Sunday, August 23, 2009

Division One title race blown wide open

The Division One title race was blown wide open on Saturday when leaders Metro were held to a 2-2 draw at home at North Chigwell by fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs.

And, Nelson even squandered an early penalty when Tom Gordon’s spot-kick was saved by Simon Land.

The result leaves Metro just one point ahead of second-placed Taroona, who beat third-placed Beachside 4-0, and both sides have just two games remaining.

Metro must meet second-last Hobart United home and away, while Taroona have dates against Hobart United and bottom-side Christian United.

Ricky Orr gave Metro the lead in the 31st minute, but Luke Wallace equalised with a penalty 11 minutes after the interval.

Danny Cowen restored Metro’s lead just past the hour mark, but Andrew Gaskell levelled for the visitors with a tremendous shot with just 38 seconds of the match remaining.

Metro had also been unlucky when the half-time whistle blew a fraction of a second before an Aaron Marney shot hit the back of the net. The ball was in the air and on its way as the whistle blew.

Hobart United beat Christian United 6-3 at home at Pontville on Saturday night, with Akuel Guot hitting a hat-trick.

John Otto netted twice and Justin Lotico once to complete Hobart United’s tally.

“It was a good win and perhaps we can even finish in fifth place now,” said Hobart United coach, Mark Broadbent.

South Hobart won the Premier League Reserve title today when they beat University 6-0 away at Olinda Grove.

Seth Otte grabbed a hat-trick, while Paul Wilcox, Jai David and Gerard O'Brien netted a goal apiece.

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