Sunday, May 22, 2022

Top-three in NPL Tasmania has a familiar ring about it

Photo:  South Hobart's Josh Divin seeking a way past Olympia's Feisal Baddiley. [PlessPix] 

Devonport Strikers maintained their 2-point lead at the top of the NPL Tasmania standings with a comfortable 5-1 home win over Kingborough Lions United at Valley Road on Saturday.

The Strikers also probably softened up the Lions for the next meeting between the sides next Saturday in the semi-finals of the Lakoseljac Cup.

The visiting Lions, who left Valley Road with their tails between their legs, will have to do a lot better if they are to qualify for the Lakoseljac Cup Final.

On the evidence from Saturday, they haven’t got a chance regardless of how loud they roar.

Photo:  Clarence Zebras' Daniel Baumgartner unleashes a bullet against Launceston City. [PlessPix]  

The Strikers led 2-0 at the interval with two first-half goals in as many minutes midway through the half.

Henry Andrews hit the first in the 23rd minute and, who else but Roberto Fernandez Garrido grabbed the second a minute later.

Charles Bidwell made it 3-0 in the 70th minute, while Garrido completed his brace 9 minutes later.

Brody Denehey added the fifth 6 minutes from the end before the Lions managed a consolation goal 2 minutes from time.

Glenorchy Knights went for a stroll on a Saturday afternoon at Windsor Park and steam-rolled Riverside Olympic 6-0 to stay 2 points adrift of Devonport.

Photo:  Olympia lost Brayton Allan through injury early in the game. [PlessPix]  

Kyle Vincent netted twice in the opening half to give the visitors a 2-o lead at the break.

Eli Luttmer, Austin Yost, Hugh Undy and Connor Schmidt completed the demolition job in the second half.

South Hobart moved into third spot with a 7-0 thrashing of second-last Olympia Warriors at South Hobart Oval.

The sides meet again next week at Empire Couriers Park in the other semi-final of the Lakoseljac Cup and, again, its probably been a case of the victor softening up the opposition in readiness for the next week.

I can’t recall both semi-finals of this competition being so predictable.

Photo:  Clarence Zebras' Sam Tooze under pressure inside the Launceston City penalty area. [PlessPix]  

Two terrible examples of defending enabled South Hobart to lead Olympia 2-0 at half-time on Saturday as Nick Morton and Bradley Lakoseljac surprised even themselves as they found the net.

Morton completed his hat-trick in the second half with goals in the 48th and 84th minutes.

Lakoseljac completed his brace with a goal in the 72nd minute, while centre-back Luke Bighin and Iskander Van Doorne were the remaining marksmen.

The top three  -  Devonport, Knights and South Hobart  -  looks very familiar in terms of a prediction I made after the opening round.

Photo:  A miskick by the keeper let Nick Morton in for an easy opening goal against Olympia. [PlessPix]  

In the remaining game, Clarence Zebras and ‘sister club’ from the north, Launceston City, drew 1-1 at Wentworth Park

A draw may well have been a fair result as Clarence Zebras missed a penalty and City hit the post when it would have been easier to score.

Sam Tooze put Clarence Zebras into the lead in the opening minute, but then missed a second-half penalty after Will Fleming had brought down Ryan Cook.  Why the spot-kick was not given to Riley Dillon is an interesting question.

Eight minutes after the resumption, a sudden rush of blood to the head by Clarence Zebras goalkeeper Matt Dyson enabled Stefan Tantari to equalise for the visitors.

But, Gedminias Krusa will have nightmares about the chance he squandered when he rolled the ball against the base of the far left-hand post instead of scoring in a open goal.

Photo:  Referee Alfonso Giusti sorts out a difference of opinion between Clarence Zebras' Sam Tooze and Launceston City's Gedminias Krusa. [PlessPix]  

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at 21 May 2022)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Devonport Strikers

8

7

0

1

26

2

21

Glenorchy Knights

8

6

1

1

23

4

19

South Hobart

7

4

2

1

27

6

14

Kingborough Lions

8

4

1

3

24

18

13

Launceston City

7

4

1

2

15

14

13

Clarence Zebras

8

1

2

5

9

19

5

Olympia Warriors

8

1

0

7

8

33

3

Riverside Olympic

8

0

1

7

1

37

1

Photo:  Clarence Zebras' Ryan Cook tangles with Launceston City's Aaron Campbell. [PlessPix]

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Sunday women’s results:

Women’s Super League

South Hobart 10-0 Olympia Warriors

Women’s Southern Championship

South Hobart 2-4 University

New Town White Eagles 5-1 Taroona

Clarence Zebras 1-2 Glenorchy Knights

By the way. Olympia only had 10 players against South Hobart and it’s no wonder they lost 10-0.

Last weekend, they forfeited to Launceston United because they only had 10 players.

And Football Tasmania wants to promote the women’s game to the same status as the men’s.

Come on!  Play some top-flight men’s games on a Sunday so that fans have something to watch.

Photo:  South Hobart's Luke Bighin volleys the ball to safety. [PlessPix]
 

Photo:  Olympia's Anthony Mamic breaks through against South Hobart. [PlessPix]