Photos (Top to Bottom): Storm clouds brew over Wellesley Park and the match reflected this; Wellesley Park and strangely shaped storm clouds; Eagles' Jamie Vernon (left) confronts South's Kostas Kanakaris; South's Tom Roach in possession; Jim Pennicott congratulates Jonathon Lo on his goal; South's Shae Hickey (left) and Eagles' Andy Clark in a chase for the ball; South's Jim Pennicott is airborne against Eagles' Jacob Clamp; Eagles' ben Whitehall (left) battles with South's Loic Feral; South's Hugo Bladel controls the ball despite the attentions of Eagles' Ben Whitehall; South's Loic Feral (left) gets in ahead of Eagles' Andy Clark; Eagles keeper Nathan Pitchford is beaten by Loic Feral's shot; Eagles' Alex Leszczynski (extreme left) about to volley the opening goal; Leszczynski's shot hits the back of the net; Eagles celebrate Leszczynski's goal; Eagles' Ben Whitehall (left) and South's Loic Feral contest possession; South's Brazilian striker Mizael Linhares Caires limps off with a foot injury; Mizael is led off for treatment by Noel Clark; Josh Quon puts Eagles ahead on the picturesque Wellesley Park ground; Eagles keeper Nathan Pitchford takes a cross; South's Jim Pennicott beats Nathan Pitchford to put South ahead [PlessPix]
New Town Eagles eventually succumbed 4-3 to South Hobart at Wellesley Park on Sunday afternoon, but they gave the hosts a run for their money.
Eagles scored first through a magnificent strike by Alex Leszczynki after South failed to clear a corner. The ball fell to Leszczynski on the edge of the box and he volleyed an unstoppable shot past keeper Jess Van Hyster.
Frenchman Loic Feral equlalised a clinical finish from the left of the box after Jim Pennicott’s pass from midfield.
A long kick by keeper Nathan Pitchford led to Eagles’ second goal before the break. Josh Quon outpaced the South defence and scored to make it 2-1 for the visitors.
Fine goals by Jonathon Lo and Pennicott made it 3-2 for South Hobart before Mark Page’s speculative lob from range deceived the South keeper and bounced over him to make it 3-3.
Tom Roach, whose sights had been calibrated too high for most of the game, hit the winner when he finally shot low and beat Pitchford for the winner.
It was a physical and tense game and tempers boiled over at times, causing the referee some anxious moments in terms of whether to book players or even send them off.
Loic Feral was excellent for South Hobart, as was defender Cameron Williams.
South Hobart's Mizael Linhares Caires came off with a foot injury in the first half. He was probably not fully recovered from an earlier foot injury and would have been better off to sit this one out.
“It was like a cup final,” said South Hobart coach, Ken Morton.
“It was better than Southampton versus Man U last night.
“I thought it was a good game of football. Obviously, one team goes very long, very direct, very straight, very quickly and they do it well. People read and anticipate and run off and they keep you under pressure.
“But, I thought we had the ball for long spells and eventually the chances came and we put them away.
“Following yesterday’s game, it’s another good work-out for about 18 players, so we’ve done well.”
New Town Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said: “I thought it was a very physical, hard game.
“Tempers became a little bit frayed, but that’s okay. I don’t think Ken minds that, and I don’t mind that. You’ve got some big boys out there.“The goal that we first scored was world class. I don’t care what anybody says. No matter which keeper was in goal, they would have copped that.
“Our third goal was, I thought, a little bit of an error from the young keeper, but we’ll take it.
“Did South Hobart deserve to win the game? I thought a draw would have been fair. Both sides fought well. We had a different type of game plan.
“We enjoyed it and the guys who have written us off already can go and jump.”