Saturday, May 11, 2019

Lakoseljac Cup quarterfinals on this weekend

Photo:  Taroona's Duncan Carey (left) and South Hobart's Ken Morton at Friday's media conference [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras host Devonport City at 2pm on Sunday at KGV Park in the quarterfinals of the Lakoseljac Cup.

It will be the third meeting between the sides in recent weeks.

In the two league encounters, Zebras beat Devonport 2-1 at KGV Park, while the sides drew 1-1 at Valley Road last weekend.

This indicates that this cup tie will be a close game and extra-time may well be required.

Zebras will have Nicky Edwards back from suspension, while Devonport may be without central-defender Guillermo Lazcano, who has had visa problems and had to leave the country.

Reports in The Advocate suggested he may be back in time for Sunday’s game.

Devonport, the holders of the Lakoseljac Cup, will give this game everything they have because the winner of the rophy goes into the FFA Cup Round-of-32.

South Hobart face another Southern Championship side when they meet Taroona away at Kelvedon Park tomorrow [Saturday] at noon.

In the previous round, South Hobart eliminated another Southern Championship outfit in Hobart United with two late goals in a 3-1 win.

South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said his side was confident but they would treat Taroona with respect.

He watched them play New Town Eagles last weekend and said they had some good players.

South Hobart will again be without the injured Alex Walter, Darcy Hall and Declan Foley, which will enable some youngsters to step up.

Last week, in the 3-3 draw with Olympia Warriors, South Hobart used youngsters Bradley Lakoseljac, Ewan Larby and Kasper Hallam to good effect.

Sam Berezansky also came on as a late substitute and may get a run against Taroona.

The experienced striker Jack Turner recently called it quits for South Hobart, while this week, striker Alexander Leszczynski also left the club after limited game time and has joined Glenorchy Knights.

Photo:  Duncan Carey (left) and Ken Morton front the media on Friday before their clubs' quarterfinal clash on Saturday [PlessPix]

Taroona team manager Duncan Carey said his club had some injuries going into this game but a giant-killing feat was not out of the question.

He said Kelvedon Park was sometimes known as ‘the graveyard’ by visiting teams and home-ground advantage could count for something against opponents of the calibre of South Hobart.

In the two other quarterfinals, Olympia Warriors host Riverside Olympic at Warrior Park at 4.30pm tomorrow [Saturday], and Somerset welcome University to Shark Park in an all-Championship league clash.

The Warriors should be far too strong for their NPL Tasmania opponents, but the Somerset versus University clash should be a close contest.

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