Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Two latest imports arrive to join Glenorchy Knights and Kingborough Lions United


Glenorchy Knights and Kingborough Lions United have signed new overseas players this week.

Knights have signed a 25-year-old midfielder, who is a dual citizen of Mexico and the USA, named Diego Gutierrez.

Kingborough’s new player is an American goalkeeper, Kenneth Perkinson.

Gutierrez has been playing at third-division level in North America.

“We just needed another player given the number of injuries we’ve had, especially in midfield,” said Knights coach, James Sherman.

“When Alex Bellini went down last week, it was very much a case of, right, we need someone, so, we’ve been talking to a couple of players, both internationally and on the Mainland.

“The prognosis for Alex was that it was going to be three or four weeks and we needed to get someone in, so Diego is the man.

“He’s not a college player but has played in the third division in Mexico and the equivalent level in the States.

“He’s been here a couple of days and helped me at a club junior clinic today and he’ll train with us before the weekend.

“He’s a really nice young man and I’m sure he’ll be good for the group.

“He’ll fit in with the dressing room, which is already a good group.”

Kingborough coach Greg Calvert said he had needed a back-up keeper since the start of the season following the injury to Nick O’Connell last season.

The club did sign an American keeper in Hunter Harrison, but he moved to South Hobart before the start of the league season.

Perkinson will have to fight for the senior berth with current incumbent Mitch Stalker.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Knights make a night of it against Southern


Photo:  Southern FC celebrate their goal which put them into the lead against Knights [PlessPix]

(Southern Championship 2, KGV Park, Tuesday, 16 April 2019)

Glenorchy Knights 6 (J Sherman 29, J Szoka 46, P Balaban 47, 88, T Sherman 50, 87)
Southern FC 2 (T Plunkett 17, J Fletcher 91)

HT:  2-1   Att:  50   Ref:  A Cooke

Glenorchy Knights:  Graham  -  Devereaux, Maher, J Sherman, Ruddell  -  Sterpin, Szoka, Holmes  - Balaban, T Sherman, Goodluck  (Interchange:  Cano, Fuentes, Hagino, Heather, Taiwo)

Southern FC:  Pepper  -  Hoyle, C Plunkett, Dowling, Killick  -  Boonstra, Gofton, Webb, Fletcher  -  Lording, T Plunkett  (Interchange:  Flood, Hanna, Phelps, Denton)

Southern FC looked anything but the league leaders as they succumbed 6-2 to Glenorchy Knights at KGV Park tonight.

Southern scored the opening goal and the last, but it was all Knights in between with James Sherman and Jason Szoka each netting once and Tom Sherman and Phillip Balaban grabbing a brace apiece.

Knights should have led early on but Tom Sherman had one effort well saved by Southern keeper Samuel Pepper and he missed another sitter.

James Ruddell also missed two gilt-edged chances for the Knights before a quick counter-attack enabled Thomas Plunkett to give Southern a shock lead with a soft goal in the 17th minute.  Knights keeper Hugh Graham failed to hold a tame shot and Plunkett latched onto the loose ball to force it into the net.

Photo:  Southern's Joshua Hoyle (left) gets the ball past Knights' Christopher Maher [PlessPix]

James Sherman equalised in the 29th minute when he scored with a powerful free-kick from 20 metres.

Jason Szoka nodded home a corner in stoppage time to give Knights a 2-1 lead at the interval.

Phillip Balaban made it 3-1 two minutes after the resumption when his first effort came back off the right-hand post and he swept home the rebound.

In the 50th minute, Tom Sherman rifled home a free-kick to give Knights an unassailable 4-1 lead.

Balaban struck a post for the second time in the match in the 52nd minute as Knights continued to control the game.

Southern almost scored a second in the 62nd minute when the Knights keeper was caught out of position, but a desperate clearance over his own crossbar by Tobi Taiwo saved the day for the home side.

Photo:  Knights goalkeeper Hugh Graham outwits a Southern FC attacker [PlessPix]

Another Tom Sherman free-kick made it 5-1 in the 87th minute, while Balaban netted his second and the Knights’ sixth in the88th minute when a nice change of pace put him through the Southern defence.

In stoppage time, Jonathon Fletcher weaved his way past several Knights defenders to round out the scoring with Southern’s second goal of the night.

Photo:  An off-side decision halts a Southern FC attack [PlessPix]

Ho hum the order of the day in NPL Tasmania competition


Photo:  Chris Kannegiesser (left), playing his 100th game for Clarence, in pursuit of Noah Mies, who scored twice for Launceston City [PlessPix]

Devonport City remain 2 points clear at the top of the NPL Tasmania standings after demolishing Kingborough Lions United 6-0 at home at Valley Road on Saturday.

Ignacio Giampaoli and Miles Barnard each scored a brace for Devonport, while Guillermo Lazcano, with a penalty, and Kynan West completed the scoring.

