Sunday, February 28, 2010

Knights qualify for Summer Cup final

Photos (Top to Bottom): Knights and Kingborough observe a minute's silence for the late Jack Huigsloot, grandfather of Knights' Jacob Huigsloot; Kingborough kick off against Knights needing to win by three clear goals to reach the final; Kingborough keeper David Leamey punches clear; Kingborough defender Michael Palmer dispossesses Knights; Corey Smith; Kingborough's Michael Palmer (left) is tackled by the Knights' Amadu Koroma; Olympia captain Hugh Richardson (left) battles for possession with Zebras' Adam Young [PlessPix]

The Summer Cup group stage ended at South Hobart today on the last day of summer but in wintry conditions.

With rain squalls sweeping the ground and the city of Hobart shrouded in mist in the distance, it was left to Glenorchy Knights and Kingborough Lions United to fight for a place in next Saturday’s final.

The Lions had to win by three clear goals but produced a toothless display and went down 1-0 to the Knights.

The goal came in the 28th minute from Daniel White.

He was played through by some neat passing involving James Sherman, Amadu Koroma and Corey Smith. White’s initial close-range shot was blocked by Kingborough keeper David Leamey, but the ball rebounded to White, who smashed it home from five metres.

The Knights had two other good chances in the first half.

In the 14th minute, Fielding beat the goalkeeper to the ball on the left of the 6-yard box and slipped it to James Hope, who scuffed his shot and the ball ran harmlessly cross the face of goal and beyond the far post.

Three minutes later, Brendan Garth fed Fielding down the right, but he fired centimetres wide of the far post.

Two minutes after the interval, Andrew Robb’s cross-cum-shot from the right hit the Kingborough crossbar and came back into play before being cleared.

Six minutes from the end, Kingborough had their best chance of the game when Tony Dzelalija was adjudged to have brought down Greg Freeman and was sent off.

Mr Barker awarded a penalty, but Knights keeper Alex Tatnell saved Trent Pearce’s spot-kick.

Knights coach Eamonn Kelly said he was disappointed by the decision as he felt Dzelalija had got the ball. He said the side would miss Dzelalija’s experience in the final against South Hobart.

Dzelalija said he felt it had been a harsh decision because he had got the ball but, nevertheless, he still believed Barker was a good referee. He resigned himself to missing the final.

Kingborough coach Geoff Freeman said that Greg Freeman should have shot early and the penalty issue would then never have arisen.

In today’s earlier game, Olympia Warriors beat Tilford Zebras 2-1.

Ricky Self put Zebras ahead with a great shot in the 5th minute.

A minute later, Olympia were level when Emmanuel Tsakiris was brought down by keeper Jason Voss and converted the penalty himself.

It was Tsakiris’s last action of the match, however, as he had to go off because of a calf injury sustained when brought down for the penalty.

Zebras continued to attack and, in the 12th minute, Ben Crosswell had a header cleared off the line.

In the 20th minute, Olympia keeper Justin Farrugia did well to dive to his left and deny Self.

Adam Powell’s tackle on Self a minute later might have warranted a penalty, but the referee waved play on.

Seconds later, Olympia attacked down the other end and Jayden Wiggins hit the winner with a neat volley from 25 metres.

Farrugia again denied Self in the 23rd minute, but Olympia held their opponents out for the rest of the match to score their first win of the tournament.

In the Reserves, a goal by Toby MacGregor gave Zebras a 1-0 win over Olympia, while Knights and Kingborough drew 1-1, with Knights winning the penalty shoot-out 5-4.

Knights will also meet South Hobart in the Reserve section final.

Sunday's Summer Cup results

Photos (Top to Bottom): Corey Smith almost scored for the Knights; Kingborough's Marc Iseli (left) tangles with Knights' Josh Fielding; Zebras' Henry Fagg (right) tackles Olympia's Aaron Percy; A midfield scramble in the Knights versus Kingborough reserves match; Cosmos Paite scored the winning penalty for Knights; Kingborough defende a Knights corner in the reserves match [PlessPix]

Premier League Section Summer Cup

Group A

Olympia Warriors 2 (E Tsakiris 6 pen, J Wiggins 21) b Tilford Zebras 1 (R Self 5)

Group B

Glenorchy Knights 1 (D White 28) b Kingborough Lions United 0

Reserves Summer Cup

Group A

Tilford Zebras 1 (T Macgregor) b Olympia Warriors 0

Group B

Glenorchy Knights 1 (J Barabra 12) dw Kingborough Lions United 1 (J Schuth 27)

[Glenorchy Knights won 5-4 in penalty shoot-out]

