Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  Kingborough keeper Lachlan Davey saves from Hugh Foley [PlessPix]

(Premier Reserves League, KGV Park, Wednesday, 31 August 2011)

NTC/TIS 1 (N Mearns 88)

Kingborough Lions United 1 (A Taylor 70)

HT: 0-0   Ref:  D Ambler

NTC/TIS: Prendergast  -  Ince, Hill, Stevens, Mearns  -  De Smit, Thomas, H Foley  -  Ehsoo, I Kenyi, Williamson

Kingborough Lions United: Davey  -  W Davis, Herweynen, Farquhar, McConnon (Fisher 55)  -  Watkins, Hughes (Taylor 46), T Pearce, J Davis (Hartog 61)  -  C Iseli, F Kenyi

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Photo:  Jamie De Smit (left) tries to win the ball [PlessPix]

Both sides squandered some easy chances and both had a goal disallowed in controversial circumstances, so the 1-1 draw was probably a fair result.

In the first half, Kingborough had a goal disallowed for off-side, much to the annoyance of their players, who were quite vocal at times about the refereeing decisions.  It came as no surprise when Trent Pearce was eventually cautioned by Mr Ambler.

Isaac Kenyi should have scored early in the second period, but he blazed wildly off target from a good position.  There were another couple of mis-kicks by NTC/TIS players when a goal seemed certain.

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Photo:  Hugh Foley (left) battles for possession with the Lions' Trent Pearce [PlessPix]

The NTC/TIS did get the ball in the net after the referee allowed play to go on despite the assistant referee’s flag being raised.  The injured Lion, Francis Kenyi, was lying on the ground and was the last defender.  The referee must have considered he was still part of the game and had played the attackers on.  The assistant referee, on the other hand, must have regarded Kenyi as inactive and out of the game and therefore the attackers were off-side.  After consulting his assistant, Mr Ambler cancelled out the goal.  The one thing this NTC/TIS team do in such circumstances is never argue about the decision, which is to their credit.  They simply rolled up their sleeves and got on with it.

They had been behind at that stage to a 70th-minute goal by Andrew Taylor, who had an excellent match for the Lions.  The Englishman’s work-rate was high and his passing superb.  A broken hand had kept him out for six weeks this season, but he has been an excellent acquisition for Kingborough.  With 20 minutes remaining, NTC/TIS keeper Tristan Prendergast had tipped Francis Kenyi’s header over the bar for a corner, which was to prove fruitful.  The corner came to Taylor, whose first shot was blocked by Prendergast.  When the ball came back to Taylor, he hammered it into the net to give his side the lead.

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Photo:  Hugh Foley (No. 9) and Trent Pearce go for a header [PlessPix]

Isaac Kenyi almost equalised in the 79th minute, but Lachlan Davey got down to the ball.  He fumbled it, but held it at the second attempt.

Kingborough almost extended their lead in the 84thm minute when Ben Watkins played a neat one-two with Taylor on the left and hared straight at goal.  His shot was accurate and beat Prendergast, but Paul Stevens cleared the ball off the line.  The ball came back to Watkins, who hit the post with his second shot.

NTC/TIS coach Dean May rang the changes while there was still time, pushing midfielder Hugh Foley and defender Nicholas Mearns up front.

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Photo:  NTC/TIS's Harrison Thomas starts an attack when he gains possession [PlessPix]

With two minutes remaining, the move paid off.  A mis-hit forward pass by Jamie De Smit flew into the air and fortuitously looped towards the edge of the Kingborough box, where defender William Davis made the wrong decision.  Instead of playing the ball first time, Davis allowed it to bounce before attempting to deal with it.  This enabled NTC/TIS to gain possession and, when the ball was played inside to Mearns, he volleyed a perfect strike from 15 metres past Davey and inside the left-hand post to make it 1-1.

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Photo:  NTC/TIS's Hugh Foley heads at goal [PlessPix]

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NTC/TIS coach, Dean May, said:

“To be honest, I thought it was going to be one of those games where you can count all your chances on your hands and fingers and one of them was not going to go in.  I thought we were going to go away with a loss there.

“I thought the boys played well and created enough chances.  It was just one of those nights when, if we’d scored early, I think that might been it.

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Photo:  Harrison Thomas gains possession ahead of theLions' Francis Kenyi and Trent Pearce [PlessPix]

“Errors at the back gifted them a goal.  I then took a risk and did a little swap of a few players and the benefits we got from it was that the guy we changed and put up front put the ball in the back of the net.

“Overall, I thought it was a good game of football.  We’ve had three good games against Kingborough.  They like to play the ball around on the ground, which suits our game and I thought the spectators would have enjoyed the game tonight.”

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Photo:  James Ince flicks the ball on before the Lions' Colin Hughes and Francis Kenyi can intervene [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United coach, Mick Trotter, said:

“I thought we competed very well.  We went out with a game plan and I think the players stuck to it.

“They got a bit rattled towards the end with a few dubious decisions which upset our rhythm.

“We specifically put a young team out there so we could gauge ourselves against a quality side.  We acquitted ourselves quite well.”

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Photo:  An NTC/TIS attack has the Lions in retreat [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The NTC/TIS's Isaac Kenyi shoots at goal [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The NTC/TIS's Isaac Kenyi (No. 10) forces a save from the Lions' Lachlan Davey [PlessPix]