The Northern Demons have a score to settle with the Port Adelaide FC his Saturday afternoon at Taperoo Reserve after losing the season opener at Byrne Park to the former State League 1 team 0-4 in late February.
Eight rounds into the season the Demons, who are experiencing a surge of success and lifted itself into fifth position on the ladder, will go to Adelaide taking on the second-placed Pirates in a what should be a bold round nine soccer clash.
The Joel Porter coached team comes off three straight wins against Adelaide University, Gawler and a 6-0 spanking of Cove FC two weeks ago at Byrne Park with this Saturday's game kicking off a testing period for the local Reds.
The Derek Hall coached Pirates in the last two weeks have won 2-0 against Cove and recently defeated Modbury Vista 2-1 and when matching those results it's the Demons that have been more impressive of the two teams of late.
The Northern Demons coach seems to have managed his players meticulously with the FFA Cup interference aiding most teams during a period where league soccer has taken a back seat and this soccer season yet to reach the mid-way mark.
Nonetheless, this State League 2 season is at a crucial period for all teams especially after how much the ladder keeps changing and will continue to with teams still having games in hand and as was the case last year.
Meanwhile, it's all about the Demons' challenge on a fourth consecutive win in Saturday's Taperoo Reserve clash against the Pirates and the Reds intent on the round nine league game that another win will further enhance Porter's soccer season.
The Demons' Derek Pickert and Mateusz Marczuk were the pick of the Reds against the Cove two weeks ago in the Byrne Park 6-0 blitz, but new forward Jimmy Okello and Daniel DeGiglio also had strong games in an encounter where the home team took full control in the second half.
Pirates players in the likes of Nick Mavromatis, Sam Sesay, Mitch Anderson Joe Pacillo and Cody Watson have been playing well for the Port Adelaide outfit, while former Demons player Jayden Upton last game scored twice against Vista. Saturday's game will be interesting with the result for either team being key to the top six and while the Pirates will be trying for a double against the Demons this season, the visitors on the other hand will be looking to continue their winning streak and take revenge over the Derek Hall led combination.
Both teams rested last weekend and the two combatants will be cherry ripe for Saturday's round nine fixture and while the Pirates have won just three home with wins against the Cove, Eastern United and the Demons.
The Northern Demons are now in a more confident mood than a few weeks ago and will like their chances at Taperoo Reserve in a contest that right now seems a toss-up.
DEMONS RESERVES & UNDER 18s
It will be two early contests that are expected to favour the Northern Demons who are better placed on respective ladders to date, but as for the Reds Reserves they must turn its losing 0-2 score from round one before winning where eighth and ninth teams contest the game.
In the Under 18s, the fifth-ranked Reds should prove too strong for the 10th-placed Pirates outfit where back in round one the game was not played due to heat.
Saturday's two preliminary games at Taperoo Reserve sees four teams and both who never won two weeks ago against the Cove and Modbury Vista - the Reds lost 1-5 and 0-5, while the Pirates drew 1-1 and lost 1-3.
Last weekend's FFA Cup 'quarter finals' was a near normality round of results and rush for semi-final berths with all except Adelaide Victory, the State League 1 team, winning a spot in the cup's next round. Amateur premier division team Elizabeth Downs defeated Vipers FC 4-1. NPL teams Adelaide Comets, Croydon, Metro Stars, Raiders, Adelaide City and Adelaide Olympic all won their cup quarters last Saturday with Adelaide City completely thrashing amateur outfit Elizabeth Vale 10-0, but apart from that blowout result all other cup ties were relatively close with Playford City losing narrowly 1-2 to Croydon Kings and Cumberland United losing 2-3 to Adelaide Olympic.