Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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:  South Hobart's Jackson Nugent clears with a header [PlessPix]

(Friendly, KGV Park, Sunday, 24 November 2013)

South Hobart 0

Total Futbol International 4 (M Amed 17, 33, 66, Yun 70)

HT:  0-2   Att:  50   Ref:  S Natoli

South Hobart:  Ferguson  -  Lees (Downes 64), Lewis (Undy 46), P Stevens, Fern  -  Nugent (Rigby 54), J Stevens, Fielding  -  Hall (Thomas 64), Brassington, Williamson (Walter 54)  (Sub not used:  Maxwell)

Total Futbol International:  N Loe  -  Gollins, Farmer, D Loe, Yazicilar (Tokdogab 71)  -  Pivato (Hye Min Yun 69), Aguirre (Yagci 88), Youlley (Seong Yong Jin 85)  -  Quigley (S Ozturk 76), Frangie (Lazareski 76), Amed (Bangura 82)  (Sub not used:  Rubio)

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Photo:  Michael Amed slides in to try and prevent South Hobart's Paul Stevens from clearing [PlessPix]

Michael Amed netted a hat-trick for Total Futbol International as the Sydneysiders overwhelmed South Hobart 4-0 at KGV Park on Sunday.

It would have been more but for a superb display of goalkeeping by South Hobart’s Matthew Ferguson.

Ferguson was helpless when Amed opened the scoring in the 13th minute, cutting inside from the left and unleashing an unstoppable right-footed shot from 20 metres into the far top right-hand corner of the net.

In the 27th minute, Ferguson dived in vain and was relieved to see Bruno Pivato’s shot come back off the crossbar.

In the 33rd minute, a quickly taken corner from the left and a short pass by Pivato enabled Amed to score his second to make it 2-0.

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Photo:  The skilful and tenacious Julian Aguirre (left) tackles south Hobart's Paul Stevens [PlessPix]

Matt Lewis suffered a hamstring strain in the first half and was replaced at the interval by Hugh Undy, who went into midfield, allowing Josh Fielding to move to the centre of defence in place of Lewis.

Seven minutes after the resumption, Amed almost completed his hat-trick, but Ferguson turned his shot over the bar for a corner.

Seconds later, Ferguson was again called into action when he denied Pivato an almost certain goal by turning the latter’s low shot from close range against the near post and out for a corner.

In the 54th minute, TFI’s midfielder Julian Aguirre showed persistence in retaining possession and pushing forward to shoot, but the effort flew narrowly wide.

TFI produced a marvellous attack in the 64th minute that deserved a goal.  Amed lobbed the ball into the middle from the left and Xavier Quigley showed outstanding control to take the ball on his chest and shoot, but the alert Ferguson was off his line and managed to block.

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Photo:  Michael Amed wins a header against South Hobart's Jackson Nugent (right) [PlessPix]

It was but a brief respite, however, as Amed completed his hat-trick two minutes later when he started and finished an attack that tore the South Hobart defence apart.

Amed initiated the attack from deep in midfield and gave the ball to Pivato, who released Quigley on the right.  Quigley’s short, square pass found Amed, who fired home and made it 3-0.

In the 70th minute, an error by Fielding enabled substitute Hye Min Yun to get in a shot, but Ferguson turned the ball wide for a corner.  The corner found Yun, who volleyed home TFI’s fourth goal.

Thirteen minutes from the end, Ferguson again saved his team when he prevented an almost certain own-goal by Chris Downes, conceding a corner but saving the youngster’s blushes.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Darcy Hall (right) challenges Mitch Farmer to a header [PlessPix]

South Hobart certainly did not have anywhere near the team with which they will defend their Victory League title, but after 4-1 and 4-0 defeats against the visitors in the last few days, it seems there will be a lot of recruiting to do as well as considerable coaching to replicate the standard of performance to which the club is accustomed.

The visitors were much quicker to the ball and more tactically astute, as well as technically superior.

Their central defenders, Mitch Farmer and Daniel Loe, were fast, solid in the tackle and always in control, while Thomas Gollins always found time to push forward and initiate attacks.

