Photos (Top to Bottom): Eagles' Adam McKeown heads at goal; Eagles' Ben Whitehall takes on Clarence's Julian McMahon (No. 9) and Henry Lush; Clarence's Sam McIntyre out-heads Eagles' Alex Leszczynski; Clarence defender Ben Parker beats Eagles striker Jacob Clamp to the ball; Clarence's Nathan Rees gets a pass away despite the attentions of Eagles' Blayne Hudson; Eagles' Mark Page tries to outwit Clarence's Luke Cripps (No. 5) and Luke Huigsloot; Fancy footwork by Clarence's Luke Cripps appears to mesmerise Eagles' Mark Page (left) and Ethan Menzie [PlessPix]
Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (Clare Street, Saturday, 31 July 2010)
New Town Eagles 3 (Menzie 56, McKeown 81, Cox 83)
Clarence United 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 60 Ref: B Kopra
New Town Eagles: Pitchford - Clark, Anderson, Wass, Page (Quan 90) - Whitehall, Hudson, Menzie, Leszczynski (Cox 66), McKeown - Clamp [Substitutes not used: Fennell, Minty]
Clarence United: Sweeney - Toghill, Parker, Lewis, Lush - S McIntyre (Hardwick 77), Stevens, Rees, McMahon (Hoppitt 63) - Cripps (Reibel 86), L Huigsloot [Substitute not used: Maxwell]
The first half was a stalemate, with two long range efforts by Eagles’ Adam McKeown the only real chances.
Sam McIntyre came close to putting the visitors ahead 4 minutes into the second half, but his powerful drive from the right came back into play off the crossbar.
In the 55th minute, Ben Whitehall landed a lob on top of Clarence’s bar.
Eleven minutes after the break, Ethan Menzie netted his first goal of the season for Eagles. He beat Ben Parker on the left of the box and slotted the ball inside the far post.
Nine minutes from the end, McKewon made it 2-0 when he volleyed home David Cox’s downward header following Whitehall’s precise cross from the right.
Whitehall repeated the service in the 83rd minute and this time Cox nodded home to make it 3-0.
The result leaves Eagles 3 points behind fourth-placed Clarence and in with a chance of displacing the Eastern Shore side from a top-four spot.
· New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:
“We changed our formation to a 4-5-1 today for a lot of reasons.
“It helped to keep the ball in midfield and to penetrate from the midfield onwards, I know it’s a short area, but that’s what we spoke about.
“Clarence looked a bit flat today. They had a hard game up at Burnie and travelled back and they lost two strikers, but our three goals were superb goals.
“I’m not going to take anything away from our boys. It was a good game and I hope we make the final-four.”