STATE LEAGUE 2 LADDER
AT A GLANCE - AFTER 13 GAMES
1 ADELAIDE HILLS 32 pts
2 EASTERN UNITED 26 pts
3 GAWLER 26 pts
4 ADELAIDE COBRAS 23 pts
5 PIRATES FC 22 pts
6 VIPERS FC 22 pts
7 COVE FC 21 pts
8 NORTHERN DEMONS 18 pts
Mt Barker United 2 Northern Demons 2
Eastern United 2 Modbury Vista 0
Adelaide Cobras 1 Cove FC. 4
Adelaide Hills 4 Pirates FC 1
UNI SA FC. 0 Gawler Eagles 3
Adelaide University 2 Vipers FC 4
Adelaide Hills v DEMONS
Adelaide Cobras v Vipers FC
Modbury Vista v Mt Barker United
Pirates FC. v UNI SA FC.
Gawler Eagles v Adelaide University
Cove FC. v Eastern United
DEMONS BIG LET DOWN IN BARKER
The Northern Demons experienced a big letdown in Saturday's round 13 State League 2 game against bottom team Mount Barker United at Cornerstone College when it drew 2-2 and failed to bounce back after its previous loss to the Vipers, handing the Joel Porter coached team a winless four-game streak and some real concerns.
The Demons have slipped away on the league ladder and this Saturday plays the top team Adelaide Hills in a third consecutive away fixture, however, several results along with that of the Demons were surprising where Cove FC defeated the Cobras 4-1 and the Hills did likewise against the Pirates FC.
But it was the Northern Demons that proved quite disappointing especially after leading 2-0 at halftime and looking all-over a winner before conceding an early second period goal to the Barker outfit and then another in late injury time forcing the local Reds to settle for its third draw in its past four games.
The Demons recently have failed to put away teams and against Mount Barker at Cornerstone College this certainly was the case as the visitors should have scored a second half goal against a team that now has just two ladder points and last Saturday afternoon managed to put back to back draw results.
It was a Chris Annese 27th minute penalty and a 43rd minute own goal by Owen Davies that gave the Joel Porter team the lead but one that lacked genuine offensive soccer and goal scoring as you would expect from the rather efficient Demons.
But an early second half strike by Wren Amazon-Beveniste gave the home team some hope and that came at the very end through Jake Chesini to deny the Joel Porter mentored outfit a win in an encounter that the Northern Demons played poor soccer and with some reports suggesting the final result was the right one.
The Demons seem to have lost all confidence and continue to fail to put teams away when in a premium position like last week, while ongoing selection changes have not helped and currently the Reds are down in comparison to last season.
Speaking to the Demons coach over the weekend, his description on the contest was very negative on how his outfit performed against the ladder cellar dwellers and that the Reds have lost all confidence and continue to perform badly against ordinary rated teams and continue to defend badly.
He even touched on his team's awful display indicating the Demons probably never deserved anything better than the final outcome - several players are out of touch even though he was forced into more team changes and again was minus keeper Deale Chamberlain, Mitch Johnson and Jacob Sakoulidis could not play and replaced by Jono Eske, Marco Balsamo and Jake Noble.
Nonetheless, the Demon's overall performance was bad and its form has been just that in what has been a soccer season that has indeed lacked last season's strong, smooth and very consistent soccer season that presently has the team coach struggling to find best players.
MOUNT BARKER: M.Mcgrath, J.ChesiniOwen Daviesi.
NORTHERN DEMONS: J.Eske, D.DeGiglio, J.Noble. .
MOUNT BARKER: W.Amazon-Beveniste, J.Chesini.
NORTHERN DEMONS: C.Annese (P), O Davies (OG).
RESERVES & UNDER 18s
Both Northern Demons teams provided a path for a likely clean sweep to its league team in the two early games with stylish wins against Mount Barker last Saturday with the Reds Reserves winning 5-1 and the Under 18s demolishing their opponents 7-0 in cold conditions at Cornerstone College.
The Reserves led 3-1 at halftime before winning handsomely with Peter Capurso kicking two goals and other goals going to Samuel and James Spadavecchia and an own goal.
In the Under 18s it was Damon Rigg that grabbed all the limelight with five goals and some sharp goal scoring and their win reinforces its fourth spot on the ladder in a season that so far has seem them lose just three games.
DEMONS TAKE ON TOP HILLS
It will be a totally different soccer game this Saturday and going on recent Northern Demons results, this third consecutive away fixture against league leaders Adelaide Hills plus the long road trip to Woodside that ranks the very hardest journey in State League 2 will demand the very best from the local Reds should they desire to spring a surprise and win full points.
The contest between the Demons and the Hawks presents a tough challenge to the deflated Joel Porter coached Port Pirie team and its opportunity to win back-to-back games against the Craig Leith led and strong Hills outfit after the two drew 2-2 in round three at Byrne Park.
With the Demons displaying an out of character performance last week against lowly Mount Barker to draw 2-2, the locals have now dropped nine points in their last four games and buckled its transit and pursuit to win a top six spot on the ladder.
And the Demons' latest result had Joel Porter absolutely disappointed about his team's soccer and dismayed about his players sudden loss of confidence and as already pointed out, the Reds' inability to score in a second half that would have added to its 2-0 lead and win the game.
Meanwhile, the Adelaide Hills who played Pirates FC scored two first half injury time goals to also lead 2-0 but the Hawks did score two more unanswered goals to win 4-1 at home.
However, this Saturday afternoon the Demons must play a much improved game to win this round 14 encounter, while Porter will be desperately hoping for the return of at least Jacob Sakoulidis and goalkeeper Deale Chamberlain who has missed the last three games.
As for the top Hawks who are undefeated in 12 of their 13 games and claim a superior goal difference over every other team on the ladder, this Saturday's game points to a home win and as for the Demons a change in tactics and be switched on from the outset could well produce that optimum performance that is probably now overdue.
RESERVES & UNDER 18s
The two Northern Demons team will be looking at repeating last week's impressive away double wins in the two early games against the Adelaide Hills this Saturday, although the Hawks Reserves lead the ladder and the two Under 18s teams are separated by just two points.
Last week both set of teams won their games against Mount Barker and Pirates FC with the Hawks winning 2-1 in the Reserves and 5-2 in the Under 18s, while the Demons won 5-1 and 7-0.
But Saturday's two games will be harder for the travelling Reds.