Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Devonport keep alive their hopes of retaining Lakoseljac Cup

Photo:  Zebras' Matthew Pace (right) takes on Devonport defender Dominic Smith [PlessPix]

(Lakoseljac Cup Quarterfinal, KGV Park, Sunday, 12 May 2019)

Hobart Zebras 1 (Dillon 65)
Devonport City 1 (Stone 17)

HT:  0-1  FT: 1-1  AET:  1-1  Penalty Shoot-out:  3-4

Att:  150   Ref:  T Peart

Hobart Zebras:  Whatman  -  Yonezawa, Fagg, Little, Dillon  -  Hey, Muller, Huigsloot  -  Pace, Sanders, Edwards  (Subs:  Reid, Ackerley, S Jones, McKeown, Walsh)

Devonport City:  Pitchford  -  Parke, Mulraney, Reynolds, Smith  -  E Bidwell, Stone, Giampaoli  -  Syson, West, Fitzgerald  (Subs:  Barnard, Jack Dance, Tantari, Pearce, C Bidwell)

Photo:  An aerial contest between Zebras defender Ryu Yonezawa and Devonport's Kynan West [PlessPix]

Devonport City kept alive their hopes of retaining the Lakoseljac Cup with this narrow win over Hobart Zebras in the quarterfinals with a penalty shoot-out.

The sides were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes, but Zebras were a man down at that stage after Jayden Hey was sent off for striking Ignacio Giampaoli, who seemed to make a meal of the incident.

Joel Stone had given the holders the lead in the 17th minute when he dispossessed Luke Huigsloot in midfield and chipped goalkeeper Sam Whatman from 25 metres.

It was not until the 65th minute that Riley Dillon equalised for Zebras in a goalmouth scrimmage when the ball fell fortuitously for him and he lifted it into the roof of the net.

Photo:  Devonport's Joel Stone (right) in pursuit of Zebras' Nicky Edwards [PlessPix]

Both goalkeepers earned their keep n this match by producing some excellent saves.

It was not a memorable game in terms of skill and team work, but there was certainly a lot endeavour and courage.

Extra-time proved fruitless and the game went to a penalty shoot-out, taken at the Glenorchy end of the ground for only the second time in the more than the half a century I have played in and watched games at Grove Road.

The decision had spectators, who had gathered at the club room end of the ground, streaming towards the AFL ground end to watch the spot-kicks.

Photo:  Dominic Smith seals it for Devonport by beating Sam Whatman with his penalty [PlessPix]

Devonport keeper Nathan Pitchford turned out to be the hero, saving penalties from Adam McKeown and Huigsloot to give his side a 4-3 win.

Mathew Sanders, Nicky Edwards and Ryu Yonezawa converted spot-kicks for zebras, as did Raphael Reynolds, Daniel Syson, Max Fitzgerald and Dominic Smith for Devonport.

“It was a poor first half and I was disappointed with our performance, but overall, I was very happy with the last 75 minutes,” said Zebras coach, David Smith.

“We changed things at half-time and went to a back-three and pushed on the full-backs and I thought that, after the equaliser, we were on top, but after the send-off it was very hard.

“I thought the boys were very disciplined defensively and Devonport really didn't create any chances in extra time.

“We had to sit off and lost the lottery of the penalty shoot-out.”

Devonport will face Southern Championship side University away at Olinda Grove in one semi-final, while South Hobart will host Olympia Warriors at South Hobart Oval in the other.

Photo:  Zebras' Jayden Hey looks surprised at the actions of Devonport's Max Fitzgerald [PlessPix]

Photo:  The resident pair of white-faced herons (Egretta novaehollandiae) at Grove Road watch the penalty shoot-out under a half-moon [PlessPix]

Photo:  Are they excited by Devonport's win or just happy to see each other? [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

Will be interesting to see how other teams approach Dport now. I think zebras have shown in the 3 games how to get a result against them. This season is about to get interesting

John Skaro said...

I like the "American typewriter" look, Walter... and a bit of Latin ornithology thrown in too.
Grove Rd has come a long way since I used to ask my old man for 5c for a Wagon Wheel behind the grandstand. Or has it?

Anonymous said...

Any idea on how long Jayden Hey got?? Anything more than a week is ridiculous

Anonymous said...

Jayden Hey deserves 2 to 3 weeks for throwing a punch. If he doesn't get that then FFT are soft.

Anonymous said...

The video shows Hey tapping Giampaoli on the side and Giampaoli going down clutching his stomach as if he'd been punched in the guts. Play acting, I reckon.

Anonymous said...

Isn't 3 weeks the minimum in the comp rules for a red card ?

Oxford said...

Speaking from vast experience regards disciplinary proceedings 3 weeks is not and will never be a minimum for a red card. A red card is considered an automatic one week and that is only if a) you don't appeal the one week, or b) the league thinks there's more to it and set up a tribunal hearing at which the penalty can vary. The maximum is a life suspension (hitting a match official for example).
Darren Anderton

Anonymous said...

Giampoli should have got red as well for multiple dives and simulation

Anonymous said...

Dear Oxford, If player is sent off for violent conduct - and this is the only category Hey's actions would come under - then min is 3 weeks.

The Phoenix said...

Correct interpretation but wrong considering Heys "strike" wouldn't have dented a marshmallow.

Oxford said...

Re: Dear Oxford And you are on the disciplinary committee, or you were the referee, to categorize young Hey's actions as 'violent conduct'? Let's all see how it plays out.