Soccer report

SOCCER RETURNS AFTER THREE-MONTH BREAK

Football South Australia (FSA) will resume full soccer competitions this week after the state's control of COVID-19.

The Northern Demons will restart their State League season from round 16 and one that will end with a final series.

There were some concerns regarding travelling for the Demons and the Adelaide clubs to and from Adelaide and visa a versa for match days in regards to distancing and virus regulations.

This has been worked out and the Reds will reboot its soccer season with an away fixture to Hallett Cove when they take on Cove FC.

The Northern Demons who had played four games before the season came to a halt and had one game when it defeated Salisbury United 2-1 at Byrne Park, will take those points into this new reconstructed State League 2 season.

However, like all sports and competitions, this shortened season will be one that teams will treat differently especially with a number of players moving clubs or even some calling it quits after the three months hiatus.

The Northern Demons will play out this season minus their Under 18 team.

State League 2

ROUND NO. 16

  • Cove FC v Northern Demons
  • Salisbury United v Modbury Vista
  • Adelaide University v Pirates FC
  • Eastern United v Cobras
  • Gawler Eagles v Noarlunga
  • Mount Barker v Pontian Eagles

DEMONS GO SOUTH TO PLAY COVE FC

The Northern Demons resume their State League 2 and post COVID-19 soccer season this Saturday afternoon at the Cove Sports and Community Centre at Hallett Cove with a round 16 fixture against Cove FC and a contest that can go either way after the experienced long break.

Demons coach Joel Porter reasoned all teams presence and what faces them in this State League resumption round of soccer that has seen the Demons fixed home game changed to the fixture being reversed and played at Hallett Cove.

Interestingly, coach Porter said that instead "it is what it is for every team".

Meanwhile, with the Demons winning one of their opening four league games - a 2-1 home result over Salisbury United - it was Cove FC that was most proactive when it won three times in a bright start to season.

This was also before the FSA followed protocols to stop the soccer until now.

With Saturday's games being the opening to part two of soccer this season, it will be quite interesting to see just how all teams return to competition.

There's no doubt that the Northern Demons will be trying to start this new season with a win and differently to when the season started way back in February against Modbury Vista.

The Demons have retained all their Adelaide based players apart from Okelllo, albeit the Reds will be on the road the following week when it plays against Pirates FC at Taperoo.

In the Reserves the Demons will have plenty of players to choose from now that the Byrne Park club will not be playing their Under 18's team.

The move was orchestrated by most clubs due to travelling arrangements and general awareness.

State League 2 & South Australian Amateur Soccer League Cup

The South Australian Amateur Soccer season "Reboot" kicked off last weekend with the amateur league introducing a post COVID-19 cup format of Saturday and Sunday.

Conferences that has 72 teams competing with simply no championship soccer and no promotion and relegation's to worry about.

Winners of the two Conferences in this club challenge series will play each other to win the President Cup and be the champion of champions in this coronavirus ravaged 2020 SAASL season.

As for Savoy who plays 2nd Division, they will join the five top division teams in a six team regional northern zone in a six groups and 24 team Presidents Cup competition that is played in selective Zones with knockout stages in a competition that extends over ten home and away rounds including finals.

Meanwhile, Vincent DeGioia coached Savoy who has experienced big numbers at training with easing restrictions from COVID-19.

Savoy has drawn against the northern based clubs in Elizabeth Downs, Elizabeth Vale, Para Hills West and East and Salisbury United where one would suggest a tough group.

The Presidents Cup opener was played last weekend with Savoy hosting Salisbury Inter at the Port Pirie Sports Precinct.

Presidents Cup - North Zone

ROUND NO. 1 RESULTS

  • Savoy 5 v Salisbury Inter 1
  • Elizabeth Downs 3 v Elizabeth Vale 1
  • Para Hills West 0 v Para Hills East 0

Presidents Cup Round 1 Review

SAVOY DEFEATS INTER AT PRECINCT

The Presidents Cup opening round of soccer kicked off last Sunday with Savoy romping to a 5-1 win over highly rated Salisbury Inter in the opening round of the "club championship series".

The win gave the Green and Whites and coach Vincent DeGioia a welcoming post COVID-19 return to soccer.

After the easy Freddie Pine Shield opening win DeGioia said "it was a great way to start the rebooted season and we couldn't have asked for more than that."

After a long three month layup and several changes taking made at the club it was Savoy that responded tremendously in Sunday's game with Samuel Spadavecchia scoring in the second minute before Jack Scoot added more goals at the 17th and 28th to seed Savoy get a stranglehold on the cup game and lead 3-1 at halftime.

The second period produced more goals and fine soccer at the Sports Precinct where Scoot notched his hat-trick for 4-1 and AJ Sabimana finished the offensive soccer when he goaled at the 80th giving the locals a convincing victory.

The altered Savoy combination by all reports played excellent soccer hosting top division team Salisbury United and finally the resumption of a starved season of soccer and a needed natural environment for all clubs generally.

Last Sunday at the Sports Precinct the Vincent DeGioia coached Green and Whites got off to a very impressive start to the SAASL's Presidents Shield.

BEST PLAYERS:

  • J. Scoot
  • S. Spadavecchia
  • D. Keain
  • R. Gillet

GOAL SCORERS:

  • J. Scoot
  • S. Spadavecchia
  • AJ. Sabimana

Presidents Cup - North Zone

ROUND NO. 2 FIXTURES

  • Para Hills East v Savoy
  • Salisbury Inter v Elizabeth Downs
  • Elizabeth Vale v Para Hills West

Presidents Cup Round  2 Preview

SAVOY AFTER TWO STRAIGHT AGAINST EAST

After Savoy's big win last week against Inter and going top of their Northern Zone group, the Green and Whites will take on last season's champions and the Andy Saggs coached Para Hills East at the Para Hills Oval.

A combination that drew 0-0 against rival Para Hills West last Sunday afternoon.

Last season Savoy defeated East 2-0 in Adelaide before a scoreless 0-0 draw at home.

Vincent DeGioia will be attempting to make it 'two zip' and a perfect start in this cup competition where the powerful Jack Scoot will be looking for more goals in a leading role for his new team.

Each top two teams will advance to the knockout phase in both Saturday and Sunday Conferences.

This second round game against Para Hills East will be key to Savoy's chances of taking the next step in the Presidents Cup competition.

- Match reviews and previews by Recorder soccer writer John Bellifemini

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