Wednesday, August 17, 2022

South Hobart's win over Taroona puts them 2 points behind Women's Super League leaders Launceston United

Photo:  Taroona goalkeeper Isolina Ottavi turns Mia Cane's penalty against the bar. [PlessPix] 

Women’s Super League (KGV Park, Wednesday, 17 August 2022)

South Hobart 4 (N Moutsatsos 3, M Cane)

Taroona 1 (M Lane)

HT:  3-0

South Hobart:  Butler;  Bachelor, M Cane, Choi, Cooling, DeclerckN Moutsatsos, Roberts, Swain, Westwood, Wright (Subs:  I Cane, Coy, Kidd, McConnon, White)

Taroona:  Ottavi;  Bain, Blackwood-Coyle, Cropp, Fujiura, King, Lane, Lucas, McGinn, Price, Riley (Subs:  Gale, Krelling, Thomson)

Photo:  Taroona goalkeeper Isolina Ottavi takes a cross and thwarts a South Hobart attack. [PlessPix]  

This was a game South Hobart had to win to stay in touch with Women’s Super League leaders, Launceston United.

And win they did.  The victory puts them within 2 points of Launceston United, but the northerners have a game in hand.

The first half was largely one-way traffic, with South Hobart dominating possession and keeping play in Taroona’s half for long periods.

South Hobart were able to push defenders forward in attack as they were never really under any pressure at the back.

Photo:  South Hobart's Mia Cane (left) fights for possession. [PlessPix]  

Bridie Cooling rarely had to defend and was able to initiate attacks from the back or from midfield.

South Hobart scored three goals without reply and should have had at least another, but Taroona keeper Isolina Ottavi, who had conceded the penalty, turned Mia Cane’s spot-kick against the crossbar.

The second half saw Taroona come out fighting and they did much better than in the first half.

Photo:  A Taroona attacker races down the wing with South Hobart's Niki Moutsatsos in hot pursuit. [PlessPix]  

They conceded a fourth goal early in the half but South Hobart were unable to add to their score after that.

Taroona’s perseverance and tenacity was rewarded 5 minutes from the end when Madeleine Lane hammered an unstoppable shot past keeper Samantha Butler from the edge of the penalty area.

Niki Moutsatsos hit a hat-trick for South Hobart, while Mia Came grabbed the remaining goal.

Photo:  Niki Moutsatsos is congratulated after scoring a goal in the first half. [PlessPix]  

WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE (As at 17 August 2022)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Launceston United

14

12

1

1

49

19

37

South Hobart

15

11

2

2

78

23

35

Devonport Strikers

15

10

2

3

74

20

32

Clarence Zebras

15

9

1

5

75

26

28

Kingborough Lions

14

4

0

10

40

60

12

Taroona

14

2

0

12

11

82

6

Olympia Warriors

15

0

0

15

7

101

0

Photo:  A duel on the wing at KGV Park tonight between South Hobart's Talia White and Taroona's Isabella McGinn. [PlessPix]

Photo:  An unorthodox but effective thigh trap by a South Hobart player and watched by team-mate Sophie Westwood (right). [PlessPix]
 

Photo:  South Hobart skipper Lucy Roberts (left) in a shoulder-to-shoulder confrontation with Taroona's Nathalia Krelling. [PlessPix]

Monday, August 15, 2022

Under-strength Devonport still too good for Warriors

Photo:  Ali Dulleh gave Devonport the lead after just 5 minutes. [PlessPix]

(NPL Tasmania, Empire Couriers Park, Saturday, 13 August 2022)

Olympia Warriors 0

Devonport Strikers 4 (A Dulleh 5, own goal 64, R Garrido 79 pen, K Mulraney 90)

HT:  0-1   Ref:  J Hamilton

Olympia Warriors:  Stalker  -  Sloan, Holmes, Vandermey, Allan  -  Cummins, Vivarelli, Sammut, Simaan  -  Pickup, Barrett  [Subs:  Clothier, Kenna, Mamic, McGuinness (GK), Turner]

Devonport Strikers:  K Smith  -  D Smith, Reynolds, Barton  -  Reissig, Andrews, C Bidwell, Kidmas  -  Lanau-Atkinson, Garrido, Dulleh  [Subs:  Denehey, Mohammadi, Moradi, Mulraney, Parke]

Photo:  Ali Dulleh takes on the Olympia defence. [PlessPix]  

Devonport Strikers left several key players on the bench and midfielder Joel Stone didn’t even make the trip to Hobart.

