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Launceston City v Clarence (NPL)

Live Blog Coverage From Luke Nichols

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Full time. Launceston City 4 – 1 Clarence United

City sub on Dorazio, off Wicks.

88′ Reibel somewhat controversially beats the offside trap and is through one on one. He goes for the chip, but can’t beat Giantsopolous.

Clarence have had comfortably their best period of the game since their go. Perhaps some complacency from City, but Clarence are right in this contest despite what the scoreline suggests.

Shane Egan has had a brilliant game. His composure and distribution in midfield has been magnificent.

76′ Sub Clarence on Reibel and Randall off Hedge and Viney

67′ GOAL CLARENCE – A calamity at the back for Giantsopolous. He leaves himself high and dry with a poor clearance and Cody Snell gets Clarence on the board!

58′ GOAL CITY – Fischer strikes a stinger from range. It skids in front of Voss, and bursts through the hands and into the back of the net! Launceston City 4-0 Clarence

56′ GOAL CITY – Giantsopoulos throws to Goold on the left, he travels and plays up the line to Wicks, Wicks crosses early, which is cleared by Demar. The clearance is only as far as Linger and he controls on his chest brings it down strikes and scores!

Jablonski cuts a dejected figure on the sideline, becoming increasingly frustrated.

Sun is out, and so are the players from the sheds, second half underway!

HALF TIME – A very complete performance from Launceston City in the first half. Goals to Mies and Fischer see them into the break with a well earned 2 goal lead.

38′ GOAL CITY – A magical long ball from deep in defence from Scott finds Fischer on the right. He sneaks in on the blindside of Lush pinches, and finishes with aplomb past the out rushing Voss! City 2 – 0 Clarence

35′ Clarence get their first corner, it’s a delightful ball which is headed on goal, but it’s an unreal save from Giantsopoulos!

34′ It finally looked as though Clarence were going ti get through, but Hedge blasted it into the back of the ref and the attack was quelled.

As soon as I said Clarence were growing into the game, they have gone dead cold. 95% of the last 15 minutes has been played in Clarence’s half. It looks as though they’ll need a genuine counter attack to break down this City defence.

Giantsopoulos’s martialling and Scott’s composure at the back are both super impressive. Two big additions to this years City squad!

25′ GOAL CITY – The dam wall bursts! Demar clears the initial corner. Scott gathers and finds Fischer on the right, he beats his marker and fires a cross along the 6 yard box. Voss beats it away, but can’t clear Mies who controls and puts it into the bottom corner! City lead 1 nil

23′ Corner count mounting for City, Clarence well under the pump but holding strong.

16′ A nice changeover between Syson and Fischer leads to a shot for Fischer. It’s tame and doesn’t trouble Voss at all.

14′ Clarence growing into the game, but yet to fire anything off in anger.

11′ Some intiricate interplay from City leads to a shot for Syson, but it’s well over the bar.

7′ Corner knocked in by Syson, bobbles in the area falls to Campbell who blasts high and wide. City on top early.

4′ Linger is found on the right by Egan, Linger crosses looking for Mies, it’s a free header with no power and down Voss’s throat.

0′ Kick off

Good afternoon and welcome to Buckby Landrover Park for this NPL Tasmania round 2 match between Launceston City and Clarence United. Two teams looking to make a move up the ladder in 2018, this should be an enthralling clash. In round 1 City scraped home to beat Kingborough 1 nil, whilst Clarence went down 7 nil to Devonport.

The rain has been a factor all day here in Launceston, it has for the time being subsided, but with consistent rain since 1030 this morning, the pitch is bound to be a little heavy for the players.