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South Strike Late To Claim a Point in Frantic Finale

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In a final 10 minutes filled with drama, a late South Hobart strike saved a point for the home side against a well-drilled Hobart Zebras team today. Despite numerous Lakoseljac Cup Qualifying matches going on around the state, a healthy crowd turned out to see the hard fought 1-1 draw.

In a game of two halves, it was Zebras who struck first despite South Hobart’s bright start. Alex Walter came close for South after his header was tipped onto the bar by an impressive Sam Whatman but the resulting corner came to nothing. It was just 5 minutes later that a looping ball over the top of Jack Bowman found Jayden Hey in stride and he calmly guided it past Kieran Brown to put his side a goal to the better after just 10 minutes of play.

Jayden Hey scored the the games first goal- Image- SHFC

Both sides had their fair share of chances in the first half however South Hobart would have gone into the break feeling as though they should have been on level terms. Nicky Edwards soon found himself one on one with Kieran Brown but his tame effort lacked conviction and he was unable to double the Zebras lead. It was then South’s turn as another battle between Whatman and Walter on the 17th minute mark saw the Zebras shot-stopper come out on top again. He got a leg to Walter’s placed shot and turned it around the post in what would become an ongoing theme for the match.

Jayden Hey then had another chance in what was almost a direct copy of the lead-up to his earlier strike. A ball over the top lead to a foot race between Bowman and Hey but this time the South Hobart defence combined to push Hey wide and his shot was well saved by Brown.

Tommy Little was a standout in the Zebras back line and he proved his worth just before half time when he got a valuable leg to Alex Walter’s goal-bound effort. Walter pounced on a sloppy pass out of defence and drove into the Zebras box uncontested. Little’s desperation block brought shouts of handball from the South Hobart faithful but referee Brendan Kopra waved it away.

The half-time whistle brought an end to 45 minutes that saw South Hobart tally up a shot-count in double figures. Zebras only managed three shots in the first half but they were possibly the best three chances of the match to that point.

The second half was a different story as Zebras came fast out of the gates. They had numerous half chances to double their lead until injuries to Jordan Muller and Luke Huigsloot saw the arrival of Zebras’ youngsters James Ackerly and Lachie Burt. Following the substitutions, the game seemed to be slowing down but in the 85th minute a goal-mouth scramble led to Jack Turner’s blocked shot falling at the feet of Gilly Desouza who instinctively slotted it home to level the proceedings.

This was the start of a frantic close to the game as Zebras looked to immediately respond. Lachie Burt and Matthew Sanders found themselves two on one with Kieran Brown but a poor ball from Sanders who looked to square to the open Burt led to Brown putting a stop to the Zebras attack. Then deep in stoppage time, Nick Morton seemed to be through on goal until he was judged to be dragged down by Tommy Little who saw red for his attempt at stopping Morton. The resulting free kick was taken inches outside the South Hobart penalty area but a quick reaction save by Whatman denied Desouza a second.

Little hauls down Morton- Image- SHFC

As the game was then called to an end it was evident both teams believed they should have come away with the points. South Hobart now look to their game against Launceston City while Zebras have to wait until Round 5 where they face Olympia in a blockbuster clash at North Hobart Oval.