Slice of Cheese

Zebras Stampede Listless Clarence

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The Hobart Zebras are starting to hum again, as they continued their uptick in form with an absolute annihilation of Clarence United, winning 9-0. The result was never in any doubt as the Zebras started the scoring early on, and then maintained it throughout the 90 in an utterly dominant performance.

It didn’t take long for the rout to get underway, a failure to clear the ball presenting Luke Huigsloot with the chance to volley home the opening goal just minutes in.

The lead was quickly doubled as Mathew Sanders started what would become a day out for the Colonel by bobbing up at the back post to nod home.

His second and the sides third was a clinically placed shot into the roof of the net when the Clarence defence left him inexplicably unmarked in the middle of the box

Huigsloot then made it four with a powerful header, the Clarence defence seemingly out of answers of how to stop his aerial dominance.

The woodwork denied Mathew Pace from a similar goal as he hammered his header into the crossbar after a good cross from Riley Dillon who was one of the Zebras best players. Awaiting the rebound was Sanders, who nodded past the defenders on the line to seal his first half treble.

With a 5-0 lead at the break there was no hint of switching off from the Zebras in the second half, the side acutely aware that goal difference could yet prove pivotal. Jayden Hey made it 6 shortly after the restart as he controlled and volleyed from the top of the box.

It was 7 for the Zebras and 4 for Sanders on 74 minutes as Clarence put 4 men on the line at the corner, but had nobody competing with Sanders who nodded home with ease at the back post.

With the Clarence side baying for the final whistle, the Zebras added a further two goals in the final 10 minutes. Mathew Pace making no mistake when he was gifted a clear opening in the box, whilst Jakub Sklenar had the time and space to set up a picnic in the box before he placed home the ninth and final goal of the game.

The thumping win sees the Zebras goal difference jump above South Hobart and into third place. They face a far tougher test next week up against Launceston City in arguably the biggest Italian Derby in NPL history.

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