Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Beachside and Clarence share the spoils

Photo:  Jake French produces a fine save on his debut for Clarence tonight [PlessPix]

Beachside and Clarence United drew 1-1 at KGV Park this evening in a pre-season friendly.

Beachside, the Southern Championship side, had the better of the goalless opening half against their NPL Tasmania opponents.

But, lack of composure in front of goal, poor decision making, and at times, less than perfect technique, let them down.

Beachside used the width of the pitch to good effect, but the final cross or pass was often wasted.

Photo:  Clarence United's Paul Palmer (No.18) and Jeremy Price (No.12) wait to see if team-mate Chris Kannegiesser can win the ball [PlessPix]

Beachside squandered a great chance from an easy header, while a mis-kick in front of an open goal also let Clarence off the hook.

Clarence had three half-chances in response but Beachside survived these situations.

Eight minutes into the second half, Nic McDonald atoned for his first-half misses by deftly chipping the ball over the keeper following a quick counter-attack down the right to put Beachside ahead.

The lead lasted just 5 minutes as Chris Kannegiesser equalised from close-range on the left of the 6-yard box after Beachside made a hash of clearing the ball from their goalmouth.

Photo:  Beachside's Matthew Luttrell (left) tries to prevent Clarence's Ban Marsh from crossing the ball [PlessPix]

Clarence almost snatched a winner late in the game when Jeremy Price rattled the Beachside crossbar with a free-kick.

Jake French made his debut for Clarence after transferring from Hobart Zebras.

French played in goal for the first half-hour and the last 20 minutes, while Matt Dyson was in goal for the rest of the game.

Photo:  Clarence's new coach, Warren Burt, looks at his watch [PlessPix]

Clarence United’s new coach, Warren Burt, said:

“I was impressed that we were able to move the ball into areas that we wanted to move it.

“We defended well and we created some opportunities and that’s all I asked the boys to do.

“[Jake] French is our only new player at the moment. But we’ve got Odaine Demar away at the moment and hopefully he’s coming back.

“He said he’d come back and definitely play with us.”

Photo:  Clarence's Kade Smith shields the ball from a Beachside opponent [PlessPix]

Beachside coach, Brett Pullen, said:

“Wonderful.  It was an absolute ball.  We rotated 19 players today and in our last game I think we rotated 17 players.

“There were two or three that played both so we’ve got a nice depth in the squad.

“I think we had five under-18s play today and the same the other day.

“We’re working on intensity at the moment to get our fitness up, but they’re all playing for each other and that’s all you can ask for.

“If they keep doing that, then we’ll have a go.

“If we’d put away the chances that we had, we would have won by a little bit, but at this time of the year, I haven’t done any shooting practice yet.

“There’ve been other things and I’ve been happy with what we’ve worked on, but the shooting practice will come.

“It was good.  It was good fun.”

Photo:  Beachside's Ben Whitehall controls the ball while under pressure from Clarence's Sam Randall (No.13) and Chris Kannegiesser [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights will play Taroona at 7pm at KGV Park this Friday, 18 January, and Knights will take on Clarence United next Wednesday, 22 January, at 7pm at KGV Park.


Anonymous said...

Clarence seriously need to recruit players otherwise its pretty much the same as last year. Relegation will surely be on the cards.
its not as if they haven't had enough time. Money needs to be spent.
The only way I can Clarence winning a game is if Riverside and lions are absolute rubbish.

Ben Latham said...

I totally agree with you anon, I watched the game and it never looked like an NPL team playing , as for spending money that’s a no go They don’t have any ! I have a great friend that’s involved in the juniors at Clarence and he informed me committee has done nothing to attract major sponsors or raise the funds needed to at least buy 1 decent player for years now , how long can they last or is it even worth continuing this season ? I think not ! They do have some half decent players and a couple of really good young ones (1 of which from last season Hatcher I think, was not sighted at the game I presume gone to another club ) but it takes more than a few to be competitive . Your right though you would have thought in a Relegation season that they would have gone all out to get a couple of imports to keep them from disappearing for Ever ! I wish them good luck ,, South Hobart For Ever !

Digger said...

I reckon Jake French will at least cut down their 100 goal against record from last season to maybe half that if he stays .The new coach if he can save them from relegation would be highly entitled to Coach Of The Year

T Docherty said...

Need another centreback couple midfielders and definitely a striker should advertise on their web page try and get some challenge player's like ones stuck in Souths who've been there a while a chance to play npl for clarence