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:  Kyu Jun Kim congratulates Ben Hamlett on Clarence's third goal [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (Wentworth Park, Saturday, 30 July 2011)

Clarence United 3 (Kyu Jun Kim 63, Browning 78, Hamlett 90+2)

Glenorchy Knights 0

HT: 0-0   Att: 70   Ref: I Jozeljic

Clarence United: Moschogianis  -  Toghill, Lewis, Rees, Price  -  Yeon Sun Jo, Kyu Jun Kim, L Brown, Jae Ho Lee  -  Hamlett, Malcolm (Browning 77)  (Subs not used:  Malovnek, Cornish, Wilcock)

Glenorchy Knights: Peter  -  Johnson, Holmes, Huigsloot, Millington  -  Robb, Griffin, Roberts, Garth  -  Smith, Nowicki (Felipe 71)  (Substitutes not used:  Kolele, Le Rossignol, Kamane, Thomas-Kilpatrick)

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Photo:  Clarence's Ben Hamlett controls the ball in front of a wall of Knights players [PlessPix]

This win put Clarence United into third spot on the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League standings after New Town Eagles could only draw 3-3 with second-placed Tilford Zebras earlier in the day.

Glenorchy Knights looked dangerous for the opening 10 minutes before Clarence took control and it was only a couple of excellent saves by Knights keeper Ben Peter that kept the visitors in the hunt.

The Knights only real chance came 12 minutes before the break when Brendan Garth pulled a shot across the face of goal when he might have at least hit the target.

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Photo:  Knights' Alex Holmes moves to cut out a Korean threat down the left [PlessPix]

In the second half, Matthew Nowicki was presented with two excellent chances, but he fired the first high over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat, and he scooped the second over the bar.

Nowicki also hit the base of the far post with another effort, the ball rebounding into a grateful Michael Moschogianis’s arms.

Clarence took a 63rd-minute lead through Kyu Jun Kim, who was presented with the chance after some delightful play on the left by compatriot Jae Ho Lee, who was making his comeback after a lengthy lay-off through injury.  Lee flicked the ball up and delivered it perfectly for Kim to drive home from 12 metres through a crowded goalmouth.

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Photo:  Clarence's Lachlan Brown (left) takes on Knights' Callen Griffin [PlessPix]

Substitute Aaron Browning made it 2-0 in the 78th minute after Ben Hamlett had put Lee away on the left and his cross eluded everyone except the onrushing Browning, while Ben Hamlett added the third in stoppage time after Browning’s precise cross from the right.

Knights introduced their new Brazilian, Felipe De Figueiredo Soares, for the final 20 minutes but he had no impact.

Clarence's Mattias Toghill was playing his 100th game for the club.

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Photo:  Clarence's Mattias Toghill (No. 13) clearas ahead of Knights' Callen Griffin [PlessPix]

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Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:

“[It was] a good win, with the other results going our way.  I almost thought we might have blown it at half-time.  We played really good football in the first half and had nothing to show for it.

“The second half was very scrappy for the first 20 or 25 minutes, but then once we scored and settled down again, I thought the three-goal result was, should have been, a reflection of the first half.

“We deserved the three goals in the first half and the second half was a good battle, but in the end, over the 90 minutes, a 3-0 result is a good one for us.”

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Photo:  Knights' Callen Griffin and Clarence's Ben Hamlett go for the ball [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights coach, Ahmad Abdaltam, said:

“I think we missed some good chances in the first half and we had some in the second before they scored.  We didn’t take them.

“Clarence are in the top-four and if you don’t take chances against a team like that, they will take chances.

“The boys put in the effort that they could, but Clarence were better on the night.  They did a good job and good luck to them if they make the top-four.

“This sort of game is all about taking chances and we didn’t take out chances.  We have a hard game next week so we have to get prepared.  It’s that simple.  We hope things happen for us.”

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Photo:  Clarence keeper Michael Moschogianis goes for a corner [PlessPix]