Photos (Top to Bottom): The South Hobart starting XI; The South Melbourne Hellas starting XI; The match officials are (L-R) Patrick Galloway, Brenton Kopra, Kim Barker and Jason Priest; South Melbourne's Kyle Joryeff clashes with South Hobart's Wook Bum Heo (right); South Hobart's Hugh Ludford (left) outfoxes South Melbourne's Nick Jacobs; South Melbourne's Steven Topalovic clashes with South Hobart's Jonathon Lo (right); South Hobart midfielder Tom Roach initiates an attack; South Hobart's substitute goalkeeper Michael McKenna foils South Melbourne's Jesse Krncevic; South Hobart goalkeeper Sam Kruijver receives treatment from the South Melbourne physio and South Hobart's trainer Noel Clarke; Kruijver receives more treatment off the pitch; Noel Clark and Mark Moncur help the concussed Kruijver from the pitch; South Hobart hit the woodwork after a free-kick; Wook Bum Heo (left) is challenged by South Melbourne's Sebastian Petrovic; Kyle Joryeff completes his hat-trick with a penalty; South Melbourne's Daniel Vasilevski attacking down the left flank; South Melbourne striker Jesse Krncevic was kept goalless; South Hobart's Cameron Williams gets a pass away despite the onrushing Nick Jacobs; South Hobart captain Daniel Brown (left) bears down on South Melbourne's Carlo Recchia; South Hobart's Tom Roach in pursuit of South Melbourne's Daniel Vasilevski [PlessPix]
South Hobart 0-5 South Melbourne Hellas
South Melbourne Hellas won the Hill Street/Thrifty Cup with a convincing 5-0 win over Tasmanian champions South Hobart, at South Hobart, on Sunday afternoon.
The Victorians were a class above South Hobart in all departments and, although the home side might have scored at least two goals, the visitors were always going to win.
They were faster to the ball, anticipated situations cleverly, and were more skilful.
South Melbourne were also stronger physically and often won the ball in situations where the odds were stacked against them. They always managed to get that toe to the ball in the nick of time to disrupt a South Hobart move and, when necessary, those desperate, last-ditch, full-blooded tackles were timed to perfection and snuffed out any danger.
South Hobart lacked cohesion and pace and, when they were in possession, there were few options available.
Having said that, Kostas Kanakaris should have scored when Shae Hickey’s delightful chip into the box put him clean through, but he fired over the bar. The chance came after a rare error at the back by Steven Topalovic. Kanakaris may have still been feeling the effects of a heavy knock he received in the opening minutes from an accidental collision with goalkeeper Stefaan Sardelic.
Kanakaris also hit the post in the first half, but Mr Barker blew for a foul on the striker and gave South a double chance, which they squandered from the free-kick.
An indirect free-kick for obstruction late in the game saw South Hobart again strike the woodwork, but they were well beaten at that stage.
Kyle Joryeff netted a hat-trick for the visitors, who had impressive players in every position. Sardelic was an imposing presence in the penalty area, while Sebastian Petrovic, Steven Topalovic, Steven O’Dor and Rhodri Payne took no prisoners at the back.
Midfielders Daniel Vasilevski, Carlo Recchia, Marinos Gasparis and Fernando De Moraes showed vision, imagination and excellent technique in building up attacks and outfoxing their opponents.
Jesse Krncevic was fast and mobile, but was put off his stride sufficiently by Daniel Brown and Hugh Ludford to prevent him scoring. He had netted five goals on Friday night in the 9-0 demolition of Olympia warriors.
Joryeff rattled the crossbar in the 8th minute with an outstanding effort. Seconds later, he made it 1-0 with a powerful strike into the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area.
Joryeff almost had a second in the 20th minute when he was put through by Vasilevski, but he placed his shot harmlessly across the face of goal.
It was 2-0 in the 25th minute when Recchia fed Gasparis through the middle and he scored a marvellous goal. With goalkeeper Sam Kruijver expecting a pile-driver, Gaparis sent an intelligent, accurate and deft shot low inside the advancing keeper’s right-hand post.
Recchia might have added a third just before the break, but his header from Vasilevski’s corner cleared the bar.
Three minutes after the resumption, Joryeff made it 3-0 with a powerful drive from the right of the box.
Joryeff set up the fourth with a low cross from the byeline on the right that was smashed home by De Moraes.
Kruijver was hurt shortly after and received treatment from South Melbourne’s first-aid man as well as from South Hobart’s own Noel Clarke. He was later taken to hospital with suspected concussion.
Kruijver was replaced by Michael McKenna, who has not played for three years, but his talking, positioning and clearances were certainly up to scratch. He was generally well-protected by his back-four, often due to McKenna’s yelled instructions to his team-mates.
The fifth goal came from a 69th-minute penalty, conceded when Cameron Williams brought down Joryeff, who converted the spot-kick himself.
South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:
“I thought South Melbourne were class. They moved the ball around nicely and kept their shape and their organisation. They played two-touch and three-touch coming out the back. I thought they played some attractive football, and some wonderful football with good finishing.
“Having said that, I’m not too disappointed, but I am in terms of three of the goals we gave away. They were the result of poor defending, and then sloppiness when we won the ball. We gave the ball back to them. But, good sides capitalise on that. The higher up the ladder you go, the good sides will capitalise on mistakes like that.
“But, you’ve got to remember we hit the post twice and we’ve had chances when the game might have gone 1-1 and 2-2. What would have happened then? It would have been different.
“We missed Kwon today. He’s moved on to better things in Indonesia, but I think his presence would have been important for us in the middle of the midfield today. But, that’s okay. He’s gone and we have to accept that.
“We’ve got to give them credit. They played some superb football and we gave them a bit too much time and space. When you play a pressing game, everyone’s got to press together. If you’ve got one lazy person not prepared to do it, then it’ll break down. It’ll break down against quality sides.
“All I said at half-time was: ‘How much more of the ground do you want them to play in? You’ve given them 30 yards, 60 yards in which to play. How are you going to keep pressure on them further upfield if you’ve got gaps 60 or 70 yards to your back-four?’ So, we’ve got to work to squeeze that space.
“A great game by South Melbourne, and I’m proud of my lads as well. They’ve done the job again.”
South Melbourne Hellas coach, Eddie Krncevic, said:
“It was a good game for us again. I thought our boys played well and moved the ball well and scored some nice goals.
“It was a good hit-out for us. And, South Hobart was good opposition. There’s no doubt about that.
“We were maybe a level higher than South Hobart, but, all in all, like I said before, this is pre-season for us and preparation for the season in about three weeks’ time.
“We’re still a bit rusty in some areas which we need to work on.
“All in all, I’m happy. We scored some nice goals and we put on a good show for the Hobart public.”
South Hobart: Kruijver - Pennicott, Ludford, Brown, Feral - Lo, Roach, Fielding - Kanakaris, Brennan, Hickey (Subs: Williams, Bladel, Mizael Linhares Caires, Wook Bum Heo, Di Falco, McKenna)
Booked: Wook Bum Heo
South Melbourne Hellas: Sardelic - Petrovic, Topalovic, O’Dor, Payne - Vasilevski, Recchia, De Moraes, Gasparis - Joryeff, J Krncevic (Subs: Simmons, Zeneli, Riccobene, Vandermay, Naumovski, Jacobs, Colosimo, Treloar)
Goals: Joryeff 8, 48, 69 pen, Gasparis 25, De Moraes 61
Ref: K Barker