The three Preliminary Finals have been decided and all Grand Final will be played this week as Football South Australia is set to close off their long soccer year once and for all.
Last Friday night in the State League 2 final it was Eastern United that used its home ground advantage to win a second chance and the Grand Final shot at Adelaide Cobras when the Athelstone based team defeated a brave Gawler Eagles 3-2 after leading 2-1 at halftime.
In the State League 1 prelim game White City who had earlier had eliminated West Adelaide went onto end South Adelaide's dream defeating it 3-1 even though South led 1-0 at the long break and will clash with top finals team Sturt Lions.
And in the big league the NPL prelim proved a disappointing final especially for Adelaide City who found themselves chasing Campbelltown City all night to lose 0-4 after having promised plenty in this finals series.
The Reds had the prelim all wrapped up at home headquarters and at halftime led Adelaide City 3-0 in a huge opening half of finals soccer and will challenge Adelaide Comets at Coopers Stadium.
Grand Finals end
Amazingly all State and Premier League and the FSA soccer season comes to a final shut down tomorrow night with the NPL decider at Coopers Stadium being the third Grand Final after Wednesday and Thursday nights saw State Leagues 1 and 2 season champions reached at Valo Sports Centre
And there is no doubt that natural pressure will come into play with the three teams that were posted grand-finalists several weeks go have had to wait long enough for the big games to arrive.
Beginning with Wednesday night's State League 2 final between the Adelaide Cobras and Eastern United and being the third occasion the two have clashed in the last six weeks with the Cobras winning the grand final berth ahead of United after a 3-2 win and a 3-3 draw to win on aggregate.
The neutral Valo finals venue will even up the teams in a defining clash that sees the Robby DeTroia coached United not shying away from winning this time out although Cobras coach Peter Falidis has had plenty of time to to prime his charges to a tee, but anyone can win this grand final with Eastern United attempting to win its first major trophy.
Thursday's State League 1 final is very similar and White City get a big chance at winning against favourites Sturt Lions with the two teams having not played each other in the finals, but Sturt will be looking at winning its second in three seasons.
But Friday night's Coopers Stadium NPL grand final is expected to prove a very entertaining clash where the local Northern Demons have real interest in this last soccer game of the season where former young local product Jayden Lobasso now struts his stuff for the Adelaide Comets in Premier League and by all accounts has had a strong season.
The Comets and Campbelltown City will meet for the third time after an opening 0-0 before defeated the Reds 3-0 and scooping the grand final spot, however its Campbelltown that has all the records in NPL soccer in Adelaide and the Comets will need to be at their best in what has been a big season for youngest club in top soccer.
The NPL final on Friday night at Coopers Stadium is a repeat of the 2019 decider which Campbelltown won 3-0 and will be out to make it a hattrick of NPL titles.
Demons and Savoy
Both delayed Soccer Wrap Ups that look at the two local clubs, their general season performances and the effects of Covid-19 that forced both Football South Australia and the South Australian Amateur Soccer League into protecting the code be active amidst lockdowns and threat of missing out on playing soccer.
Following the three Grand Finals that will be completed this week a look at the Northern Demons and State League 2 and Savoy's alternate soccer season in SAASL the "wrap-ups" will close a long and complicated year of soccer.
And while congratulations must go to new local Demons coach Michael Roros and also to Vincent DeGioia at Savoy that is enjoying his time at the helm, compliments are also extended to all club trophy winners for striving to be the best.