Sunday, April 26, 2009

Olympic lose in last few minutes to the Lions

Photos (Top to Bottom): Kingborough's Tom McDonald (No. 9) in an aerial duel with Olympic's Lee Mason; Kingborough keeper Jason Voss flies through the air as Lee Mason's shot rebounds from the crossbar; Olympic's Peter Tsakiris (left) beats Tom McDonald to the ball; Olympic's Robert Lebski receiving a hand-up from referee Craig Phillips and team-mate Peter Tsakiris; Robert Lebski tangles with Brett Andrews; Kingborough's marking system at the back; Olympic's Adam Hedge wins a header in midfield; Kingborough's super-sub Greg Freeman; Hobart Olympic's excellent keeper Dmitri Nester, who made a brilliant save in teh first half from Marcello Marchioli

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, South Hobart, Sunday, 26 April 2009


Hobart Olympic 1 (Larzabal 58)
Kingborough Lions United 2 (D Pearce 84, Freeman 86)

HT: 0-0 Att: 120 Ref: C Phillips

Hobart Olympic: Nester - Lebski, Y Mohamad, P Tsakiris, Tsimiklis - Larzabal, Mason, A Hedge, Djekanovic (Conquest 85) - Bulis, Kunwar (Richardson 38) [Substitutes not used: E Tsakiris, Plomaritis] [Coach: F Shaw]

Kingborough Lions United: Voss - Palmer, Iseli, D Pearce (McConnon 87), Kerr - Bevan, Andrews, Marchioli, R Hinkley - T Pearce (Greg Freeman 68), McDonald (Bremner 92) [Substitute not used: Leamey] [Coach: Geoff Freeman]

This win lifted Kingborough Lions United to third place on the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder and dumped Hobart Olympic to second-last spot.

The Lions were without Charles White - his wife had given birth to their first child the day before - and Andrew Kerr came in to the side.

Trent Pearce also made his debut in attack.

Olympic were missing Chris Tsakiris and Paul Kaproulias, but the former Glenorchy Knights striker Lincoln Conquest made his first appearance for the club as a substitute after missing a couple of seasons through illness.

The first half was a forgettable affair with very few chances.

Olympic’s best came when Michael Bulis raced clear on the right of the box but shot wide.

At the other end, a brilliant save by Dmitri Nester saved Olympic. Tom McDonald had put Marcello Marchioli in on the left side of the box and a goal appeared certain, but Nester somehow got an arm to the shot and deflected the ball over the bar.

Olympic lost the lively and quick Dipendra Kunwar after 35 minutes when he copped a shot in the nether regions and failed to recover.

Ten minutes into the second half, Bulis failed to capitalise on a blunder by keeper Jason Voss, who dropped the ball at the striker’s feet. Bulis may have been caught by surprise at this generosity and he blazed high and wide of the target.

Three minutes later, he did much better as he played a ball wide to the left for Danijel Djekanovic, whose delightful cross to the far side of the box was expertly steered inside the far left-hand post by Carl Larzabal with a header.

Olympic were not content with just a one-goal lead and Lee Mason crashed a great shot against the Kingborough bar from long range. Voss may just have got a hand to it to force the ball onto the woodwork.

A spat between Larzabal and Kingborough’s Brett Andrews in the 81st minute saw Larzabal sent off. After consulting his assistant, Mr Phillips also dismissed Andrews.

Three minutes later, Kingborough made the most of the extra space provided by a ten versus 10 encounter to equalise.

Ross Hinkley floated a free-kick from deep on the left towards the far post and Damien Pearce headed past Nester to make it 1-1.

Two minutes later, Lions substitute Greg Freeman hit the winner following Ryan Bevan’s corner from the left.


  • Hobart Olympic coach, Farrell Shaw, said:

“It was a game that could have gone either way.

“In the first half they played better than us. They’re a more counter-attacking side than us.

“In the second half, we came out and started a bit scrappy and got better as the game went on.

“We fell asleep in the last five minutes because of the send-offs and the altercation with the crowd and we just stood still and we stopped.

“Two set plays, and they scored. Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes sometimes.

“If you stop playing, you stop.”

  • Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman, said:

“It wasn’t a pretty game, particularly because they were quite content to play the long ball and try and work their two front guys in, Bulis and Dippa, who are both quite quick.

“Particularly early, they caught us on the hop a couple of times.

“We probably tries to play similarly, which is strange because that’s not how we train and how we endeavour to go out and play.

“In the second half we tried to play a little bit more our style.

“It was a scrappy game. Happy to come away with the win.

“Greg is proving a super sub. He might not be able to get a start if he keeps this up.

“Pleased with the win and pleased with the boys and also really happy that Andrew Kerr came in and was quite good at the back there, and Trent Pearce for his first start showed he is a promising player for the future.”


9 Goal Attempts 13
3 Shots on Target 6
3 Corners 6
17 Fouls Committed 11
3 Off-Sides 1
1 (Mohamad 94) Yellow Cards 1 (Marchioli 68)
1 (Larzabal 81) Red Cards 1 (Andrews 81)

Hobart Olympic:

Bulis 3 0
Kunwar 1 1
Lebski 2 0
Larzabal 1 1
Mason 1 1
Hedge 1 0

Kingborough Lions United:

Hinkley 2 1
T Pearce 1 0
McDonald 3 0
Marchioli 2 1
D Pearce 2 2
Iseli 1 0
Freeman 2 2


jerrie kruijver said...

congratulations charlie.hope both are well

The Phoenix said...

well done to you and yours Charlie on the birth of your son/daughter.Exciting times ahead for the White household

Charlie White said...

thankyou Jerry and Benchie, we had a little girl on Anzac day, so very happy and excited. Both mum and Poppy doing well. Dad just puts on a brave face!