PS4 NPL Tasmania Round 6 Review

If there was ever a chance for the Kingborough Lions to seal their first win for the season it was on Saturday afternoon against Clarence United.

10-man Reds take point from Lions den

Playing against Clarence United at home with a one man advantage for the last 20 or so minutes, the Lions failed to press home that advantage and had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

The opening half was a scrappy affair that truly looked like two of the lesser teams in the league clashing. Passing was wayward despite the general lack of pressure and both teams spurned the ball often. To their credit, Clarence created a lot of opportunities this week, rattling off 16 shots to the Lions 6. On the sheer weight of chances along, the Reds should have got the three points. But it was the Lions who struck first.

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Super Strikers stun South

It was a case of new season, same story as Devonport once again proved South Hobart’s undoing. There was no hanging on for dear life this time around though as the young Strikers dominated the game and the 2-0 scoreline was a thoroughly deserved victory. They played with style and a maturity beyond their years as they produced one of the best performances from any side in 2017 to leap South into third place on the table.

The Strikers looked up for the contest from the outset, playing with a frenetic intensity from the early moments of the game and twice inside the opening 10 minutes they came close to scoring.

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Rangers halt Zebras' gallop

The Hobart Zebras travelled to Launceston with the intention of consolidating their position at top of the table, whilst looking to improve their goal difference.  An early 12:30 kick off this week could have seen the travelling Zebras start slow and sluggishly but this wasn’t the case with the Zebras zipping the ball around the massive NTCA pitch at pace. 

The Rangers this year under new head coach Lino Scuilli look a fit and completely different side from the previous year that rolled over for sides and the boys in blue and white looked up for it early, looking to press the Zebras into mistakes.

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Olympia go top with win over luckless City

Olympia Warriors have jumped to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over last placed Launceston City at Buckby Land Rover Park on Saturday afternoon. Olympia came into the match equal second and trailing Hobart Zebras by one point but with South and Zebras failing to take maximum points from their away trips Olympia capitalised and leapfrogged them to go top of the table.

Olympia came into this game as strong favourites and they showed why from the outset when they hit the lead in just the 4th minute. Cartwright found space inside of City’s 18 yard box and shooting from a tight angle he forced David Smith into a save. Smith did well to save but in doing so the ball fell back right back into the 6 yard box where Thomas Bellini was quickest to pounce and stroke it home to put Olympia 1-0 ahead; not the start City were hoping for at all.

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