaide Croatia 2
Para Hills United 1 SBS 0
SAASL Division 3 – Rd. No.14 – FIXTURES
STH COAST UNTD v SAVOY (Sat)
Maiwand FC v Macedonia United
Para Hills United v Rowe Park
Angle Vale v Adelaide Croatia
Adelaide Great Wall v SBS
Savoy made it back-to-back wins against probably the best opponent in Division 3 amateur soccer on Sunday when the Vincent DeGioia coached team picked up their game in an attacking second half soccer display back at a well prepared Savoy Park with the Green and Whites defeating top team Maiwand FC 2-1.
The Savoy Park team on Sunday rebounded from its approved loss to Macedonia United the previous week to chalk up an important win that sees just a three-goal difference separating the two for top of the ladder league leadership.
But Sunday’s round 13 league game started disastrously for the home team when the Green and Whites conceded instantaneously courtesy of an unfortunate own type of goal that home keeper Nathan Brook should have avoided after a tame pass back.
This quickly gave Maiwand the perfect start it needed against a Savoy team that had already defeated it 4-2 back in round four earlier this season and in a first half of soccer that DeGioia led outfit was forced to battle hard to keep out the well balanced and strong Adelaide and Afghani combination.
Nevertheless the home team kind of steadied as the half progressed before finding some referee decisions going against them especially when AJ Sabimana was catapulted in his bid to goal when one on one with the tough visiting keeper at the 33rd minute.
It was a classical piece of attacking soccer from the right side that the Savoy ball player who had beaten defenders to get into the box was upended for what looked as a certain penalty to Savoy in a crucial first half moment of play.
The DeGioia coached outfit could not play injured forward Sam Salvemini and also defender Tate Brook in Sunday’s game and were replaced by Rhys Gillet and the quick Leo Habonimana.
However, one could see that the Amir Jafari coached team which kicked with a strong wind did have the edge over Savoy while referee Guy Wall did not help the locals but did anger the Savoy bench as Maiwand threatened most as it attempted to double its score before the local outfit dug deep to protect a narrow 1-0 deficit at the long break.
The new period saw the contest change and with Savoy now with the aid of the wind there was soon a new direction in the Green and Whites game plan with a more offensive brand of soccer as the home team applied pressure on Maiwand.
AJ Sabimana had cheekily played on his opponents as well as testing the referee, while Leo Habonimana created pace and forward of midfield but it was the clever soccer coming from Darren Clinton, Carlo Librino, Ben Higginbottom and the likes of Matt Black and defenders Rhys Gillet and Dominic Keain that swung the contest in Savoy’s favour.
Getting on top in midfield and being better offensively saw Savoy stemming the visitors passing game and along with some strong defending it was Savoy that forced Maiwand to defend for the major part of the second half.
And it was from a right corner kick into a crowded Savoy box that this time the referee surprised the home team to quickly award a penalty when Gillet was held back and it was AJ Sabimana with a hop and jump easily converted to level the scores at 1-1.
There were some signs of Maiwand tiring but the contest was there for the taking and the Savoy playmakers really got involved with Ben Higginbottom, Librino, Clinton and Dominic Keain lifting significantly.
For the visitors Mohammad Nazari, Reza Mohammadi and the consistent Mohammad Jafray stood out in the Maiwand team all afternoon.
But locals still had to avert some hairy moments and Nathan Brook in the Savoy goals was forced into making telling saves as the Adelaide team continued to challenge before DeGioia made moves off his bench replacing Matt Black and Kynan Crouch with Dan Murphy and Jayden Gonzalez who both got soon involved in the Savoy Park contest.
And it was a Murphy that crossed from the deep left side to Darren Clinton in the Savoy goalmouth that he accurately goaled from at the 82nd minute to put the home team 2-1 up and giving his team a key win keeping the locals in a highly challenging ladder spot with five games remaining.
BEST PLAYERS – Savoy: L.Habonimana D.Keain, C.Librino, B.Higginbottom. Maiwand FC: M.Nazari, R.Mohammadi, M.Jafary, S.Hussaini. GOAL SCORERS – Savoy: AJ.Sabimana (pen), D.Clinton. Maiwand FC: D.Clinton (TOG).
The Savoy Reserves on Sunday drew 1-1 against Maiwand FC to extend its undefeated streak to five in the early game at Savoy Park where Tyler Kanaris put the Green and Whites 1-0 in the opening half of soccer and a score it contained at the halftime break. In what was a quiet, even contest in the windy conditions the locals could not score a second time and put some pressure on the visitors, and it was at the 85th minute mark that Maiwand got some reward for its efforts when it scored to close the Savoy Park early game at 1-1.
SAVOY OUT TO WIN AGAIN
It will be a Saturday afternoon timetable for Savoy when they take the long trek to Hackham for the round 14 encounter in Division 3 soccer to play the eighth-ranked South Coast United and after last week’s results the Green and Whites will be buoyed in playing a lesser opponent that could only draw against the bottom team after the local’s battling responses in the previous fortnight. The DeGioia coached Savoy overhauled a one goal deficit in a strong second half last week to win with some confidence, but not without frustrating the local bench in parts of the game with some ordinary pieces of soccer.
Savoy took on top of the table team Maiwand FC last week at home and won 2-1 while South Coast drew 2-2 against an Angle Vale outfit that provided stiff opposition to surprise the Hackham-based team. However, with five games remaining in the season the Green and Whites are in an exclusive position on the Division 3 ladder and a far cry to where it was this time last season suggesting some super improvements across the board at Savoy does have fantastic effects.
The Green and Whites no doubt will be out to finish this season off on a high but will need to take it week by week against the next five opponents. When the two teams last met back in round five it was a powerful second half of soccer that saw Savoy score three goals in 12 minutes to add to a Rhys Gillet first half goal that overwhelmed South Coast United at Savoy Park.
Since then Savoy has gone onto win ten times and the Coast just three that points to the Vincent DeGioia coached team being much better than the Hakham based outfit, and DeGioia will be hoping that Sam Salvemini can play this round 14 encounter. Last week, right midfielder Leo Habonimana was impressive winning the ball over and penetrating into the opposition defence with sheer speed and ball movements, however there were a number of Savoy players that lifted when they needed last week against Maiwand FC to secure an invaluable home win.
In the meantime Savoy have to do it all again this Saturday afternoon in an away fixture after having lost their last away game against the impressive Macedonia United. The Green and Whites are expected to win against the 8th positioned ladder opponents who have a minus goal difference, especially as top spot is certainly there for the taking as the current league leaders have two hard fixtures to overcome in the next few weeks.
The Savoy Reserves is expected to face stiff opposition this Saturday afternoon when they play second top team South Coast United who last week defeated lowly Angle Vale 2-1 on an afternoon that Savoy drew 1-1 with Maiwand FC who scored late in the game at Savoy Park. The John Smith coached Savoy have been playing some good soccer of late as the Green and Whites combination seem a settled outfit and in this Saturday’s game it faces a team that has won ten games this season compared to Savoy’s six wins. Nonetheless, Savoy will be trying to extend its recent undefeated run.