Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Division One double-header at KGV Park on Wednesday night

Second-last Hobart United can warm up for their match against Metro when they play bottom-side Christian United at KGV Park at 6pm on Wednesday.

Hobart United have a showdown with Metro at North Chigwell on Saturday at 2.30pm in a game that will decide the Division One title and promotion to the Premier League.

Metro must win that game to secure the title.

If they lose, Taroona are the champions.

Hobart United’s greater speed and experience should give them victory against Christian United and put them in the right frame of mind to take on Metro.

Wednesday’s main fixture at 8pm is between fourth-ranked Nelson Eastern Suburbs and fifth-placed Northern Suburbs DOSA.

Nelson will miss midfielder Robert Brooke and defenders Rowan Sakul and Cameron Rush. The first two are unavailable, while Rush has a shoulder injury.

Midfielder Adam Mills, who has been sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury, returns for this game.

Nick Roberts will assume a defensive midfield position, while Ben Gibson, who can also play in goal, will be at centre-back.

Tom Roach retains his left-back position, while Joe Vanderslink is back after missing the previous game.

Jordan Brighella, Cody Flynn and Oliver Ireland, three of Nelson’s promising teenagers, will play some part in the course of the 90 minutes, while Richard Flood has been included in the 15-man squad and will be sued as cover for any late injuries or withdrawals.

“This is our last match of the season and at KGV and should be a good surface after so much mud rolling this season,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.

“So, it’s a nice way for us to finish.

“There are a few defenders who are unavailable for us, but there are some good players back in as well and we should be good enough to come away with the points.”

Jack Mason, a 16-year-old defender, will make his senior debut for DOSA.

Nick Butt and Michael Langshaw will retain their places in defence after making their debuts only a few weeks ago.

Included in the DOSA squad will be midfielder Scott Maccrum, who missed the recent match against Christian United. He will be in contention for a starting spot.

Justin Farrugia has recovered from a finger injury sustained against Christian United and will be in goal.

Work commitments mean that David Visentin is unavailable.

Aaron McGurk, Nick Radovanovic and Tom Ray have not recovered from injury and will miss the game.

This trio has managed only nine senior games between them this season.

“The injuries to McGurk, Radovanovic and Ray have been symbolic of our injury predicament this season,” said DOSA defender, Richard Korn.

“We have given a lot of teenagers a game in the seniors recently to give them experience.

“Hopefully, they will recognise DOSA has given them opportunities other clubs may not have and replay the favour by remaining with the club.

“In time, hopefully, this will address our problem of lack of depth.”

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