Sunday, May 16, 2010

Zebras coast home against Ulverstone

Photos (Top to Bottom): Officials (L-R) Assistant Referee Daniel Lineen, Referee Ivan Jozeljic, Assistant Referee Greg Balmer; Tilford Zebras starting XI versus Ulverstone; Ulverstone starting XI versus Tilford Zebras [PlessPix]

Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy (KGV Park, Saturday, 15 May 2010)


Tilford Zebras 5 (B Crosswell 45, 58, 90, D Walsh 76, M Hall 78)

Ulverstone 1 (B Mann 46)

HT: 1-0 Att: 100 Ref: I Jozeljic

Tilford Zebras: Voss - Fagg, Telega, Muller, K Engels - Self, Ladic (Hall 30), Cairns (Young 82), Welch - Crosswell, Walsh [Substitutes not used: Cox, Fisher] [Coach: Romeo Frediani]

Ulverstone: C Smith - C Mann, D Baldock, Cox-Haines, Tabrett - Adam Beard, B Foote, Stone, A Foote (Singleton 57) - K Baldock (Wood 86), B Mann [Substitutes not used: Stephen, Groom] [Coach: Kim Rigby]


Tilford Zebras missed some incredible chances in the first half and might have led by at least 4-1 at half-time. But, they had to settled for a 1-0 lead at the break, Ben Crosswell having put them ahead on the stroke of half-time with a magnificent finish from the right-hand side of the box.

Crosswell had missed a sitter in only the second minute when he somehow lifted the ball over the bar from close range.

Ulverstone’s best chance of the first half came in the 7th minute when Brayden Mann raced through the Zebras defence but placed his shot wide.

In the 16th minute, Ricky Self got on the end of a left-wing cross from Jayden Welch but shot over the bar from just 6 metres. Solomon Kalou of Chelsea, had he seen it, would have known very well how that feels.

Three minutes later, Self had a header blocked by Ulverstone goalkeeper Chris Smith.

Ulverstone survived in the 23rd minute when a goal-bound header by Henry Fagg was headed off the line by William Cox-Haines.

Zebras’ Jonathon Ladic went off injured on the half-hour and was replaced by Matt Hall.

Dwayne Walsh missed a good opening in the 41st minute when he blasted the ball into the side-netting.

Crosswell’s goal in the dying seconds of the half was at least some reflection of the balance of the game at that stage.

The second half was barely 30 seconds old when Ulverstone drew level. Joel Stone crossed from the left and Mann nodded the ball past Jason Voss, who was standing in for the suspended Troy Kaden.

In the 57th minute, Walsh went on a good run down the left and shot from the goal-line, but keeper Smith palmed the ball on and wide of the far post.

A minute later, it was 2-1 for Zebras as Crosswell controlled Welch’s corner from the left and hammered the ball into the roof of the net from the right-hand corner of the box.

Zebras’ third goal in the 76th minute was beautifully created and finished. Kurt Engels, under considerable pressure, fought to win the ball deep in his own half and, having won it, punted it up-field. Crosswell rose and flicked it into the path of Walsh with his head and the striker raced clear of the Ulverstone defence and fired home.

Two minutes later, it was 4-1 as Welch passed to substitute Hall on the right and he advanced on goal and finished clinically.

In the 79th minute, Walsh hit a shot narrowly wide, while a minute later keeper Chris Smith did well to foil Hall.

With two minutes remaining, Walsh broke through the visitors’ defence, but his shot flew wide of the far right-hand post.

It was all Zebras now and Crosswell completed his hat-trick - his third of the season - in the final minute when he volleyed home in style substitute Adam Young’s right-wing cross.


· Tilford Zebras coach, Romeo Frediani, said:

“I was happy with the way we played. It was nice to get a win, especially after the last two weeks.

“I thought we played well. We knocked it about and split open their defence. We relied on our speed, which we should do anyway.

“The boys were patient in knocking it around and we scored a few nice goals. I was definitely happy with that.”

· Tilford Zebras midfielder, Ricky Self, said:

“In the first half, we were creating chances but not putting them away.

“In the second half, we really opened up and created more chances and then finished them off.

“They’re a pretty good side and pretty young and athletic, but we had the better of them, especially in the second half.

“I have no preference really in regard to meeting teams in the next round. We’ll take on anyone, but South Hobart would be nice.”

· Ulverstone coach, Kim Rigby, said:

“We played a good side. To give them their due, they were a lot quicker than us and lot more skilful than us.

“I suppose our fitness let us down a bit. We’re only a young side with most players 20 and 23 or so and immaturity caught us out a bit.

“But, we’re learning. We had some good patches and scored a nice goal after half-time and got back into the game. But, from there, they put it up a notch or two and we couldn’t respond.

“Great credit to them. They played really well.”


Anonymous said...

How many weeks did Kaden get? Will Voss be in goals next week down at the den?

Anonymous said...

Walter are you using a 'fish eye' lens or is young Ivan looking rather 'portly'??

Anonymous said...

who is muller that has come into the side? new signing or young up and comer?

Walter said...

Anonymous (2.33pm), Jordan Muller is from the Zebras' under-19s and a promising youngster who has managed to get into the senior squad for the past three or four games. He originally came in as a replacement for the injured Henry Fagg at right-back, but in the past two games has replaced the injured central defender Ryan Smith at the heart of the defence. He's started in three or four recent games.

Tommy said...

Walter, I believe Muller was part of the TIS at some stage, I'm not sure if he finished his stint there or left to join Zebras.

He's looked class in the 2s, deserves some time in the 1s.

Anonymous said...

Let go by TIS at end of Nationals in 2009. Good to see Zebras giving the young man a go. These boys can play but need good players around them to shine ala Pennicott at South.

Anonymous said...

Good players such as Pennicott and Muller don't need others to shine they do that naturally. What does happen though when a good player is combined with a good team - great football.

Anonymous said...

pennicott is not too bad but greg downes and andy brennan much better.

Anonymous said...

i would say kurt engels has to be up there for best young player in the state

Anonymous said...

best yound player is nanadan