JOHN BELLIFEMINI'S SOCCER:
SAASL LEAGUE CUP KNOCKOUT
SUNDAY QUARTER FINAL RESULTS
- Maiwand 1 v Savoy 6
- Tea Tree Gully 1 v Adelaide Croatia 0
- Parafield Gardens 3 v Noarlunga United 0
- Southern Knights 9 v Plympton Bulldogs 0
SATURDAY QUARTER FINAL RESULTS
- Old Ignatian 0 v Adelaide University 5
- Stuart Marion 0 v Adelaide Blue Eagles 4
- Murray Bridge 2 v Sterling District 0
- Salisbury Villa 2 v Croydon Cougars 1
SPADAVECCHIA KICKS FOUR IN CUP
Savoy has won a semi-final spot Club Final Challenge Series and the thoughts of its soccer season ending never worried the Port Pirie amateurs one-bit last weekend as it treated the Adelaide opponents with contempt just like Samuel Spadavecchia's afternoon's goal scoring.
Savoy dropped in grade in opposition standard in last Sunday's League Cup quarter final encounter compared to what the Green and Whites have had to contend with all this season and the result really showed out when the Vincent DeGioia coached team defeated Maiwand 6-1 in a blistering display of away soccer.
The locals will now play in a semi-final next week as Savoy continue to impress its followers in what continues to be a soccer season full of positives and pleasures.
And it was Samuel Spadavecchia that was the star of the afternoon at TK Shutter Reserve when he kicked an incredible four goals in the absence of the injured Jack Scoot with the youngster bagging the most goals in any game this season.
Savoy led 3-1 at halftime with the clever forward getting two and AJ Sabimana snaring the third with Maiwand's Ali Abassi scoring for the home team, but it was the visitors that showed the superior soccer against the Adelaide outfit to establish a near match winning score line at the long break.
"Spadavecchia's afternoon featured good clean finishes a number of 'one on one' type goal scoring and also provided two other goals in a game of soccer he completely dominated to be clear BOG."
And the visitor's confidence grew even further with another three goals in the second half to memorize the 3rd division Maiwand outfit who fell well short of what was expected of them and played a slow defensive setup.
However, the afternoon belonged to the Savoy goalkicker Spadavecchia who grabbed another two goals at the 60th and 70th minutes to complete a nice four goal package in the quarter final encounter before young substitute Kris Sjostrom scored the last goal of the day at the 88th minute.
But, the Vincent DeGioia coached Savoy will encounter tougher expectations this weekend.
Savoy: S. Spadavecchia, M. Caputo, C. Librino, D. Keain.
Maiwand: N. Haidiri, A. Abassi, M. Jafari.
Savoy: S. Spadavecchia (4), AJ. Sabimana, K. Sjostrom.
Maiwand: A. Abassi.
SUNDAY SEMI FINAL FIXTURES
- Parafield Gardens v Savoy
- Tea Tree Gully v Southern Knights
SATURDAY SEMI FINAL FIXTURES
- Murray Bridge v Adelaide University
- Adelaide Blue Eagles v Salisbury Villa
SAVOY TO PLAY PARAFIELD GARDENS
Savoy will be ready to go against the strong Parafield Gardens in this Sunday's League Cup semi-final game that will be played at Bradman Oval, the Gardens home ground that instantly issues the Vincent DeGioia coached team a real hard task, where the locals need to provide a very similar starting combination to mix it another chance against its opponents.
Last Sunday's standout player and score board pal Samuel Spadavecchia was no doubt the very key to the Green and Whites impressive win and his clever head and position in front of goals gives Savoy another season highlight.
The top division Gardens last week defeated Noarlunga United 3-0 who plays in Savoy's regular league season competition and Sunday's semi appears as just another challenge for the Green and Whites but harder than what the locals encountered last week when it defeated Maiwand at TK Shutter Reserve.
Meanwhile, last week while Savoy led 3-1 at the long break while Parafield Gardens were kept scoreless by a stubborn Noarlunga outfit before that quarter final was decided by a a flurry of Gardens goals all coming in the final ten minutes or so with Callum Ebert goaling at the 73rd and converted an 82nd minute penalty before Kyle Jones completed the 3-0 win.
And because the Gardens did not get it their own way last week against Noarlunga and won the game towards the end this should give the Vince DeGioia coached team some real confidence of winning another cup game.
Parafield Gardens in the last month has had a host of similar wins defeating Tea Tree Gully, Modbury and Rowe Park 3-0 and also defeated Ingle Farm 3-1, however did defeat Elizabeth Vale 6-0 in the opening cup round.
Meanwhile, playing in any semi-final should lift players to perform and more so keep their season alive in one that will go on record in regards to Covid-19 as well as this well created soccer format made available by the SAASL.
