Savoy debut at new home

Savoy opens its Division 2 home season on Sunday afternoon where the Green and Whites debut at its modern headquarters, the Port Pirie Sports Precinct, playing its third round fixture against West Beach after its Easter break and following back-to-back wins and a perfect start to its soccer season.

The coin toss to Sunday's game will be special with Savoy honouring two of Port Pirie's elder soccer statesmen that have seen the sport flourish since its inception in 1949 where playing in Adelaide competitions is now a formality.

The Vincent DeGioia coached and Marcus Amato assisted Savoy team that has quickly gained poise and confidence in an expected taxing Division 2 league can and may well lead the local amateur outfit to maybe another enjoyable season where the objective was of surviving the cut in the team's third attempt.

Sunday's game will be played at the Pirie West Oval where Savoy have trained there for almost two months and played their preseason trials and with serious soccer now on the go the new venue should not have any detrimental effect whatsoever.

Savoy opens its soccer account at the new Port Pirie Sports Precinct this Sunday as well as another venture for the Green and Whites who has started its season with a bang and back-to-back away wins.

Savoy will be after a third straight win when it hosts the visiting West Beach following its refreshing Easter break.

It will be a big afternoon for the club generally who left Savoy Park after 62 years with a win last season for the City Precinct and winning its third straight Division 2 and debut encounter can indeed become another accomplishment for the Green and Whites.

Meanwhile with Savoy defeating Munno Para 3-1 and Para Hills East 2-0 the visiting Lee Grogan coached West Beach who are winless after a 1-2 loss to Noarlunga United and a 1-4 loss to West Adelaide Raptors as well as nursing few injuries will come to Port Pirie seeking their first win of the season after having probably played against two of the better teams in Division 2 this season.

West Beach was relegated from Division 1 three seasons ago then finished in fifth and third in in its past two Division 2 years more recently and are a hardened combination captained by midfielder Connor O'Sullivan with James Rolston in defence and forward Shane McGeough said to be key players.

In the meantime the Vincent DeGioia coached Savoy team seems to be playing rather good soccer and the their two wins to date in the new season have been full of merit toppling Munno Para 3-1 and then Para Hills East 2-0 in away games.

The Vincent DeGioia coached Savoy team seems to be playing rather good soccer

And it's probably a little difficult to select the obvious standouts with the Green and Whites all contributing to winning results and performances that seem to mirror those of last season although every fixture will be a test for Savoy as it attempts to establish itself in this division.

But there is no doubt that the Librino brothers are playing well as is Domenic Keain, Rhys Gillett, Darren Clinton, Ben Higginbottom and AJ Sabimana - goalkeeper Nathan Brook is finding touch at the goal front and Leo Habonimna has kicked goals in both games.

A third straight win to Savoy this Sunday afternoon at the Pirie West Oval against Adelaide opponents West Beach will give DeGioia's outfit the best start to any amateur soccer season even better than last when it finished top.

Savoy will have a near full list to pick from whereas already DeGioia's team has adopted to the new challenge of going up a division and playing against some opposition that have spent time in the SAASL Premier League also.

Still the Green and Whites must chalk another win in their debut home game and get its season at the City Precinct off to a winning start and complete a winning hat-trick of wins against an opponent that Savoy did not do well against several seasons ago.

SAVOY RESERVES

The Savoy Reserves lost heavily last time out when it was belted 8-0 by Para Hills East in a second round game following a good 3-4 loss in the opening game of the season and this Sunday at home take on a West Beach team that the locals can win against.

The Adelaide visitors who have won and lost with contrasting 2-1 scores against both Noarlunga and Raptors will test the Green and Whites who are expected to hit back from its big loss two weeks ago.

It will be Savoy's opening game at the new City Sports Precinct and their first home game suggesting a better all-round game from the John Smith coached team.

FFA CUP

The FFA Cup second round was played over the Easter weekend where Elizabeth Downs defeated Brahama Lodge 2-1 and Elizabeth Vale defeated St Ignatians 3-2 with the two rival teams in Amateur League soccer winning berths in the quarter finals.

Both the Downs and Vale will represent SAASL and Vipers FC from State League 2 will attempt to match the stronger NPL teams as they take a strangle hold on this season's FFA Cup.

Last years surprise outfit Ghan Kilburn lost 0-6 to South Adelaide as did Tea Tree Gully who had knocked out West Adelaide in the previous round losing 0-4 to Adelaide Raiders. League soccer returns to full swing this coming weekend.