Weekly soccer report by John Bellifemini

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JOHN BELLIFEMINI'S SOCCER

SAASL LEAGUE CUP KNOCKOUT

ROUND NO. 1 RESULTS

  • Savoy 3 v Macedonia 0 (FORFEIT)
  • Maiwand FC 5 v SBS 3
  • Angle Vale 4 v Adelaide Croatia 5
  • Elizabeth Vale 0 v Parafield Gardens 6
  • Seaford 0 v Tea Tree Gully 6
  • Noarlunga United defeated CFC on penalties
  • Southern Knights 13 v AKFC 2
  • Plympton defeated Para Hills United on penalties

SAVOY INTO NEXT CUP ROUND

Savoy got an easy passage into the League Cup 2nd round when coach Vincent DeGioia saw its opening round opponents Macedonia once again forfeit its Port Pirie game and something this team has done twice before.

Savoy comes into the League Cup quarter finals after eight teams were knocked out last weekend with standout results to Southern Knights who defeated AKFC 13-2.

Meanwhile, former President Shield foe Elizabeth Vale who Savoy drew twice against this season lost 6-0 to another 1st Division team Parafield Gardens.

And the League Cup rule that omitted extra time and straight to a penalty shootout worked wonders for the Plympton Bulldogs and Noarlunga United who both went on to win against Para Hills United and CFC in last Sunday's cup openers.

In the Presidents Cup, former Savoy opposition in Elizabeth Downs and Para Hills West are the lone survivors where the likes of Brahma Lodge, Ingle Farm and West Beach loom as threats in the next couple of weeks.

However, things will be different this Sunday when the Green and Whites will be in Adelaide to play against familiar rival and an on song opponent Maiwand who like the Green and Whites have played good soccer in this format.

SUNDAY QUARTER FINAL FIXTURES

  • Maiwand v Savoy
  • Tea Tree Gully v Adelaide Croatia
  • Parafield Gardens v Noarlunga
  • Southern Knights v Plympton

SATURDAY QUARTER FINAL FIXTURES

  • Old Ignatians v Adelaide University
  • Stuart Marion v Adelaide Blue Eagles
  • Murray Bridge v Sterling District
  • Salisbury Villa v Croydon Cougars

SAVOY PLAY LEAGUE CUP QUARTERS

MAIWAND v SAVOY

Savoy who have gone to enjoy their post-COVID soccer this season and mixed it up with strong teams where in a normal season would have not this Sunday play their quarter final League Cup game against Maiwand where a win will extend the Green and Whites journey another week but a loss will end its season.

And its quite exciting for Savoy to be playing 'quarter finals' cup soccer and a semi-final berth up for grabs in this SAASL Club Challenge finals series.

Coach Vincent DeGioia has been quite amused about his team's general performance and no doubt a different type of season that has had everyone involved and active in group and cup style soccer and would like to continue this at the Andrew Smith Drive Oval on Sunday afternoon.

For Savoy the recent injury to top scorer Jack Scoot in the final group game against Elizabeth Downs has been the local's major downturn of the season.

This Sunday's knockout league Cup game Savoy take on a Maiwand outfit that last league season finished 6th in 3rd Division to Adelaide Croatia and back in 2018 when the DeGioia led locals notched its 2nd championship it got in trouble with the SAASL and had several ladder points deducted.

And with Savoy left idle due to last week's Macedonia forfeit and Maiwand's 5-3 win over SBS this away quarter final encounter points to the Green and Whites having to do everything right if they wish to keep playing soccer this season.

At Andrew Smith Drive this Sunday Savoy coach Vincent DeGioia will bring Carlo Librino into his starting eleven but his biggest worry no doubt will be the absence of 17 times goalkicker Scoot.

When these two teams met a couple of years ago Savoy defeated Maiwand on both occasions winning 4-2 in Adelaide before a 2-1 win at Savoy Park and it was this opponent that proved tough to play against.

But, in the meantime Savoy has now diversed its soccer against better and proven opposition and one thinks the Green and Whites should prevail on Sunday.

