Slice of Cheese

Launceston City v Devonport


Live Blog Coverage From Jesse Hudson

 Shots On
 Shots Off


Full time – Launceston City 1 – 3 Devonport Strikers.

Substitution for City. Wicks ON. Fischer OFF.

88′ Barnard takes a fumble in the box but the ref is having none of it. It prompts the City bench to ask the Devonport bench which pool they practise in.

87′ Stone latches onto a loose ball after a corner but it’s nothing like his earlier shot and it goes high and wide.

Substitution for City. Aldridge ON. Dorazio OFF.

81′ Holden is played through and Niko comes out to pressure and make a crucial save.

78′ Penalty to Devonport. Scott with a handball, could be questionable. Mann steps up and makes it 3-1. He’s made quite a quick sprint to the City crowd. We’ll have to check the tracker after the game to see if that’s his quickest sprint of the game.

78′ Barnard lays it back to Mann but it’s cut out well by Scott to save another shot on goal.

73′ Lazcano brings down Fischer as he looks to break. Perhaps lucky not to see a yellow.

65′ Millington almost takes Holden out but Holden continues and looks to chip the outcoming Niko, but the Canadian easily saves.

64′ Jelenovic with his first shot in the NPL and it’s an audacious chip straight to Niko.

60′ Bidwell is played through on the right with pace. His cross is blocked and his follow-up shot is wide.

56′ GOAL! 2-1 to Devonport. Joel Stone is left with too much space and hits one from long range to beat Niko at his left-sided post.

Substitution for Strikers. Krusa OFF. Jelenovic ON.

48′ Goal! 1-1. Stone with a dangerous run down the right. His cross forces a save from Niko and Barnard hits the post with the follow-up. However, Mann is waiting for the second rebound to finish into the empty net.

47′ Millington fails to clear and Devonport were in with an open net if it weren’t for Scott.

Second half has started.

Halftime. Launceston City 1 – 0 Devonport.

46′ The ball slips through Smith and Bidwell and Linger hits it with the outside of his foot and rattles the crossbar.

44′ Fischer is allowed onto his left foot. Something you want to avoid at all costs as a defender and his shot requires a top-drawer save from Pitchford.

43′ Mies heads off a corner but its cleared off the line. Another close call.

42′ Bidwell strikes hard at Niko who palms it to Barnard whose volley goes wide.

38′ Devonport with the free kick. Krusa standing over it. He puts it to the penalty sport where Mann headed it wide.

37′ Stone shifts onto his right foot and crosses to the back post where Bidwell was rising over Linger. His header is slightly wide.

31′ Pitchford comes out to clear but misses and Mies shoots into the open goal. Blizzard bursts back to clear it off the line to save his side from being 2-0 down.

28′ Mies weaves through several Devonport defenders with great agility but hits it over with his weaker right foot.

26′ Blizzard like a brick wall and crashes into Goold and sends him flying.

25′ City with yet another opportunity to put the ball into the box from a freekick. This time Pitchford claims it.

22′ Mann brings down Campbell. Mann furious with the decision.

19′ Goal! Syson stands over a dead ball and chips it to the back post to Mies who heads it in. 1-0 to City.

16′ Biggest chance of the game. Mies goes down the right and crosses to Fischer who has his shot brilliantly saved by Pitchford. On the follow-up, Mies goes down the right again and crosses to Smith who heads it over. Really should have done better.

13′ Fischer puts in a free kick from the right side but gets too much on it as it sails out over the back post.

9′ Fischer puts in the free-kick but Millington heads it wide.

3′ Syson throws Mann to the ground and this could become another fiery one.

2′ Syson went straight through the back of Stone but play goes on and he escapes a yellow.

Kick off

Launceston City – Campbell, Dorazio, Fischer, Giantsopoulos, Goold, Linger, Mies, Millington, Scott, Syson, Smiths. OFF – Aldridge, Dyer, Egan, Smith, Wicks.

Devonport Strikers – Barnard, Bidwell, Blizzard, Holden, Krusa, Lazcano, Mann, Mulraney, Pitchford, Smith, Stone. OFF – Andrews, Dance, Jelenovic, Pearce, West.