Sunday, March 1, 2020

South Hobart youngsters embarrass Knights

PhotoSouth Hobart's two Americans, Patrick Kibler and goalkeeper Chase Webert get the better of Knights striker Mathew Nowicki [PlessPix]

(NPL Summer Cup, KGV Park, Saturday, 29 February 2020)

Glenorchy Knights 0
South Hobart 2 (Jacob Lancaster 78, Noah Gardner 80)

HT:  0-0   Att:  400   Ref:  N Coad

Glenorchy Knights:  Hart  -  Bowman, Thomas, Hallard, Schmidt  -  Muller, Castaneda, Young  -  Naden, Nowicki, Backhouse  (Subs:  Aitken, Bellini, Kamano, Kupsch)

South Hobart:  Webert  -  Anderson, Kibler, Herweynen, Evans  -  Walpole, Lakoseljac, Larby  -  Tooze, Atttfield, Juju  (Subs:  Hallam, Berezansky, Gardner, Lancaster, Moncur)

Photo:  South Hobart's starting line-up against Knights [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights received a major shock when they went down 2-0 to a youthful South Hobart side that was without Declan Foley and Kobe Kemp and which had Sam Berezansky and Kasper Hallam on the bench.

Foley had band commitments at a wedding and Kemp was rested because of a niggling injury.

South Hobart coach Ken Morton yet again showed his propensity to get the best out of youngsters and to pull rabbits out of hats.

Two novices, Jacob Lancaster and Noah Gardner, came up trumps and scored the two goals.

The Knights have big problems based on this performance.  They could easily have led by two or three goals at half-time, but Tom Young and Ryan Backhouse were both denied clear chances.

Photo:  Tae Evans clears South Hobart's lines [PlessPix]

South Hobart’s two American imports, goalkeeper Chase Webert and centre-back Patrick Kibler, inspired confidence among their team-mates with their solid displays.

South’s winger Samson Juju was pummelled by his former team-mate, Jack Bowman, who played at right-back for Knights, but he kept coming back for more and creating danger.

Knights defender George Hallard skated on thin ice several times with tackles that could have resulted in penalties.

After a goalless opening half, the game seemed destined for a goalless draw and a penalty shoot-out.

But then, on came Lancaster and Gardner to save the day.

Photo:  Knights' Oscar Thomas, a former South Hobart player, tries to head clear [PlessPix]

In the 78th minute, Lancaster header home after Hallam had flicked the ball on to him against the tall Knights defence.

Two minutes later, Gardner added the second and it was good night for the Knights.

On this display, and with experienced players still to come in, South Hobart will not be the easy beats that many expected in the league.

Knights will need to improve dramatically if they are to fulfill the hopes of their supporters and justify the monetary outlay on new players.

Photo:  Knights' Ryan Backhouse takes on a South Hobart defender [PlessPix]

Photo:  Knights' Mathew Nowicki tangles with South Hobart's Tobias Herweynen [PlessPix]

Photo:  Jubilant South Hobart players celebrate their opening goal [PlessPix]

Photo:  It's all over.  South Hobart celebrate their second goal while Knights players appear stunned. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Knights' George Hallard heads at goal [PlessPix]

Photo:  The master at work... South Hobart coach Ken Morton takes stock of the situation [PlessPix]

Photo:  On the way to the game I photographed this dolphin swimming past the freighter TS FLOWER berthing at the zinc works at Risdon [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

I am bemused by the constant references to 'monetary outlays' in relation to the Gelnorchy Knights. Why does this not happen in relation to all the other clubs (Sth Hobart included) who pay players for their committment (albeit sometimes selectively)?

Anonymous said...

I am a Knights supporter but i could not attend this game, it is really worrying and i hope it is just a new team learning to come to grips with each other as there are a number of new faces and it may take some time to truly gel, however on the other hand having watched them recently it appears to me that some highly regarded recruits who are well paid have not presented themselves in the required condition, and more worryingly are not prepared to work anywhere near hard enough when on the ground, 2 midfielders in particular come to mind, both new to the club. I hope the riot act is read by Shermo and these players quickly get on board with where the club is trying to go, it is not too late as still only pre-season but work rate and effort have to change very quickly.

Anonymous said...

Because the knights have been spending big with little to show for it so far

Anonymous said...

It seems like the Summer Cup has no meaning anymore. This used to be a very good preseason competition once, obviously before the NPl. Is this now just glorified practice matches.

Anonymous said...

Agreed until you get into the Cup Final and then the 2 clubs and players want to win it. The games worth become more as you win and have a possibility of getting into the final. This is what makes the most the recent Knights performance so perplexing and hard to understand.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
It seems like the Summer Cup has no meaning anymore. This used to be a very good preseason competition once, obviously before the NPl. Is this now just glorified practice matches.

March 2, 2020 at 8:22 PM

Anonymous said...

Didn’t think the Knights were as bad as some believe. Lots of shots but no finesse. South made the most of their opportunities and were terrific with their competitiveness.
Muller, Young and Thomas worth every cent - the others?