Slice of Cheese

Devonport v Hobart Zebras

 HOME
 Vs
 AWAY
 2
 Goals
 0
 4
 Shots On
 2
 6
 Shots Off
 3
 6
 Fouls
 9
 0
 Cheese
 0
 0
 Red
 0
 0
 Offsides
 3
 10
 Corners
 4

Full Time: Devonport 3-0 Hobart Zebras

87′ GOAL! 3-0! Stone gets his second, with thanks to a wicked deflection that took it into the far corner of the net. The Strikers will win and take a giant step towards the title. 

76′ Stone! 2-0! A wonderful goal from the top of the box, an absolute rocket! 

72′ A corner leads to a Van Doorne shot that is wide.

68′ Bidwell hits one over the bar.

66′ Almost the immediate response and Sklenar rockets one into the post.

64′ GOAL! 1-0! Kieran Mulraney stoops to head home from a corner.

60′ Hey fires over the bar from the top of the box.

52′ Kamara with a superb save to deny an acrobatic Mulraney effort.

49′ Markaj fires a shot straight at Pitchford from a corner.

48′ Jelenovic on the turn is well wide of the mark,

46′ Jelenovic with a stunning miss, shining it over from all of 4 yards out!

HALF TIME Devonport 0-0 Hobart Zebras

A half of very few clear cut chances. Set pieces seemed to be both sides most likely avenue to goal with some crosses into the box making life tough for the keepers to come claim given the weather. Devonport worked their way on top as the half wore on after the Zebras started the brighter of the sides. This could go either way, but with the Zebras needing the win more, we could see them throwing men forwards en masse late in the piece, which could leave them open back the other way.

37′ Jelenovic hammers a shot wide.

31′ A Stone corner causes all sorts of problems for Kamara but eventually its cleared.

15′ The Zebras shading the early going but not a lot of chances or openings developing

2′ Sklenar played in on goal and fires straight at the keeper.

Kick Off, slightly delayed here, getting underway at 2:45pm. Very rainy day, awful conditions for football and should mean a heavy pitch

Teams: 

Preview

The Strikers have refuted suggestions they might rest players ahead of the FFA Cup game, which probably makes sense. A single win either of their upcoming league games would leave them firmly on track to win the title, and a home game against Zebras should theoretically be the easier of the two games, coming while they are still fresh. So they are probably best served to try to take care of business here and then if any players don’t pull up for next week, then so be it, they would remain in the box seat even should they slip up against South. ‘One week at a time’ has been the mantra rolled out all season by Chris Gallo, so you’d hardly expect that to change now.  This is an opponent who has troubled them though, the Strikers have only been denied the maximum points on four occasions this season, and two of those came at the hands of the Zebras. The 2-1 defeat in Round 3 was largely due to a freakish performance from Jake French in goal, but the 1-1 draw in Round 10 was a true arm wrestle of a game that showed the sides match up pretty evenly. With the Zebras needing to close a large goal difference gap of 14 in addition to the six points, expect them to make the running. Quite simply they MUST win this game, or its season over, whereas a point would suit Devonport just fine. So if it’s level late on, the Zebras will desperately throw men forward in attack, which could give the space for the likes of Holden and Mann to pick them off back the other way. This is one of the biggest games left on the slate and if Devonport win, it’s hard to see them being stopped, But if they drop points, the final month suddenly gets a whole lot more interesting!