Saturday, January 16, 2010

South Melbourne beat a brave South Hobart 2-1

Photos (Top to Bottom): South Hobart coach Ken Morton (right) with South Melbourne coach Vaughan Coveny; The two squads before the game [Vicki Woods Photos]; Ken Morton...delighted by his team's performance; Kostas Kanakaris...scored Hobart's goal; Wook Bum Heo...brilliant performance for South Hobart; Yong Hee Kim...made the goal for Kanakaris; Jonathon Lo...back with South Hobart this season but did not make the trip to Melbourne [PlessPix]

South Melbourne beat South Hobart 2-1 at Bob Jane Stadium this afternoon.

The Victorians led 2-0 at half-time, but Kostas Kanakaris had the ball in the net for the visitors in the first half, only to have the effort cancelled out because of off-side, a decision even the home side’s players and supporters questioned.

Kanakaris netted for South Hobart in the second period, from a cross by Yong Hee Kim, to make the score-line very respectable.

In the dying seconds, Kanakaris was on his way to goal and might have grabbed an equaliser, but the referee’s whistle ended the contest as the South Hobart player was about to shoot.

The score-line was vastly different to last season, when South Melbourne won 10-0.

“Bart Beecroft was outstanding and Daniel Brown, at centre-back, was excellent,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.

“Wook Bum Heo was absolutely brilliant.

“Kostas worked very hard and scored a great goal but was given off-side.

Morton was delighted with the work-out for his side and with the result.

“Jonathon Lo, one of our top strikers, and Tom Roach weren’t with us,” he said.

“With that to come, and if we can keep playing the way we did, it was absolutely super.

“We defended very, very well and their goals have come in from range. They cracked them with the wind behind them, and, okay, they flew in, and one from a good angle.

“But, I took notes and, other than that, they’ve never had any real big chances.

“They’ve shot from range against us.

“Sam Kruijver was in goal for us and he was very steady, very consistent.

“They brought on four or five players in the second half to freshen it up.

“It was a really solid performance and creative as well, with plenty of buzz about us.”

A-League Results

Melbourne Victory 6 (Thompson 4, Kruse 12, 26 39, Muscat 79 pen, Hernandez 82) b Perth Glory 2 (Vargas og 20, Sterjovski 52)

Att: 20,448 (Etihad Stadium)

Brisbane Roar 0-2 Newcastle Jets (Thompson 50, Bridges 56 pen)

Att: 6,680 (Suncorp Stadium)


Anonymous said...

no surprise there then

Anonymous said...

up your bum anon -

very respectable scoreline.

Brian Young said...

A great experience for the South Hobart players. Our local teams need all the experience against stronger opponents than they can get. Many writers to this blog bemoan the current standard compared with "the good old days," well, South are at least trying to do something about it within the constrant of their resources. Good on them!

roundball said...

Nice to read of a game, with 2 competative teams and a respectable scoreline. For teams to get games here in Hobart at this stage is tough to organise ( and, only 3 weeks from summer cup - i think?), I would think that most premier clubs would want to play and gauge "where they are currently at". It is unfortunate that teams that do organise and play these practice fixtures often cop a flogging on here from those that are not involved, and question oposition, young, old, time, where, when, who. Good to see and read re: the South games, and likewise the clarence v tis game. let em' play.

Anonymous said...

who have south hobart played south melbournes womens team

simo said...

was at the game 2day can not compare the score line to the difference in standard in what was a pretty low standard game, south hobart did well against a very average sth melb team who were missing half there team icluding 4 ex a leauge players, sth hobart probly deserved more from the game, the k leauge korean was nothing flash but the other young korean at left back was alot better,heerey beecroft,brown were there better players in wich jono ladic made a substitute apearance for sth hobart then was subbed off not long after after making no impact and looked out of sorts, bit disapointing sth melb couldnt put a full strength team out after coming all the way over to melb, south hobart very strong at the back as sth melb only played with 1 striker but didnt really create anything going forward and when they did there were some terrible decisions made by hobarts younger players, good on south hobart for trying to improve the standard

Anonymous said...

Ladic is a hack these days, spends to much time in the gym

Anonymous said...

Practice game result from this morning - beachside 2 Olympia 1.

Anonymous said...

did Olympic have 60 players there in rotation?

londoner said...

Thanks for the match report Simo - big fan of Kenny's push to develop his players (both seniors and youth) but I still think that despite south having the best squad in the state that it's preferred senior line doesnt gel well as an attacking force i.e can't create and find the goals often enough - look forward to seeing the difference that Lo and Sherman make if they stay although it's perhaps the midfield chemistry that is as much the problem

londoner said...

Fair point ginger - opportunities for first team football will be limited at South for some of their youngsters this season if everyone who's trained stays. Clarence may have a similar problem.

Anonymous said...

sure the young ones are keen for game time but morton has a tough challange of balancing between established 2x league winning players and blooding youngsters. not easy.