Saturday, April 25, 2009

South Hobart regain top spot on Premier League ladder

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, Wentworth Park, Saturday, 25 April 2009

Clarence United 0
South Hobart 3 (Kanakaris 12, 30, Ladic 21)

HT: 0-3 Att: 200 Ref: S Collins

Clarence United (4-4-2): Moschogianis - Toghill, Lewis, Ling, J Huigsloot (Hamlett 39) - McMahon, Cannamela, Hunt, Stevens - Cripps, Barron (Phillips 86) [Substitutes not used: Knapek, Sweetten] [Coach: A Brown]

South Hobart (4-2-3-1): Kruijver - Pennicott, Ludford, Heerey, Scott - D Brown, Upton (Hickey 67) - Eaves (Cooper 88), Ladic, Abbott - Kanakaris (Ross 73) [Substitute not used: Moncur] [Coach: K Morton]

It was a cool night at Wentworth Park for the first senior men’s night match under the newly installed floodlights.

But, the rain and wind thankfully stayed away and the largest crowd for a league match anywhere this season was in attendance.

Unfortunately, Clarence could not celebrate a victory at their after-match function in the clubrooms.

A minute’s silence was observed before the kick-off for ANZAC Day, and Clarence president Gordon Jablonski read a traditional verse over the public address system.

All niceties were then put aside as the game kicked off and the fouls soon flowed freely.

Kanakaris needed treatment after one particular clash in the 37th minute with Jacob Huigsloot, which earned the Clarence player a yellow card. He was immediately substituted by coach Andrew Brown and Ben Hamlett came on in his place.

By that stage, Kanakaris had already scored twice and it was 3-0 for the visitors.

South Hobart goalkeeper Sam Kruijver was in brilliant form and deserved a lot of the credit for their win.

In the first half alone, he made a spectacular double-save from Julian McMahon and Andy Barron, and another from Luke Cripps.

In the second half, he made a splendid double save in a split second against Barron and Hamlett.

South Hobart surprisingly rested Shae Hickey and David Cooper, although both came on during the second half.

Youngster Jim Pennicott was preferred at right-back and he did very well in what was a tough, physical match.

Hugh Ludford and Gary Upton returned from suspension for South and Upton was in the thick of the physical challenges and controlled himself admirably.

Clarence could have scored first when they were awarded a free-kick wide on the left in the 11th minute. Huigsloot floated the ball towards the far post, but Cripps glanced his header wide.

Having been let off the hook, South took the opportunity to go in front a minute later when Liam Scott pushed forward on the left and passed inside for Kanakaris to slot home.

On the quarter hour, Kruijver produced his first spectacular save. He did well to block McMahon’s shot, and the follow up by Barron. The ball then rebounded to Cripps, who shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

In the 18th minute, Clarence keeper Michael Moschogianis did well to clear with his feet before the advancing Ricky Eaves could shoot.

An error in midfield by Daniel Brown in the 20th minute allowed Cripps to advance on goal, but Kruijver saved bravely at the striker’s feet.

South counter-attacked immediately and Jonathon Ladic got onto the end of Eaves’s cross from the right to power a header inside the near top corner and make it 2-0.

A minute later, it was Ladic’s error in midfield that allowed Chris Hunt a clear run at goal, but he shot tamely into the side-netting.

South counter-attacked again within seconds and Eaves cut in from the right but placed his low shot just wide of the far left-hand post.

On the half-hour, Scott again found space to attack down the left and he fed Kanakaris, who side-footed home to make it 3-0.

Moschogianis had to produce a fine save to deny Eaves before the first half ended.

The second-half was a much more even affair with Mattias Toghill, who had switched to left-back from right-back, saving Clarence’s bacon in the 69th minute as he cleared the ball just ahead of the sprinting David Abbott, who had been put through on the left by a clever pass from substitute Hickey.

Eight minutes from the end, Clarence seemed certain to score, but Kruijver denied Barron and Hamlett with two point-blank range saves within a microsecond of each other.

The win lifted South Hobart back to the top of the ladder, level on 16 points with second-placed Tilford Zebras, but with a better goal-difference.


Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:

“There’s an old adage in football which goes, ‘Those who score goals win matches’.

