UNI SA 0 Northern Demons 5
Cove FC. 2 Vipers FC. 2
Mt Barker United 1 Eastern United 2
Adelaide Cobras 1 Gawler Eagles 0
Pirates FC. 1 Adelaide University 0
Adelaide Hills 8 Modbury Vista 0
Eastern United v Northern Demons
Vipers FC v UNI SA FC.
Gawler Eagles v Adelaide Hills
Modbury Vista v Cove F.
Mt Barker United v Pirates FC
Adel University v Adel Cobras
IT'S WIN OR BUST TIME FOR THE DEMONS
The time has arrived for the Northern Demons where their chances of playing in another finals series comes to a "win or bust" scenario after a super effort by the Reds in winning four straight games, but now must defeat third-placed Eastern United this Saturday at Athelstone to make the top six.
ANOTHER SUNDAY WIN BY DEMONS
The wet weather forced for the Northern Demons into another Sunday game and a big 5-0 win against Uni SA at a rescheduled new venue the Valo Football Centre rather than the soggy Collins Reserve and the Joel Porter coached Reds made full use of the change playing on the synthetic pitch and also reversing the early 0-1 loss in round five to the Adelaide scholars.
But of more value is the fact that the Demons will play in the final provided it can continue its four game winning streak this coming Saturday when it takes on Eastern United at Athelstone to complete another State League 2 soccer season. Last Saturday, the Demons kept Uni SA in the game by just being 1-0 up at halftime before exploding away to kick another four goals without reply to ascertain its intentions and powerful winning form of late where it has kicked 12 goals in the last four games as well as using a strong bench.
Description of the round 21 encounter suggests the Northern Demons destroyed Uni SA in last Saturday's game and should have scored several first half goals rather than being narrowly in front after simple goal misses by Jimmy Okello and Mateusz Marczuk at the very much suited Valo Sports Centre. However, it was a different story in the second half when the Demons seemed to goal at will against a weaker than expected Uni SA outfit with both Okello and Dylan Pickert kicking two goals each and fresh substitute Marco Balsamo also finding the score sheet.
Young Jaikob Matthew continued his senior goalkeeping experience and did stop Uni SA's best scoring chance during this second period, but it was Dylan Pickert that again played well, while Daniel Cox put in a strong captain's display and both Marczuk and Chris Annese also being strong players on the afternoon.
It was a relaxed team effort by the Reds and a simple win against Uni SA and one that will see the local State League 2 team getting every opportunity to repeat its win result in this Saturdays vital and end of season challenge against Eastern United.
BEST PLAYERS: UNI SA: H.Thomas, B.William-Price, M.Bakas. DEMONS: D.Cox, D.Pickert, M.Marczuk, C.Anesse.
GOAL SCORERS: DEMONS: J.Okello 2, D.Pickert 2, M.Balsamo.
RESERVES & U18s
The Northern Demons powerful second half proved too much for home team Uni SA last Sunday afternoon when the Reds turned a 2-1 halftime lead into a 5-1 win at the Valo Soccer Centre with young Angus Smart again amongst the goals this time scoring a hattrick.
It was Smart and Bevan Henderson that had given the Demons a halftime lead before the Northern Demons went to dominate the second period against a Uni SA combination that showed little resistance, while Samuel Spadevecchia scored a 5th Reds goal. In the Under 18's game the Demons lost 1-3 with all goals scored in the opening half of soccer in a game the Reds found the home goalkeeper hard to beat on the aftyernoon.
- ADELAIDE HILLS 52
- GAWLER EAGLES 41
- EASTERN UNITED 37
- ADELAIDE COBRAS 36
- PIRATES FC. 35
- VIPERS FC. 35
- NORTHERN DEMONS 34
- COVE FC. 34
- ADEL UNIVERSITY 21
- UNI SA FC. 17
- MODBURY VISTA 9
- MOUNT BARKER 7
DEMONS WIN AND PLAY FINALS
The Northern Demons State League 2 soccer season rests on this Saturday's encounter against third-ranked Eastern United where a fifth straight Reds win guarantees the Joel Porter coached Byrne Park team a place in the top six and a three-peat of finals campaigns. But as far as the Demons are concerned, Saturday's game at Athelstone Reserve is simply a big occasion and as one can plainly describe as "win or bust" round 22 and last minor round game that the top six teams go onto play finals and the rest are finished till next year.
But the Demons are accustomed to finals football except this time the locals have left it to the final fixture where everything must go its way and against an Eastern United opponent that has spent all season in the finals group, but one that can well be the first to be dislodged after this Saturday's round of games.
The likes of Vipers FC, Cobras, Pirates FC and Cove FC are all expected to win their games, however a slip up by Vipers, Eastern United or the Cobras will be overtaken by a Demons win and who timely boosted its goal difference last week and now a big weapon in the equation that has enhanced the Reds' finals chances to rate the biggest danger to all except the two top teams. The Demons coach plainly indicated a win against United will see his team suiting up for this season's finals and anything different will end the Reds late hopes that leads the locals to dissect on several ordinary performances during this season.
With the Demons winning 5-0 over Uni SA last week and Eastern United managing a 2-1 away win over bottom team Mount Barker after leading 2-0 at halftime and kicking two goals in two minutes in a contest that appeared United would runaway with. Meanwhile, the Northern Demons are in good touch, have won four on end and have a full compliment of players to select from except keeper Deale Chamberlain who remains out of contention.
And Dylan Pickert who missed a bunch of games during the season has returned in good touch and has made a difference as has Daniel LoBasso who left NPL soccer some five weeks ago and now needs to overcome a slight foot injury and is a player that has had finals experience with the Reds in the past. The last month has seen the Northern Demons win against higher placed opponents bar leading duo Adelaide Hills and Gawler and playing in the finals should not trouble the Joel Porter coached Reds although having experienced quite different final series in the past two occasions.
The Demons last season were eliminated in the first week whereas the previous time the Byrne Park team finished second but could not win at home after having a double chance. Eastern United's last two months of soccer has provided only four wins, three draws and three defeats while the Demons stats look better with five wins, four losses and one draw, however the local State League 2 team is in best recent form with four straight wins.
And on current results there is no reason why the Demons cannot defeat the Athelstone outfit this Saturday afternoon even though the game will be played on an unsuitable soccer surface and against an opponent that has surprised the Reds in the past before with the two teams having played some close games in the past and a 1-1 draw in round 11 at Byrne Park this season.
FOUR SEASONS RESULTS
2016 - Demons Won 4-0 in Rd.2 & Won 4-0 in Rd.11
2017 - Demons Lost 0-2 in Rd.9 & Won 1-0 in Rd.20
2018 - Demons Won 2-1 in Rd.9 & Won 1-0 in Rd.20
2019 - Demons Drew 1-1 in Rd.11
The two Northern Demons teams shared different results against Uni SA last week with the Reserves winning 5-1 with Angus Smart scoring three goals after a 2-1 halftime lead while the Under 18s lost 1-3 after a goalless second half. And on Saturday the two teams take on Eastern United in the final round of soccer where back in round 11 the two Demons teams experienced similar results to last week with Reserves losing 1-3 but the young 18's team winning 3-2. The Demons are in eighth and fifth place while United are both in fourth spot on their ladders.