The Lions are not pressing the panic button as coach Greg Calvert says he is working to a three-year plan, but two wins and five defeats from seven outings and a negative goal-difference hardly inspire confidence.

Perhaps it’s time to go back to the drawing board.  Incremental improvement is what some great football managers have aimed for, but the Lions are in danger of going backwards.

Photo:  Clarence's Sam Randall (left), playing his 100th game for Clarence United, and Jackson Ebini (right), pressure Launceston City's Matthew Oh [PlessPix]

Second-placed Olympia Warriors gave up top spot because they were idle this weekend because of the wretched bye in the competition.

Third-ranked South Hobart, whose goal-difference is now the same as Devonport’s, whacked Riverside Olympic 5-0 away, with Ben Hamlett hitting a hat-trick after being given a starting berth in this match.

Canadian import Iskander Van Doorne opened the scoring and captain Nick Morton finished it on either side of Hamlett’s efforts.

Bottom-side Clarence United suffered the ignominy of a 6-0 loss at home at Wentworth Park  -  their first game there this season  -   to the struggling Launceston City, whose only points so far before this game had been from two draws from six games.

Photo:  Clarence had Odaine Demar (right) back from overseas and here he challenges Launceston City's Jarrod Linger [Pless]

Clarence at last had Odaine Demar back from overseas, but he must have wondered what he had stumbled into after this defeat.

It’s difficult to fathom why Clarence persist in trying to play out from the back as it just gets them into trouble as opposing sides press high.

Clarence have difficulty in retaining possession at the best of times, so trying to play out from the back instead of playing long balls forward is suicidal.

Greg Roller got the ball rolling with a goal after just 5 minutes, while Jarrod Linger made it 2-0 in the 16th minute and City led 2-0 at the interval.

Second-half goals by Alex Turner, Lindsay Millington and a brace from Noah Mies completed the visitors’ win.

It was fairly costly, though, as Turner and Matthew Oh went off injured.

Photo:  Knights' Rowan Heggie gets his shot away as Zebras' Jan Charuza tackles him [PlessPix]

Sunday’s scheduled big match was a bit of a fizzer as Hobart Zegras maintained their unbeaten record with a 2-2 draw against Glenorchy Knights.

Both teams train on the artificial pitch at KGV Park, but one could be excused for thinking it was unfamiliar territory to them.

Some of the corner-kicks, for example, were woeful, either going out of play or landing on top of the net.

Knights hit the front from a Declan Brown penalty after 13 minutes, awarded for a foul by Jan Charuza on Mathew Nowicki, who was stretchered off and taken to hospital by ambulance with a head injury.

Photo:  Zebras' Rikey Dillon does a Rugby-style touchdown dive for the ball while being tackled by Knights' Mathias Toghill [PlessPix]

Zebras drew level a minute into the second half when Jade Clay turned a left-wing cross into his own net.

A nicely worked goal by Nick Naden, from Jake Stuart’s left-wing cross, restored Knights’ lead in the 65th minute.

Zebras again drew level when Jayden Hey’s shot hit unsuspecting team-mate Mathew Sanders and deflected into the net two minutes later.

That’s how it stayed and the draw satisfied neither coach as their teams stayed where they were in mid-table and a fair distance from the leading pair.

Photo:  Knights' goalkeeper Dmitri Nester goes to punch the ball  as team-mate Tyler Harrison and Zebras' Mathew Sanders also go for it [PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania Results:

Devonport City 6 (Giampaoli 24, 75, Lazcano 47 pen, Barnard 55, 86, West 89) beat Kingborough Lions United 0

Riverside Olympic 0 lost to South Hobart 5 (Van Doorne 10, Hamlett 13, 37, 88, Morton 18)

Clarence United 0 lost to Launceston City 6 (Roller 5, Turner 16, 49, Millington 51, Mies 60, 77)

Hobart Zebras 2 (Jade Clay 46 og, Mathew Sanders 67) drew with Glenorchy Knights 2 (Declan Brown 13 pen, Nick Naden 65)

Photo:  Zebras' Mathew Sanders stretches for a header in a crowded goalmouth [PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania (As at 14 April 2019)

TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Devonport City
7
7
0
0
25
1
21
Olympia Warriors
8
6
1
1
26
6
19
South Hobart
8
5
1
2
30
6
16
Hobart Zebras
7
3
4
0
28
7
13
Glenorchy Knights
8
3
2
3
19
16
11
Kingborough Lions
7
2
0
5
13
20
6
Launceston City
7
1
2
4
13
14
5
Riverside Olympic
7
1
0
6
4
29
3
Clarence United
7
0
0
7
0
59
0

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights goalkeeper Dmitri Nester goes to snatch the ball as Hobart Zebras' Matthew Pace also sizes up the opportunity [PlessPix]