Reds go for hat-trick

The Northern Demons will be after a modest winning hat-trick in what suddenly is a period of revitalisation for the Byrne Park team after consecutive wins against both away and home Adelaide teams in recent weeks before the FFA Cup Easter break.

The Demons had defeated both Adelaide University and then two weeks ago won 2-1 over former top team Gawler Eagles in what was the locals' initial home win for the Joel Porter coached State League 2 team this season.

The Easter recess would have been good for the Reds but they must keep the upbeat momentum rolling and be ready for the fifth-placed Cove FC visit to Byrne Park on Saturday that follows the Adelaide team's 0-2 loss against the Pirates in what was the battle between last season's relegated duo.

And Cove FC lost again in its FFA Cup game against Croydon Kings 1-3 after the tie was forced into extra time last week in a contest that had plenty of merit for coach Tom Ballantyne in a cup round that saw all State League 2 teams bar Vipers FC eliminated.

The Northern Demons are experiencing a sweet draw of late with three Byrne Park games out of their last four and on Saturday should be ready for a Cove opponent who will be ready to pounce after their double losses, but one that has only one extra win than the local Reds do.

The Demons 2-1 win over Gawler was its first home win but at the end of the day may well give Porter's coached outfit three consecutive wins and something you would have least thought a few weeks ago when it dropped all points against Uni SA at home.

The Demons are expecting the likes of Jacob Sakoulidis, Jimmy Okello and Darrell Avery to be in line for selection and that will probably push out coach and player Joel Porter after his influential performance against Gawler previously.

Reds defender Damian Introna is having his usual very consistent type of season again making the best players regularly with Mateusz Marczuk, although Dylan Pickert has been my pick over the last weeks along with the well-recruited goalkeeper Deale Chamberlain.

Cove FC coached by Ballantyne like the Pirates are desperate to get back into State League 1 and while his team has won impressively Vipers (3-0), Mount Barker (6-2) and Uni SA (5-1) it has also lost games to Eastern United 0-3 and to Gawler 4-6 to put doubts on the Hallett Cove based team.

This Saturday's afternoons round eight encounter is all about the Demons winning at home otherwise any different will only puncture those recent double wins, its improved form, the confidence gained and points on the ladder.

While playing at home will be a huge advantage particularly with Cove at Taperoo Reserve in the last league game and then again in a sapping cup loss to Croydon last week.

The Northern Demons' difference between winning and losing will have deep consequences and the Reds simply must win this home game on Saturday!

Defeating the travelling Cove on Saturday will send the Northern Demons into the top six, give the locals a hat-trick of wins, a second straight one at Byrne Park, but losing will have consequences.

DEMONS RESERVES & UNDER 18s

It will be a contest between two undefeated Under 18s teams that will open proceedings at Byrne Park this Saturday when the young fifth-placed and Lorne Matthews coached Northern Demons take on top billing opponent Cove FC outfit that have won six and drawn once, while the Reds have four wins, two draws and a game in hand against the Pirates.

Matthews has the Reds Under 18s playing very good soccer and kicking multiple goals being their feature in most games this season, however with Cove FC having a 37 goal difference on the ladder compared to the Demons 12 indicates the offensive busyness and difference between the two teams.

The second game at Byrne Park sees the Northern Demons Reserves (eighth) taking on the Cove (third) and with the home team winning 5-1 and their opponents losing 1-2 to the Pirates two weeks ago in round seven it gives Reds team coach John Louis Bellifemini some confidence of striking back to back wins on Saturday.

FFA CUP

The Easter weekend FFA Cup round two results saw only one State League 2 team survive where the Vipers FC impressively defeated Noarlunga United 4-1 while all other teams were knocked and new league leader the Adelaide Hills lost ingloriously 0-7 to thriving NPL team Adelaide Olympic.

As always expected the NPL teams take over the FFA Cup once the quarter final comse even though the likes of Cove FC lost 3-1 after extra time against the Croydon Kings and Adelaide University was defeated 2-1 by White City.

Cumberland kept up its progress by defeating the Pirates 6-1 at Taperoo Reserve.