- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 25 February 2013
Photo: Southern FC goalkeeper Monday Taban was almost a brick wall for his side against Glenorchy Knights [PlessPix]
The weekend’s round of Men’s Section A Summer Cup matches caused a few raised eyebrows, cries of triumph and dented egos.
Group A and Group B are all but decided, while Groups C and D may go to the wire.
Photo: Glenorchy Knights' Alex Bellini is tackled by a Southern FC opponent [PlessPix]
Olympia Warriors lead Group A with 7 points and a massive plus 12 goal-difference and they should make qualifying for the semi-finals a formality when they meet Southern FC at Warrior Park next Friday at 8pm.
Glenorchy Knights are second on goal-difference. They have 3 points, the same as Southern FC.
Nelson Eastern Suburbs are bottom with zero points and a poor goal-difference.
Olympia Warriors easily accounted for Nelson Eastern Suburbs 6-0 on Saturday night, after leading 2-0 at the break.
Seong Yong Jin set the ball rolling when he scored in the 8th minute, while in the 12th minute, he carved open the Nelson defence on the left and set up Nicholas Mearns for an easy second.
Lachlan Nichols added the third 10 minutes into the second half when Nelson’s goalkeeper dropped a cross from the right by Luke Wilcock and Nichols swept home the loose ball.
Photo: Nelson's Bill Hanley clears an Olympia corner [PlessPix]
An Alex Holmes header, a right-wing cross by Matthew Nowicki that caught in the wind and lodged in the top corner of the net, and a low drive by Dipendra Kunwar completed Olympia’s tally.
Northern Rangers and Clarence United fought out a 3-3 draw on Saturday, with Rangers winning the penalty shoot-out to earn the bonus point.
Rangers can only qualify if Clarence beat South Hobart next Saturday and if they then overcome Tilford Zebras.
South Hobart has disposed of title-holders Kingborough Lions United 2-0 on Friday night through goals by Yun Hye Min and Nick Morton.
Photo: A midfield tussle in the Clarence versus Northern Rangers game [PlessPix]
Sam Nugteren headed Rangers into the lead on the half-hour, but Lachlan Hardwick nodded home Daniel Thurley’s corner on the stroke of half-time to make it 1-1.
Alex Fisher restored Rangers’ lead 7 minutes after the resumption before Takayuki Mizuno levelled again for Clarence.
Josh Burk netted for Rangers and Lachlan Brown for Clarence to take the game to a penalty shoot-out.
Tilford Zebras came unstuck against Taroona, going down 2-1 in a game they were expected to win.
It was only after the introduction of Jonathan Ladic and Ricky Self that the Zebras moved up a gear, but it was too late.
Zebras had chance after chance on the closing stages but were unable to find an equaliser, let alone a winner.
Taroona played some very good football, featuring excellent passing, one-touch play and one-twos, and swift counter-attacks.
Taroona coach, Andy Tye, said it was a 4-2-2-2 system. Whatever it was, it worked.
Photo: A fight for the ball in the Taroona versus Tilford Zebras match on Saturday [PlessPix]
Sam James opened Taroona’s account with a free-kick in the 18th minute, while Toby Dove’s diving header on the hour made it 2-0.
Zebras pulled a goal back through Ricky Self in the 66th minute, but they were unable to close the gap and possibly take the game to a penalty shoot-out.
Beachside moved to the top of Group C after a 3-1 win over New Town Eagles on Sunday.
Alex Gordon but Beachside in front and Aaron Brazendale made it 2-0 on the half-hour after a long run down the left and a withering finish.
Eagles’ cause was not helped by the dismissal of Michael Anderson for a second yellow card, but they were handed a lifeline when Beachside conceded a penalty near the end and had goalkeeper Cameron Sweeney sent off.
Blayne Hudson converted the spot-kick, but a last-minute counter-attack and goal by Daniel Brown saw Beachside 3-1 victors.
The group will be decided next Sunday when Eagles take on winless University and Beachside come up against the NTC.
Photo: The officials for the NTC versus University game. Ben Cornish (left) was ill for a time and had to be replaced by Kim Barker (second from left) for part of the first half. [PlessPix]
The NTC defied their critics by beating the older, bigger and more experienced University 3-0 yesterday in a fine display of football.
Josh Hope stunned the Students with a goal after just 5 minutes, while a Paul Stevens free-kick made it 2-0 in the 12th minute.
NTC had the ball in the net again, but the effort was ruled out because of off-side.
University had their chances in the second half, but fine goalkeeping by Tristan Prendergast ensured that University would not get back into the game.
Isaac Kenyi sealed the win with a third for the NTC in the 61st minute.
Photo: Hugh Foley (left) and Declan Foley each scored for Knights against Southern FC [PlessPix]
Glenorchy Knights wore down Southern FC’s resistance and eventually won 5-0 yesterday after leading 1-0 at the breakthrough a goal by Hugh Foley.
Declan Foley added a second midway through the second half before Jal David made it 3-0.
George Kamano netted a brace before the end to complete the 5-0 win.