STATE LEAGUE 2 - LADDER
1 ADELAIDE HILLS 26 pts
2 GAWLER 20 pts
3 EASTERN UNITED 19 pts
4 ADELAIDE COBRAS 17 pts
5 NORTHERN DEMONS 17 pts
6 PIRATES FC 16 pts
7 COVE FC 15 pts
8 VIPERS FC 13 pts
DEMONS 2 Adelaide Cobras 2
Vipers FC 3 Pirates FC. 2
Gawler Eagles 1 Cove FC. 0
Adelaide University 3 Modbury Vista 1
Adelaide Hills 7 Mt Barker United 1
UNI SA FC. 1 Eastern United 2
DEMONS v EASTERN UNITED
Cove FC. v Modbury Vista
Adelaide Hills v Gawler Eagles
UNI SA FC. v Vipers FC
Adelaide Cobras v Adelaide University
Pirates FC v Mt Barker Utd
DEMONS AND COBRAS DRAW
The Northern Demons retain a five-game undefeated league run and remains in fifth spot, but last Saturday was unable to hold onto its 2-0 lead and was forced to settle for a 2-2 home draw against the Adelaide Cobras in its round 10 State League 2 encounter that saw the visitors score twice against the Reds in the final seven minutes of regular time in the Byrne Park fixture.
And the statistical and typical closeness between the two teams over several seasons continues although the Joel Porter coached team should have notched its fifth consecutive win after leading 1-0 at halftime and then go to a 2-0 scoreboard advantage at the 60th minute to put the Demons on track for another handy winning result.
The Demons were out to turn around a 0-2 loss against the John Falidis coached Cobras from their early round two game but a brace of goals from last season's golden boot forward and ace striker Andrew Orphanou changed the complexion of the game and no doubt disappoint a Demons outfit minus Dylan Pickert who was unavailable for the home encounter.
On the weekend, and after speaking to Reds coach Joel Porter, his description on the Byrne Park contest was that he could not fault his team in another strong display, but silly mistakes at key moments was a lesson learnt where in the last ten minutes Cobras skipper Orphanou proved the x-factor and the different end result.
The Cobras always showed dangerous signs offensively on last Saturday afternoon, however the scrimmage like goal that tied the game should have been avoided as the Demons defenders had chances to do so.
Nonetheless, the Northern Demons again were out of the blocks fast and from a neat Reds build-up the dangerous Jimmy Okello scored in awesome fashion with a fantastic volley from the right that ended in the visitors' top left corner for a 1-0 lead at the fifth minute.
And it was that goal that separated the two teams at halftime in an entertaining round 10 league fixture and just 15 minutes into the new period it was Mateusz Marczuk that doubled the score with another classy goal after some sharp Mitch Johnson assistance.
However, the Adelaide Cobras outfit never let up even after trailing 0-2 and persisted with their own pattern of play to do enough and force the Demons into errors in their defensive box with Andrew Orphanou popping up to do the late damage with two goals and win a share of the points.
Joel Porter replaced the missing Dylan Pickert with Damian Introna while early in the game an injury to Darrell Avery saw substitute Jordan Williams come on.
Former Vipers player Jimmy Okello was outstanding in Saturday's game and is rapidly becoming a key cog in the Reds' combination while strong and consistent defender Daniel DeGiglio, Jono Eske and Mitch Johnson made the best players list in the Byrne Park 2-2 draw.
NORTHERN DEMONS: J.Okello, D.DeGiglio,J.Eske, M.Johnson. COBRAS: A.Orphanou, S.Savino, M,Mangafakis, D.Scorsonelli.
NORTHERN DEMONS: J.Okello, A.McMillan. COBRAS: A.Orphanou 2.
RESERVES & UNDER 18s
The Northern Demons Reserves went down 1-3 to the well-placed Cobras where a Peter Capurso converted penalty was the only damage done to the visitors in last Saturday's middle game.
But in the opening game of the day, the high flying young Demons Under 1's repeated their previous 10-2 thrashing of Pirates FC with another runaway 8-0 win to demolish the Adelaide Cobras counterparts with goalscoring ace Bailey Biedenweg kicking seven of the eight goals in a magnificent display by last season's award winner and FFSA Under 18 medallist.
DEMONS TO HOST EASTERN UNITED
The Northern Demons on Saturday host third-ranked Eastern United in what looms as another tough opponent for the Joel Porter coached team, but just an additional test in a period that has seen the Byrne Park outfit meet and beat top eight rivals and who currently enjoys a five-straight undefeated stretch of State League 2 results.
Wins over rated opposition like Gawler, Cove FC, Pirates and last week's 2-2 draw against the Adelaide Cobras all follow the Demons breakout 3-0 away win against Adelaide University in early April and particularly the sharp progress made by the Reds on the league ladder.
And this Saturday's contest against Eastern United who at times have worried the locals seems not as difficult as one would think especially with the Saints narrowly defeating Uni SA 2-1 last week, but a team that also defeated the Demons back in round five.
Weekly and consistent information received about the Northern Demons' ride up the league ladder suggests the Porter coached combination have established a nice match routine and one that keeps getting better.
For the Saints game, the Demons will see the return of top performer Dylan Pickert who missed the Cobras fixture as Porter will be hoping the concession of two late goals last week was a glitch in his team's progression.
However, the Gert Christo coached United has won against almost the same teams as have the Demons so far this season and two weeks ago defeated the Cobras 2-1, however the Byrne Park team has benefited from playing four out of its last five games at home and this Saturday should win unless the Saints show they are the big improvers this season.
RESERVES & UNDER 18s
Both Northern Demons teams will find Eastern United rather strong opposition in the two early round 11 games at Byrne Park this Saturday.
The young Saints are second on the ladder, while the Reserves are in sixth place and both won their games against Uni SA last week, but the rich goalscoring form that the Demons Under 18s have showed in the last two weeks can see the Reds upset the higher ranked Athelstone outfit.
The local Under 18s team has kicked 18 goals in two games and Demons Bailey Biedenweg has hit the net consistently especially against the Cobras when they won 8-0 and he netted seven.
LEAGUE GAMES - RESULTS
Northern Demons 0 Port Adelaide FC 4
Adelaide Cobras 2 Northern Demons 0
Northern Demons 2 Adelaide Hills 2
Modbury Vista 0 Northern Demons 3
Northern Demons 0 Uni SA FC 1
Adelaide University 0 Northern Demons 3
Northern Demons 2 Gawler Eagles 1
Northern Demons 6 Cove FC. 0
Port Adelaide FC. 3 Northern Demons 1
Northern Demons 2 Adelaide Cobras 2
Northern Demons v Eastern United
Vipers FC. v Northern Demons