STATE LEAGUE 2 - LADDER
After 16 Rounds
1 ADELAIDE HILLS 38 pts *
2 GAWLER EAGLES 32 pts *
3 ADELAIDE COBRAS 29 pts *
4 EASTERN UNITED FC 28 pts *
5 VIPERS FC. 25 pts *
6 COVE FC 25 pts *
7 PIRATES FC. 24 pts *
8 NORTHERN DEMONS 22 pts
(Please note * teams needing to play catch-up fixtures)
Gawler Eagles 2 Northern Demons 1
Modbury Vista 4 Vipers FC 2
Adelaide University 8 Mt Barker United 2
Adelaide Cobras 1 Eastern United 0
Cove FC 3 Pirates FC. 1
Adelaide Hills 10 UNI SA 1
Northern Demons v Adelaide University
UNI SA FC. v Modbury Vista
Mt Barker United v Cove FC.
Vipers FC v Gawler Eagles
Adelaide Hills v Eastern United
Pirates FC v Adelaide Cobras
DEMONS LOSE TO SECOND-PLACED GAWLER
The Northern Demons just could not win against second ladder team Gawler Eagles last Saturday afternoon at Karbeethan Reserve when it lost 1-2 to an opponent that has unfortunately proved much more consistent than the Joel Porter coached Reds have.
The Reds played another under-performing game of soccer against Gawler with its coach showing discontent and finding things tough about naming his best players as the up and down syndrome continues as far as the Byrne Park team and their soccer season goes.
And with just six fixtures remaining in the season and the State League 2 table to take changes once a multitude of teams play their catch-up games that the Demons may not benefit from, the Reds' chances of playing finals again will be limited.
Last Saturday, the Demons conceded early then equalized just over the half-hour point before a late 81st minute Gawler goal stopped the Reds' winning hopes and also had goalkeeper Deale Chamberlain save a penalty in what's been an unusual soccer season by the Byrne Park team and one ravaged by injuries but also one that the local outfit has not gelled as good as one would have expected by this time.
The Northern Demons will win their next two games both at Byrne Park, but three of the final four fixtures are tipped to test the Joel Porter team for the last time in the season against the likes of the Cove FC, Vipers FC and Eastern United.
Against the Gawler Eagles last week, a win would have been just the tonic the Demons needed who are back in eightth spot and three points in arrears of the desired sixth position on the league ladder.
However, round 16 losses to Eastern United, Vipers FC and the Pirates all teams above the Demons last Saturday helped somewhat but could be to no avail in the next few weeks.
Porter again was on the Demons' bench and strong forward Jack Scoot who made his comeback from injury against Modbury Vista as well as scoring the previous week played before being substituted due to a slight leg injury that could be concerning.
At Karbeethan Reserve, it was Gawler's mainstay Bradley Docherty that opened the scoring at the fifth minute to put his team up 1-0 before Marco Balsamo scored at the 32nd to have the two teams' level at halftime and the Demons in the game with a real chance especially after Reds gloveman Chamberlain had saved from the spot.
Meanwhile, the brand of soccer the Demons had played was not the best and description on the contest suggests the visitors were not up to it and players relied on others too many times as the Reds failed to play properly as a team.
Northern Demons mentor Joel Porter had played an unchanged combination to the one that had defeated Vista 5-1 the previous week at home and although his team lost to the highly reliable Gawler Eagles outfit there was that touch of fight but the lack of cohesion that was the major factor.
Regretfully, the Northern Demons have been like this all season losing consistency, brittle concentration and little link between players that altogether leads to performances well down on last season where the Demons were a force throughout the whole set of fixtures.
This time last season the Demons had won nine games and drawn two and went onto win another four, whereas currently the Reds have won six and drawn four after sixteen rounds of State League 2 soccer, and have won only once in the past seven weeks.
GAWLER: B.Docherty, I.Baragomwa, B.Uwezo, P.Cawood.
DEMONS: D.Chamberlain, D.Lobasso, D.Introna.
GAWLER: B.Docherty, T.Hatungimana.
RESERVES & U18s
The Northern Demons Reserves team dashed clear from the Gawler Eagles last Saturday to win convincingly 4-1 after being 2-0 up at halftime.
Early goal scorers were James Pisani and Angus Smart before the Demons overcome an Eagles mini fightback after a Manos Koutelas goal at the 50th minute and a 2-1 score line at Karbeethan Reserve, but the John Louis Bellifemini coached Reds asserted their authority with both Nathan Introna and Joshua Spadavecchia scoring goals in the final fifteen minutes to deny the home side any winning hope.
The Demons on Saturday put aside their loss to Modbury Vista to bounce back, while there was no Under 18s game.
DEMONS HOST UNIVERSITY TEAMS
The Northern Demons this Saturday start a two week Byrne Park and home game block of games where the Joel Porter coached Reds are expected to win all points from, even though ninth-placed Adelaide University thrashed Mount Barker 8-2 last week with both teams descending on Byrne Park on following Saturdays.
The Demons host University on Saturday, a team the locals defeated 3-0 back in round six in Adelaide and a game one expects the Reds to finish on top and take valuable ladder points before playing Mount Barker the following week, a team the locals could only draw 2-2 in a disappointing outcome several weeks ago.
Nevertheless, for the Demons who will be out to defeat a good soccer playing University outfit will also be trying to play their best soccer against a team that has won against the Reds before.
Last week, Adelaide University led 3-0 at the long break before romping home at the University City Ovals and also had a clean winning sweep on the day with all grades getting maximum points.
However, with the Blacks in ninth position on the ladder and eight points adrift of the Demons, everything points to a home win although funnier things have happened in the past.
The Northern Demons can finish this season with a flourish playing three at home and three away to complete the season, and the Reds owe its home crowd better moments with the locals playing the last two fixtures away and still with some chance for finals.
RESERVES & U18s
The two Northern Demons Reserves won very well against Gawler last week with a 4-1 score in a strong all round effort and a strong finish to the second half and may well repeat the dose when they play Adelaide University on Saturday afternoon. The Reds in ninth place take on eighth-placed University who defeated Mount Barker 7-0 and with both teams winning last week an interesting encounter is tipped for the second Byrne Park feature.
The Demons Under 18s did not play last week against Gawler but are in fine touch and are expected to win again against an opponent that won 3-0 against Barker, both games including the league game should have lots of goals in them in what can be a Byrne Park scoring bonanza.