Friday, April 5, 2024

Lakoseljac Cup and State-wide Cup draws

Photo:  Hobart City (in blue shirts) will entertain holders Devonport City in the quarterfinals of the Lakoseljac Cup at Sandown Park. [PlessPix] 

The draw for the quarterfinals of the Lakoseljac Cup has come up with a few fascinating pairings.

The Lakoseljac Cup draw is (home team first):

Hobart City v Devonport City

Clarence Zebras v Riverside Olympic

Kingborough Lions United v Launceston City

Glenorchy Knights v South East United

The games will be played on the weekend of 26-28 April 2024.

Devonport City, the holders, seem to have the easiest task away to Hobart City, who are second-last on the Southern Championship standings.

But, remember, this is cup football and anything can happen.

Hobart City got to this stage by beating Somerset Sharks 4-1 away at Shark Park in the North-West.

Devonport got there by overcoming New Town White Eagles 4-1 at Clare Street.

Devonport will, of course, start as favourites and certainly look the stronger side on paper, but the game is not played on paper.  It is played on grass.

Glenorchy Knights should be too strong for Southern Championship outfit South East United, especially at home at KGV Park on the artificial surface.

But, South East United, who are equal fourth on the Southern Championship standings, have raised a few eyebrows with their good performances this season and an upset is possible, although unlikely.

The other two quarterfinals are likely to be very close and may even go to extra-time.

Clarence Zebras and Riverside Olympic are both having lean seasons in the league, so they may just be fired into action by cup football.

Kingborough Lions United and Launceston City both have great potential and this cup tie should be a classic.

Below are the quarterfinal draws in the four other Statewide Cup competitions.

Women’s State-wide Cup

Launceston United v University

Kingborough Lions United v Riverside Olympic

Glenorchy Knights v South Hobart

Burnie United v Devonport City

Men’s Under-21 State-wide Cup

Devonport City v Launceston United

Clarence Zebras v Riverside Olympic

Launceston City v Glenorchy Knights

South Hobart v Kingborough Lions United

Men’s Under-17 State-wide Cup

Clarence Zebras v Riverside Olympic

Launceston United v Launceston City

Devonport City v Olympia Warriors

Glenorchy Knights v Kingborough Lions United

Women’s Under-18 State-wide Cup

South Hobart v Launceston City

Taroona v Devonport City

Glenorchy Knights v Launceston United

[Kingborough Lions United have bye and are automatically into the semi-finals.]

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