Thursday, July 30, 2009

University virtually knocked down and out by the in-form Clarence United

Clarence United jumped from second-last to fourth on the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League ladder as a result of their 5-0 win over bottom-side University at Wentworh Park this evening.

Clarence are level on 21 points with Hobart Olympic, who dropped a place to fifth because of their inferior goal-difference.

The loss virtually condemns University to relegation. They are 7 points adrift of second-last New Town Eagles and have just three games remaining.

These are against Hobart Olympic, current leaders Tilford Zebras, and second-last New Town Eagles.

They would need to win all three games and hope that Eagles lose all their remaining matches.

David Hoppitt gave Clarence a 1-0 lead at the break, while second-half strikes by Ben Hamlett, Luke Huigsloot, Luke Cripps and Hamlett again completed the tally.

"We had 21 shots at goal and our keeper, Michael Moschogianis, touched the ball twice in the second half," said Clarence's assistant coach, Franco Previdi.

"We hit the bar twice in the first half and their keeper, Hamish Peacock, made two brilliant saves."

In the under-19s, Clarence United downed Kingborough Lions United 5-1 through goals by Marsh, Nicholson, Bugg, Brown and an own goal.

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