“We defended poorly in the first half. South Hobart finished clinically.

“We still created as many chances, I think, and we weren’t as clinical.

“We re-shaped a little bit in the second half and I thought we were a far better side in the second half. I hardly saw South Hobart get out of their half.

“We still created goal-scoring opportunities but we still weren’t good enough to finish.

“In the second half, I thought we were as dominant as I’ve seen anybody playing South Hobart in two years.

“I think maybe those independents watching may have seen a few cracks in South Hobart. I think, as the season goes on, those cracks will widen.”

South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“A good victory. We played well and knocked the ball well in the spaces and in behind where they left us.

“Some good crosses and some good finishing. We could have had a few more goals.

“A good performance and I’ve got to be happy with that three nil away.

“I mean, it was a big occasion for Clarence. The lights, six-thirty kick-off on a Saturday, so we have to be happy to come here and do that.

“Yeah, happy with the performance.

“Our goalkeeper has had a couple of saves to make, but if we won 9-1, 9-2, it would have been a fair result. We played them off the park. That’s what goalkeepers are there for.”



16 Goal Attempts 16
8 Shots on Target 8
2 Corners 7
18 Fouls Committed 15
1 Off-Sides 11
3 (J Huigsloot 36, Barron 55, Cripps 92) Yellow Cards 1 (D Brown 58)
0 Red Cards 0

Clarence United:

Hunt 3 1
Cripps 3 0
Stevens 1 1
McMahon 1 1
Barron 2 2
Ling 1 1
Hamlett 3 2
Cannamela 1 0
Toghill 1 0

South Hobart:

Ladic 3 3
Kanakaris 4 2
Upton 1 0
Eaves 3 1
Abbott 2 0
Hickey 3 2


Unknown said...

Good report thanks Walter. Couldn't make it to the match. Great to have a new evening venue.

Tommy said...

Some contrasting opinions on how the game went from the coaches. Brown saying that he didn't see South leave their side of the pitch in the second half - and Morton claiming they played them off the park.

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Ril said...

I noticed that as well Tommy, although going by the stats and Walter's review it looks like Brown gave the more honest comments and isn't as one-eyed.

Looking at the roster, I'm surprised that they're playing 6.30pm games all through Winter at Wentworth. There's going to be some cold nights amongst them, it will be interesting to see how the crowds go. Pity they don't (can't?) have a second-story addition to the clubrooms ala Olinda Grove for some sheltered viewing.

The Phoenix said...

Thanks Walter for the report, it allows us to take everything the coaches said into context. I agree with Ril. Andrew's comments seem to reflect what walter has written while ken's comments semm to be ..well exagerated at best.
Having spoken to a few who saw the game today Kens comment on the end score could be right...if clarence had taken their chances early the score might have been 9-1 or 9-2 to Clarence but never to South Hobart . Like Andrew said " cracks"

Anonymous said...

south might need to do some shadow play to get the offside count down.

Greg Ludford said...

Dang! obviously missed a good game & good crowd on Anzac Day.
The match stats are interesting – the score/corner count suggests that when South weren’t actually putting them in the net then CU were battling to keep them out. South must have struggled out of their half on the odd occasion.
Apparently “a game of two halves” & either CU are very well versed in the offside trap or South need an awful lot of work on their positioning.
Sure all coaches are a tad biased towards their own sides – how else would we have it! Also the best crack of the day would have to be A Brown’s old adage about scoring and winning games. I’m a new convert but if there's a way of winning a match without scoring, can someone let me know. Maybe there’s a subtlety that evades me?
Sam K must have played a cracker & serious talent on the South bench.
If that’s cracks, we’ll take them.

Captain said...

The only stats that really count are 3-0

If you want to analyse stats a bit further 8 shots on target ea + 16 shots ea suggests an even game. If South's goalie was MOM then that suggests that the score might have just as easily been 3-3.

To suggest the score might have been 9-1 is either jocular or arrogant.

Just because a team gets offside 11 times to 1 does not suggest some sort of attacking dominance it just means they got offside a lot - in this case mostly just inside the attacking half.

roundball said...

#8 well spoken, a very analitical approach indeed