PS4 NPL Tasmania Round 18 Review

The Devonport Strikers have one hand on the 2016 PlayStation 4 NPL Tasmania title after a narrow 1-0 victory over Hobart JEEP Zebras, increasing their lead to five points with just three games left.

Lions grind out win over Rangers to move into fifth

The Kingborough Lions overcame Northern Rangers 2-0 to register consecutive victories for the first time in 2016. Goals from Danny Cowen and Chris Downes secured the three points which saw them jump above Launceston City and move up into fifth position on the table.

After a cagey opening fifteen minutes with no genuine chances Danny Cowen came close to opening the scoring when he flicked a Downes free kick onto the crossbar with a thumping header.

Set pieces with the big bodies of Cowen and Cartwright were looking the Lions best avenue to goal but led by Palacio at the back, Rangers did a good job holding them out throughout the first half.

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Strikers edge Zebras to put one hand on title

Brody Denehey scored the lone goal to secure the victory for his side that has the North West Coast powerhouse on the precipice of being crowned champions.

The game started slowly with neither side having their usual attacking rhythm and therefore much of the action took place in the middle-third of the pitch.  The first chances of the game came in the 16th and 17th minutes for the Zebras, both for Adam McKeown.  Hugh Undy’s cross from the right was able to beat the Devonport defenders and found McKeown for a first time shot, however the shot was not strong enough to challenge Giantsopoulos.  He then had another chance a minute later, when he found himself in a one-on-one situation with Adam Gorrie on the left wing however, he took one turn too many allowing Joe Zupo to come across and clear the ball.

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Leaman stunner settles wild derby

The Olympia Warriors made it three from three in the Eastern Shore Derby in 2016 in a pulsating game that seemed to combine the story lines from the first two editions of the clash.

Like the first clash it was a tense, dramatic 2-1 win to the Warriors, settled by a superb long range winner. Just like the second clash, it was Jacob Leaman who was the difference between the sides, as the young winger capped a classy display with his brilliant hit from range to win a game that came to life in the second half. A seven minute period of action saw a red card and all three goals scored in a thoroughly entertaining match.

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Ten minute blitz sees South past City

South Hobart travelled up the Midlands Highway to face a Launceston City side that they had wiped the floor with in the last couple of outings. While they didn’t have it all their own way on this occasion, a 10 minute period in which they scored four goals helped powered them to a 5-0 win over the hosts to mark a comprehensive clean sweep over City in 2016.

The Mitsubishi Park pitch was pretty heavy and not entirely conducive to the possession, high tempo football that South typically plays and from the first whistle it was an open and entertaining match.

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