Division One Summer Cup

Beachside 2 (B Klasen 2) b University 0

Hobart United 4 (A Guot 2, Thon, G Letiko) b DOSA 0

Steve Hudson Cup

South Hobart 5 (A Brennan 2, Yeong-Sun 2, K Kanakaris) b Launceston City 0

Women’s Summer Cup

Olympia 2-0 Taroona

Saturday, February 27, 2010

South Hobart progress to final but Lions have everything to fight for

Photos (Top to Bottom): South Hobart's Kostas Kanakaris takes on Eagles' Michael Anderson while Eagles' Andrew Clark and Ben Whitehall prepare to cover; Eagles coach George Krambousanos looks content with his team's efforts; South Hobart's Kostas Kanakaris gains possession in a dangerous position but he shot into the side-netting; Eagles' Chris Jones was used as a second-half substitute; Clarence's Joseph Stevens does battle with Taroona's Toby Dove while Sam Johnson and Duncan Carey look on; Taroona's Duncan Carey prepared to cross as Clarence's Mattias Toghill arrives on the scene; Clarence's Nathan Rees heads clear; Clarence's Ben Parker under pressure [PlessPix]

South Hobart qualified for the Premier League section Summer Cup final from Group A when they beat New Town Eagles 1-0 at South Hobart today.

Their opponents from Group B will be known on Sunday when Glenorchy Knights take on Kingborough Lions United at 2.30pm at South Hobart.

In today’s Group B match, Clarence United downed Taroona 2-0 to move level on 6 points with Knights, but Clarence have completed their games, whereas Knights have the game against Lions still to play.

Kingborough must beat Knights on Sunday by three clear goals to reach the final.

If they beat Knights 2-0, then Knights, Clarence and Kingborough will be level in every regard - points, goal-difference and goals scored.

If Kingborough win 3-1, then Clarence are out and Kingborough and Knights will be equal in every regard.

A win of 3-0 or better is, therefore, the target for the Lions.

Eagles put up a plucky display against South today and only a last-minute goal by Jonathon Lo settled the issue.

South had nearly all the possession and sprayed passes over every square centimetre of the pitch, but they could not score.

They went close in the 12th minute when a deep cross from Greg Downes was headed against the crossbar by Liam Scott. The ball rebounded to Kostas Kanakaris, who shot into the side-netting.

Most of South’s other shots were straight at goalkeeper Craig Minty, who, nevertheless, had to make one superb save when he turned Scott’s shot over the bar 11 minutes from the end.

Two minutes later, Bart Beecroft lifted a half-volley over the Eagles’ bar as South kept up the pressure without reward.

Adam McKeown worked his socks off for Eagles in a lone role up front. At times he was surrounded by three defenders, but he stuck to the task and was probably Eagles’ best player.

Shane Kent was solid at sweeper, while his fellow defenders fought tenaciously against a team that stretched them this way and that without being able to get in an effective strike at goal.

Steve Louden was ferocious in the tackle and often disrupted South’s attacks before they became too menacing.

Eagles introduced Chris Jones 6 minutes after the interval and it took him only four minutes to get booked.

His impact was mainly physical and he was never able to gain possession and make things happen.

When South brought on Garry Upton, the sparks soon flew between the pair.

Upton stabilised the South Hobart ship, however, and won every aerial duel and actually found team-mates with his passes from midfield.

Too often, before he came on, South’s midfielders squandered possession by playing bad passes.

Eagles, on the other hand, had their backs to the wall and relied on sporadic counter-attacks that usually came to nothing.

They had only one genuine chance, but Michael Anderson was off target.

With seconds remaining and South assured of a place in the final, regardless of the outcome of the penalty shoot-out if the game ended in a draw, Eagles cracked and allowed their opponents to collect all three points.

A long ball forward by Scott was collected by Kanakaris, who played a short pass inside to Lo, who hammered it home from close range.

Clarence were comfortable winners over Taroona, who finished the tournament without scoring a goal and losing all three games.

Clarence wore black armbands in memory of Jack Huigsloot, the grandfather of Luke Huigsloot, who passed away during the week.

Ben Hamlett fired Clarence ahead in the 10th minute with a long-range effort from the right.

Sam McIntyre made it 2-0 seven minutes into the second half when he turned home Alex Nandan’s precise left-wing cross.

Nandan added the third direct from a corner from the right midway through the half.

Taroona had a couple of half-chances before the end but poor finishing yet again cost them dearly.

With seven minutes remaining, for example, Hugo Luttmer put Marc Gates away on the right and when his shot was partially blocked by the Clarence keeper, the ball fell to Garry Hamilton, who miscued in front of an empty net.

South Hobart produced an excellent performance in the Reserves, downing New Town Eagles 8-0.

Andy Brennan, Jo Yeong-Sun and Mizael Linhares Caires all scored braces, while Seth Otte and Will Ross netted a goal apiece.

Caires’s two goals, in particular, were outstanding. His first came from a beautifully flighted chip from the right, while his second came when he broke clear in the inside-right channel and beat the advancing keeper.

A goal by Luke Wilcock gave Clarence a 1-0 win over Taroona.

In Group A in the Division One Summer Cup, Metro beat the Tasmanian Institute of Sport 4-1 through two goals by Jason Dawes and one each by Aaron Marney and Jeremy Morris.

Nelson Eastern Suburbs overcame Huon Valley 7-1, with Tom Gordon netting a hat-trick and Bill Hanley, Adam Mills, Patrick Lenck and Will Stalker grabbing a goal apiece.

Huon Valley replied with a penalty.