- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 22 November 2013
Photo: South Hobart's Hugh Ludford (left) under pressure from TFI's Michael Amed [PlessPix]
The touring Total Futbol International Academy squad from New South Wales beat South Hobart 4-1 at KGV Park on Friday night in the second game of their six-match tour of southern Tasmania.
The visitors completely dominated the opening half and led 3-0 at the interval.
Photo: The Total Futbol International squad before Friday's game against South Hobart [PlessPix]
South Hobart recovered somewhat in the second period and pulled a goal back, but conceded another goal near the end.
The South Hobart line-up was: Kruijver - Ferns, Lewis, Ludford, P Stevens - Rogers, Rigby, Undy - Thomas, Brassington, Seungyong Jin.
Bruno Pivato put the New South Wales side ahead after just 5 minutes, sweeping home the rebound after a tremendous shot by Michael Amed hit the far left-hand post and threatened to reduce it to matchwood.
Amed made it 2-0 in the 18th minute with a neat finish from close range.
Photo: South Hobart's Hugh Ludford gets to the ball ahead of an opponent [PlessPix]
In the 37th minute, 16-year-old Anthony Frangie cheekily flicked home the third with his hell after a cut-back from the right by Xavier Quigley.
Shane Brassington pulled a goal back fro South Hobart in the 55th minute from substitute Connor Lees’s right-wing cross.
Amed completed his brace when he netted 6 minutes from the end after Jack Turner’s effort was parried by Kruijver.
Turner and University’s Hye Min Yun made guest appearances as substitute for the visitors, while South Hobart included Victorian Curran Fern, Olympia’s Seongyong Jin and Northern Rangers’ Shane Brassington and Aiden Rigby in their line-up.
Photo: Victorian youngster Curran Ferm is considering signing for South Hobart [PlessPix]
South Hobart coach Ken Morton said: “I thought it was an entertaining game of football. The Total Futbol team looked very sharp, very tidy, comfortable on the ball, good aggression, moved the ball well and were obviously a lot better than we were on the day.
“It’s early days for us. I mean, we’re two training sessions in and we don’t have a squad as yet. We just have players training, so our level is not good at the moment.
“But, I think in the second half we showed a bit of spirit and scored a cracking goal. So, yeah, I think it’s a great run-out for us at this time and, again, it’s a little reminder to the players that we can’t be complacent. We’ve got to keep playing football and play with a good desire and good spirit to keep on top of teams as well.
“But, they looked good. Some good players, nice and composed.”
Photo: Shane Brassington of Northern Rangers played for South Hobart [PlessPix]
Total Futbol International technical director Kaan Kandemir said: “I think, going by the performance they had yesterday [Thursday], against the younger fellas, today we made a different tactical change. We put on our stronger team and I thought that they performed really, really well.
“They stuck to the game plan. They really hustled the opponents but, at the end of the day, they showed that they’ve got the skill to be able to move the ball around very skilfully in a team effort and everybody worked very, very hard.
“The other team, I’m sure they’re missing a few players as well, but they’ve got some good players in there and they did some good stuff and I congratulate them.
“At the end of the day, I think we showed what we really can do and the quality of the players that we’ve got and how they can play football well together.”
Photo: South Hobart's Matt Lewis (right) moves to cut out Michael Amed's pass [PlessPix]
Photo: South Hobart's Hugh Ludford hemmed in by TFI's Xavier Quigley (left) and Michael Amed [PlessPix]