Sunday, August 23, 2009

Kingborough and White go out together

Hobart Olympic 3-1 Kingborough Lions United


There was some pressure on both these sides in their final league game of the season.

Kingborough Lions United had to win to finish fourth in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League and qualify for the intrastate top-four series.

Olympic had been overtaken by Eagles in the curtain-raiser and they had to win to avoid finishing second-last.

Kingborough didn’t make it, going down 3-1 to Hobart Olympic, who jumped New Town Eagles into sixth place.

It was also Kingborough midfielder and State representative Charles White’s final match before retirement, so it was unfortunate that his team-mates were unable to see him off with a win.

KIngborough went straight into the attack early on and both Michael Palmer and Tom McDonald went close to scoring.

McDonald fired into the side-netting from the left, while Palmer, playing as a right-midfielder, sent a powerful shot just over the bar.

In the 16th minute, White shot wide from Ryan Bevan’s pass.

Olympic took the lead in the 16th minute with the simplest of goals, involving just two passes and a perfect finish.

Goalkeeper Dmitri Nester found Chris Tsakiris wide on the right with a long kick and Tsakiris cut inside before squaring the ball across the box to Bulis, who finished clinically.

Palmer was unlucky in the 32nd minute when his stinging shot smacked against the Olympic woodwork.

Two minutes later, however, Kingborough were level as Greg Freeman showed what a fine striker he is when he finished with panache.

David Leamey did well in the 37th minute when he denied Chris Tsakiris, who seemed certain to score after a fine run into the box.

Two minutes before the break, Aaron Percy had a go from long range and the ball narrowly cleared the bar.

In the 44th minute, Chris Tsakiris fired just wide with a very good effort as Kingborough were on the back foot.

Bulis restored Olympic’s lead in the 54th minute with another fine finish, prompting Kingborough coach Geoff Freeman to make three substitutions just past the hour mark.

Nester had to be at his best in the 82nd minute as he denied Freeman, who had cleverly worked his way into a shooting position.

Three minutes into stoppage time, a corner by Olympic found Bulis, whose header was blocked on the line and then accidentally back-heeled into his own net by substitute Damien Pearce.

Bulis had deserved to score a hat-trick, but it was not to be.


· Hobart Olympic coach, Farrell Shaw, said:

“Obviously, the two teams haven’t trained much due to the wet weather.

“They had chances, we had chances in the first half and we put them away, basically.

“I feel a bit sorry for them because they’ve been one of the better teams all year and improved since last year, but they’re probably the only other team we haven’t beaten ourselves.

“It’s just nice to get that out of the way for the year.”

· Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman, said:

“We probably paid the price for not taking our chances.

“We created some good opportunities and their keeper made some good saves.

“We also failed to hit the target a few times when we had a chance to score.

“Olympic were good, though, and it’s best to give them credit.

“They deserved to win tonight and it probably showed the difference between taking chances and not taking chances.

“I’d also like to congratulate Charlie White as this was his final match. He’s been a great player at the club and has contributed much to Tasmanian soccer over the years.

“I hope he enjoys his retirement.”


Hobart Olympic: Nester - Lebski (Djekanovic 79), P Tsakiris, Percy, Tsimiklis - C Tsakiris, Mason (Kunwar 88), Richardson, Larazabal - A Hedge, Bulis (Substitutes not used: Mohamad, Plomaritis)

Goals: Bulis 23, 54, D Pearce 90+3 og

Kingborough Lions United: Leamey - Lucas, Kerr, Iseli, Wells (D Pearce 64) - Palmer, Andrews, Bevan (Schuth 64), McDonald - White (White 64), Freeman (Substitute not used: Voss)

Booked: Andrews 31

Goals: Freeman 34

Att: 60 (KGV Park, Wednesday, 18 August 2009)

Ref: S Collins

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