Slice of Cheese

De Vecchi Fires South To Cup Final

Solstice Photography

South Hobart, buoyed by their brilliant Brazilian Renato De Vecchi Marins, proved too strong for Launceston City in their Lakoseljac Cup Semi Final, running out 3-1 winners. South controlled the game from start to finish and never looked troubled as they advanced to the final for the fourth time in 5 seasons. Nick Morton sent them on their way with his fine first half volley before De Vecchi Marins took over the game in the second half and scored a brace. Lindsay Millington gave City a late glimmer, but they couldn’t find another as South set a date with Devonport.

This might just have been South’s best performance of the season, from start to finish they controlled the game and in an ominous warning to their rivals, they are starting to look much more like the side who stormed to the title in 2017. Key to the results starting to flow again has been the emergence of Renato De Vecchi Marins who was again unplayable in this one, leading the City defence a merry dance.

Football is a team game, but some days it is an individual that can win a match. South had winners all across the park, their midfield trio were outstanding, but it was De Vecchi who once again proved the catalyst for the victory. The Brazilian ace has helped change the direction of South’s season and his wizardry left the City defence that had been so good this year, in his wake.

De Vecchi gliding past defenders- Solstice Photography

It’s more than just the goals with De Vecchi though, his ability to make defenders look like witches hats means it usually takes more than one player to deal with him, drawing others out of position and opening up lanes for the likes of Turner and Morton to bomb into. His lightning fast feet and ability to operate in tight confines completely unravelled the City defence. So often City had plenty of numbers back, the structures were as solid as they have been all season, but in the Brazilian, South had found their Kryptonite.

Having almost set up the opener for Jack Turner, only to be denied by a goal saving block from Shane Egan, it was a ball in from De Vecchi that did lead to the first goal. Isaac Degetto did well to work the ball to Morton who showed sumptuous technique to control and volley home.

Morton celebrates- Solstice Photography

The second goal he scored himself, so sick of being beaten by him, the City defence now backed off, allowing him to run at them and then surprise them with the shot from distance that snuck in off the post and doubled the advantage. They backed off on the third too as he turned and fired home to seal the deal.  That third would have come sooner, if not for a pair of big saves from Giantsopoulos and a whistle for a high boot that ruled out what would have been a stunning solo goal from De Vecchi.

With City unable to contain South at the other end they needed to be sharp in attack. They simply weren’t, finding chances hard to come by. Their direct style relies on Mies and Fischer winning battles up the pitch. They have done so all season to devastating effect, but just couldn’t in this one, as Oscar Thomas cast a giant figure in the heart of the South Hobart defence. He shackled the dangerous Noah Mies and utterly dominated in the air. It was an imperious performance from a player who has soared from struggling to nail down a spot in the side, to looking his sides best defender.

Turner v Turner- Solstice Photography

Lindsay Millington did give his side some late hope with a thumping header that finally brought the crowd to life and for a five minute period City pushed hard and asked some questions of the defence. Jarrod Linger, who came on at half time gave his side a lift and injected some spark into their attack but so many of their players who have been so good in 2018, were well below their best.

Ultimately it was too little too late though as the final whistle rang out confirming South’s passage through to the final, running out 3-1 victors and giving boss Ken Morton the perfect birthday gift!

Job done, a birthday gift for the gaffer- Solstice Photography