League promotion not out of sight for Savoy

Rd.17 RESULTS

SEAFORD 0 SAVOY 0

MACEDONIA 3 ROWE PARK 4

NOARLUNGA 0 PARA HILLS EAST 3

MUNNO PARA 2 WEST BEACH 1

SOUTHERN KNIGHTS 3 WA RAPTORS 5

Rd.18 FIXTURES

SAVOY v SOUTHERN KNIGHTS

WEST BEACH v PARA HILLS EAST

NOARLUNGA v MACEDONIA

WA RAPTORS v MUNNO PARA

ROWE PARK v SEAFORD

League promotion not off the table for Savoy

Savoy surprisingly can win the SAASL Division 2 second promotion spot that now remains available in this Sunday's final home league game of the season should two principle results go the Port Pirie team's way.

While Savoy again never produced goals in its scoreless draw played last week away to Seaford, the upset loss suffered by second team West Beach present the Vincent DeGioia coached Green and Whites a "win, win situation" where his team must win their last game at the City Sports Precinct.

They will have to wait on news from Beach's result against league leaders Para Hills East where a loss gives Savoy second position on the Division 2 final ladder calculations in what is an interesting Sunday afternoon of soccer.

SAVOY'S GOAL SCORING DROUGHT

It was another goalless Sunday afternoon for Savoy when it visited Seaford at Karingal Reserve where both teams hardly entertained in a 0-0 game, missing forward action at both ends of the park and one that saw respective goalkeepers simply go ball watching in the round 17 encounter played on an unsuitable synthetic surface that certainly never helped the Green and Whites.

The Vincent DeGioia coached outfit has played twice on artificial type soccer grounds for a 1-2 loss against Southern Knights back in round 9 and last Sunday's goalless draw with Seaford.

On Sunday, the contest was played between the two defensive lines where Savoy's Rhys Gillett, who had returned from injury, played outstanding soccer and with fellow back Dominic Keain assured no Seaford progress nor offensive danger in Sunday's penultimate amateur league fixture.

Meanwhile, Savoy's prolonged goal scoring drought has made it tough regarding its promotion logistics that now will be determined in this Sunday's final season game ideally at the City Sports Precinct where kicking goals and winning should see the locals probably snatch second spot away from West Beach in what will complete an astonishing season.

However, a better result against the Dave Dickinson coached Seaford last Sunday would have relieved all the pressure off the Green and Whites backs in search of reversing the scores against Southern Knights.

Against Seaford, the visiting Savoy combination failed to create goal scoring chances and played well below their capabilities in a strange 90 minutes of soccer played between the two teams at Karingal Reserve, but in an encounter that Savoy were fancied to win especially after defeating Seaford 5-1 in round 8.

But last Sunday the performances from both teams seemed flat where exciting soccer and the means of winning the game were lost and getting the two coaches frustrated and something that was tagged last week in this game's preview.

DeGioia described last Sunday's outing as one that his team continuously turned the ball over in an away contest that Seaford never troubled his team and his midfielders failed to make real good connection moving forward, but strongly raised the current goal scoring issue that has no doubt trimmed Savoy's wins on the ladder.

However, the local amateur team that won last season's championship looks to figure strongly again when it counts most where a win this Sunday could well see the Green and Whites tussle for promotion.

BEST PLAYERS

SAVOY: R.Gillet, D.Keain, F.Balmer, J.Librino. SEAFORD: S.Evers, C.Cree, D.Anderson, S.Gonzales.

SAVOY RESERVES

The Savoy Reserves were rated as being close to a win and in the last two weeks and last Sunday the John Smith coached team defeated Seaford 1-0 with a Ronan Sheldrick goal that did the trick at Karingal Reserve.

It was an encounter against the higher ranked Seaford had with minimal offensive chances before the well taken goal that beat the home goalkeeper and decided the away round 17 fixture.

The Savoy Reserves will be looking at finishing their season this Sunday with another win against the Southern Knights.

A SAVOY WIN CAN CLAIM PROMOTION

On Sunday, Savoy host fourth-ranked Southern Knights in the last soccer encounter of the season but more so the Green and Whites get a huge opportunity to win at the Port Pirie Sports Precinct and claim promotion to the Sunday Premier League Division.

Last week's West Beach (2nd) 1-2 loss to Munno Para (7th) has given the DeGioia coached Green and Whites team outright incentive to perform strongly against the visiting Knights where a win this Sunday afternoon coupled with a win to league leader Para Hills East over the Beach outfit gives Savoy the runner-up position on the ladder and the second promotion avenue to the top league.

And although Savoy's goal scoring seems to have dried up of late and last week's 0-0 draw with Seaford still gives the Vincent DeGioia coached locals a five-week undefeated stretch of soccer, with the Green and Whites scoring six goals under different SAASL circumstances and safely keeping the Port Pirie team in third place just one point in arrears of West Beach in second place but a whopping 10 points clear of their Sunday opponents.

LADDER

PARA HILLS EAST 42

WEST BEACH 36

SAVOY SC. 35

SOUTHERN KNIGHTS 25

This Sunday will be all about defeating Southern Knights at the City Precinct and hope that the Division 2 league leaders can defeat West Beach for the perfect outcome and a consecutive occasion that Savoy will be elevated, although top team Para Hills East has lost once this season going down to Savoy 0-2 in round three, and drawn three times against West Beach 3-3, WA Raptors 2-2 and with Savoy 1-1 in round 11.

Meanwhile, Savoy's biggest issue is to win this Sunday's game against Southern Knights and reverse their 1-2 loss back in round nine at O'Sullivan Beach and allow the other game in the spotlight to care for itself while after all DeGioia's outfit has played well above expectation in the much stronger Division 2 and the lowest the locals will finish is third.

Losing to the Southern Knights left a bad taste and a sense of some poor refereeing in the mid-season round that angered Savoy on how the game was played and the control shown by the whistler at crucial times that afternoon.

Last week saw the return of both Johnny Librino and Rhys Gillett with the latter executing a best on ground performance after almost missing a month of soccer, while Librino's performance after being ill was a slower but cautious transition and one he will be much better on Sunday.

Savoy's performance against Seaford was a rare type of game where both teams could not get their soccer going and the game played in spaces between the two backlines. And this Sunday Savoy will see the return of Kynan Crouch to give coach Vincent DeGioia a full compliment of players who will engage in their last game of the season and one that could well be the most important 90 minutes of soccer both in Port Pirie and at Lockleys where West Beach can lose second spot and a Savoy win will scoop a likely promotion.

No doubt the two final and feature games of the season presents so much with Savoy out to win this time and overcome its 1-2 away loss against the Knights that saw them lose second spot and West Beach out to be better than its 3-3 draw against the league leaders in previous mid-season fixtures.

SAVOY RESERVES

The Reserves will be trying to win back to back games this Sunday at home against the Southern Knights and also attempt to reverse its 1-3 loss back in round nine in this round 18 and last season game. Sunday's game favours the sixth ranked Knights who scored all four goals of the afternoon when the two teams met in the mid-season fixture at O'Sullivan Beach, and back at home only a strongly committed effort from Savoy may well trouble the visitors in the season closer.