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Lakoseljac Cup Semi-Finals Preview

Taroona FC vs Devonport Strikers

Date: Saturday May 29

Venue: Kelvedon Park

Kick-off: 1:00 PM

Road to the semi-finals
Taroona FC:
Quali: 0-9 @ Barnstoneworth
R16: 4-0 vs South East United
QF: 4-2 vs University

Devonport Strikers
R16: 0-13 @ Northern Rangers
QF: 1-2 @ South Hobart

Top scorers
Taroona FC: Oliver Maxwell (8)
Devonport Strikers: Jordan Lamb (3)

Preview:

The Strikers enter the Lakoseljac Cup semi-finals with some good league form, but they will travel south to the notoriously tricky Kelvedon Park to take on Taroona. The home side are the only non-state league side left in either the men’s or women’s cup competitions despite sitting sixth in the Southern Championship. They have lost their last two games in that competition too, and that shaky form makes it hard to see them progressing here. Still, they were barely troubled in their three cup ties to date, so maybe a fairytale run is on the cards. They will come in as heavy underdogs up against the defending NPL champions and one of the hottest teams in the state, with the Strikers undefeated in their last four games. Brody Denehey has emerged as the more consistent scoring threat that they needed, and with contributions from the midfield they have managed to find enough goals to climb the NPL ladder. Their last cup tie was an impressive win too, as they overcame a high-flying South Hobart side away from home.

Key player: Joel Stone, Devonport Strikers

Stone is a proven big game player, and the tough conditions at Kelvedon Park shouldn’t dull his quality. The NPL sides have a hard enough time slowing him down– can a Championship team be one of the few to finally do so?

 

Launceston City vs Glenorchy Knights

Date: Saturday May 29

Venue: Buckby Motors Park

Kick-off: 4:30 PM

Road to the semi-finals
Launceston City:
R16: 3-5 @ Somerset
QF: 2-1 vs Olympia Warriors

Glenorchy Knights:
R16: 0-4 @ Riverside Olympic
QF: 1-2 @ Kingborough Lions

Top scorers
Launceston City: Daniel Smith (2)
Glenorchy Knights: Alex Walter (3)

Preview:

These two sides will meet for the second time in three weeks, with Glenorchy this time travelling north to take on Launceston City. They played at KGV in round seven of the NPL Tasmania season and the Knights romped to an easy 5-0 win led by a Nick Mearns brace. That was business as usual for a side that is yet to lose a game while leading the league in goals scored by a wide margin. They just barely squeaked by the Lions in the Lakoseljac Cup quarter-finals, but their form has only gotten better each week since then. Consistency is the key for Launceston City, and it’s something that they have been lacking so far this season. Even in a cup campaign where they have won both of their games, they struggled to overcome Northern Championship side Somerset and the up-and-down Olympia Warriors. Still, with one of the best shot stoppers in the league in Lachlan Clark, they can never totally be counted out. They have the talent to challenge any team on their day, but they need to produce a full 90 minute performance to do so. Even then, that may not be enough against arguably the top team in the state.

Key player: Nick Mearns, Glenorchy Knights

Mearns has stepped into the void left by leading scorer Alex Walter and filled it with aplomb, and he suddenly becomes the main target for opposing defences. Launceston will need to keep him quiet, while a strong performance would give Glenorchy one foot in the final.