Slice of Cheese

Northern Rangers v Launceston City

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Full Time: Northern Rangers 0-4 Launceston City

90+7′ An injury to Whatman and 2 Reds meaning this game is seeing plenty of added time but the sting is out of this one now.

90+1′ Slice of Cheese! And then make that a second yellow! Cristy boots the ball into Dorazio then argues the point and he has his marching orders. Rangers down to 9! A very dark day this one for Rangers, and one that started so promisingly.

90′ Linger plays a teasing cross into the box but Wicks can’t apply the finish.

89′ A slice of cheese for Lucas for a body check on Dyer.

87′ Whatman shows a safe pair of hands as the ball fell threateningly in the box.

85′ Red Card! And now a red for Jones! He seemed to be just holding his ground against Syson, but in the midst of all that perhaps something got said?

83′ A spot fire breaks out as both sides come together after Niko Giantsopoulos wasn’t happy with the treatment he received from Ngor. Tempers flaring as Syson came flying in and clashed with Jones. A slice of Cheese for Giantsopoulos the outcome.

83′ SUB- Dyer for Cartwright

81′ Rangers with repeat corners are having a good spell but the City defence is holding firm.

78′ The LA’s link up down the right and the cross eventually finds Humphrey who mistimes his volleyed effort.

75′ SUB- Ngor comes on for Tenzing Anderson. Goold on for Fischer. Wicks also sneaks on, didn’t catch who for.

75′ A good free kick is swung into the mixer but headed wide by Pat LA.

71′ Linger drives one from outside the box that flashes wide.

68′ GOAL! 4-0! City smashing them now! This one will go down as an own goal against Tenzing Anderson! A long range free kick saw him backtracking and he tried to head it clear, but put it into the crossbar, it bounced down, just over the line and its 4-0!    

City are playing much better in this half and are now on top in the general play as well as the scoreboard. This first half looks like a giant wasted opportunity for Rangers, cause its hard to see how they come back now. 

62′ Shot on! Mies fires on the turn but its a simple save for Whatman who has recovered from his collision.

56′ Sam Whatman in some trouble after running into the post, scrambling back to try keep out a mishit clearance that nearly turned into an own goal.

51′ Daniel Cristy and Fischer both into the book after a pushing match broke out between the pair.

50′ GOAL! 3-0! Tyler Fischer! City sailing off into the distance now, a wonderful through ball from Syson plays in Fischer who runs in behind and finishes. Potentially a foul earlier in the build up, but play was allowed to continue and City again are clinical!

46′ Play resumes at the NTCA, Rangers should be encouraged by their performance but they must be more clinical.

Half Time: Northern Rangers 0-2 Launceston City

Rangers are doing very well up the field, in midfield especially, but their defence has been too brittle, which is why they trail despite having had the better of the game

46′ Shot off! Should have been 3-0! Liam Scott heads wide of the mark from a corner, a free header. .

City certainly taking their chances here, they have been outplayed for most of the half but have a two goal buffer despite Rangers having created much more. 

44′ GOAL 2-0! City strike again! Shane Cartwright, beats two and works his way into the box then curls it into the corner! A great solo goal.

42′ Nick LA blazes a free kick well high and wide, had a very good half but that was not his best work.

39′ So close! Some good build up play from Nick LA again, and he works it to Humphrey who hits it with power from the top of the box but it floats just wide.

33′ GOAL! 1-0! Jarrod Linger opens the scoring! Against the run of play that, Fischer belts in a deflected cross that Linger does well to adjust to and nods home from close range. 

31′ Thannhauser with a drive along the deck from distance that is well wide.

29′ Nick LA again beats his marker, charges in and is shut down by a good save from Niko again, protecting his near post well.

28′ A nice flick from Linger, who has looked City’s most lively player thus far, sets up Syson who fires over the crossbar on the left.

26′ Nick La weaves between the defence then rips a powerful blast from 30 yards that draws a sharp save from Giantsopoulos.

17′ Giantsopoulos turns it over and Pat LA tries to catch him out with a long range chip but its off target.

Rangers in control at the moment and looking the better side. The LA brothers running the show.

16′ Pat LA with an incisive run, charging through the defence and into the box but he loses his footing as he shoots and it ends up a tame effort straight at Niko.

14′ Nick LA beats a defender all ends up, twice! He then crosses for Humphrey who can’t beat Giantsopoulos at his near post.

10′ Pat LA beats Turner then crosses for his brother who can’t quite get on the end of it. Good start this from Rangers, they are shading the contest so far.

9′ A great cross from Nick LA from wide on the left finds Humphrey who has a heavy touch which lets him down.

6′ Mies with some nice work down the right but his cross is well dealt with.

5′ No clear opening for either side in the early going as both sides look to settle into the contest.

1′ Rangers with the first attack but it comes to nothing as Humphrey blazes over from distance.

1′ Kick off we are underway!


Launceston City: Giantsopoulos, Campbell, Millington, Dorazio, Syson, Fischer, Linger, Mies, Cartwright, Scott, Turner SUBS: Egan, Dyer, Wicks, Goold, Smith

Northern Rangers: Whatman, Lucas, Fulton, lanau-Atkinson, Jones, Cristy, Thannhauser, Burk, Lanau-Atkinson, Anderson, Humphrey SUBS- Ngor, Monticchio, Youd, Chugg

The third and final game in the NPL today is the always hotly anticipated Launceston Derby between Northern Rangers and Launceston City. Rangers remain one of the only 2 sides to have taken points from City this season, drawing 1-1 in a bruising encounter in Round 3. Sitting six points clear on top, City will be keen to bank the points against Ranger this time as their other title rivals did in the first full round of fixtures. With their next month pitting them against the sides placed 2-5 on the table, this is one they need to win if they are to stay on course for a stunning title win. Rangers meanwhile have struggled since the departure of their mercurial Argentinian Federico Cano, losing their last four games. They need to find a way to play without him if they are to repeat their away result against City and put themselves in position to claim the Derby Cup.