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Photo:  Eagles' Liam Scott and Adam McKeown have Zebras' Andrew Telega and Ryan Smith on the back foot [PlessPix]

(Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League, Clare Street, Sunday, 29 July 2012)

New Town Eagles 6 (A Leszczynski 1, 4, A McKeown 15, 45, 79, J Clamp 51)

Tilford Zebras 0

HT: 4-0   Att: 120   Ref: S Natoli

New Town Eagles: N Pitchford  -  Marshall, Cox, Anderson, Page  -  Whitehall (McCormack 85), J Clamp, Scott (Quan 81), Collins  -  McKeown, Leszczynski (Stingle 66)  (Sub not used:  Bates)

Tilford Zebras: McKenna  -  Otte, Telega, Smith, Muller (M Luttrell 60)  -  David, Fagg, J Foley-Donoghue, Self  -  MacDonald (Barabara 79), Walsh  (Subs not used:  Siedler, L Frarracio)

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Photo:  Eagles' David Cox (left) and Zebras' Nicholas MacDonald do battle [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles had a point to prove to everyone and they did it by smashing Tilford Zebras 6-0 at Clare Street on Sunday.

They may have missed the cut in terms of membership of next season’s Victory League, but they showed they are still in contention for the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League title.  The result still leaves them 3 points adrift of leaders South Hobart, whom they meet next week, but they did improve their goal-difference somewhat with this result.

Zebras were on the ropes early and down for the count by half-time, having Jon Foley-Donoghue sent off for two yellow cards in quick succession just before the break.

The visitors did revive somewhat in the latter stages of the second period despite being down to 10 men, but it was far too late, and Eagles keeper Nathan Pitchford thwarted them on every occasion.

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Photo:  Zebras' Jal David (left) and Eagles' Liam Scott, who were once team-mates at South Hobart, in a race for the ball at Clare Street yesterday [PlessPix]

Eagles opened the scoring in just 20 seconds when Adam McKeown sent over a pin-point cross form the right and Alex Leszczynski was given time to control the ball and pick his spot from point-blank range.

Leszczynski made it 2-0 in the 4th minute after Liam Scott played McKeown through and he set up his team-mate to beat Michael McKenna.

McKeown then took on the role of executioner, scoring a simple third for Eagles on the quarter-hour and hitting a fourth from Ben Whitehall’s free-kick seconds before the break.  The free-kick was awarded for Foley-Donoghue’s foul on Scott, which earned the Zebras player a second yellow card.  Moments earlier, he had been cautioned for a foul on the same player.

Zebras had had a few half-chances in that first period, mainly through the endeavour of Nicholas MacDonald, who is certainly holding his own in the top flight since being promoted from the reserves.  Ricky Self and Foley-Donoghue had token efforts that did not pose any problems for the home side.

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Photo:  Liam Scott helps Jacob Clamp celebrate his goal as Zebras' Michael McKenna picks the ball out of the back of the net [PlessPix]

But, Eagles had also squandered some chances in the opening 45 minutes as McKeown, Leszczynski and Michael Anderson let Zebras off the hook.

Six minutes after the resumption, Jacob Clamp made it 5-0 when the ball ricocheted to him after McKenna had blocked Scott’s shot.

Eagles had a lucky break in the 70th minute when Anderson’s attempted clearance, while under pressure from Fagg, rebounded off a team-mate and struck the woodwork.  Fagg got to the rebound but Pitchford produced an excellent save.

Substitute Chris Stingle missed an absolute sitter in the 76th minute for Eagles.  McKeown did the hard work by picking his way along the byline on the right before presenting his team-mate with an open goal, but Stingle mis-kicked and the chance went begging.

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Photo:  Eagles' Alex Leszczynski on the attack as Zebras' Jal David tries to recover ground [PlessPix]

In the 78th minute, MacDonald missed from close range for Zebras, who were somehow managing to stay in with a chance of scoring.

A minute later, the visitors conceded a sixth goal when McKeown was put clear on the left and he easily rounded McKenna before slipping the ball into an unguarded net.

The Zebras still had something left, however, and Pitchford did well to turn Jal David’s shot over the bat for a corner in the 81st minute.

A minute later, Mark Page had to clear off the line after Eagles failed to deal with a corner as Pitchford was unable to catch the ball cleanly in the air.

Pitchford regained his composure and, in the next minute, did well to tip Ricky Self’s shot over the bar for another corner.

The home side saw out the match with a second clean sheet and a second 6-0 scoreline in consecutive matches.

Football Federation Tasmanian may not have had current on-field performance as a criterion for selection in the Victory League, but this Eagles performance made one wonder why not.  Have FFT possibly thrown the baby out with the bath water?

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Photo:  The Zebras' Jon Foley-Donoghue with the ball in midfield as Eagles' Liam Scott looks on [PlessPix]

New Town Eagles coach, Stephen Pitchford, said:

“I think [this sent out] that we’re one of the best teams in the competition, and probably the State, and those that say otherwise have obviously got it wrong.

“The boys were pretty keen to turn it on today, obviously, and the message in the sheds before the game was to go out today and play our football and not to worry about external factors that we can’t do anything about.  All we can do is play our football.  And, today, I think they did really well.

“The 10-man factor is always an interesting thing.  We scored early in the second half and we hoped to score a couple more.  I mean, we had the chances, but with 10 men, they certainly had a few chances as well.  I think probably our keeper helped us keep a clean sheet today.

“If you score six goals in a game, you’ve got to be happy with that.”

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Photo:  Eagles' Jeremy Marshall and Zebras' Henry Fagg dance a two-step while in each other's embrace [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras coach, Eamonn Kelly, said:

“Bitterly disappointed.  Bitterly.  A really woeful performance, and no reason for it.  No reason for it.

“First 10 minutes, we were out of the game.  End of story.

“Pitchy [Nathan Pitchford] had a great second half.  We lost count of how many shots we had on target and we hit the crossbar twice, we hit the post twice.  That’s what he’s there for.  That’s what a goalkeeper is there for, to stop balls going in.  Pitchy did a great job today.  We conceded six, but you can’t blame McKenna for too many of them.

‘A couple of boys played well in the second half.  Jal David had a good second half, and Ricky Self came out, Ryan Smith had a better second half.  It’s just unpredictable.”

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Photo:  Eagles' Cormac Collins (right) puts pressure on Zebras defender Seth Otte [PlessPix]

 

FORESTRY TASMANIA SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (As at 29 July 2012)


TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

18

14

2

2

56

12

44

New Town Eagles

18

13

2

3

54

17

41

Clarence United

18

9

2

7

35

27

29

Kingborough Lions Utd

18

6

6

6

39

38

24

Olympia Warriors

18

7

3

8

39

41

24

Tilford Zebras

18

6

5

7

42

46

23

Glenorchy Knights

18

3

4

11

21

42

13

University

18

0

4

14

11

74

4

 

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Photo:  Zebras' Nicholas MacDonald shows Eagles' Jeremey Marshall a clean pair of heels [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Mark Page and Alex Leszczynski celebrate Jacob Clamp's goal [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Zebras' Jal David in possession in a sticky midfield [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Zebras' Jon Foley-Donoghue and Eagles' Liam Scott about to contest possession in midfield [PlessPix]