Slice of Cheese

South Hobart v Devonport

 

 South  Hobart 
 Vs
Devonport
 3
 Goals
 2
 4
 Shots On
 5
 3
 Shots Off
 3
 10
 Fouls
 15
 0
 Cheese
 2
 0
 Red
 0
 0
 Offsides
 0
 1
 Corners
 9

Full Time: South Hobart 3-2 Devonport

South take the points and cut the gap at the top to just 3 points with 3 rounds to go. GD leaves Devonport in the box seat, but South’s first half has kept their season alive. 

90′ 2 minutes of added time all that is left, South nearly home.

88′ Slice of Cheese! make that slices! Lazcano gets one for an accumulation of fouls, and then Stone goes into the book for his protests.

85′ South just about holding on here, Devonport pushing hard for the leveller that would surely seal the title.

79′ Walter tries to chip the keeper but lobs it onto the roof of the net.

78′ Jack Turner with a crucial block on Lazcano denying his close range hit.

74′ Brown makes a good save on Mulraney, denying his header at the back post.

67′ SUB- Bidwell makes way for Dance, this time of the Jack variety.

65′ Multiple shots charged down, first Kemp then Schmidt, good defensive work from Devonport, corner upcoming.

63′ GOAL! 3-2! GAME ON! Brayden Mann again with the volleyed finish, superb stuff from Holden and Stone in the lead up. 

55′ GOAL! MANN! OH MY! Stunner absolute stunner, a scissor kick into the back of the net to pull one back! 3-1! Bidwell did exceptionally to assist it from out on the right too, beating Schmidt. 

53′ De Vecchi is fouled for about the 50th time today, Devonport really physically smashing him today.

48′ Devonport ask questions from the corner, but can’t get through the wall of bodies. Brighter start to the half though from the Strikers.

46′ Holden curls one into the side netting, always going to be tough from the angle he shot.

46′ Back underway, the goal difference gap has shrunk from 14 to 8, but South still have plenty to do.

HALF TIME: South Hobart 3-0 Devonport

45+1′ Mann curls a free kick on target but Brown gathers it comfortably.

40′ Oscar Thomas with a goal line block to stop a spectacular Lazcano volley. It follows a passage of play with constant balls being played into the area.

35′ Turner curls one from the top of the box that Pitchford collects.

34′ SUB- Krusa taken off for Dance as Gallo tries to right the ship.

30′ GOAL! 3-0! A thrown into the box, Turner flicks it to Kemp who runs onto it and smashes it with power past Pitchford.

23′ GOAL! 2-0! Walter, a mad scramble in the box, he appeared offside but the ball comes off Lazcano and he pokes home from a yard out. 

20′ Very few chances so far, Turner’s goal the only clear opening in the game with both the defences on top. Devonport had most the ball in the first few minutes, South shading it since. 

14′ Joel Stone comes in and crunches De Vecchi from behind, that is four fouls from him in the opening 15 and South are furious. Lucky to avoid a booking.

9′ GOAL! 1-0! Jack Turner, ball is slid on through to Turner, he runs in behind and smashes it home clinically.

6′ High energy opening to this game with Devonport doing slightly more of the attacking but no clear cut chances. Biwdwell did play a good ball across the 6 yard box but couldn’t connect with anyone.

1′ Kick off, we are underway.

Teams From

South: Bowman, Brown, De Vecchi Marins,  Feral, Gorrie, Kemp,  Morton, Schmidt, Turner, Thomas, Walter SUBS: Degetto, Douce, Hart, Legendre, Sculthorpe

Devonport: Barnard, Bidwell, Blizzard, Holden, Krusa, Lazcano, Mann, Mulraney, Pitchford, Smith, Stone, West SUBS: Andrews, Dance, Dance, Jelenovic

Preview

The big games just keep on coming for the  Strikers, who now turn their attention back to the league after their midweek FFA Cup success, defeating Northcote 3-1 to become the first Tasmanian side to win a road FFA Cup game. But now they face another tough trip, heading South to take on Darcy Street in a game that could all but wrap up the title should the Strikers win.

Devonport currently sits on top, six points ahead of third-placed South Hobart, who still looks the biggest threat to the Strikers, despite Launceston City sitting in second place, five points adrift. The Strikers will have breathing room even should they lose the game, and a draw would still be a good result for them, keeping that gap to South at 6 points. Whilst a draw would potentially allow Launceston City to close the gap to 3 points, their tough remaining schedule, pitting them against the best 4 sides in the league (not counting themselves), leaves City firmly behind the eight ball.

The two teams have met three times this year, with Devonport winning all three games. Victories of 2-1 and 1-0 in the league, as well as the 1-0 Lakoseljac Cup final victory, suggest that Devonport seemingly have South’s number. Yet South have matched them, and at times outplayed them in these games, just lacked the clinical edge Devonport have had, thanks in no small part to the exploits of Brayden Mann. All 3 games have been highly competitive clashes and it has been fine margins within the games that have decided them. As such, Sunday is expected to be another arm wrestle between the pair with little splitting them.

Devonport’s fitness could well leave them more vulnerable this time, having played the FFA Cup game on Tuesday night on the heels of a slog on a heavy pitch last Saturday against Hobart Zebras. So it will take a huge effort for them to be back up and at their best on Sunday. South are only all too aware of the potential for a midweek FFA Cup game to derail league results. In 2015 they lost to Northern Rangers after coming back from their FFA Cup game against Sydney United and saw Olympia swoop in to win the NPL TAS as a result. They will be hoping for that factor to work in their favour this time because for South Hobart Sunday is must win, their season is on the line, nothing but 3 points will suffice for them. Devonport are absolutely flying though, and this point, who would doubt them?

FFT Media and Communications Coordinator, Everton tragic, long form journalism devotee, Andrea Pirlo enthusiast and admirer of the parked bus.