Slice of Cheese

Launceston City v Devonport

Live Blog Coverage From Jesse Hudson

Wednesday 13 March, 6:30pm, Buckby Landrover Park

 Shots On
 Shots Off

Full time – Launceston City 1 – 2 Devonport Strikers

94′ Roller sees red! He slides in recklessly on Lazcano but the Strikers man definitely made the most of it. No actual contact but still a reckless challenge.

90′ Millington goes on a marauding run forward but commits a foul after losing it.

85′ Mies spreads it out to Aitken on the left who’s taken down on the edge of the area.

Substitution for both teams. Bidwell OFF, West ON. Linger OFF, Souter ON.

81′ Bidwell goes on a run and takes a shot on the edge of the box which is saved by Clark.

76′ Mattarozzi wins a corner for City. A set piece looks like their best chance of scoring at the moment.

Substitution for Devonport. Fitzgerald OFF, Denehey ON.

Substitution for City. Oh OFF, Mattarozzi ON. Oh comes off injured.

67′ Barnard comes on and almost immediately wins a corner for his team.

Substitution for both teams. Launceston City Cartwright OFF, Turner ON. Devonport Giampaoli OFF, Barnard ON.

63′ Goal! 1-2 to Devonport. Bidwell collects the ball and centres it to Syson who rockets it into the top right corner.

61′ Fitzgerald shoots at the near post but Clark does well to parry it away.

59′ Mies is almost through one-on-one but is called up for a handball.

58′ A corner comes in from Syson and Clark comes out confidently to collect it.

57′ Fitzgerald goes on a run into the box tussling with Sullivan. Millington takes advantage and clears it away.

54′ Parke takes the throw quickly to put Fitzgerald through but Sullivan does well to shield it out of play.

48′ Stone runs along the touch line and chips a beautiful ball to the back post where Giampaoli heads it over the bar.

46′ Hingston plays Bidwell in behind but Sullivan collects it and clears.

Second half underway

First half not going as many expected. City struck early with a goal and have forced Devonport into trying to break them down. 5 at the back has helped City’s cause, but in turn, has given them limited opportunities in attack. Devonport have controlled a majority of the match and if they keep being patient they should break City down and score again.

Half time – Launceston City 1 – 1 Devonport Strikers

45′ Giampaoli down hurt after a collision. The trainers come on to attend to him.

42′ Oh commits a foul on the edge of the box. A bit of creativity with the run-up to the free kick that leads to Fitzgerald hitting it hard across the box. Clark fumbles and it’s cleared.

41′ The Strikers look to get in behind through Stone but Millington cleans up.

33′ Screams of handball in the box after Syson pings it in from the left.

31′ Slice of cheese for Roller.

30′ Linger is taken from behind in the box. Seemed to be a penalty but the referee saw it differently.

Devonport are having more of the ball and looking to break City down over time. City need to be smarter with their attacks if they’re going to get a few more shots on the board. Linger seems to have a lot of space at right wing back when City have the ball. Perhaps a switch would help City to get in behind the Strikers.

19′ Penalty saved! Clark guesses correctly and palms it away, even managing to claim the rebound shot. Syson placed it too centrally.

18′ Penalty to Devonport. Stone plays the ball across the face to Bidwell who is taken down by Gould. Syson steps up to take it.

16′ Goal! 1-1. Hingston dances around City’s midfield three and plays Fitzgerald in behind the defence. He fakes a shot to take it past Clark and finishes into the empty net.

15′ Lazcano chips it to Giampaoli in the box. But Gould was on his touch and gets the ball out of danger.

City opting for a 5-at-the-back. Devonport seems to be struggling to break them down early. Coghlan urging his side to be patient.

7′ Fitzgerald crosses from the left forcing a clearance from Sullivan. His clearance went as far as Stone who lined up with time but his shot was well off target.

3′ Devonport get a shot away through Hingston. His shot forced a dive from Clark but is just shy of the post.

1′ Goal! City press early and get a goal through Mies early on. 1-0 to Launceston City

Kick off

Less than 10 minutes from kick off here at Buckby Land Rover Park where Launceston City will get their 2019 NPL campaign off to a start against ample opposition in the reigning premiers, the Devonport Strikers.

Team News

Launceston City – Aitken, Clark, Dorazio, Linger, Mies, Millington, Oh, Sullivan, Gould, Roller, Cartwright. Substitutes – Mattarozzi, Turner, Smith, Souter.

Devonport Strikers – Bidwell, Fitzgerald, Giampaoli, Hingston, Lazcano, Mulraney, Parke, Pitchford. Smith, Stone, Syson. Substitutes – Barnard, Denehey, Pearce, West.