STATE LEAGUE 2 – Rd.3 RESULTS
NORTHERN DEMONS 2 Adelaide Hills 2
Uni SA FC 0 Port Adelaide FC 1
Vipers FC 1 Adelaide Cobras 1
Mount Barker United 2 Modbury Vista 3
Eastern United 3 Cove FC 0 Adelaide University 1 Gawler Eagles 1
STATE LEAGUE 2 – Rd.4 FIXTURES
Modbury Vista v NORTHERN DEMONS
Adelaide Cobras v Uni SA FC
Port Adelaide FC v Eastern United
Adelaide Hills v Vipers FC
Gawler Eagles v Mount Barker United
Cove FC v Adelaide University
DEMONS SCORE AND DRAW AGAINST HILLS
The Northern Demons drew 2-2 against Adelaide Hills at Byrne Park in a round three encounter that the Reds again showed improvement that pleased team coach Joel Porter who himself added substance and crafty experience in attack in Saturday’s starting eleven that finally saw the locals score goals in its State League 2 soccer season.
The Demons loss of Reds' likely main goal scorer Jack Scoot to a broken ankle suffered in the previous game against Adelaide Cobras forced team mentor Porter to play against the visiting Hills team as the local Reds kept their strong head to head record against the Craig Leith coached Hawks that have a game in hand after its fixture against Mount Barker was postponed last week.
Demons coach Joel Porter who played up front and added some offensive grunt said, “the team played better again and I like an improving trend, after all we have played three of the best teams in what looms a stronger State League 2 competition”.
And it was the Northern Demons that took the lead in Saturday’s home game when Mateusz Marczuk found the net at the 18th minute to have the Reds lead in a league game for the first time this season and undoubtedly in the best opening to a contest to date.
However, a defensive error and a Damien Introna back header to his goalkeeper at the half hour mark saw Adelaide Hills midfielder Daniel Ryles steal the ball and goal to have the scoreboard click to 1-1 as the Byrne Park game lifted a notch with both teams now playing a determined and hard brand of soccer after the Demons had a hold on the game in the opening stages.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that that the Demons need to fix their set pieces and also remedy some messy soccer that get them into trouble going forward in their games so far this season and on Saturday that was the case again at different times.
Adelaide Hills coach Craig Leith indicated that the Demons were on top mainly at the bookend periods in what was an openly played game conceding the Reds were on top of his team in the first and final fifteen minutes of the round 3 encounter, and Leith also agreed that this will be a tougher season.
Nevertheless, it was the visitors through striker Callum Hutchins that assured the Hawks would lead at the long break 2-1 at Byrne Park when he beat Reds keeper Deale Chamberlain with a second Adelaide Hills goal at the 41st minute.
The second period of play seemed as if the Adelaide Hills would contain the Demons and hang on to their half time score, however it was the home team that never allowed the Hawks too much freedom and instead got on top of the visitors and finished the game best.
With Joel Porter having played a fine offensive game for his team it was at the 81st minute that another new face at Byrne Park this season Bevan Henderson scored for his team to level the scores as the Reds ran out last Saturday’s contest quite strongly and well deserved the draw result.
Adelaide Hills coach Craig Leith admitted the Demons started best and finished best in Saturday’s game and also pointed out this season's top six will not be as obvious as that of last season.
Northern Demons - D.Pickert, J.Sakoulidis, D.Chamberlain, J.Williams. Adelaide Hills - D.Ryles, C.Hutchins, D.Hosking, D.Pauli.
Northern Demons - M.Marczuk, B.Henderson. Adelaide Hills - D.Ryles, C.Hutchins.
DEMONS RESERVES & UNDER 18s
Last Saturday the Northern Demons Reserves again were unable to win when the visiting Adelaide Hills defeated the Reds 5-1, but it was exactly the opposite for the young Under 18s on the scoreboard who it defeated the Hawks 5-1 in an early goal fest at Byrne Park.
The Hills combination proved too good for the Reserves who to date can claim just a 1-1 away draw against the Adelaide Cobras two weeks ago.
However it was the Under 18s outfit that impressed most especially when it turned a little 1-0 halftime score into a big win with four goals in the second half where the Demons goal went to individual players, Ben Sciancalepore, Bailey Beidenweg, Damon Rigg, Rhys Starick and Tirbhaven Singh.
DEMONS CAN WIN AGAINST VISTA
The Northern Demons, who are showing encouraging signs of improvement in consecutive games in the last two weeks, this Saturday afternoon will travel to Adelaide to take on Modbury Vista in what is their third season at FFSA level in the round 4 fixture at Smith Partners Stadium.
The incomplete and current State League 2 ladder that has some six teams having played a game short shows the Demons in 10th spot and Vista seventh, however Saturday’s encounter is one that the Joel Porter coached team can win and chalk its opening win of the season adding to last week’s draw against the Adelaide Hills.
The Northern Demons, who opened the new season with three hard games, can reshape its early season should it win against Modbury Vista and follow up with another when it plays Uni SA FC the following week at home.
And the Demons will be well enhanced by the return of team skipper Daniel Cox after his suspension for an away game that the local starting combination will again change as Porter seeks the right balance in the Byrne Park outfit going into his fourth league game and where the Reds coach is also expected to play his second straight game.
The Demons who lost 0-4 to Port Adelaide FC, lost 0-2 to the Cobras before last Saturday’s good 2-2 draw against Adelaide Hills at Byrne Park takes on a Vista team that has a game in hand and results that show the Modbury team has lost 1-2 against Adelaide University and last week defeated Mount Barker 3-2.
Last year the Demons opened their season with a 4-2 in an exciting night win at Smith Partners Stadium before winning 3-2 at Byrne Park in a round 14 and the closeness of those two games, and should Vista have improved, it may not be easy pickings for the Joel Porter coached team.
However, the Northern Demons will be looking at getting their season on track and is tipped to win this away game on Saturday afternoon, otherwise an inferior result will send the Reds back to the drawing board.
NORTHERN DEMONS OPENING 5 LEAGUE GAMES
Northern Demons 0 Port Adelaide FC 4 (H)
Adelaide Cobras 2 Northern Demons 0 (A)
Northern Demons 2 Adelaide Hills 2 (H)
Modbury Vista v Northern Demons (A)
Northern Demons v Uni SA FC (H)
DEMONS RESERVES & UNDER 18s
In the two early games the Demons will be after positive results as the Reds Reserves chase their first win and the Under 18s out to continue from last week’s 5-1 win against Adelaide Hills when they take on the two undefeated Modbury Vista teams who both sit in third spot and a game in hand.
Vista has defeated both Mount Barker and Adelaide University whereas the Demons results have been patchy so far this season before the young Under 18s turned it on last week in their big home win.
Both Northern Demons coaches John Louis Bellifemini (Reserves) and Lorne Matthews (Under 18s) will be out for wins against Vista although the Reds will be up against strong opposition and a well established youth development club, while last season Demons results were mixed against Vista in the two games played.