Monday, September 14, 2009

Taroona again go to the top of the ladder

Photos (Top to Bottom): Action from the game at Pontville [Quiz: Find George]; Taroona's Cian Carey moves in to tackle Akuel Guot; Taroona's Hamish Macgregor (left) appears startled by the ball and the high foot of an opponent; Akuel Guot appears to manhandle Llewyn Tubb (No. 40); Hugo Luttmer and Alex Bellini watch their team-mates battle for possession; Hobart United clear the ball upfield; A Hobart United player tries to thwart a Taroona attack; Ben Schaap heads clear in midfield; Darragh Carey takes a throw-in for Taroona [Quiz: Find George]; A Taroona header at goal; Ben Schaap and Akuel Guot vie for possession

Hobart United 0-3 Taroona


Taroona needed to win this game - their last league match of the season - to have any chance of taking out the Division One title.

They did win it and moved two points clear of Metro on the ladder, which means that Metro must now beat Hobart United at home at North Chigwell next Saturday to win the title and gain promotion to the Premier League.

Hobart United started brightly enough and Justin Letiko crossed from the left in the 3rd minute to Akuel Guot at the far post, be he knocked the ball wide.

Taroona hit back, with Hugo Luttmer and Hamish Macgregor going close, their efforts just clearing the target.

In the 28th minute, United deserved to go ahead, but Peter Otto’s free-kick came back off the crossbar and was cleared by a relieved Taroona defence.

Four minutes later, the tide turned again and Luttmer netted from Marcus Atkinson’s free-kick on from the right to put the visitors in front.

There were obvious problems with the club assistant referee at this stage as he had his flag up for off-side but was over-ruled by the referee. A new club assistant referee then took over with the flag.

Seven minutes before the interval, Taroona went 2-0 up when central defender Ben Schaap came up and forced home a corner.

Ruaidhri Carey made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute with a scorching shot from 25 metres from the right.

United continued to make promising attacks, but they broke down at the final stage through good defending by Taroona, or because of United delaying that final pass or shot by attempting to walk the ball into the net.

Toby Dove might have added a fourth for Taroona in the 72nd minute, but he fired wide.

United have a tough week ahead. They play Christian United a KGV Park on Wednesday and then travel to North Chigwell on Saturday to take on Metro.

Three games in seven days will certainly test Mark Broadbent’s charges.


· Hobart United coach, Mark Broadbent, said:

“I thought it was a very good game.

“The physical aspect was very good.

“I thought the competition was very strong. They are very good in the midfield and on the flanks and they prised apart our defence on a couple of occasions through lack of dropping back by our players to support the defence.

“Full credit to them. They run all day and they’ve got a good bunch of youth coming through, so full credit to them.

“We’ll see how we go against Metro.”

· Taroona coach, Ben Horgan, said:

“It took us a while to get on top of them.

“They’re a much better team than they were earlier in the year.

“I thought we got better over the course of the game, but it took us a while to get on top.

“The pressure is on Metro, but really, it’s out of our hands so I’d rather be in their shoes than ours.

“The boys have had a good year. We can’t be too disappointed.

“We’ve only lost one game all season and, unfortunately, that decided it for us.”


Hobart United: Grandin - A Otto (Rume 55), Bellini, Walker, J Otto - G Lotiko, Letiko, P Otto, Woodward - Guot, Taban-Kuel (Substitutes not used: Chatwin, Smedley)

Booked: Taban-Kuel

Taroona: Shepperd - C Carey, Schaap, R Carey (Cox 79) - Macgregor, Tubb, D Carey, Atkinson, Elliott - Luttmer, Dove (Substitutes not used: Horgan, Burridge, Clarke)

Goals: Luttmer 32, Schaap 38, R Carey 53

Att: 60

Ref: N Mele

1 comment:

Pixel 40 said...

well done Taroona, if i would to decide on who go up i wil have to say you deserve it, as you got to where you are with hard work