Photos (Top to Bottom): South's Kwon gets a header away in midfield; Jonathon Lo gets in a shot for South Hobart despite the attentions of Beachside's Nathan Robinson; Beachside's Brown shoots for goal; Beachside's Brown beats South's Williams to the ball; Beachside's Brown gives South's Di Falco a merry chase; South's French defender Loik Feral crosses the ball into the danger zone; Beachside's Ben Davis is confronted by South's Dean Willcock (No.15); South's Wook Bum Heo (left) in a tussle with Beachside's player-coach Brett Pullen; South's Brazilian youngster Mizael Linhares Caires (left) tries to gain possession ahead of Beachside's Brett Pullen; Beachside's Sam Howarth (left) chases South's Kwon Jun [PlessPix]
South Hobart easily accounted for Beachside at Olinda Grove yesterday, beating the Premier League newcomers 6-0.
Beachside may have been somewhat unfortunate in not earning a penalty, and the final goal looked off-side, but they were well beaten by the league champions.
Jonathon Lo continued his impressive pre-season form by scoring twice.
Korean import Kwon Jun played in central midfield and scored one goal, with the others coming from Andy Brennan, Kostas Kanakaris and Shae Hickey.
Brennan opened the scoring early when he picked up a wayward pass from David Abbott and fired past Michael Soszynski.
Hickey’s goal was an absolute gem. He noticed Soszynski slightly off his line and beat him with a magnificent chip from outside the box that dipped under the crossbar and into the net.
South Hobart’s Brazilian youngster, Mizael Linhares Caires, played as a centre-forward and was cautioned by referee Sean Collins for a late and reckless tackle on keeper Soszynski.
“I thought the same as last week, namely that it was a good game for us at this stage of the year,” South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said.
“We played maybe with a little more intensity than last week, which is good.
“From my point of view, I’m only looking at us and I just want us to have the confidence to keep the ball and to keep passing it and to work the ball into goalscoring situations.
“I don’t want us to hump crosses in. I want us to be patient and to try and get in behind so that we can pass the ball across the face of goal.
“There were a lot of positives from the game again today. We looked nice and solid and we were compact in midfield as well.
“There was some good movement and we had a little bit of an experiment with Andy Brennan, so there’s a few things that we believe have the potential to make it a little bit different from last year.”
Hugh Ludford played in central defence for South Hobart.
Sam McIntyre did not play and is reported to have signed for Tilford Zebras, while Josh Fielding was unavailable.
Beachside coach Brett Pullen said he only had 13 players and some others were not able to attend.
“One-nil in the first third from a mistake, and three-nil in the second period and two goals in the third to make it 6-0,” Pullen said.
“I was happy. We went out there with a structure to try and play something with a limited squad and our defensive unit tried to frustrate the best team from last year by a country mile.
“These guys are getting ready for South Melbourne and we wanted to try a structure to see how we can play as a defensive unit.
“Offensively, we’re not doing anything yet. We’ll work on it in the New Year.
“I was happy with the effort. If we did that against Taroona last week, I would have been happier.”
Pullen had no complaints about the penalty that was not given.
“I think there was an off-side goal against us, and was there a penalty that could have gone our way?” he said. “Is there this and that?
“Thanks to Sean [Collins] for coming out and doing it. It’s good to get refs out at this time of year as well.
“We all get frustrated, but after the game, as long as we’re shaking hands and having a coldie, then we’re all happy.”