Slice of Cheese

South Hobart v Launceston City

Live Blog Coverage From Andrew Cooling

Launceston City
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FULL TIME: South Hobart 4-2 Launceston City

90+2′ A deflected Kemp shot lands in the hands of Giantsopoulos. Been a stunning finish to this game from South, they have shown tremendous fight.

90+1′ Save! Nicky G comes up big as South come close with multiple chances to add a 5th.

89′ GOAL!!! 4-2! De Vecchi beats Giantsopoulos to the ball, takes it around him and passes home the sealer.

87′ GOAL! 3-2! WALTER! The sub has done it, tapping home from close range and South lead.

85′ Turner spurns a glorious chance, firing at Giantsopoulos who makes a big save, waiting him out as Turner tried to freeze him out.

85′ SUB- Egan for Linger, City shutting up shop?

83′ SUB- Walter comes on for Cook.

81′ South so close! De Vecchi is brilliant and works it to Turner whose shot is left by Morton who believed himself to be offside and it rolls narrowly wide.

76′ A premature offside flag robs South of what looked a promising attack.

72′ Slice of Cheese! Campbell hacks down De Vecchi and enters the book.

68′ SUB- Dorazio replaced by Dyer.

67′ GOAL 2-2! Kemp drives it, Giantsopoulos saves but leaves it sitting on the doorstep for De Vecchi who pokes home his second.

66′ Kobe Kemp is back! He replaces Degetto

65′ Schmidt smashes a powerful hit from distance, but its wide.

63′ SUB- Brown comes on for Loic Feral.

58” Brown with a superb save, somehow gets a hand to deny a powerful Fisher drive.

56′ GOAL! 2-1 City! Fisher again! A storming run in behind after Mies flicks it behind the defensive line for him, and a clinical finish!

46′ Play resumes.

Half Time

43′ Campbell played in on the right hand side of the box but his finessed effort lacks conviction and is straight at Brown.

37′ Campbell with a drive from range that has a scrambling Brown just able to get a piece of it and put it behind for another corner.

36′ Linger comes ever so close to giving his side the lead, smashing a shot into the crossbar.

30′ Fisher with another dangerous run into the box and he hits across the face, a late arriving Scott can’t quite reach it.

26′ Game has been far more even over the past 15 minutes after South had control of the game. City countering well and South probing away. Good contest developing.

17′ GOAL! 1-1! Fisher squares it up! He beats Bowman and Thomas then belts it bottom corner from the top of the box.

10′ A free kick is swung in and Scott wins it decisively, but is wide.

8′ Schmidt misses a chance to cut back to an unmarked Turner, South well on top in the early going.

3′ Giantsopoulos denies De Vecchi who tried a chip after being played in.

2′ GOAL!  1-0! An error from Giantsopoulos, Gorrie hits one from distance that the keeper fumbles, De Vecchi slides in and pokes home from inches out!



In the NPL the game of the round and Launceston City’s unbeaten record is set to face its biggest test to date, as they travel down to Hobart to take on South Hobart at Darcy Street on Sunday. The NPL Tasmania ladder leaders currently hold a 6 point gap to second placed Devonport, and are now 9 points ahead of South following their loss to the Strikers last round. The road trip to Darcy Street is obviously one of the toughest of their remaining fixtures and its a ground they have previously struggled at mightily, losing by margins of 7-0 and 7-1 in their two trips down last season. Past results would seem to have little relevance to the 2018 edition of Launceston City given their improvement and new looks squad though, and they will travel down with a 9-2-0 record in tow. They should be filled with confidence after a 4-1 thumping over Olympia last week, their 6th win in a row. In fact the last time they didn’t walk away with 3 points from an NPL game was the last time they played South Hobart, back in Round 5.