PS4 NPL Tasmania Round 10 Review

The Olympia FC Warriors showed skill and great determination as they registered an incredible come from behind victory over the Kingborough Lions.

Olympia edge Lions in epic comeback

Olympia Warriors 4 (Gavin Hoy 57’, Aidan Farquhar 70’, Graham Glynn 78’, Nicholas Mearns 90+2’) 
Kingborough Lions United 3 (Shane Cartwright 22’, Tom McDonald 28’, Zach Drake OG 37’)

After being down in the doldrums, trailing the Lions 3-0 at half time, last year's Champions staged a comeback of epic proportions, piling in four goals in the second half to steal the victory in the 92nd minute of the game. 

In a pulsating encounter, Nick Mearns, Shae Hickey and Gavin Hoy ran riot and played huge parts in the Olympia comeback, whilst for the Lions, Shane Cartwright was clearly their best on ground.

The day started in the blazing sunlight and finished in near darkness as the 3pm kick off tested the crowds choice of clothing. By the time it wrapped up, players and spectators alike were breathing condensation as the temperature dropped off rapidly. But the football itself was scintillating enough to bring warmth to everyone that witnessed this spectacle.

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Ten man South Hobart defeat determined Rangers

Northern Rangers 1 (Tenzing Anderson 31’) 
South Hobart 3 (Jack Turner 11’, 16’, Alex Leszczynski 73’)

A ten-man South Hobart outlasted a ferocious Northern Rangers comeback and claimed all three points on the road to cement them firmly in 3rd place on the PS4 NPL Tasmania ladder, running out 3-1 winners over their northern counterparts at the NTCA ground.

South Hobart were the better side on the evening but that should not discount the gutsy and determined performance Rangers, after a week mired by controversy. The game turned in Rangers’ favour when defender Daniel Brown was sent off for a last man challenge, but South Hobart showed their class by not just surviving but also adding to the scoreboard.

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Devonport make light work of City

Launceston City 0
Devonport Strikers 5
(Adam Gorrie 18’, Miles Barnard 53’, Joel Stone 57’, Nathan Gratton 66’, Chris McKenna 90’)

Devonport showed they are the side to beat this year in the Tasmanian NPL with a dominant 5-0 win away at Launceston City. They rarely looked troubled and posed City problems all day with their quick transitions from defence to attack. Port were comfortable for most of the game, their no nonsense defending kept any attack City could muster to a minimal threat and Giantsopolous was rarely called upon.

In the early minutes of the game it seemed as if City would be up for the fight, but as the game went on Devonport started to get going feeding Gorrie and Denehey down the flanks, causing City all sorts of headaches. In the 18th minute it was one of those men in Gorrie running onto a long ball getting in ahead of Sciulli to the ball and striking it with his first touch across Dave Smith and into the far post to make it 1-0 to Devonport. 

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Zebras tested but not troubled in win over Clarence

Hobart JEEP Zebras moved back to the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Clarence United at KGV on Friday night. The victory keeps the pressure on Devonport City and South Hobart, the other two clubs in the hunt for the PS4 NPL Tasmania premiership who both play on Saturday evening.

Zebras started the sharper, with Luke Huigsloot and Adam McKeown linking up well on two occasions in the opening 15 minutes, however McKeown’s shots went just wide.

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