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Photo:  Andy Brennan (left) and Brayden Mann get ready to begin the slaughter [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (South Hobart, Saturday, 26 March 2011)

South Hobart 8 (Brennan 7, 58, Kanakaris 32, Mann 41, 54, 64, D Brown 75, Roach 90)

Clarence United 0

HT: 3-0   Att: 350   Ref: I Jozeljic

South Hobart: Kruijver  -  Pennicott, D Brown, Ludford, Feral  -  Downes, Roach, Hickey (L Huigsloot 82)  -  Brennan (Di Falco 76), Mann, Kanakaris  (Subs not used:  Williams, Bladel, Paske)

Clarence United: Moschogianis  -  Toghill, Lewis (E Tsakiris 66), C Tsakiris, McMahon (Nicholson 59)  -  Stevens, Kim, Ling, Rees, Lee (Malovnek 72)  -  Park  (Subs not used:  Cornish, L Brown)


Third-placed South Hobart played like the reigning champions that they are and they thrashed the current Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League leaders Clarence United 8-0.

The win put them just a point adrift of Clarence, whose first defeat in four outings did not displace them from the top.

Perhaps, Clarence have flattered to deceive at this early stage of the season.  They beat Kingborough Lions United 3-1 and Beachside 2-0 before despatching Tilford Zebras 2-1.  But, in South Hobart, they more than met their match.

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Photo:  Jim Pennicott soon had the measure of Jae Ho Lee [PlessPix]

Great hopes had been held for Clarence’s three Korean imports, Seung Woo Park, Kyu Jun Kim and Jae Ho Lee.  They had been superb in the three previous games, but they were unable to swing this game in their side’s favour.  After a few initial scares, South Hobart’s players soon had their measure and the imports had no influence on the outcome.  Whenever they did produce skill in tight situations, they had little help from their team-mates and the move inevitably broke down.

Physically, the Koreans rarely mixed it with their opponents, which made South’s job so much easier.  Park was booked early for a rash foul on Daniel Brown, and he did hit the outside of the right-hand post in the first half and shot narrowly wide on another couple of occasions, but all the hype about the dominance they would exert in this game proved illusory.

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Photo:  Hugh Ludford (rear) did much to make Clarence's Seung Woo Park a largely anonymous figure [PlessPix]

The Koreans showed glimpses of pace and technical ability, but their direct opponents matched them and negated their influence.  Jim Pennicott was beaten by Lee’s pace early on, but never again once the youngster settled into his stride.  Tom Roach was on top of Kim in midfield, while Hugh Ludford, Daniel Brown and Loic feral ultimately contained any threat posed by Park and kept him scoreless.

Clarence captain Mattias Toghill fell into a basic trap.  His natural instinct is to attack, and he did just that down the right flank.  But, that gave Kostas Kanakaris acres of space in which to work and, with South playing three strikers, they demolished the Clarence defence.

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Photo:  Mr Jozeljic was in no doubt about Park's identity as he showed him a yellow card [PlessPix]

Central defender Matt Lewis was constantly drawn to the right to try and cover for Toghill, which left Chris Tsakiris and Julian McMahon exposed in the middle and they were torn to shreds by Brayden Mann and Andy Brennan.

Chris Tsakiris was moved at least three times in this match to try and plug gaps, but it did little to stop South Hobart’s momentum and they strode to an easy victory.  It might have been more than 8-0, but the score-line heralded the return to form of the league champions and hinted at a settled side with the right starting eleven.

Brennan fired South Hobart ahead after 7 minutes with a low drive from the right.  After that, it was only two marvellous and timely saves from goalkeeper Michael Moschogianis that kept South out until the 32nd minute, when Kanakaris, all alone because Toghill was not within cooee, was able to hammer home Mann’s pass and make it 2-0.

Mann hit a beautiful third four minutes before the interval and that was the game as good as over.

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Photo:  Daniel Brown and Tom Roach keep an eye on Park and Kim [PlessPix]

Kanakaris blazed a good chance high over the bar four minutes after the resumption, as did Mann from a Kanakaris pass in the 52nd minute.  A minute later, Moschogianis again showed his class when he anticipated Mann’s feint and denied the striker a certain goal.

In the 54th minute, Mann decided it might be better to try from range rather than in one-on-ones with the keeper and he scored South’s fourth with an outstanding shot into the far top left-hand corner of the net.

Four minutes later, Brennan easily rounded Lewis and smashed the ball inside the near post to make it 5-0.

Greg Downes hit the post with a free-kick in the 64th minute and Mann nodded home the rebound to complete his hat-trick.

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Photo:  South's Tom Roach (right) gets in a ahead of Clarence's Kyu Jun Kim [PlessPix]

Fifteen minutes from the end, Moschogianis made his only error of the game when he dropped a free-kick and South captain Daniel Brown prodded the ball home to make it 7-0.

Roach added the eighth in the final minute and Clarence must have been delighted seconds later when Mr Jozeljic blew the final whistle to bring an end to their misery.

Clarence’s true character will now be revealed when they host Eastern Shore rivals Olympia Warriors at Wentworth Park next weekend.

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South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“I thought we were superb today.  The organisation of the team on the field was fantastic.  The lads did a great job.

“Everybody had a little job to do.  They stuck to it.  I don’t think we really gave them a chance at all.

“We got on top of them early.  We took our chances early, which really made it difficult for them.”

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Photo:  South's Hugh Ludford clears ahead of Clarence's Seung Woo Park [PlessPix]

Clarence United coach, Andrew Brown, said:

“Blown away.  When South Hobart play like that, total domination from the opening whistle.

“The first 15 minutes, the game was dead.  They were just awesome today, in every department.

“I think that summed it up beautifully.”

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Photo:  Andy Brennan is surrounded by Clarence opponents near the corner flag [PlessPix]