Rd 14 RESULTS
SAVOY 2 NOARLUNGA 1
WA RAPTORS 0 ROWE PARK 0
WEST BEACH 7 MACEDONIA 0
PARA HILLS EAST 2 SEAFORD 0
M.PARA 0 STHRN KNIGHTS 3
CATCH-UP Rd.10 Fixture
SAVOY v MUNNO PARA
@ Port Pirie Sports Precinct - Sunday
SAASL CHALLENGE CUP
Quarter Finals (Sunday afternoon)
ELIZABETH DOWNS v MA HAWK
P.HILLS WEST v MODBURY JETS
BRHMA LDG v GHAN KILBURN
T.TREE GULLY v ADEL TITANS
SAVOY'S TRIBUNAL WIN
Savoy did not have too long to wait before the SAASL management committee made its determination on the round 13 Division 2 fixture that was called off against the West Adelaide Raptors at the City Sports Precinct last week.
The determination explained that the Adelaide team breached the SAASL code of conduct due to their behaviour towards the match official and have been sanctioned accordingly.
It stated the result of the match being 2-0 and the three points to Savoy will stand and the matter is now finalised, and prior to Savoy's Sunday game against Noarlunga the Green and Whites had gone to third place on the league ladder.
SAVOY MISS OUT ON A BIG WIN
The Vincent DeGioia coached Savoy got off to a great start in its round 14 Division 2 encounter against Noarlunga United at the Port Pirie Sports Precinct last Sunday afternoon and led 2-0 at the long break in blustery and cold conditions where playing the ball low on the deck was the wisest thing for both teams to adopt in order to counter the strong wind.
Meanwhile, and before Sunday's game against the visiting Noarlunga, the Green and Whites had won their previous 'called off' game against the WA Raptors with the SAASL tribunal determination ruling in Savoy's favour and buoying the locals ladder position.
On Sunday afternoon the most effective soccer came from Savoy players where the Librino bothers featured strongly along with Ben Higginbottom, Darren Clinton and AJ Sabimana and it was the Green and Whites that soon opened the scoring when a John Librino daisy cutter pass found Sabimana who rounded the keeper giving Savoy a 1-0 lead at the 10th minute.
Savoy played to directions and had Noarlunga United stretched in its play and dominated all the offensive play forcing multiple defensive kickouts and having the visitors rushing their game on pretty much every occasion.
Savoy pressured the Noarlunga box continuously before consecutive clearing headers found Darren Clinton who blasted a 20 metre long goal for a 2-0 lead and a better reflection on the opening 45 minutes that heavily favoured the Vincent DeGioia coached team at the halftime break.
Savoy coach DeGioia described his team's first half as "fantastic" and a period where the home team completely controlled the game and almost did whatever it wanted against a Noarlunga team that lacked penetration and the staunch soccer one expected from the visitors.
However, with Savoy having little trouble in the first half and having a 2-0 lead it was the Noarlunga outfit that went about restoring some pride in the second period with the likes of David Foy, John Miller and Alex Hughes putting some pressure on Savoy and getting plenty of the ball and unlike what was seen in an ordinary early display of soccer by the visitors.
But with the contest having changed somewhat in the second half the Savoy defenders strongly led by Dominic Keain and Rhys Gillett and some tight goalkeeping from Nathan Brook led the Green and Whites in protecting its 2-0 winning score line and as the game went on the likelihood of a Noarlunga score probably diminished as the home team seemed comfortable.
But with Savoy making double substitutions it was a clumsy goalmouth tackle in the dying seconds that forced the referee to award the Adelaide team a penalty which David Foy converted making the final scores 2-1 and a what should have been an easier Savoy win turn into score a narrow one on the round 14 scoresheets.
Savoy's hindsight on winning 2-0 and not conceding could have been a more careful exercise in a contest the Green and Whites deserved a more attractive win as it returns to third spot on the league ladder.
The Savoy Reserves found Noarlunga United just a bit better when the visitors lost 2-3 in a close encounter and one that Noarlunga led 2-1 and in a game that Caileb Wyatt goal saw the early game all level at 1-1 before Noarlunga scored another goal that Graeme Swann also answered, but the Green and Whites just could not catch the United outfit's slender lead and one it kept till the final whistle.
SAVOY CATCH-UP GAME IS ONE TO WIN
Savoy's finally will tick off its round 10 home catch-up fixture against the seventh-ranked Munno Para, a game that made way for the club's recent anniversary weekend with this Sunday's encounter being a third consecutive home game for the Green and Whites at the City Sports Precinct and indeed just another key Division 2 game it must win.
The DeGioia coached team after getting the points against WA Raptors and then defeating Noarlunga United last week has recovered well and playing at home has brought the ideal results for the local amateurs who will be gunning for a hat-trick of wins at their new precinct home base.
With Savoy steadily returning to winning form in the last fortnight the DeGioia led team will be up against a Munno Para outfit that last Sunday lost 0-3 against Southern Knights with all goals coming in the opening half at Uley Reserve before stemming the Knights goalscoring tide and go onto show good strength and competitiveness for the rest of the game.
Back in round one, Savoy defeated Munno Para 3-1 after leading 2-0 at halftime with Leo Habonimana, Darren Clinton and Carlo Librino scoring in the season opener, whereas for the Tom Radford coached home team it was Mark Brooker that narrowed the final score line.
Last week against Noarlunga there was some impressive soccer played by Savoy where the Green and Whites ran to a 2-0 lead in windy conditions in the first half hour and promised more goals before a purposeful Noarlunga opponent played better soccer than earlier shown and then winning a very late penalty to cut into the locals lead.
As for the Munno Para team, it will be the likes of Dan Lambert, Simon Burrows, and Mark Brooker that will be the players to mark most and keep in check, although the Savoy team right now is playing well but probably not scoring as much goals as it should when looking at the amount of time it looms large against teams and takes on opposition defenders.
Savoy's Ben Higginbottom, Dominic Keain, Rhys Gillett, Carlo Librino and John Librino are playing well and their movements on the park can be exciting, but the scoreboard fails to show how dominant the team can be.
Nevertheless, the Vincent DeGioia coached combination will start favourites in this rescheduled fixture and with all players available for selection earlier this week there is no reason that the Green and Whites cannot set an opening team goal in winning three straight games on their new home territory.
The Savoy Reserves were defeated 3-4 back in round one in the away game against Munno Para but one that was decided in the final three minutes even though the halftime scores had the home team leading 2-0 before double goals to Graeme Swann and another to Jarrod Smith had the game all tied up. However the third-placed visitors may well prove too strong for Savoy and will make it tough for the Green and White and they did defeat the Southern Knights 3-1 last week, but a top showing last week against Noarlunga United in a 2-3 loss and the closeness of the contest will help the locals.