Round 1 Results
Munno Para 1 Savoy 3
Macedonia Utd 1 Seaford 5
WA.Raptors 1 Para Hills East 3
Noarlunga Utd 2 West Beach 1
Southern Knights 4 Rowe Park 5
Round 2 Fixtures
Para Hills East v Savoy
Munno Para v Rowe Park
Sthrn Knights v Macedonia Utd
Seaford v Noarlunga Utd
West Beach v WA.Raptors
SAVOY WIN OPENER
Savoy got off to an impressive start in the new Division 2 league last Sunday afternoon when it played near faultless soccer to defeat Munno Para 3-1 at windy Uley Reserve in the opening round of amateur soccer on a day that four away teams won premiership points, plenty of goals and no draw results.
This encounter against last season's fourth-placed Para team was always anticipated as a tough first kick-off fixture that the Green and Whites had to navigate successfully, especially with the home team having given Savoy troubles in the past and the locals forced to face a difficult away draw in the following weeks ahead.
And while Savoy coach Vincent DeGioia was quite pleased with his team's away win on Sunday it was Munno Para coach Tom Radford that lamented the loss but was surprised about the Port Pirie opposition indicating just how much Savoy had improved since last playing them two season's ago and having won 6-1.
It was totally different on Sunday where Savoy held a 2-0 lead at halftime then led 3-0 before an unforced error midway through the second period allowed Munno Para to score a goal that forced the visitors to alter their game as the home outfit played some 15 minutes of good soccer.
DeGioia selected a strong starting eleven for the Munno Para opening fixture where new signing John Librino was the only addition to last season's winning Savoy team on Sunday afternoon and that smart midfielder Darren Clinton will captain the Green and Whites again this season.
Meanwhile, staunch team player Rhys Gillett played an encouraging normal strong defender's game and with Fabian Balmer, John Librino and Clinton got the opening season best player votes in a game that saw Leo Habonimana put Savoy 1-0 up at the 22nd minute mark.
And five minutes before the long break an AJ Sabimana right cross saw Carlo Librino drag the ball back allowing Darren Clinton to score a scorcher from 20 metres out giving Savoy an inspiring game winning 2-0 lead against Tom Radford coached Munno Para.
In the second period, Savoy played against the strong siding wind but hardly gave the home team a sniff as they seemed to have the ball in their forward half even though Para's Simon Burrows at right back, Daniel Lambert in midfield and Mark Brooker played well for Ulley Reserve team. But when Carlo Librino scored Savoy's third goal at the 73rd to have the visitors leading 3-0 and now cruising comfortably a resultant goalkeeper's clanger minutes later saw Nathan Brook leave his goals allowing Munno Para's Lambert to nicely steer a shot past the stranded gloveman for 3-1.
The home team naturally lifted for a short period but the combined team effort coming from the Green and Whites never wavered as it demonstrated that the local amateurs could well have a good season on Division 2. Defender Fabian Balmer was good at defensive left, Gillett looked in excellent order, while new addition John Librino was impressive and Darren Clinton controlled the midfield in what was a complete performance in Sunday's season opener.
MUNNO PARA: S.Burrows, D.Lambert, M.Brooker. SAVOY: F.Balmer, D.Clinton, R.Gillet, J.Librino,
MUNNO PARA: M.Booker. SAVOY: L.Habonimana, D.Clinton, C.Librino.
The John Smith coached Savoy Reserves lost 3-4 to Munno Para in the early game last Sunday but not before issuing the home team a real challenge as the Green and Whites recovered from a 0-2 deficit at halftime to draw level at 3-3 and then denied a share of the points when the home team got the winner at the 88th minute. It was Savoy's Graeme Swann that scored twice in the second half to level the scores at 2-2 before Munno Para regained the lead in a period of soccer that scoring was the highlight especially when Savoy's Jarred Smith again levelled the scores, but Munno Para who had repeatedly answered Savoy's goals found a late winner to win to 4-3.
SAVOY LOOKING TO REPEAT RESULT
Savoy will be looking to follow up from last week's top winning result when it's back on the road for its round two fixture against Para Hills East and another of five winners from the opening round in SAASL Division 2.
Both Savoy and former premier division Para Hills East won their away games 3-1 against Munno Para and WA Raptors respectively and this game is expected to test both teams in what already seems to be an even competition after first round results.
There's no doubt Savoy coach DeGioia would be pleased of what he saw of his team's good win last week and how the Green and Whites went about winning particularly when it reached an uninterrupted 3-0 score line to run out easy winners.
Para Hills East has played in the top division the last two seasons but finished down the ladder in eighth and ninth positions and is coached by Andrew Saggs and by all reports is a young combination with aspirations to get back up the ladder in its soccer.
Last week's Para Hills goal scorers were forward Jack Wegner, defender Dylan Milhench and front runner Liam Fleming while the one to watch is Tom Humphrys.
Nevertheless, Savoy who will be attempting to continue from last year's great soccer season can match it with Para Hills East that has experienced several recent ordinary seasons, however can the Green and Whites pounce on an opponent that seems vulnerable will be key to the outcome. It was an outstanding team display last week against Munno Para and should they repeat that again at Para Hills Oval it may well win its second straight away Division 2 game of the new season.
The Savoy Reserves after an exceptional second half of soccer last week will be attempting to go one better than last week's 3-4 loss to Munno Para when it takes on Para Hills who had a bumper round one win where it won 6-0 against WA Raptors. The Green and White Reserves combination must get a good start to its game this Sunday and not concede a winning lead like it did last week, and just how good was Para Hills East last week and the Raptors opposition. However, it could well be a hard game for Savoy!