Photos (Top to Bottom): South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, and captain Bart Beecroft after the trophy presentation by FFT CEO John Boulos (fourth from left); New Town Eagles' scorer Adam McKeown controls a pass while under pressure from Liam Scott and Hugh Ludford; South Hobart's Andy Brennan gets a pass away before Eagles' Mark Page can intervene; Eagles' Mark Page (left) battles for possession with South's Andy Brennan; Eagles' Adam McKeown about to be tackled by South's Hugh Ludford as Tom Roach (No.10) moves in; South's Liam Scott looks for support under pressure from Eagles' Adam McKeown; Eagles' Adam McKeown toes the ball away from Bart Beecroft and Liam Scott as Alex Leszczynski loses his footing; South's Jonathon Lo shoots wide; South's Lo has better luck and scores his side's fourth goal; South's Shae Hickey and Eagles' Alex Leszczynski go for a header; South's Shae Hickey gets a pass away; Eagles' coach George Krambousanos and team manager Kevin Clamp watch the action; South's David Cooper made a farewell appearance for the club as a substitute; Eagles' Jacob Clamp and South's Daniel Brown clash as they go for a cross; South's Daniel Brown tries to make an angle for a shot; South's Andy Brennan under pressure from Eagle's Mark Page [PlessPix]
Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (South Hobart, Saturday, 14 August 2010)
South Hobart 4 (A Brenna 4, T Roach 30, 54, J Lo 87)
New Town Eagles 1 (A McKeown 40)
HT: 2-1 Att: 120 Ref: C Phillips
South Hobart: Kruijver - Pennicott, D Brown, Ludford, Scott - Wook Bum Heo (D Cooper 68), Roach, Beecroft, Hickey (Mizael Linhares Caires 70) - Lo, Brennan (Downes 55) [Substitute not used: Moncur]
New Town Eagles: Pitchford - Clark, Kent (Wass 61)), Anderson, Page - Whitehall, Hudson (Quan 59), Leszczynski, Cox - Clamp (Menzie 61), McKeown [Substitute not used: Minty]
New Town Eagles had no answer to a South Hobart side that was going for a record - 29 games in a row without defeat.
Eagles fell behind in only the 4th minute. Tom Roach outwitted a couple of defenders on the right and his cross was smashed home by Andy Brennan from close range at the near post.
Roach made it 2-0 on the half-hour with a firm shot from the edge of the box that flew in off the inside of the far left-hand post.
Adam McKeown pulled a goal back 5 minutes before the interval. Ben Whitehall produced his party trick by sending over an accurate cross from deep on the right and, with keeper Sam Kruijver and defender Hugh Ludford spoiling each other, McKeown broke clear and rolled the ball into an empty net.
Roach made it 3-1 nine minutes after the resumption when he headed home Wook Bum Heo’s corner from the left.
Only a timely save by Nathan Pitchford at the feet of Jonathon Lo, who had broken through for a one-on-one with the keeper, prevented South Hobart from extending their lead. The ball broke to Jonathon Lo, whose chip towards the far post was headed off the line by Mark Page.
Eagles still had some fight left and Whitehall shot just over the bar in the 62nd minute.
South Hobart’s Greg Downes, who had come on for Andy Brennan, was a constant danger and he sent in a glancing header from Liam Scott’s cross in the 67th minute which flew just wide.
Michael Anderson, one of Eagles’ best performers, was sent off 5 minutes from the end after collecting a second yellow card.
With three minutes remaining, Eagles failed to clear a corner from the right and Lo netted South’s fourth goal.
A minute later, Pitchford got down well to block Downes’s fierce drive from an angle on the left.
South Hobart were presented with the Premier League championship trophy after the game by Football Federation Tasmania’s CEO, John Boulos.
· South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:
“I thought it was quite emphatic. We played well again. The movement of the ball was quick, especially through the midfield when the game got stretched.
“Two or three good goals again. The header from the corner was outstanding from Roach.
“I thought overall we played quite well. Nice composure on the ball. The passing and movement was good.
“We had a bit more penetration today, which is what we’ve been after.
“Quite happy with it. A good performance. A good work-out. Everybody’s in good dhape now for the finals.”
· New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said:
“We can talk about the game. I don’t think we deserved to go down 4-1, but we did have a few boys that were a bit out of touch.
“It’s a pity Chris Wass couldn’t start.
“We actually came to beat them today, but, in the end, they proved once again that they’re the best side in Hobart.
“I wish them all the best. I hope that next year all goes well and if I’m still with White Eagles that we can close the gap, not only White Eagles, but the rest of the teams.
“I wish Kenny and his staff all the best for the rest of the year.”