Demons lose close encounter against South Adelaide

A more physical and harder working South Adelaide defeated Northern Demons 1-0 on Saturday at Byrne Park in another league display by the younger and probably unbalanced Reds group that is more so being found out by seasoned opposition.

It was another respectable result just like most of the Demons soccer season has been so far, but the ladder details do not look good at all.

Nonetheless reports from Byrne Park suggest the Demons who had the better of the first half just could not make good use from several offensive moments and lacks the firepower to

score goals and put teams under scoreboard pressure.

On Saturday the Northern Demons may have had a penalty call go against it when Chris Mara was cleaned up against the tougher Steve Kitchin coached South Adelaide team, and at the long break it was Demons mentor Dominic Sciancalepore that sensed something good.

But the second half was to be much different as the visiting Panthers threw everything at the Reds and forced the home combination to rush its game as the Byrne Park outfit lost

possession easily.

The Demons had brought in young Daniel Lobasso for the injured Jarred George as the locals experience a deeper injury list, and again it was Daniel Cox that stood out best in a

defensive role, while Chris Annese and Lobasso also were good.

It was at the 65th minute mark that Demons goalkeeper Greg Joy was denied the free kick in a fifty-fifty ball that Panthers’ goalsneak Aaron Phillips got the benefit of the doubt by referee Ford with Phillips going onto score and put South Adelaide 1-0 up.

The Demons then tried hard to find the equalizer, but instead it was the visitors that became a more threatening opponent and created a number of scoring chances keeping Reds keeper Greg Joy busy until the end.

Meanwhile South Adelaide did finish the game much stronger than the Demons, and deserved to win last Saturday’s game, it was the harder bodies and the evenly balanced visitors outfit that was all the difference.

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