The Northern Demons, as expected, are currently experiencing another busy pre-season period under reappointed second year senior coach Joel Porter by taking on strong opposition in a series of four away selected trial games in readiness for the new 2019 State League 2 season that kicks off later this month against relegated Port Adelaide FC at Byrne Park.
Changes to this new soccer season will be Port Adelaide FC and Cove FC dropping into State League 2 with Adelaide Victory, last season’s champions, and Playford City being promoted to State League 1 and the team changes to the FFSA third-tier competition will not make it any easier whatsoever.
The Demons are on a different and readjusted preparation that started in the first week of January with no stops apart from avoiding the state’s record-breaking heat just experienced that has seen the locals still play four trial games in Adelaide.
The Porter-mentored Demons opened their trial campaign against Fulham United, then took on Noarlunga United before playing Sturt Lions in a twilight game two weeks ago and in a second late kick-off trial last Saturday evening the Reds played Cove FC who along with Port Adelaide FC will be new opponents to the locals this season.
Those games were all played in Adelaide in a month-long away exercise that would have suited the Demons’ growing Adelaide base of players, however, the Reds’ coach indicated if unable to secure an amateur team to visit Byrne Park this weekend a full home training session will take place before repeating that in Adelaide the following week.
However, a string of defeats in those tough away trial games, and the lack of local early action at home suggests Northern Demons coach Joel Porter may come into this season with a new strategy and ideas differing from those of last year.
NORTHERN DEMONS TRIALS GAMES RESULTS
Fulham United 4, Northern Demons 3
Noarlunga United 3, Northern Demons 0
Sturt Lions 2, Northern Demons 0
Cove FC 4, Northern Demons 1
The Demons will go into the new State League 2 season with several new faces and strong Adelaide experience in their starting eleven for the round one Byrne Park opener against the visiting Pirates for one to suggest the Reds will be a far more settled combination than it was at the same time last year. It’s this pre-season period and the next two weeks that can be integral to how well the Demons can kick-off the new soccer season on February 23 at home and against one of the most likely better teams in this division this year.