STATE LEAGUE 2

ROUND NO. 7 RESULTS

  • Gawler Eagles 2 v Northern Demons 1
  • Cove FC 0 v Eastern United 3
  • Salisbury United 4 v Adelaide Cobras 6
  • Pirates FC 1 v Modbury Vista 3
  • Mount Barker 2 v Adelaide University 4
  • Pontian Eagles 0 v Noarlunga 1

DEMONS LOSE AGAIN TO GAWLER

Reports on last Saturday's Karbeethan Reserve encounter between Gawler Eagles and the Northern Demons describe the round 7 State League 2 game as one that a sub 10 minute Demons fade-out cost the visitors some elusive ladder points against another well ranked opponent.

The Demons who had held the Gawler Eagles scoreless in the opening half at Karbeethan Reserve last Saturday.

They played rather quite strong soccer then saw the home team take a two-goal advantage after twenty minutes of soccer in the second period to trail 0-2 and confirm that decisive difference.

Meanwhile, the contest between the two teams yet again eventuated into another 2-1 game between the 3rd placed Gawler and bottom third ladder Reds with that score unimaginably being the couples last four scores with the locals winning once.

However, Demons coach explained this game copied several of his team's losing results this season where his combination plays well enough to win but does not due to isolated periods where the Reds switch-off at crucial periods and allow its opponents to set up victory.

Last Saturday the Demons saw young keeper Jaikob Matthews make two top saves in the first half before referee Bradley French ended a scoreless first period of soccer.

The second half then had Gawler hit the Demons net twice within just three minutes through Emmanuel Manirampa and skipper Iradi Baragomwa to have the home team lead 2-0 at the 61st minute as the Reds once again conceded badly and allowed the home team to skip away.

It was this period that ruined the Demons game and while Peter Capurso again scored in injury time the Reds could only blame themselves for another narrow loss.

In the RESERVES the Northern Demons who led 1-0 at halftime eventually settled for a 2-2 draw against Gawler Eagles last Saturday.

It was the returning Nigel Young that put the Reds 1-0 up at the 2nd minute and it was Young again that scored his second early in the second period to have the visitors leading 2-0 before goals to the home team in the last twenty minutes saw the two teams share the points.

Best Players

Northern Demons: B. Sciancalepore, M. Sullivan, D. DeGiglio, P. Capurso.

Gawler Eagles: I. Baragomwa, A. Taye, T. Gooding, L. Muhitra.

Goal Scorers

Northern Demons: P. Capurso.

Gawler Eagles: E. Manirampa, I. Baragomwa.

STATE LEAGUE 2 - LADDER

TEAMS P W D L GD PTS

  • Eastern United 14 10 4 0 22 34
  • Modbury Vista 14 10 3 1 23 33
  • Gawler Eagles 14 8 3 3 10 27
  • Pirates FC 14 8 2 4 10 26
  • Adelaide Cobras 14 7 4 3 7 25
  • Cove FC 14 6 3 5 2 21
  • Adelaide University 14 5 5 4 1 20
  • Noarlunga 14 4 4 6 -7 16
  • Pontian Eagles 14 4 3 7 -3 15
  • Northern Demons 14 3 2 9 -10 11
  • Salisbury United 14 2 0 12 -16 6
  • Mount Barker 14 0 1 13 -39 1

ROUND NO. 8 FIXTURES

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

DEMONS TO BREAK DROUGHT

Well the Northern Demons should break its winning drought this Saturday afternoon when it hosts bottom team Mount Barker United at Byrne Park and regardless of its string of recent losses and failures at local headquarters the Joel Porter coached team is indeed expected to take the points against the cellar dwellers.

While the Demons are not experiencing their usual soccer season delights and sits in 10th spot on the State League 2 ladder with just 3 wins and 2 draws worse could be said about Mount Barker who holds the competition ladder up and has just a draw to its name after 14 games played.

The Northern Demons time and again are responsible for their losses mostly this season and even though the Reds could only win 2-0 at Cornerstone College some seven weeks ago where all goals came in the opening half it can be better this time.

Last week the Demons lost away to Gawler 1-2 and Barker lost to Adelaide University 2-4.

- Match reviews and previews by Recorder soccer writer John Bellifemini

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