Saturday, February 14, 2009

Zebras beat Olympic in penalty shoot-out


[ZEBRAS win penalty shoot-out 4-3]

Akuel Guot almost scored on his debut for Olympic when an error by Michael Connolly in the 4th minute allowed him a clear run at goal. But, the striker panicked and shot early, straight at keeper Troy Kaden.

Kaden's opposite number, Dmitri Nester, saved his side a minute later when he denied Aaron Brazendale.

In the 8th minute, a fine pass from the right by Ricky Self found new signing Dwayne Walsh, who smashed the ball past Nester to make it 1-0 for Zebras.

Kaden did well to save from Guot in the 21st minute, following a corner by Chris Tsakiris.

Kaden almost made a horrible mistake in the very next minute when a sloppy clearance cannoned off Guot, but the ball went out for a throw-in.

Self should have added a second for Zebras in the 27th minute when a delightful ball by Walsh put him through on the right, but he fired into the side-netting with the goal beckoning.

Olympic drew level in the 37th minute when Daniel Lapolla conceded a penalty by fouling Adam Hedge. Paul Kaproulias netted with the spot-kick.

Zebras were unlucky before the end as both Josh Thorpe and Ben Crosswell hit the Olympic woodwork.

Three minutes from the end, Carl Larzabal played Fred Assenheimer through on the right, but he blasted his shot wide of the far post.

In the penalty shoot-out, Thorpe, Crosswell, Walsh and Henry Fagg netted for Zebras, but Nester saved against Brazendale and Kurt Engels.

Kaden proved to be the hero for Zebras as he saved from Kaproulias, Peter Tsakiris and Robert Lebski. Nester, Assenheim and Guot scored for Olympic.

* * * * *

  • Hobart Olympic coach, Farrell Shaw, said:

"At this time of the year, I think it's a pretty good hit-out.

"Both teams were very aggressive and it was end-to-end stuff.

"I think both teams are going to go away and think about defensive duties.

"It was a promising start for some of the new boys, Akuel Guot and Colin Banks.

"There are more players to come in, just like everyone else."

  • Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Lapolla, said:

"That was our first game, our first hit-out, so it wasn't too bad.

"Penalties are a silly way to go, but we'll take the two points and look forward to next week."

* * * * *

Hobart Olympic: Nester, P Tsakiris, Lebski, C Tsakiris, Larzabal, Richardson, Djekanovic, Kaproulias, Assenheimer, A Hedge, Guot [Substitutes: Plomaritis, McNeill, Banks]

Goals: Kaproulias 37 pen

Booked: Kaproulias, Richardson

Tilford Zebras: Kaden, Pace, Fagg, Connolly, Telega, Brazendale, D Lapolla, Self, Walsh, Crosswell, Thorpe [Substitutes: F Lapolla, K Engels, Hall]

Goals: Walsh 8

Booked: Brazendale

Ref: I Jozeljic

Att: 300


Anonymous said...

Was watching from the sideline and was a bit confused by the last penalty. Ref blew the whistle but the ball then clearly spun back over the line. How come this was not a goal? Is this just a case of prematurely blowing on the ref's behalf?

Anonymous said...

seems that the zebras line up looks alot different from last year? who is missing? will they stll be title contenders?

Chris McKenna said...

Got a bit sick of seeing everyone as "Anonymous" so thought I'd start an account!!!

How did Ben Croswell look Walter?? Hopefully fit & raring to go in '09.

Also, congrats on your new site. Very impressive. I really wish we had someone similarly commited in the states north!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris

I wish everyone would heed your example and put their real names!

Ben Crosswell looked all right. He hit the bar when he should have scored, but it'll come.

Thanks for the positive comments.

Hope your season goes well and that we in the south get to see you play.