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Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (KGV Park, Friday, 28 May 2010)


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Glenorchy Knights 0

Kingborough Lions United 1 (T McDonald 20)


HT: 0-1 Att: 90 Ref: S Collins


Glenorchy Knights: Peter - Millington (Kamba 76), Grundy, Holmes, J Huigsloot - Clay, Dzelalija (Hope 31), Fielding, Marsh - Smith (Green 89), Koroma [Substitute not used: Grainger] [Coach: Nick Harrison]


Kingborough Lions United: Leamey - Brown, Davies, Iseli, R Hinkley - Freeman (T Pearce 78), Andrews (Schuth 78), Marchioli, Bevan - McDonald, Bremner [Substitutes not used: D Pearce, B Hughes] [Coach: Tim Dale]


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Glenorchy Knights have earned only two points from a possible 12 in their past four league matches.


They have drawn twice and lost twice in the league, and also lost a State-wide cup match in their past five games.


This latest defeat will be hard to stomach as they had enough chances to at least draw.


Corey Smith hit the post and also lobbed an effort against the crossbar. He also fired narrowly wide and headed just over the bar and also just past the post on other occasions.


Amadu Koroma was wide with one shot, while Josh Fielding had an excellent low drive brilliantly turned wide for a corner by Lions keeper David Leamey.


Jackson Marsh also went close, firing narrowly wide after a corner.


Having said that, Kingborough also squandered some marvellous openings after taking the lead in the 20th minute when Tom McDonald scored with a well-placed free-kick from the edge of the box.


Greg Freeman should have done better in the 25th minute when McDonald picked him out with a cross from the right, but he somehow lifted the ball over the bar.


In the 31st minute, Brett Andrews lobbed an effort over the bar when he should at least have worked the keeper.


In the 41st minute, Freeman raced free on the left but side-footed a tame effort straight at keeper Ben Peter.


Two minutes before the interval, Smith’s poor attempt at a clearance went straight to Andrews, who fired over the bar.


It was generally all Knights in the second half, but try as they might, they could not find a way past Leamey, who produced some good clearances by punching the ball out of a crowded goalmouth.


Marc Iseli battled hard, as did Andrew Davies, Ross Hinkley and Jeremy Brown at the back for Kingborough, and Knights simply could not break them down.


McDonald was always a threat with his speed, but it was an overall team effort that secured this win, with Marcello Marchioli, Ryan Bevan and and Marcus Bremner also playing their part.


Tim Dale coached Kingborough on the night as Geoff Freeman is in Queensland.


The victory lifted Kingborough from fifth to fourth spot on the ladder at the expense of Clarence United. Kingborough now have 14 points and are three points adrift of third-placed Zebras and second-ranked Knights.


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· Glenorchy Knights coach, Nick Harrison, said:


“When your luck’s out, your luck’s out. You saw the game as well. We dominated probably 95 per cent of the time, but they got a free-kick, and a great strike.


“Other than that, we camped in their half the rest of the game and did everything but score a goal.


“We worked hard at training this week and the players were up to it as far as I was concerned. I can’t do much more than that.


“We hit the crossbar and post but we just couldn’t score tonight.


“We’ll go away disappointed again. We’ll see what we can do against Zebras next week.


“Very disappointed tonight. Very disappointed.”


· Kingborough Lions United coach, Tim Dale, said:


“We’re really pleased to keep a clean sheet. We haven’t had many of those this season so that was really good.


“It’s a big three points for us. We’ve only played here once this year and so to come out and play well, you know, is good.


“It was important that we played to the way we wanted to play. We played to plan. We were dangerous on the break.


“We’re really stoked with the result.”