Slice of Cheese

Hamlett Brace Fires South To Final

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South Hobart cruised through to the League Cup final with a 3-0 win over Northern Rangers at Darcy Street on Saturday afternoon. A man of the match display from Rangers gloveman Samuel Whatman was not enough to help Rangers pull off the upset but his heroics did prevent a heavy scoreline.

In strange scenes Rangers played the game in South Hobart’s alternative white kit after they had brought their maroon away kit to play which the referees deemed would be a clash with South’s red. After the quick kit change, Rangers started the game brightly and were looking to get at South with a couple of half chances falling their way early on but the tide soon changed.

On 20 minutes Alex Walter was afforded too much time and space on the left and he chipped a perfect cross to the middle of the box that perfectly dissected the defence and allowed Ben Hamlett to glance a header into the back of the net.

Whatman made two more sharp saves to keep it at 1-0 heading into half time but South had taken control of the game and as it wore on a second seemed likely. First he denied a long range bullet from Cass with a diving save to his left before he was forced to make a sharp reaction save to prevent an own goal.

Rangers could have been back on terms just before the break though if not for a vital intervention from Oscar Thomas who made a telling block to deny Jones from 4 yards out.

It didn’t take long into the second half for South to double their lead as on the hour mark Hamlett fired home again to claim a brace. The overlapping Gorrie, who spent most his time parked in the final third such was South’s territorial advantage supplied a cross to the near post where Hamlett had made the run and he fired home truly.

Whatman continued to frustrate and he made a couple more quality saves to deny Morton and Hamlett as South couldn’t quite conjure up the goal to put Rangers out of sight.

They thought they had it when Jack Turner tapped home close range only for the offside flag to deny him a goal, adding to his frustration after somehow hitting the crossbar with a chance that fell to him 6 yards out five minutes earlier.

Alex Leszczynski would finally provide it with the final kick of the game. Alex Walter’s chip was bundled home from close range by the big target man to ensure South would walk away 3-0 victors.

It secured South their passage through the League Cup Final where they will take on Olympia Warriors next Saturday at Warrior Park in a battle of this years top two in the NPL.