PS4 NPL Tasmania Round 17 Review

A 3-2 win to South Hobart over Northern Rangers has them on the precipice of the PlayStation 4 NPL Tasmania 2017 title.

South move within three points of title

Goals from Leszczynski, Kemp and Hamlett saw them past a plucky Rangers side who pushed them all the way and scored goals through Jones and Nick Lanau-Atkinson.

The win leaves South Hobart with a 10 points gap to second and just 4 rounds remaining, they now only require a single win from their final 4 games and can wrap it up next Sunday against the Kingborough Lions.

South dominated the Rangers for large parts of the game however the Northern Rangers will take a fair few positives from the loss. A delayed start at the NTCA saw both sides itching for the kick off, and as expected South Hobart took the initiative and were asking questions of the young Northern Rangers back four. South moved the ball around the ground quickly and it was obvious to see the game plan was to try and get the ball out wide to test the Rangers full backs. Gorrie was showing why he is one of the premier full backs in the competition with his directness and his ability to pick out passes. The first fifteen minutes saw target man Leszcynski in the thick of the action with his height and ability in the air continually tormenting Fulton and Cross.

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Slick City jump Lions into sixth

A first half blitz from Launceston City fired them to a 3-1 win over Kingborough at a rain soaked Lightwood Park on Sunday afternoon. The Northerner’s took the lead within 90 seconds and didn’t look back as they raced out to a 3-0 lead by the half. The Lions fought back in the second half, but City were good value for a win that propels them into 6th spot on the table with 4 weeks remaining.

City exploded out of the blocks and had the lead within 90 seconds as Sheku Kamara spilt a Campbell shot into path of Noah Mies who tucked it home from close range.

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Sanders fires Zebras to big win over Clarence

A Mathew Sanders hat-trick propelled Hobart Zebras to a comfortable 5-0 win over Clarence at Wentworth Park on Saturday evening. Jack Gates and Luke Huigsloot also netted as the Zebras claimed a sweep from their 3 games with Clarence this season. The Reds simply had no answer to an inspired Sanders who chalked up a second hat-trick of the season against them, making it 7 goals from 3 games

Zebras wasted no time putting the hosts under the pump and looked to hit them from pace in wide areas with Walsh and Gates. It was a Gates cross that led to the opening goal, it was brought down by Buga who knocked it away from a defender and  it sat up for Sanders who was arriving in the box to smash a perfect left footed volley home.

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Warriors go second with win over Strikers

The Olympia FC Warriors have moved into second on the NPL table with a 2-0 win over the Devonport Strikers at Valley Road. An early goal from Jakub Sklenar, who would concerningly limp off injured shortly afterwards, and a contentious penalty converted by James McCarthy was enough to see the Warriors home.

The Strikers were not without their chances but some outstanding goalkeeping from Jakob Cole frustrated the hosts. Red cards to Raph Reynolds and Brayden Mann for second yellows further soured the day for the Strikers, as their title hopes were seemingly extinguished. It means South Hobart can now all but wrap up the title tomorrow with a chance to move 10 points clear with just 4 rounds remaining if they can defeat Northern Rangers.

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