Slice of Cheese

Devonport v Launceston City

 Shots On
 Shots Off

Devonport thoroughly deserving their victory here today at Valley Road.

Match report to come!

Full Time Devonport Strikers 3 – Launceston City 1

88′ Mann finds himself one on one with only Smith to beat, he thinks he’s got more time than he thought and Goold makes a timely tackle.

86′ Bartlett plays Mies through but he fires straight at Zaikos. Meanwhile at the other end Fischer fires one near post but it’s just wide of the post.

Substitution for Devonport Wicks off, Rand on

84′ Bartlett notices Zaikos well off his line and tries to curl it around him but it’s wide.

83′ Goold crosses to the penalty area finding Williams who scoops a header wide of the target.

81′ Bartlett tries to lob Zaikos but skews it wide of goal.

Subsitution for City Compagne off, Thorne on. City’s final sub

All Devonport here, City can barely get out of their own half

76′ Andrews shows some quick feet to get past a City defender and fires tamely at Smith

75′ POST Mann! Brayden Mann is played through and fires from a slight angle while under pressure from a defender and hits the post!

73′ Fischer finds a bit of space on the edge of the area and whips one towards goal but straight at Smith.

70′ Reynolds whips in another free kick in, this time to the back post and Henry Andrews rises high but also heads high!

68′ Slice of Cheese Compagne for City goes in the book for a rash challenge.

65′ A short free kick from Reynolds finds Mann who you wouldn’t have thought to have been there and he tries to flick it over to the back post. Almost catches Smith unawares!

62′ Mann recieves the ball from a throw in deep in City’s defensive half, turns on it and shoots but it was never troubling Smith in the City goal.

Double subsitution for City O’Connor off, Dorazio on, Mies on, Kamano off

55′ GOAL Mann! City turn the ball over in their defensive third, playing in Wicks who crosses to the 6 yard box and Mann makes no mistake in slotting it past Smith. Devonport 3 – City 1

54′ Wicks sends in another corner that finds its way to Fischer who fires it well high!

52′ Mann finds some space and tries to shoot across goal to the back post but Smith gets a hand to it to clear.

50′ O’Connor fires a free kick from deep into a dangerous area, it takes a bounce towards goal and Zaikos has to make the save!

49′ Millington this time almost plays his back pass too short! Zaikos was well aware of the danger this time!

47′ Corner taken by Reynolds, Dom Smith unmarked again but he heads wide!

Back underway here at Valley Road!

Seems like a substitution happening here. Jarrod Linger off  Nick Thorne on – unusual one as Linger seemed to come back out holding his head but no wait no subsitution everyone is confused!

Half time here at Valley Road. It took a little bit for each side to find their feet in the game but Devonport hit the lead through Tyler Fischer when his left foot rocket beat Smith at his near post. From there on it was all Devonport and they doubled their lead through an unlikely scorer, Dominic Smith who latched onto a corner with his thigh. The game could have been almost signed, sealed and delivered for Devonport as they created chance after chance but to no avail. City recieved a lifeline out of nowhere though when a Lindsay Millington back pass went horribly wrong, rolling past Matt Zaikos in the Devonport goal, very lucky break for City cause so far they needed it as most of the first half they just haven’t got going at all.

Half time!

44′ Slice of Cheese Brayden Mann receives a Slice of Cheese out of no where for dissent.

36′ Compagne attempts to cross along the 6 yard box but Zaikos is alert to it and gets down well to clear!

33′ Mann finds himself on the edge of the 18 yard box fires on his left and just wide of the post!

31′ OWN GOAL Millington attempts to play a ball back to Zaikos in the Devonport goal, gets it horribly wrong and it rolls past Zaikos and into the back of the net. A real lifeline for City!

24′ Wicks is played through and only has Smith to beat! But he fires a tame effort at Smith! City just can’t string a few passes together at the moment.

21′ GOAL Devonport corner whipped in by Wicks and finds the run of Dominic Smith who thighs it in! Devonport are all over City at the moment!

17′ Corner to Devonport and Smith receives a Slice of Cheese for something, seems to be for dissent!

14′ GOAL! Fischer is played through and dribbles to the 18 yard box firing low and hard to the near post and beats Smith

Both teams are trying to get the ball down and knock it around, heading to the 15 minute marks goals have been threatened though.

8′ O’connor nicks the ball off Andrews and fires from 25 yards out curling well wide of the target.

7′ Mann gets an early sighter as he controls the ball from a long throw, turning on the ball and shooting tamely at Smith.

Few early fouls from Devonport.

3′ Bartlett finds the ball at his feet in a good position for City but Devonport scramble back to clear the danger.

1′ Early corner for City, Goold heads wide.

Looks as if Devonport are lining up in a 4-3-3 formation and City in a 3-4-3 today.

Launceston City Teamsheet

Devonport Strikers Teamsheet


Jamie Richardson making the trip up the Bass Highway today to bring this Round 2 clash between Devonport Strikers vs Launceston City at Valley road this afternoon.

Both teams will be thinking they can win this one today!  Devonport and City started their seasons with a draw piece last weekend, Devonport in a two all encounter with the Summer Series champs Hobart Zebras and City with the 1 all draw with the new look Lions.

Word is the Strikers have brought in Brayden Mann for this clash and possibly Michael Holden out but coach Gallo has said midweek that the line up is relatively unchanged going into this one. From all reports the young Strikers were highly impressive in their draw against Zebras so they’ll be buoyed by their efforts and the inclusion of their talisman in Mann they’ll be eager to get the result.

City also were quite impressive against their draw with the Lions and arguably could have clinched the win if they were a bit more clinical in front of goal. They’ll be up and about thinking they can grab a result here at Valley Road, but that’s easier said than done as the boys from Launceston would be well aware of. Not much changed from the squad of last week I’m hearing, Noah Mies out of the starting line up for Nathan Bartlett up front and the rest unchanged.

Tune in for all the action as it comes in from Valley Road!


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