Rd. 18 RESULTS - Final Round
SAVOY 5 SOUTHERN KNIGHTS 3
WEST BEACH 1 PARA HILLS EAST 0
NOARLUNGA 5 MACEDONIA 1
WA RAPTORS 1 MUNNO PARA 1
ROWE PARK 1 SEAFORD 1
Savoy who won 5-3 in a stylish cavalier type final encounter and in a unquestionable soccer performance last Sunday against the Southern Knights unfortunately had to be content with a third place finish after second ranked West Beach won 1-0 against top team Para Hills East.
The Vincent DeGioia coached team failed by a whisker on their natural aspiration to win promotion with the league ladder showing the first three teams have finished just within four points of each other.
The Green and Whites' extra good season display has probably seen the locals over achieving in Division 2 soccer when one relates to previous experiences.
But more importantly the Green and Whites' extra good season display has probably seen the locals over achieving in Division 2 soccer when one relates to previous experiences.
Savoy just missed going up by a point and a repeat elevation in the State Amateur Soccer League and finished 10 points clear of the next team, but West Beach did what it had to do just like Savoy did against the Knights.
SAVOY WIN BUT LADDER STATUS QUO
On Sunday, Savoy defeated the visiting Southern Knights 5-3 and reversed their round nine away loss to finish its season on a winning note, but that did not help much with the Green and Whites in pursuit of second place and another promotion, but West Beach who was in strongly in the equation spoilt the party by defeating Para Hills East 1-0 at Lockleys and in doing so won promotion.
After an exciting goal-fest at the Port Pirie Sports Precinct that saw three penalties converted and the closeness of the round 18 clash only subdued midway into the second half with Savoy on the cusp of winning Sunday's game it was all about the game being played in Adelaide that mattered most for Savoy coach Vincent DeGioia, his team and the local fans.
Updates on the Lockleys contest never raised hopes all afternoon with West Beach taking a quick and early lead in that game while Savoy and Southern Knights traded goals for a majority of the afternoon at the City Precinct.
Last Sunday, Savoy never played Leo Habonimana but had Kynan Crouch return to the starting eleven as well as Sam Pears who came into the team for Ben Faulkner and who had played a reliable game previously.
But the eight goals scored on the afternoon all started at the 15th minute when the visiting Knights opened the scoring before Ben Higginbottom levelled at the 25th with a smashing long goal from just outside the Savoy box to have the City Precinct scoreboard ticking to 1-1.
And in the tense and highly entertaining contest that rapidly saw the ball at both ends it was Rhys Gillett who found himself in the opposite scoring area that won a penalty for a hand ball and where Savoy skipper Darren Clinton converted at the 44th minute for a 2-1 lead to the Green and Whites at halftime.
The second period of soccer mirrored the first where goals came quick and fast and at the 50th the Southern Knights also won a penalty with Dylan Torr making it 2-2 as both teams looked dangerous and threatening on all occasions.
But yet the lead again changed when a nice cross from Higginbottom was well executed by a nice Clinton header close to goals giving the home outfit a 3-2 lead but just five minutes later the Southern Knights again were level at 3-3.
And it was to be a goal kicking afternoon for Darren Clinton when he finished off the spot again after the Knights keeper tripped AJ Sabimana in the box giving the referee no alternative but to hand out a third penalty in the final season fixture as the lead bounced back to Savoy and 4-3 at the 65th minute.
Nevertheless, it was the visitors that were described as feeling the tempo and the heat of the afternoon most with the Knights defenders labouring to compete with the Savoy runners.
The Green and Whites guaranteed its win and part of the bargain in Sunday's race for promotion when AJ Sabimana scored a fifth goal for Savoy with a sublime freekick that ended in the top right hand corner giving Vincent DeGioia's the right result in a busy eight goal encounter that the Green and Whites had performed best in.
But the big prize of consecutive promotions just fell short for Savoy as West Beach proved the form team of the competition winning seven of its last eight, while its loss had occurred the previous week and it was not going to lose two on end.
SAVOY: K.Crouch, C.Librino, D.Clinton, D.Keain, F.Balmer, J.Librino.
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS: D.Torr, J.Faulkner, O.Stewart, R.Mcnab.
SAVOY: D.Clinton 3 (2pens), B.Higginbottom, AJ Sabimana.
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS: O.Stewart 2, D.Torr.
The Savoy Reserves finished off its soccer season with an honest performance against the Southern Knights with a narrow 1-2 loss and in another quite even contest between the two teams, with the Knights adding to their early mid-season 3-1 win at O'Sullivan Beach.
The scores were all tied up at halftime with Ricky Wallace scoring for the Green and Whites but could not hold on nor find the net again in the last game of the season where coach John Smith would be pleased at how they finished and gave best players votes to Ronan Sheldrick, Matt Black and Victorio Ciampi.
West Beach v Para Hills East
Last Sunday, West Beach avoided Savoy from jumping it on the ladder by scoring in the third minute through Fionn Nally before keeping top ladder team Para Hills East goalless in what was a real pressure game but one that West Beach bounced back after the previous week's upset result when the Lockleys Oval team lost 1-2 to Munno Para.
The Beach team apart from losing to Para in round 17 lost the first two games of the season before playing the rest of the season without losing another game in Division 2 this season.
And against Para Hills East who led the competition the Lee Grogan coached Beach drew its away mid-season game 3-3 and overtake Savoy who was second on the ladder before it lost to Southern Knights and then also lost to the West Beach team before Sunday's 1-0 win at home that assured promotion and deny the Green and Whites a late steal.
Meanwhile, Savoy's record against West Beach only yielded a point from a potential six after two meetings where the locals drew 1-1 at in its Port Pirie Sports Precinct debut and lost 0-1 at Lockleys, while the Green and Whites five draw results this season hurt it badly when calculating promotion.
Rd.1 MUNNO PARA 1 SAVOY 3 W
Rd.2 PARA HILLS EAST 0 SAVOY 2 W
Rd.3 SAVOY 1 WEST BEACH 1 D
Rd.4 WA. RAPTORS 1 SAVOY 2 W
Rd.5 NOARLUNGA UTD 1 SAVOY 1 D
Rd.6 SAVOY 3 ROWE PARK 2 W
Rd.7 MACEDONIA 1 SAVOY 3 W
Rd.8 SAVOY 5 SEAFORD 1 W
Rd.9 STH KNIGHTS 2 SAVOY 1 L
Rd.10 MUNNO PARA 0 SAVOY 1 W
Rd.11 SAVOY 1 P/HILLS EAST 1 D
Rd.12 WEST BEACH 1 SAVOY 0 L
Rd.13 SAVOY 2 WA RAPTORS 0 W
Rd.14 SAVOY 2 NOARLUNGA 1 W
Rd.15 ROWE PARK 0 SAVOY 0 D
Rd.16 SAVOY 2 MACEDONIA 0* W
Rd.17 SEAFORD 0 SAVOY 0 D
Rd.18 SAVOY 5 STH KNIGHTS 3 W