Sunday, June 2, 2019

Devonport scrape home for 3 points and 8-point lead at top

Photo:  Kingborough's Jack Turner holds off Devonport's Ignacio Giampaoli [PlessPix]

(NPL Tasmania, Lightwood Park, Saturday, 1 June 2019)

Kingborough Lions United 2 (H Gutierrez Jr 66, J Turner 86)
Devonport City 3 (E Bidwell 24, I Giampaoli 40, M Fitzgerald 50)

HT:  0-2   Att:  100   Ref:  N Coad

Kingborough Lions United:  Perkinson  -  Douce, Cowen, Cuthbertson, Schuth  -  Downes, Gutierrez Jr, Steele  -  Hall, Turner, Brennan  (Subs:  Allan, Easton, Hayers, McDonald, Smithies-Sharples)

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

Photo:  The brains trust.  Devonport coach Rick Coghlan (background) pits his coaching skills against Kingborough's new team of Jez Kenth (right), Gary Upton (centre) and Cam Ellis. [PlessPix]

Devonport City came to Lightwood Park for 3 points and they got them.

It wasn’t pretty, but it gives them an 8-point lead at the top of the NPL Tasmania standings and that must be satisfying.

Kingborough Lions United were certainly determined and gave it their best shot, but it wasn’t enough.

They had a goal disallowed when trailing 3-1 through off-side, so they may just have embarrassed Devonport had James Hall’s shot counted.

The game was physical from the start with plenty of fierce clashes, but neither team managed to string together many passes to spell danger to the opposition.

Photo:  Kingborough keeper Kenneth Perkinson is beaten by Max Fitzgerald for the winning goal [PlessPix]

There was plenty of wing play by both sides, but there wasn’t much action in the vital areas inside the penalty area.

Edward Bidwell put the visitors ahead in the 24th minute when his toe-poke on the right somehow bobbled through the legs of Kingborough goalkeeper Kenneth Perkinson, who probably wished he could have dug a hole and buried himself and whose face was probably a similar shade of pink to that of his kit.

To Perkinson’s credit, in the 31st minute, he atoned for his earlier error when he produced a superb save from Bidwell to keep his side in the game.

Photo:  Devonport's Max Fitzgerald demonstrates his skills to Kingborough's Keenan Douce [PlessPix]

Five minutes before the interval, Ignacio Giampaoli made it 2-0 from Joel Stone’s pass.

The second half was only 5 minutes old when Max Fitzgerald appeared to kill off the contest when he made it 3-0 with a low shot from the left inside the far-right-hand post.

Kingborough were given some hope midway through the second half when Horacio Gutierrez Jr pulled a goal back with a neat finish.

Hall’s effort was then disallowed as the home side fought valiantly to make up the deficit.

Photo:  Kingborough's Noah Smithies-Sharples in a duel with Devonport's Joel Stone [PlessPix]

Four minutes from the end, Jack Turner gained possession on the right after poor defensive play by the visitors and punished Devonport with a goal to make it 3-2 and everything to play for.

Devonport held on, however, and collected the 3 points to increase their lead at the top over South Hobart and Olympia to 8 points.

Olympia host Hobart Zebras today and a win would reduce Devonport’s lead again to 5 points.

Photo:  Devonport's Kynan West shows a clean pair of heels to Kingboorugh's Noah Smithies-Sharples [PlessPix] 

Photo:  Gary Upton and Jez Kenth issue instructions to the Kingborough players [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

Port miss the Spanish king is like Mann of the defenders has that touch of class.hope they bring him back probably the best defender since state league

Anonymous said...

Boy there was some shouting going on down at the Den by the Boro staff.
Then one of them went to the other side of the ground to give instructions from there. If you are on the coaching staff shouldn't you remain in your technical area ? You are not permitted to leave the tech area at any other ground and shout instructions so why is it different at your own ground ?

Anonymous said...

Anon 8.38, surely that's got nothing to do with what ground it's played at, It's up to the referees to police.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if the ref knew who the coach/coaches were down there,
maybe he would.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8.38.
Your comment smacks of arrogance.
So if one knows the rules it’s ok to break them because it is
up to someone else to police ?
Grow up.

Anonymous said...

You don't have to take your position in the technical area. You can watch from nearly anywhere.
Who said you can't bark instruction from the grandstand or the other side of the field.
You are still liable for your comments if the referee finds them offensive if you are on the team sheet and not in the technical area.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5.21.
No you don't have to sit in the technical area if you wish to watch from another area where you get a better perspective of things. However if you are going top coach and listed on the team sheet, then you should be situated in the technical area. This is normal practice . I don't see Klopp standing on the opposite side of the technical area and shout instructions to players from there .
It is obvious what is the correct thing to do . Just do it.

Oxford said...

Just a point of interest regarding the technical area's. I notice in Walter's first photo in this article that Jez is clearly stood outside the technical area, and although obscured it would appear that the same is occurring at Devonports technical area. This is separate to the raised issue of people being on the other side of the park.
Far more important issues during a match to worry about I would have thought.

Anonymous said...

Oxford. More important issues to worry about you say ?
A spectator made a comment about a coach moving out of the technical area to go and coach from the other side of the ground. It is an observation. Thats all.
What other important things should a spectator be worried about as you suggest ?
I doubt that the spectator was worried about anything at all.