Top teams set to do battle

ROUND 11 FIXTURES

SAVOY v PARA HILLS EAST

MACEDONIA v SOUTHERN KNIGHTS

WA RAPTORS v WEST BEACH

NOARLUNGA v SEAFORD

ROWE PARK v MUNNO PARA

ROUND 10 RESULTS

SAVOY Anniversary BYE

ROWE PARK 1 SOUTHERN KNIGHTS 2

PARA HILLS EAST 2 WA RAPTORS 2

SEAFORD 5 MACEDONIA 1

WEST BEACH 2 NOARLUNGA 1

MUNNO PARA BYE

SAVOY A GAME IN HAND NOW MUST KEEP WINNING

With Savoy not playing and enjoying their 70th anniversary weekend, the SAASL played their round 10 programme of fixtures where in Division 2 Sunday league leaders Para Hills East, who Savoy play this Sunday, drew 2-2 with WA Raptors to take a three-point lead over the second ranked Green and Whites on a league ladder that has closed in on the locals.

This Sunday's round 11 encounter becomes crucial for Savoy who after a bumper first half season remains in second position and having the league leaders in their sights. The game unfortunately has been shifted to the John Pirie Oval due to a major sports commitment at the City Sports Precinct and somewhat a disadvantage to the local's challenge on the Para Hills team and the opportunity to draw level with it on the league ladder.

Nevertheless, the game needs to be won and Savoy has already defeated the Hills team early in round two in April 2-0 at the Para Hills Oval venue with both forces having improved further since then making this home fixture one that the Vincent DeGioia outfit can win again.

Meanwhile, other games played last weekend saw West Beach defeat Noarlunga 2-1, Southern Knights again won this time over Rowe Park 2-1 also, while Seaford was too good for Macedonia and won 5-1 with the ladder showing Para Hills on top Savoy second, West beach third and WA Raptors in fourth place.

And Savoy will play their "bye fixture" on Sunday, August 18 at Uley Reserve in Adelaide.

DIVISION 2 LADDER after 10 rounds

1 PARA HILLS EAST 23 pts

2 SAVOY 20 pts *

3 WEST BEACH 18 pts

4 WA RAPTORS 17 pts

5 SOUTHERN KNIGHTS 16 pts

6 NOARLUNGA 14 pts

7 SEAFORD 13 pts

8 MUNNO PARA 7 pts *

9 ROWE PARK 6 pts

10 MACEDONIA 3 pts

(Please note) * to play catch-up game

SAVOY & PARA IN TOP LADDER TUSSLE

This Sunday's SAASL round 11 fixture sees the two top Division 2 teams Para Hills East and Savoy battle out for precious premiership points that will be crucial and key to end of season prime and major spots on the league ladder.

But regardless who wins, should there be a win in Sunday's game between these two teams the Para Hills East superior goal difference will keep the visitors on top of the league ladder.

Para Hills East is probably regarded as the better team in the division and only on past statistics, but Savoy has already got the better of them back in round two in Adelaide winning 2-0 when the Green and Whites was trying to settle in the harder soccer division.

Since then the Vincent DeGioia coached team has proved to be ultra-consistent, has held second position on the ladder all season and only two weeks ago lost its first game against Southern Knights 1-2 away at O'Sullivan Beach.

But it now has a game in hand due to last weekend's club's 70th anniversary with that round 10 fixture against eighth-placed Munno Para now to be played next month.

Both teams have lost and drawn just once with Para having a nine goal better difference to Savoy in ladder calculations while the game against Munno Para could well tilt the scales the Green and Whites way provided the DeGioia led combination continues with its season like it has already.

But first things first, and that is to deal with the Andrew Saggs' coached big bodied team who no doubt will want to avenge its 2-0 loss in Adelaide back in round two when Savoy was too nippy for Para and also put its chances away by playing good soccer.

Savoy coach Vincent DeGioia early this week indicated that he has a full list to select from in a three week period where his team will face a heavy schedule with games against Para Hills, West Beach and back at home against WA Raptors.

He also made mention that Leo Habonimana up front, Carlo Librino in the middle, AJ Sabimana, Rhys Gillett and Dominic Keain in defence and Darren Clinton will be relied on for some top performances against the league leaders this Sunday afternoon.

The Green and Whites had an incredible anniversary presentation last Saturday evening, one that displayed some of the club greats and the club achievements over those years in soccer a quality that players today can inspire and be motivated about.

Sunday's game at the John Pirie Oval where Savoy has played several games at before could be the place to complete back-to-back wins against Para Hills East and get their soccer season to follow its already impressive path in Division 2 soccer.

We will see how this big game of soccer eventuates come late Sunday afternoon!

SAVOY RESERVES

The Savoy Reserves need to change its current results but it will not happen this Sunday when the Green and Whites take on top team Para Hills East who have kicked 55 goals and can boast a goal difference of 50.

Savoy who are stuck in ninth spot on the ladder will find things tough this Sunday at the John Pirie Oval and the only thing the John Smith coached team can do is to play honest soccer and try their best against the top billing Para Hills outfit.