Round 6 FIXTURES
SAVOY v ROWE PARK
Munno Para v Noarlunga Utd
WA.Raptors v Macedonia Utd
West Beach v Seaford
Para Hills East v Southern Knights
Savoy's Soccer Agenda
v Rowe Park (home Rd.6) Sunday 26th May
v Macedonia (away Rd.7) Sun 2nd June
SAASL Mid-Season Break 8th - 9th June
Challenge Cup Soccer - Round No.2
v Seaford (home Rd.8) Sun 23rd June
EXPECT A WIN AT NEW VENUE
Savoy take on last season's championship runner-up opponent and eighth-placed Rowe Park this Sunday afternoon at the Sports Precinct and the Vincent DeGioia coached team will be looking for its first league win at the city venue after having conceding a 1-1 draw to West Beach several weeks ago and then a repeat result against Noarlunga United in a recent night game.
And Sunday's round six fixture will be just Savoy's second home league game so far this season as the Green and Whites have spent overtime on the road travelling albeit getting some fine results to be undefeated and in second spot on the ladder with three wins and two draws to date.
Meanwhile with Savoy not playing in the Challenge Cup Sunday's opponents and the relatively new thee year old club Rowe Park was in action last weekend and defeated McLaren Districts 6-2 in its cup tie and will be ready for Savoy's challenge at the Pirie West Oval.
However, with the Adelaide team having lost 0-3 to Para Hills East, 4-6 to West Beach and 0-5 to WA Raptors one suggest that Savoy can topple Sunday's visitors who continue to be coached by soccer friendly Jeff Napier but a team that finds itself at the wrong end of the ladder and after having played the same teams that have Savoy.
Last season, the two teams met twice and shared the wins with Rowe Park defeating the locals 3-1 in a round two fixture at Savoy Park before the Green and Whites reversed the result to win at Ingle Farm 2-0 in a game that former top goal scorer Sam Salvemini played extremely well and a win that led DeGioia's team to a strong finish before bounding away and finish the season strongly.
Nonetheless, with Savoy holding second spot and Rowe Park eighth it's the Napier coached outfit that has been busy most at different ends of the park by scoring 14 goals and conceding 19 whereas Savoy has netted nine and leaked just four goals with two coming in the final moments in games against West Beach and Noarlunga.
Savoy coach Vincent DeGioia is expected to have all three absentees available for Sunday's game with Rhys Gillett, Fabian Balmer and Tate Brook strengthening the locals back half, but need to get Leonard Habonimana and AJ Sabimana to feature in attack more often and are no doubt are proven offensive performers.
Rowe Park central defender Ben Steed normally rallies his team to perform but after allowing double digit goals in just five games will be some confidence booster to the home team in Sunday's encounter and in a game that the Green and Whites midfield should dominate play at the Pirie West Oval.
In the meantime, one suggests this round six game should see the Green and Whites open its Sports Precinct winning account and remain undefeated in Division 2 SAASL soccer.
Savoy are expected to win at the Sports Precinct and their new soccer venue to continue its near-faultless performance in Division.
Savoy Reserves who lost 1-5 against Noarlunga United even after they opened the scoring two weeks ago still chase its first season win and will attempt to do so when they take on Rowe Park at the Pirie West Oval in Sunday's early game. Savoy's inability to remain in the contest throughout the duration of the game is hurting the Reserves team with the Green and Whites losing to Munno Para, Para Hills East West Beach and the WA Raptors.
The contest will be between the eighth and ninth teams with Savoy having scored one goal extra but defensively Rowe Park is better.
CHALLENGE CUP - Rd 1
Eliz Grove 1 West Beach 4
Brahma Lodge 7 Sthrn Knights 0
WA. Raptors 5 Maced Untd 1
Rowe Park 6 McLaren Dist 2
Munno Para 2 Gleeson 1
Angle Vale 0 Adel Titans 4
Ingle Farm (aet) 3 Para Hills East 1
Andrew Farm 2 Murray Bridge 5
Para Hills West 5 Westwood 0
Para Hills United 1 Adel Blue Eagles 0
Tea Tree Gully 6 Salisbury Villa 1
Elizabeth Vale 21 Strathalbyn 0
Payneham Postel 4 SBS 1
Salisbury Inter 4 Flinders Uni 1
ALFC 2 FSASA 0
Pontian Eagles 3 Stirling 0
Salisbury Sharks 6 Maiwand 0
BOSA 0 USC Lion 1
Monarchs 3 Adel Red Pitbulls 2
MA Hawks 8 Adel Red Stars 0
Old Ignatians 2 CFC 0
Stuart Marion 6 Adel Pumas 0
Modbury Jets 2 Adelaide Uni 1
One Tree Hill 2 Adelaide Blue Eagles 5
Sthrn Breakers 1 Athelstone 4
St Peters 3 Unley United 0
Sth Coast Untd 1 PAC 3
Angle Vale 0 Adelaide Titans 4
Elizabeth Downs 5 East Adel 0
Eastern Untd 1 Adel Wanderers 5
Ghan Kilburn 2 Nrthrn Wolves 0
Parafield Gdns 3 Adel Cobras 0
Round of 32 results
The SAASL Challenge Cup and big round of 32 teams were played last weekend and Division 2 teams that advanced were WA Raptors who defeated Macedonia 5-1, and Savoy's next league opponent Rowe Park defeated McLaren Districts 6-0, and Munno Para won 2-0 over Gleeson. While West Beach who drew 1-1 with Savoy some weeks ago at the Sports Precinct proved too good for Elizabeth Grove winning 4-1, and Division 2 top team Para Hills East went into extra time with Ingle Farm before losing 1-3. And the biggest win on Challenge Cup weekend went to Elizabeth Vale that defeated Strathalbyn 21-0 after having lost their recent FFA Cup tie 0-10 to NPL team Adelaide City.