Sunday, August 23, 2009

Clarence United lift Under-19 Cup







Photos (Top to Bottom): The winning Clarence United Under-19s with the trophy; Match officials (L-R) Michael Thain, Don Ambler and Alastair Cooke; The Clarence Under-19 squad; The Tilford Zebras Under-19 squad; Clarence coach, Alan Jablonski


Clarence United 1-0 Tilford Zebras [Under-19 Cup Final]

____________________________________________


Both sides had several clear-cut chances, but poor finishing and good goalkeeping limited the match to just one goal.


Clarence keeper Trent Cornish, in particular was in outstanding form and saved his side on more than one occasion with outstanding saves.


He was quick to come off his line and, when faced with one-on-one situations, narrowed the angle to perfection and displayed courage in blocking shots as attackers raced towards goal.


Adam McIntyre and Jacob Huigsloot were solid at the heart of the Clarence defence.


Zebras were always dangerous and midfield players supported the strikers well and chanced their hand at shots on goal from range.


Oliver Bird, Matt Hall, Adam Young, Toby Macgregor, Robert Lapolla, Ashley Fisher and Luke Engels were all denied as Zebras threw everything at Clarence in the second half to try and take the game into extra-time.


The match turned when Matthew Chapman came on late in the first half.


Almost immediately, he went close to scoring with a free-kick two minutes before the interval, the ball just missing the angle of crossbar and post.


He was a livewire in attack and created plenty of headaches for the Zebras defence.


The goal came in the 79th minute after clever play on the right by Brendan Garth, who beat an opponent and took the ball to the byline before cutting it back for Sam Reibel to rifle home.


Reibel showed that he used to be a centre-back when, in the final minute, he skied another glorious chance high over the bar.


_____________________________________________


· Clarence United coach, Alan Jablonski, said:


“I thought it was a typical, cracking cup final.


“Like I said before, a goal either way was going to decide it, and it did in the end.


“Full credit to both sides.


“I thought it was played in a really good spirit, with good clean football.


“I’d just like to mention Sammy Reibel, who thought himself lucky to be here and he ended up scoring the winner. So, well done to him.”


· Tilford Zebras coach, Ronnie Di Felice, said:


“It was a very good cup game and a fairly even match.


“We did have some chances but, unfortunately, we couldn’t put them away.


“We tried a few moves where we opened it right up to give us a little bit of balance on the left flank and the right flank and hoped to expose them, but just on the day, we just couldn’t match it and couldn’t do it.


“They scored the one goal that won them the cup.”


_______________________________________________


Squads (Interchange applied):


Clarence United: Cornish, T Hamlett, Cashion, Flakemore, Hardwick, A McIntyre, J Huigsloot, Marsh, Chapman, Garth, Knapek, Nicholson, Reibel, Lush, Undy


Goals: Reibel 79


Tilford Zebras: Kay, Luttrell, Gilroy, Smith, S Hall, Bird, M Hall, Young, Macgregor, R Lapolla, Fisher, L Engels, J Kaden, Leitch, Reid


Booked: Luttrell 85


Att: 100


Ref: D Ambler

2 comments:

irate1 said...

In all seriousness we have became a spoiled bunch.
After attending nsw club level games for around 9 months now in newcastle nsw and seeing the state of grounds and referee participation for seniors and juniors alike tassie isnt so bad.
The only water the grounds see is what falls from heaven on most of the hundreds of grounds with a high percentage looking like unploughed paddocks more than soccer fields . (some off them make kgv look like wembley stadium ).
Underage are very lucky to get a referee from the next age group due to play at the ground and most lower divisions are the same .
Linesmen mmmm remeber seeing some at the jets a-league game but very few at lower divs and none ever at under 8/9s ---- no parent involvement here its drop and run attitude .
Then theres the competition -- just to play div3 you may have to travel in an area up to 100 plus kilometres each way some under 10 juniors have to drive 2 hours to play close to Sydney for 8.30 am starts .
So in retrospect travel referees and ground conditions in tasmania are far better than here .
Just passing on a different view of things to think over AND WOW THE JETS HOME GAMES AND A- LEAGUE MACHS AGAINST KOREAN HUSAN HYUNDI WERE FABULOUS TO BE AT APART FROM THE CRAP FLAT BEER AT $5.00 A PLASTIC CUP

Sir Mix a Lot said...

Fair call irate1.
At least at KGV no one will stop you bringing your own beer in.
Well done to Clarence 19s, maybe as a reward for winning two Cups in a row the club can shout the players some haircuts, they are really struggling in that department as shown in the celebratory photo. Alan Jablonski needs to impose a crew cut or your out philosphy.
I believe Ivan Stefanovic aka Brizzo, on Liverpool Street is available.