The Northern Demons won a second straight clutch State League 2 game on Saturday afternoon when it defeated Salisbury United 2-1 deep in injury time at Steve Jarvis Park.
However, the side was denied a finals spot after the Seaford Rangers upset Western Strikers winning 3-2 to keep the Michael Roros coached Reds just one point outside the top six,
And with games against Pontian Eagles at home and Mount Barker United away the strong chance of the Demons playing finals football now is a reality as the likes of Salisbury or Seaford could well be replaced to complete finals echelon in State League 2.
It was a persistent non-stop Demons effort that saw the visiting Reds chase down Salisbury who led until the last ten minutes before winning as they ran down the home outfit's pre game plans and finished off the contest much stronger even though Kim Juhoon attracted double yellow cards from referee Joe Tripodi and sent off.
Meanwhile respective team goalkeepers could take blame for goals scored in opposite periods but same goalmouth in Saturday's encounter but none as decisive as home team glove-man Val Esposito in the dying moments of Saturday's vital contest that was headed for a draw.
The Demons played Ben Sciancalepore who was subbed off at halftime due to a minor leg injury but the Reds responded to the Scott Bice led Salisbury United who led 1-0 at halftime after a Connor McLaughlin 26th minute goal gave the home team the ascendancy in the game.
Both teams got plenty of the ball and Salisbury United seemed to be playing soccer good enough to stave off the Northern Demons but it was Josh Spadavecchia that found the equaliser at the 82nd minute and completely turn the game around and strongly pressuring the home team before a clever Cooper Mullins low drive to the near post forced the own goal that spilled into the net and an ill needed result for Steve Jarvis Park team giving the Northern Demons a precious away win.
Last Saturday's Demons best players went to Mark Balsamo, Copper Mullins and Jacob Sakoulidis, while in the early games the Demons experienced a narrow 0-1 loss in the Reserves and an expected 0-6 loss in the Under 18's.
FINALS HOPE IN REDS COURT
The Northern Demons will play its final Byrne Park season fixture this Saturday afternoon when the Michael Roros coached Reds host 8th placed Pontian Eagles who last week led the Vipers 1-0 at the long break before losing 2-5, but an opponent that defeated the Demons
2-1 in Adelaide in round 10.
However it is the local State League 2 team that is currently playing some good soccer and real possibility of stretching its season to the coming final series provided it does not lose any points whatsoever in their last remaining two games.
The Demons just recently has won against two opponents above it on the ladder in the last fortnight in the likes of Vipers FC. and Salisbury United
and by all accounts is expected to complete another hattrick of wins this season with its first
coming against Cove FC, Modbury Vista and Noarlunga United and just simply needs to defeat Pontian Eagles this Saturday.
The Demons principle danger will no doubt be the league's top goal scorer in Anthony Dimas who has kicked 26 goals to date and Reds coach Michael Roros certainly needs to nullify him in what will be a major factor, whereas Demons' Yannis Nestoras who is second on the goal list should feature for the locals this Saturday.
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