The league-leaders obviously tried to win this game with a weakened team, and it worked.

But, Olympia fought bravely and, although under a lot of pressure, kept the score at a respectable 1-0 at half-time.

The goal came early.  In the 5th minute, an attack down the right ended with Ali Dulleh on the left confronted with an empty goal and he nonchalantly rolled the ball into the net.

Devonport attacked relentlessly in the second half but in the early stages their shooting was woeful as they tried to walk the ball in the net.

A comical own-goal midway through the half made it 2-0 and seemed to give confidence to the visitors while at the same time demoralising the Warriors.

Photo:  Devonport's Brody Denehey got his chance late in the game. [PlessPix]  

Devonport coach Tom Ballantyne gradually introduced his full complement of substitutes, but the team tended to complicate their play and abandon simplicity in a vain endeavour for goals.

It took another stroke of good fortune to increase Devonport’s lead.  A penalty 11 minutes from the end was converted by Roberto Fernandez Garrido to make the score look a bit more respectable.

To add insult to injury, Olympia conceded a needless fourth in the last minute.  Goalkeeper Mitch Stalker, who must have been disappointed with his performance in this match, let a corner from the left slip from his hands as he leapt for the ball.  Substitute and usual captain, centre-back Kieran Mulraney, stationed at the far post, couldn’t believe his luck as the ball continued towards him, enabling him to power a header into the net..

Photo:  Devonport substitute Yasin Mohammadi about to take a tumble. [PlessPix]  

This was a somewhat disappointing Devonport performance, but they have the title in the bag, so who is complaining?

Olympia showed some spirit, but that is not enough to win football matches.

The only game in the north ended in a 2-2 draw between bottom-side Riverside Olympic and fifth-ranked Launceston City.

Riverside, who were at home, led 1-0 after just 4 minutes and 2-0 just short of the hour-mark.

Gediminas Krusa then weighed in with two goals in two minutes (in the 78th and 80th minutes) to salvage a point for Launceston City.

Photo:  Devonport's Roberto Fernandez Garrido missed several gilt-edged chances against Olympia on Saturday.  Here, he tries to take on the entire Olympia defence. [PlessPix]  

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at 13 August 2022)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Devonport Strikers

17

15

1

1

57

10

46

South Hobart

17

11

3

3

57

16

36

Kingborough Lions

17

11

2

4

46

28

35

Glenorchy Knights

17

10

1

6

38

20

31

Launceston City

17

8

2

7

32

39

26

Clarence Zebras

17

4

2

11

30

41

14

Olympia Warriors

17

2

0

15

17

62

6

Riverside Olympic

17

0

3

14

9

71

3

Photo:  Olympia's Ewan Sloan clears as Devonport's Ali Dulleh goes to tackle. [PlessPix]
 

  Photo:  Olympia's Joel Sammut tangles with Devonport's Aaron Kidmas. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Devonport's Toby Barton is second to this header. [PlessPix]


Photo:  Devonport's Toby Barton is grounded. [PlessPix]
Photo:  Fahim Moradi also started on the bench for Devonport.  Devonport performed very well against A-League side Wellington Phoenix in the Australia Cup the week before, despite losing 4-0, but only a shadow of that was visible against Olympia.  There was no sign of young midfielder Taylor Last, who starred against Wellington.  Did the New Zealanders take him back with them for a trial? [PlessPix]
Photo:  Olympia goalkeeping coach Martin Piesse (right) makes some points to keeper Mitch Stalker at the interval. [PlessPix]