PS4 NPL Tasmania Round 4 Review

The Kingborough Lions and Northern Rangers earned their first point of the season after drawing 1-1 at Lightwood Park.

Lions and Rangers get first point of the season

In a game that never reached any great heights, a goal a piece from the penalty spot for either side resulted in a draw. The Lions led all the stats but their struggles to score in open play continued as they stuttered to a draw despite being on top. Shane Cartwright was the standout player in the game, whilst Chris Downes played well in his first game in a further advanced position on the field. For the Rangers, their best was Patrick Lanau-Atkinson.

As early as the first minute, the Lions should have taken the lead. Cartwright had burst down the right channel before hooking across a ball that had just slightly too much on it for Downes to poke home at the back post.

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Drake thunderbolt secures derby victory

A thunderbolt from Canadian full back Zachary Drake split the difference between Olympia and Clarence in a fiercely contested Eastern Shore derby at Wentworth Park. In a game that Olympia dominated territoriality, it took the Canadian’s superb long range effort shortly after the restart to guide the defending champions past a plucky Clarence side that played with spirit and defended stoutly throughout.

Clarence set out their stall to defend with plenty of bodies behind the ball and were clearly looking to play a direct style of game, knocking it long to the workhorse up top, Adam Hedge, rather than looking to pass their way out of the back.

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First half blitz leads Zebras past Devonport

Hobart JEEP Zebras continued their perfect start to 2016 as they defeated the Devonport Strikers 3-1 in a brilliant display at Valley Road. The win moved them temporarily to the top of the table as they passed their first major test of the season up against a fellow title hopeful.

The Strikers once again didn’t seem to be switched on early, last week they took just two minutes to concede whilst today just 3 minutes had passed by the time Dwayne Walsh had continued his rich vein of form and opened the scoring.

Luke Huigsloot received the ball in the diamond and took it down with an immaculate first touch, holding off Zupo as he turned to play it forward to Walsh, who found it rolling into his path thanks to a deflection from Mulraney and made no mistake with the finish.

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South Hobart remain top

South Hobart decimated Launceston City at Mitsubishi Park in this afternoon’s PS4 NPL Tasmania fixture, scoring double figures for the second game in a row in a convincing 10-0 victory.

The home side came into the game missing some key players and it really showed, this encounter being the polar opposite of the tight battle that saw City victorious in the same fixture last year.

South Hobart look absolutely lethal at the moment and they opened the scoring in the 11th minute, Darcy Hall doing brilliantly on the left wing before sending in a low cutback which Alex Leszczynski coolly slotted home from seven yards out.

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