STATE LEAGUE 2
ROUND NO. 8 RESULTS
- Northern Demons 5 v Mount Barker 2
- Eastern United 1 v Pirates FC 3
- Adelaide Cobras 1 v Cove FC 0
- Salisbury United 3 v Pontian Eagles 3
- Noarlunga 4 v Adelaide University 1
- Modbury Vista 4 v Gawler Eagles 3
The Northern Demons as expected finally broke its winning drought and also won at Byrne Park last Saturday, while Eastern United lost its undefeated tag and its first game of the season as it and Modbury Vista swapped top spot on the ladder.
Whereas the Demons next opponent Noarlunga United defeated Adelaide University, and while it may be premature to lock in this season's finalist it seems that little will change ladder wise.
Right now the Demons have seven more games to play and will finish its soccer season in an away fixture against Salisbury United with the final series played in November.
CAPURSO HAT-TRICK - DEMONS WIN EASILY
The Northern Demons did defeat bottom team Mount Barker United convincingly last Saturday afternoon and turned a 2-0 halftime lead into a 5-2 finishing score at Byrne Park with Peter Capurso continuing his goalscoring spree this time collecting a well taken hattrick of goals.
Capurso has now bagged six in three games and may have had a 4th against the meek Barker outfit who did manage to find the net twice in the last fifteen minutes of soccer in a blustery second half.
In the meantime, Saturday's round 8 contest was more or less a training drill for the Reds all afternoon and probably may have scored more goals with more direct soccer rather than too much possession play that took much effort getting the ball into its attacking box.
Referee Jonathan Hunter took control of Saturday's game that produced seven goals with Peter Capurso opening the scoring at the 15th minute before young Joshua Spadavecchia made it 2-0 at the 28th and obviously putting the Demons in the driving seat at the long break.
But, more Demons' goals at the 51st, 71st and a late one to Diego Garcia who had earlier hit the right post were combined by a consolation goal and a penalty to Mount Barker's Michael McGrath in the final twelve minutes as the visitors got on the scoreboard.
In the RESERVES the Northern Demons defeated Mount Barker 6-1 to assure double wins at home last Saturday afternoon with the Reds leading 3-1 at halftime before adding another three for their best win of the season.
Northern Demons: B. Mcavoy, P. Capurso, D. Garcia, D. Cox.
Mount Barker: S. Coldwell, M. McGrath, J. Browning, W. Maddox .
Northern Demons: P. Capurso (3), J. Spadavecchia, S. Garcia.
Mount Barker: M. McGrath (2).
STATE LEAGUE 2 - LADDER
TEAMS P W D L GD PTS
- Modbury Vista 15 11 3 1 24 36
- Eastern United 15 10 4 1 20 34
- Pirates FC 15 9 2 4 12 29
- Adelaide Cobras 15 8 4 3 8 28
- Gawler Eagles 15 8 3 4 9 27
- Cove FC 15 6 3 6 1 21
- Adelaide University 15 5 5 5 -2 20
- Noarlunga 15 5 4 6 -4 19
- Pontian Eagles 15 4 4 7 -3 16
- Northern Demons 15 4 2 9 -7 14
- Salisbury United 15 2 1 12 -16 7
- Mount Barker 15 0 1 14 -42 1
ROUND NO.9 FIXTURES
- Noarlunga v Northern Demons
- Gawler Eagles v Eastern United
- Cove FC v Salisbury United
- Pirates FC v Adelaide Cobras
- Mount Barker v Modbury Vista
- Pontian Eagles v Adelaide University
DEMONS ON ROAD TO NOARLUNGA
After the Northern Demons recent win over bottom State League 2 team Mount Barker last week the Joel Porter coached Reds will be attempting to complete back to back wins against Noarlunga United on Saturday afternoon at Wilfred Taylor Reserve after having won 1-0 in its home fixture back in the beginning of August.
The locals will be trying to make some late ground on the ladder although the home team is showing some late form over the last three weeks and last Saturday Noarlunga at home had its best win of the season when it defeated Adelaide University 4-1.
One clear inclusion to the team this Saturday will be that Ben Sciancalepore will be available and ready to go and another interesting topic will be will Peter Capurso continue scoring goals.
The Demons can win again against Noarlunga United, however its game plan should be more direct and focus more on getting the ball in scoring range more quickly than what was seen last week in its win over Mount Barker at Byrne Park.
And in form goalkicker Peter Capurso should be given plenty of the ball in this Saturday's Wilfred Taylor Reserve as current form indicates he can score a 4th straight week.
- Match reviews and previews by Recorder soccer writer John Bellifemini
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