Sunday, February 21, 2010

South Hobart and Kingborough are victorious on second weekend of Summer Cup

Photos (Top to Bottom): Taroona keeper Richard Nettlefold saves from Kingborough's Greg Freeman; Only a small crowd was at the picturesque South Hobart ground today; Kingborough's Tom McDonald (left) tries to find a way past Taroona's Lucas Wyatt; Taroona's Hugo Luttmer fights for possession with Kingborough's Marcus Bremner; South Hobart defend an aerial attack by Olympia; South Hobart's Shae Hickey clears ahead of Olympia captain Ben Phillips; South Hobart's Shae Hickey and Olympia's Dipendra Kunwar battle for possession; South Hobart's Liam Scott comes away with the ball [PlessPix]

South Hobart are top of Group A in the Premier League section of the Summer Cup competition with six points from two outings after beating Olympia Warriors 4-0 at South Hobart on Saturday.

Olympia started confidently but were rocked when Kostas Kanakaris, one of their former players, opened the scoring for South Hobart in the 19th minute, rifling home a shot from the right-hand side of the penalty area.

Seven minutes later, fullback Liam Scott made it 2-0 when he charged towards goal with the ball and keeper Dimitri Nester’s attempted clearance ricocheted off Scott and into the net.

Olympia were fortunate not to go further behind when Nester allowed Greg Downes’s shot to slip through his hands, the ball coming back off the crossbar and dropping into the keeper’s arms.

South Hobart were using the width of the pitch well and their team-work was demoralising Olympia, who persisted in long clearances that gifted possession to their opponents and allowed them to counter-attack instantly.

Two minutes after the break, Scott crossed from the left and Jonathon Lo flicked the ball over Nester and into the net to make it 3-0.

Five minutes later, Scott played Kanakaris through down the left and his low cross into the goalmouth enabled Lo to score an easy fourth for South Hobart and his second of the match.

Olympia had little to show in return other than a long-range effort by Emmanuel Tsakiris which cleared the crossbar.

In Saturday’s other match, Kingborough Lions United downed Taroona 1-0 through a 6th-minute strike by Greg Freeman, his second goal of the tournament.

Freeman broke down the right and pushed the ball past the advancing goalkeeper, Richard Nettlefold, from an angle.

Taroona were the better side in the second half, but poor finishing cost them the match.

They were guilty of at least three glaring misses from close range when a mere touch would have resulted in a goal.

Coach Ben Horgan said his squad had practised finishing off chances at training, but after this performance, he may have to give other players at the club a run.

In the Premier League Reserves section, Kingborough Lions United beat Taroona 3-0 through goals by Brad Nelson, Travers Wailes and Colin Hughes.

South Hobart drew 0-0 with Olympia Warriors, while South won the resulting penalty shoot-out 7-6.

On the opening day of the Division One section of the Summer Cup at Wellesley Park, Beachside overcame Hobart United 2-1 and University defeated Northern Suburbs DOSA 4-0 in Group B.

Bernhard Klasen and Nathan Robinson scored for Beachside, while Hobart United replied through Akuel Guot.

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