Reds put up cup tie fight

Rd.6 FIXTURES

Adelaide University v NORTHERN DEMONS

Modbury Vista v UNI SA FC.

Adelaide Hills v Eastern United

Adelaide Cobras v Pt Adelaide FC

Cove FC v Mt Barker United

Gawler Eagles v Vipers FC

Preliminary FFA CUP Results

NORTHERN DEMONS 0, CUMBERLAND UTD 3

Modbury Jets 4, Adelaide Cobras 2. Sturt Lions 2, Gawler Eagles 1. Adelaide University 3, Modbury Vista 2. Cardijn Old Collegians 2, Vipers FC 4. Adelaide Uni Grads Red 4, Uni SA FC 1. W.T.Birkalla 0, Port Adelaide FC 1. Cove FC 1, Eastern United 0. Noarlunga United (Am) 2, Adelaide Hills 5. Mount Barker United 2, Ghan Kilburn 4. Detailing only State League 2 teams.

REDS MISS REGULARS AND LOSE

The Northern Demons last Saturday lost their Byrne Park FFA Cup tie 0-3 to State League 1 opponent Cumberland United in a contest described as anyone's game deep into the second half where both teams remained goalless and the Reds put on a decent challenge. Goals to the visiting Foxes in the 71st, 84th and 92nd minute marks punctured the Demons brave efforts against the mid-tier visiting Federation club where again reports point out that the Reds were competitive and defended well playing on the break, but was unable to score.

On Saturday, Demons coach Joel Porter had his starting eleven streamlined with three automatic starters unable to play where goalkeeper Deale Chamberlain was interstate, Dylan Pickert unavailable for family reasons and Andrew McMillan out suspended. But it was a case of when it counted most the Demons failed when Cumberland United got goals from set pieces and from double corner kicks that should have been defended much better where perhaps the fitness edge from the Neil Young coached Foxes told on the home, but more so the three home team defenders missing.

Deputy goalkeeper Matt Duncan played a good game as did Jake Sakoulidis, Donny DeGiglio and Jono Eske for the Demons in a game that one thought that the Foxes would be much too good for the Byrne Park team. Meanwhile, Joel Porter could not nominate his likely key goal scorer in a game and indicated there was a lack of confidence offensively whereas the Demons went onto play erratic soccer in the last 20 minutes with Porter's outfit failing mostly in its forward third of the park in a Reds combination that now keeps changing on a regular basis.

However, it was a cup game where the pointy end is so difficult and impossible and for the Demons its best shot right now is to escape from its present rut and start winning important league games by playing better soccer.

BEST PLAYERS: NORTHERN DEMONS - J.Sakoulidis, D.DeGiglio, J.Eske, M.Duncan. CUMBERLAND UTD - J.Schoen, K.Phelps, R.Lippett.

GOAL SCORERS: CUMBERLAND UTD -H.Thannhauser, R.Lippett, J.Schoen.

REDS DESPERATE FOR A WIN

The Demons resume league soccer after ending their swift FFA Cup experience with a loss to Cumberland United last week and on Saturday will take on Adelaide University in the city in a round six State League fixture that the Reds just simply need to win. The Byrne Park team is having a woeful season with just one win in all competitive games played this year now puts the heat on Reds coach Joel Porter and also his team to find a trusty winning formula and some consistency. There's no doubt that the Reds are in need of a goal scorer and regardless of the repetitive scenario of creativity up front and the chances made in the majority of Demons games so far the results are not good for the local State League 2 outfit.

Last season, the Demons played a shocker against Adelaide University in an early round three away game when University won 4-1 in what was a rare Reds defeat, but on Saturday, and with the landscape changing, the 10th-placed visitors could find this game just as tough against the newly appointed Raff Frisina coached eighth positioned University team. Two weeks ago the Demons were upset by Uni SA losing 0-1 at Byrne Park before losing to Cumberland 0-3 in a FFA Cup tie again at home suggesting the Joel Porter coached combination is desperately looking for a win.

And the Demons will be taking on an Adelaide University team that pushed third spot Pirates FC all afternoon with the scores level 1-1 at halftime, then taking an 82nd minute lead before its opponents found a late 87th minute game equalizer and a 2-2 end result, while last weekend the Frisina coached University defeated Modbury Vista 3-2 in its cup game.

This round six contest is up for the taking and both teams can win it, while the Demons will be trying to get some revenge over the Adelaide outfit after winning just one point from two games last season it still looms as another tricky affair for the Reds especially with Axel Perez-Garcia and Alex Dimas freely scoring goals. The Demons will get Andrew McMillan back from suspension while it is expected that goalkeeper Deale Chamberlain and Dylan Pickert will resume this Saturday after the three missed the cup game last week.

RESERVES & UNDER 18s

The Demons who last week lost both preliminary Byrne Park cup games to top ladder teams Eastern United on Saturday take on Adelaide University teams that both won their league games two weeks ago against the Pirates FC. Likewise, the Demons also had big double wins against Uni SA winning 5-0 and 7-2 at the same time, but the travelling Reds are expected to earn their points against the University teams after they won 4-1 and 3-0 last time out although both Demons teams are best placed on respective ladders. And inform young sharpshooter Bailey Biedenweg will be one to watch in the Under 18s for the Demons after he kicked four goals last time, while Peter Capurso was good with two for the Reserves.