Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Taroona take aim for the Southern Championship title

Photo:  South Hobart's Harrison Oates picks his way through a packed Eagles defence. [PlessPix] 

Taroona are making a strong run for the Men’s Southern Championship title.

They downed Hobart United 4-1 away on Saturday and now lead second-placed South East United by 2 points.

South East United won 3-1 away against Olympia Warriors at Empire Couriers Park on Friday night.

New Town White Eagles are third after drawing 2-2 away to South Hobart at South Hobart Oval on Sunday.

Photo:  Bradley Lakoseljac sends South Hobart into attack against Eagles. [PlessPix] 

South Hobart took the lead through a hotly disputed penalty midway through the first half, but Eagles equalised through George Ivanov in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

Eagles were down to 10 men by that stage after Brett Andrews was sent off 6 minutes before the break.

Matthew Pace restored Eagles’ lead on the hour, but the home side salvaged a point when Brayton Allan equalised a minute before the end of regulation time.

There was still time for more drama as South Hobart had Troy Carroll sent off in the 2nd minute of stoppage time.

Photo:  Eagles fullback Toby Butler in control of the situation. [PlessPix] 

“South started really well,” said Eagles coach, Tommy Fotak.

“They moved the ball well and had more of it.  They were disciplined positionally when we had it.

“We found our way into the match and then to concede a harsh penalty and have a player sent off, that really put a big challenge in front of our team.

“Credit to our guys.  They equalised before half-time and then were valiant in the second half, taking the lead.

“I’m gutted for them to have conceded so late.  They didn’t deserve that.

“Our lads never stopped and built some good chances to go ahead again but things out of our control prevented them from being able to take advantage of that and I feel for them. In the context of the day.

“It was a great performance and they can hold their heads up and I’m really proud of them.

“Oates, and I think it was Tucceri at left back for South, are two players to keep an eye on.  I admire the way they go about it.”

Photo:  Not exactly the cat amongst the pigeons, but certainly a case of Harrison Oates amongst the eagles. [PlessPix] 

Daniel Goodluck scored four goals as University thumped last-placed Glenorchy Knights 9-1.

Hobart City also showed improvement in beating Clarence Zebras 4-1.

There were a few puzzling inconsistences in DRIBL again.

Taroona are shown as beating Hobart United 4-1 but there are only three Taroona goalscorers named.

And, University are shown as having Beaten Glenorchy Knights 8-1 by there are 9 goalscorers listed.

Men’s Southern Championship

Olympia Warriors 1 (Hugo Schwarz 85’) lost to South East United 3 (Matthias Collins 15’, Nick Zammit 58’, Sam Sartori 82’)

Hobart City 4 (Brad Jones 18’, 34’, Xavier Lynch 27’, Oluwaseyi Ojelabi 31’) beat Clarence Zebras 1 Alex Smith 5’)

Hobart United 1 (John Buga 88’) lost to Taroona 4 (Toby Fleming 6’, Oliver Maxwell 32’, Matthew Chapman 39’, ?)

University 9 (Gus Rumney 3’, 47’, Daniel Goodluck 7’, 42’, 66’, 78’, Stuart Carnaby 38’, Ganga Mangar 73’, Sam Botte 86’) beat Glenorchy Knights 1 (Regan Sherchan 21’)

South Hobart 2 (Harrison Oates 26 pen, Brayton Allan 89) drew with New Town White Eagles 2 (George Ivanov 45+2, Matthew Pace 59’)


1  Taroona 22 pts

2  South East United 20 pts

3  New Town White Eagles 18 pts

4.  South Hobart 17 pts

5.  Hobart United 16 pts

6.  University 12 pts

7.  Olympia Warriors 10 pts

8  Clarence Zebras 5 pts

9.  Hobart City 4 pts

10 . Glenorchy Knights 1 pt


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