Julian Aguirre in the centre of midfield was creative, while Xavier Quigley and Du Shaun Youlley were fast and dangerous down the flanks.

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Photo:  Total Futbol International's Bruno Pivato goes on a run [PlessPix]

Bruno Pivato was creative in midfield and he and his midfield team-mates, despite being attack-minded, were always prepared to drop deep and defend.

South Hobart showed courage and determination, but their passing was often inaccurate and there was a lack of understanding amongst some of their players.

Veteran Josh Fielding played skilfully, intelligently and with heart and showed that he certainly has another Victory League season in him.

The Total Futbol International squad comes up against another Victory League club in Olympia Warriors on Monday at 6.30pm at Warrior Park.

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Photo:  South Hobart goalkeeper Matthew Ferguson can only watch as Bruno Pivato's shot comes back off the crossbar [PlessPix]

South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“A very entertaining game tonight.  I thought we battled harder today.  We got at them in the first half and a bit of a breeze behind us probably helped us get on top of them a little bit.

“But, the difference probably is just that ‘clinicalness’ up front.  They finished smartly.

“I think they’ve been good games for anybody that wanted to come along and watch.  It’s been entertaining football.  They play nice possession football and they have a good purpose to it.  A good game, I thought.

“From our point of view, it’s all just a bit early.  If we could have played them straight after Sydney United, it would have been interesting.”

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Photo:  Gilles Tour, technical director of Total Futbol International, played an coached in Brazil for 12 years [PlessPix]

Total Futbol International technical director, Gilles Tour, said:

“I think, once again, we showed our worth.  We dominated from the onset.  Clinical goals there from Michael Amed and we were quite unfortunate not to put three or four more away in the first half.  We had some great situations which we didn’t convert.  Their goalkeeper would have been the best player on the field for the opposition.  He did stave off some serious shots.

“I’m very happy with the way we’re playing because they’re sticking to the game plan.  They’re executing what they can.  They’re scrambling what they need to scramble and, across the board, we’re coming up trumps, which is fantastic.

“I give credit to the opposition as well.  They had certain scenarios there where they could have capitalised, but once again, that’s football.”

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Photo:  South Hobart's Joe Stevens (right) tries to stop Total Futbol International's Thomas Gollins [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Michael Amed is congratulated on his second goal by Thomas Gollins (No.8) and his team-mates [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Total Futbol International technical director Kaan Kandemir (blue top) supervises the pre-match warm-up [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart's Josh Fielding (No.2) sorts out a situation at the back [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart's Shane Brassington and referee Simon Natoli watch a contortionist trick by TFI's Mitch Farmer [PlessPix]

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0 #9 Anonymous 2013-11-27 19:23
The game was fairly evenly balanced. I thought our boys done very well and as Ken Morton said that the difference between between the teams was the clinical finishing of their number 9. Take him out of the games and we could have possibly won some Of the games. Anyway well done boys you tried your best
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+5 #8 Dr. Beat 2013-11-25 11:10
Lewis can't take a trick
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+3 #7 Anonymous 2013-11-25 11:10
so have rigby and shane signed for south?
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+3 #6 Anonymous 2013-11-25 08:13
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Isn't Nick Morton playing these days?

Nick is still out with his back. He fractured it in the NPL final. So he still is out for a fair bit longer!


He's been training..?
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+5 #5 Anonymous 2013-11-25 07:45
Hope Nick's recovery is smooth. These injuries are not the sort to mess with, and take time to heal.
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+3 #4 Anonymous 2013-11-25 05:16
Quoting Anonymous:
Isn't Nick Morton playing these days?

Nick is still out with his back. He fractured it in the NPL final. So he still is out for a fair bit longer!
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+2 #3 Anonymous 2013-11-25 02:19
Would not call south inexperienced Walter . Every player has played VPL or SPL last season
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-3 #2 Anonymous 2013-11-25 01:22
Isn't Nick Morton playing these days?
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+9 #1 South 2013-11-25 01:16
T f I were a class above
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