STATE LEAGUE 2 LADDER
1 ADELAIDE HILLS 23 pts
2 GAWLER 17 pts
3 EASTERN UNITED 16 pts
4 ADELAIDE COBRAS 16 pts
5 NORTHERN DEMONS 16 pts
6 PIRATES FC 16 pts
7 COVE FC 15 pts
8 VIPERS FC 10 pts
PORT ADELAIDE FC. 1 DEMONS 3
Modbury Vista 0 Gawler Eagles 5
Cove FC. 2 UNI SA FC. 0
Adelaide Hills 3 Adelaide Uni 0
Adel Cobras 4 Mt Barker Utd 0
Eastern United 3 Vipers FC 0
DEMONS v Adelaide Cobras
Vipers FC v Pirates FC.
Gawler Eagles v Cove FC.
Adelaide Uni v Modbury Vista
Mt Barker Utd v Adelaide Hills
UNI SA FC. v Eastern United
DEMONS WIN IN A BREEZE
The Northern Demons made a statement last Saturday when it defeated Port Adelaide FC 3-1 in a breeze and avenge their early season home loss at the new Taperoo Reserve venue. The Demons' coach showed an absolute liking for the Pirates new home.
The Demons' win against the Pirates chalked the Reds fourth straight win in State League 2 soccer in a well-built period of consolidation by the Joel Porter coached team which is nicely placed in fourth spot on the ladder and the luxury of a home game this Saturday against the Adelaide Cobras.
And after last round the top six in State League 2 soccer seem well on their way in holding those spots and currently are the best teams going around apart from the Vipers who have dropped away since last season.
The Demons never allowed the Derek Hall coached Pirates any space in Saturday's round nine contest to completely change the home team's intention on the encounter and reverse the Byrne Park 0-4 loss as the Reds progressed throughout the game to commanding a 3-0 lead at the 62nd minute mark.
And the Northern Demons were off to a flying start when Dylan Pickert scored from the penalty spot in the first minute of play giving the visitors an instantaneous 1-0 lead and one it never ever looked like giving up all afternoon with Mitchell Johnson making it 2-0 at the 30th sending the Demons in at the break with a match-winning score.
Meanwhile, Saturday's game at Taperoo did see two good teams at each other all game but the Demons' defence proved too strong for the Pirates forwards who did get offensive scoring chances without ever really troubling the confident Reds outfit.
And in the second period it was much of the same stuff with the Demons controlling play and former Vipers frontline player Jimmy Okello scoring a third goal at the 62nd minute to shut out the Pirates' battling combination for good.
Nonetheless, the home team got on the scoreboard when Samuel Sesay goaled five minutes from referee Drew Faulkner's end whistle to finish a game the Demons got on top early and then simply proved the best team at an outstanding grass surfaced venue.
Demons coach Joel Porter described the Pirates outfit as a good one and one that had plenty of ball possession on the afternoon, but it was his defensive setup that played top rebounding soccer where the likes of Andrew McMillan, Daniel DeGiglio and skipper Daniel Cox featured highly throughout the game. Although the likes of Okello, Jacob Sakoulidis, McMillan and Mateusz Marczuk got the votes from the coach at the end of the day.
BEST PLAYERS: DEMONS: J.Okello, J.Sakoulidis, A.McMillan, M.Marczuk. PIRATES FC: S.Sesay, M.Anderson, G.Pacillo.
GOAL SCORERS: DEMONS: D.Pickert (pen), M.Johnson, J.Okello. PIRATES FC: S.Sesay.
RESERVES & U18s
It was the Northern Demons young Under 18s team that created probably some scoring record last Saturday when the Reds turned a 4-1 halftime score to defeat the Pirates FC 10-2 in the opening game at Taperoo Reserve to give its goal difference a huge boost in a game that had the home keeper under fire throughout the round nine encounter.
In the second game, the Demons Reserves went down narrowly losing 0-1 with both teams unable to score goals in the second period of play, but in a contest that had minimal scoring opportunities.
The Demons Under 18s are in sixth spot on the ladder while the Reds Reserves are in 10th.
COPY CONTEST AGAINST COBRAS
For the Northern Demons, Saturday's round 10 encounter is a copy of last week's contest where the local Reds outfit that currently experience a four-game winning streak hosts an Adelaide Cobras opponent that defeated the Joel Porter coached team 2-0 back in round two earlier this season.
And it will be a homecoming for former ace Demons top goal scorer and new Cobras signing Chris Mara that scored 19 times for the Reds last season and has already scored two for his new team with both coming last week against Mount Barker.
Meanwhile, the Demons' best undefeated stand came in the final seven games last season when it completed the minor round without dropping a game in a block of fixtures that included two draws in Joel Porter's debut season with the Demons.
Both the Pirates and the Cobras inflicted straight losses on the Demons in those early rounds before the Reds managed to muster ladder points before going onto lose one more game against Uni SA and since has won a quartet of games all against tough teams.
And with the Demons having raced up the State League 2 ladder into fifth place and mending its goal difference as well with all now looking rosy for Porter's combination that last week had little trouble in winning 3-1 against an opposition that had defeated the Reds 4-0 in the season kick-off game at Byrne Park.
Last week, the fourth-ranked Cobras defeated bottom team Mount Barker 4-0 at home after leading 2-0 at the long break and when the two met last time the Cobras also held a one goal lead before doubling that score line to run out winners.
However, things have changed dramatically for the very much in-form Northern Demons and another win looks a strong tip for this Saturday's Byrne Park game, although regular vote catcher and repeat goal kicker Dylan Pickert will be missing against the Cobras this Saturday.
Reds mentor Joel Porter has his team in superior condition where all lines on the park are playing strong solid soccer and in the away game against the Pirates last week the Reds seemed to score at will and also is now very good defensively and recently has conceded just three goals in five games of soccer.
Playing at home will be a big advantage to the Demons and will follow up with another Byrne Park game the week after when it hosts third ladder team Eastern United who is the only remaining team that has a game in hand, but should the Reds continue its present form it will certainly leap further ahead on the State League 2 table.
On Saturday, the Demons will need to mark the likes of Chris Mara, Nick Visvardis, Daniel Scorsonelli and Andrew Orphanou - all players that have talent and are match winners.
However, the Northern Demons cannot allow complacency to creep into its game and must continue to play tough against a Cobras opponent that in the last three league seasons against the Reds has only won once, drawn twice and lost three times to suggest the Byrne Park team are ahead with the stats in mostly close results.
RESERVES & U18s
The Northern Demons Reserves are expected to find the Cobras a difficult opponent going on the ladder rankings with the visitors posted in the top three teams after playing Mount Barker and the Reds in 10th, whereas the Reds Under 18s should have a tight game also where the teams are almost level.
However, the young 18s team who bolted in with a 10-2 win last week against the Pirates could see the Demons win again and have shown already they are playing better soccer than the Reserves this season.