- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 26 February 2013
Photo: Clarence's Jeremy Price surrounded by Northern Rangers players [PlessPix]
(Summer Cup, Men’s Section A, Pool B, Warrior Park, Saturday, 23 February 2013)
Clarence United 3 (E Roberts 44, T Mizuno 58, L Brown)
Northern Rangers 3 (S Nugteren 30, A Fisher 52, J Burk)
HT: 1-1 Penalties: 5-6 Att: 120 Ref: I Jozeljic
Clarence United: W Reibel; L Brown, Finlay, A Hardwick, Karas, Lush, Mizuno, Price, Reading, Roberts, R Thurley (Interchange: D Brown, Bugg, L Hardwick, Randall, D Thurley)
Northern Rangers: D Phillips - Anderson, Beard, Burk, P Lanau-Atkinson, Luate, Nugteren, Rigby, Towns, Thannhauser, Wani (Interchange: Lichtendonk, Fry, Fisher)
Photo: A Clarence player attempts to clear with a header [PlessPix]
Northern Rangers are not out of contention yet for a place in the Summer Cup finals, but their hopes hang by a thread after their second draw and penalty shoot-out in succession.
This time, they won the penalty shoot-out, but they are 2 points adrift of Pool B leaders South Hobart and their fate hangs on the result between Clarence United and South Hobart next Saturday. If South Hobart win, Rangers’ southern experiment is over.
Clarence are better than most people think. After losing most of last season’s senior squad, they are left with a team of youngsters. But, these youngsters acquitted themselves well against their Victory League opponents and there are names there that should feature prominently in Tasmanian football in years to come. Many have some senior experience,a nd it showed in this match.
Photo: Rangers' Billy Luate takes a tumble over the Clarence goalkeeper, but penalty appeals were turned down [PlessPix]
Sam Nugteren headed Rangers into the lead from a corner on the half-hour.
It took Clarence until a minute before the break to equalise, Edward Roberts netting with a header after a corner by Harrison Reading.
Alex Fisher restored Rangers’ lead 7 minutes after the resumption, but in the 58th minute, goalkeeper Daniel Phillips was unable to hold a cross and Takayuki Mizuno prodded the ball home to make it 2-2.
Josh Burk gave Rangers the lead again before the end, only to see a goal by Lachlan Brown take the match into a penalty shoot-out.
Photo: Rangers' Alex Fisher being harrassed by a Clarence opponent [PlessPix]
Agele Luate of Rangers had the first spot-kick saved by the goalkeeper, but Mr Jozeljic ordered the penalty re-taken because the keeper moved early. Luate scored from the re-take.
Aiden Rigby’s penalty was saved by the excellent Clarence keeper, but Patrick Lanau-Atkinson, Harry Thannhauser, Josh Burk, Tenzing Anderson and David Fry all scored to give Rangers a 6-5 win in the shoot-out.
For Clarence, Sam Karas, Harry Reading, Takayuki Mizuno, Jarrod Bugg and Jeremy Price scored penalties, while Lachlan Brown missed.
Photo: Clarence's Declan Brown (right) about to tackle Rangers' Alex Fisher [PlessPix]
Clarence United coach, Ronnie Bolton, said:
“I thought it was a reasonably good game, with neither side able to dominate for any period of time.
“Given that was our second competitive game of the season, I am fairly happy with our progress.
“Rangers were obviously not at full strength but, nonetheless, I thought our lads showed some good character to come back three times in the game.
“I gave a couple of young lads , Declan Brown and Daniel Thurley, some game time and will do the same next weekend, with another two against South Hobart.
Photo: Rangers' Patrick Lanau-Atkinson (left) being pursued by two Clarence United players [PlessPix]
“When you consider our oldest player was 24 and the rest 20 and under, it should be a bright future for CUFC.
“One thing that needs to be done at Warrior Park is for the ground to be watered prior to games commencing and perhaps halfway through the day as the radiant heat from the ground is not pleasant at all.
“I also noticed that some refs allowed drink breaks during the game. I think this should be compulsory during Summer Cup, especially as I mentioned before about the radiant heat when temperatures are above 25.”
Photo: Clarence United's Lachlan Brown has senior experience and looked right at home [PlessPix]
Northern Rangers substitute goalkeeper, Brendan Lichtendonk, said:
“We were happy with the effort given the age of the squad. We lacked a leader out there today to perhaps lead the young players, and someone like Hingston would have made a huge difference in terms of leading by example and keeping a few of the younger guys accountable.
“It’s hard when we emphasise ‘pass, pass, pass, pass’, and then they get out there and take the man on in the middle and defensive thirds, but it’s simply an experience thing.
“The ball speed was too slow, as well.
“Agele [Luate] was good and so was Tenzing [Anderson]. The rest had the chance to say ‘pick me’, but didn’t show us enough today. But, it’s early and there is still time for everyone who wants to play at the highest level for us.
Photo: Clarence United's Takayumi Mizuno tries to stop a Northern Rangers pass [PlessPix]
“Nothing to write home about today, but nothing to panic about either. It was a good hit out against two evenly matched teams.
“Clarence are young, they’ve obviously lost many players, but they have a great bunch of young players out there, that want to be there, and that was evident. Their forwards were quite zippy and moved well, and those players that were out there will hold Clarence in good stead as they rebuild.
“Next week is the focus now, and that will be a big test. After the Zebras game, we get no more second chances.”
Photo: Clarence United coach, Ronnie Bolton, scans his bench [PlessPix]