Saturday, May 25, 2019

Devonport qualify for Lakoseljac Cup Final with narrow win over University

Photo:  Devonport's Miles Barnard loops the ball into the air as he is challenged by University's William Jose [PlessPix]

(Lakoseljac Cup Semi-Final, Olinda Grove, Saturday, 25 May 2019)

University 1 (Fahey 82 pen)
Devonport City 2 (Barnard 25, Giampaoli 78)

HT:  0-1   Att:  120   Ref:  N Coad

University:  Hoysted  -  MacGregor, McKernan, Jose, Connolly (Thorne 79)  -  Undy (Trac 59), Roach, Carnaby, Dickinson  -  Harris (Ling 69), Fahey  (Subs not used:  Watts, Griffiths)

Devonport City: Pitchford  -  Parke, Reynolds, Mulraney, Smith  -  Syson, Stone, Giampaoli (Tantari 90)  -  Fitzgerald (West 80), Barnard (Jack Dance 46), Bidwell

Photo:  Devonport's Argentinian midfielder Ignacio Giampaoli makes a pass [PlessPix]

Devonport City didn’t look like a team that leads the NPL Tasmania competition by 5 points.  They certainly weren’t on song in this cup tie.

Joel Stone was probably their best player and he and midfield companion Ignacio Giampaoli undoubtedly teased and tormented their opponents at times.

Miles Barnard started at centre-forward for the visitors against his former club and he put them in front with an accurate header in the 25th minute.

Barnard had missed an earlier header, from which he should have scored.  Perhaps his best role is as an impact substitute, coming on late to win matches.

Photo:  Devonport winger Max Fitzgerald under pressure from University's Joseph Dickinson [PlessPix]

Max Fitzgerald was lively and forced an excellent save from University keeper Elliot Hoysted after 10 minutes.

Barnard’s goal is what separated the sides at half-time.

There was no doubting University’s commitment, endeavour and sheer hard work.  Their defence was stubborn, but their midfielders found it hard to feed the forwards accurately, while the forwards themselves could not find space and time to shoot.

Having said that, Joshua Harris went close after only a couple of minutes when his low drive from the right went just wide of the far upright.

Devonport put their backs to the task in the second half and should have increased their lead, but all they could do was hit the woodwork twice in quick succession in a flurry of activity inside the box.

Photo:  Devonport's  Connor Parke clears ahead of University's Fergal Connolly [PlessPix]

It wasn’t until 12 minutes from the end that they managed to get some breathing space.  Tom Roach was dispossessed in midfield by Fitzgerald, who fed Giampaoli, and the diminutive Argentinian advanced on goal and fired past Hoysted to make it 2-0.

University were not finished, however, and their perseverance was rewarded in the 82nd minute when Roach got inside the box and was tripped by Raphael Reynolds.  Sam Fahey converted he penalty, shooting low and into the bottom left-hand corner.  Nathan Pitchford made a valiant attempt to save, but was fractionally too late.

Kenneth Trac, who had come on in place of Undy, was making some good moves on the right for University in the last half-hour of the game, but Devonport held out to qualify for their third Lakoseljac Cup Final in four years.

They will need to do better than they did in this match if they are to retain the trophy.

Photo:  University player-coach Jake Undy was pleased with his players' efforts and the support of their fans [PlessPix]

University player-coach Jake Undy said:

“We’re disappointed.  Not in our effort at all.  We’re very proud of our effort.  I’m stoked at the effort everyone put in, but I’m disappointed with the result.

“We came here to win and we feel like we could have come away with that.  I’m really thankful to all the guys and girls from the Uni club who got behind us.  They really rallied for us at key moments.

“We were pushing for extra-time all the way.  It’s bouncing around in the six-yard box in the last few minutes and anything could have happened.

“I’m proud of the guys’ efforts and really grateful to everyone who turned up.  We’ll turn up next weekend and push ourselves to be better, and we’ll do the same the week after and the week after that.”

Photo:  Devonport City coach Rick Coghlan said his team were not at their best but he was delighted that they have reached the final [PlessPix]

Devonport City coach Rick Coghlan said:

“It was a tough game.  Uni really took it to us.  It was by far not our best 90 minutes, but all things considered, we’re in the final and we’ll take the result.

“We’re pleased that we got our goals and saw the game out.  We’re not blind to the fact that It wasn’t the best performance from us, but, if we can grind out results and win when it matters, when we’re not playing well, we’ll take it.”

“Full credit to Uni.  They’ve come to a big semi-final and they’ve really brought the game to us and pushed us the whole way for 90 minutes.  We’ve got no complaints.  It was a very, very difficult game in the conditions, the environment, the opposition, and we’ve reached the final so we’re pleased.”

Photo:  Devonport's Edward Bidwell stretches for the ball [PlessPix]

Photo:  Nathan Coad was in charge of the match [PlessPix]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Worst performance I've seen Devonport play in the last few years.but all teams have off days