Saturday, February 13, 2021

Goals galore in opening round of 2021 Championship Summer Cup

Photo:  Will Richarson nets the penalty that proved to be the winner against Eagles in the shoot-out [PlessPix] 

Glenorchy Knights took out the goalscoring honours in the opening round of the Championship Summer Cup at KGV Park on Friday night when they trounced Kingborough Lions United 6-0.

The Knights fielded their full NPL side against Kingborough’s Championship side so the final score was unsurprising, but Kingborough deserve credit for restricting their opponents to just one goal by half-time.

Knights had most of their new signings on view and they included Lucas Hill, Adam Gorrie and Nick Mearns from Olympia Warriors.

Eli Luttmer, who has returned from Victoria, also got a run and netted twice, while Pajari Sculthorpe and Yianni Skalkos from South Hobart also made appearances.

Alex Walter opened the scoring for Knights after just 6 minutes but that’s how it stayed until the interval as the Lions threw everything into defence.

Photo:  Taroona defender Matt Lewis wins the ball and halts a University attack [PlessPix]

A minute after the resumption, Joffrey N’Koso made it 2-0 for the Knights, while Luttmer then weighed in with a brace to make it 4-0.  He had gone close a couple of times before that as he adjusted his sights.

Sculthorpe added the Knights’ fifth after good work by Gorrie, who helped himself to the final goal to make it 6-0.

Alex Woodham, who was in goal for Knights in the absence of Lachlan Hart, had very little to do, while youngster James Ross, who signed for Kingborough from Olympia Warriors, was brave in goal for the Lions.

Photo:  University's Toby MacGregor clears from a Taroona attacker [PlessPix]

South Hobart made light work of Clarence Zebras, winning 5-0 at South Hobart Oval through two goals each by Tom Walpole and Noah Gardner and one by Declan Foley.

Hobart United’s Elhadi Eldayar scored the only goal in their 1-0 win over South East United at KGV Park.

At North Chigwell, Olympia Warriors downed Metro 6-1.

University and Taroona drew 3-3 in normal time and the Students won the penalty-shoot-out 4-2 to collect the bonus point.

Sam James and Jacob Herbert fired Taroona into a 2-0 lead but goals by Sam Platts and Toby MacGregor made it 2-2 at the interval.

Photo:  Eagles' Ben Whitehall tries to flick the ball past a Beachside opponent [PlessPix]

Joseph Dickinson gave University the lead, only to see James grab his second, this time from the penalty spot, to make it 3-3 and take the game into a penalty-shoot-out.

The Students were too good with their spot-kicks and won 4-2 to earn the extra point.

MacGregor, who was playing his final game for University before moving to Brisbane, netted his first-ever penalty.

Taroona coach, Anton Rohner, was naturally disappointed to lose in the shoot-out, but he was impressed with the standard of play of both teams and said it had been a fine game.

Photo:  Jacob Clamp congratulates Ben Whitehall on his goal from a free-kick [PlessPix]

Beachside and New Town White Eagles played out a 1-1 draw at KGV Park before Beachside won the penalty shoot-out 4-3.

Referee Tony Peart issued five yellow cards in the match  -  three to Eagles (Sam Leszczynski, Ben Whitehall and Rowan Heggie) and two to Beachside (Sean Heathorn and Dylan Maxwell).

Whitehall was back at his original club, Eagles, and was up against his former club, Beachside.

The battle between Whitehall and Beachside defender Sean Heathorn was fast, furious and physical, but both players played with a smile and at one stage Whitehall gave Heathorn a friendly hands-up from the pitch after the latter had been brought down in a tackle.

Vincent Kamano headed Beachside in front after 36 minutes from Thomas Deane’s deep dross from the right.

Photo:  Eagles' Andy Clark eludes Beachside's Joel Schuth [PlessPix]

Eagles were level 2 minutes later when Whitehall placed a superb free-kick from the edge of the box over the defensive wall and inside the left-hand post and beyond the reach of keeper Thomas Fewkes, who had replaced the injured Robert Wilson early in the game.

Kamano should have restored Beachside’s lead before the break after a misunderstanding at the back for Eagles put him through on goal, but with an open goal beckoning, he somehow hit the crossbar and the ball rebounded into the arms of Eagles keeper, Mitch Stalker.

Eagles were denied a couple of times in the second half by Fewkes and the sides had to settle for a penalty shoot-out.

Photo:  Taroona's Luke Warrener tries to keep up with a University attacker [PlessPix]

Beachside’s Joel Schuth had the first spot-kick saved by Stalker, but Deane, Liam Toselli, Heathorn and Will Richardson all scored.

For Eagles, Andy Clark, Rowan Heggie and Jacob Clamp scored penalties, while Tadiwanashe Madzikanda had his effort saved by Fewkes and Henry Lusk blazed his spot-kick high and wide to give Beachside the extra point.

In a couple of pre-season friendlies at Warrior Park, Olympia Warriors beat Riverside Olympic 4-1 in the NPL clash, while in the women’s curtain-raiser, Olympia Warriors annihilated Riverside Olympic 18-0.

Photo:  Eagles' Ben Whitehall under pressure from Beachside's Sean Heathorn [PlessPix]

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