- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 30 August 2014
Photo: Knights captain Shae Hickey (No.7) shakes hands with Zebras skipper Henry Fagg. Zebras wore black armbands in memory of Fagg's grandfather, who passed aweay during the week [PlessPix]
(Victory League, KGV Park, Saturday, 30 August 2014)
Glenorchy Knights 1 (J Clay 67)
Tilford Zebras 3 (H Fagg 27, A McKeown 34, R Courtney 39)
HT: 0-3 Att: 150 Ref: J Hortle
Glenorchy Knights: Kruijver (Woodham 56) - Woolley, Willcock, Harrison, Clay - Robinson (Thorne 56), Kamba, Hickey - Kamano, Wilson (D Holmes 46), Aldridge
Tilford Zebras: Ferguson - Walsh, Courtney, Fielding, Toghill - Clark, Fagg, McKeown, Ferns (Marchioli 71) - Whitehall, Leszczynski (Sub snot used: Muller, Pitchford, Telega)
Photo: Zebras' Adam McKeown skips past the Knights' Mynonge Kamba [PlessPix]
Second-placed Tilford Zebras completed their Victory League campaign for 2014 with a lacklustre but comfortable 3-1 win over second-last Glenorchy Knights.
It might have been more but for some fine saves by both Knights keepers - Alex Woodham replaced Sam Kruijver just short of the hour mark - and some glaring misses by Zebras.
Zebras led 3-0 at the interval but did not finish the job in the second half, failing to add to their tally, while the Knights scored once and were denied on another occasion by an excellent save by Matthew Ferguson from Vincent Kamano.
Zebras started like the proverbial house on fire and Adam McKeown had a wonderful chance in the opening minutes but delayed his final shot, which was then saved by Kruijver.
In just the third minute, Alex Leszczynski chipped against the inside of the far right-hand post from wide on the left.
Photo: Zebras' Curran Ferns tries to squeeze past Knights' Phineas Aldridge and Vincent Kamano. Ferns did not take kindly to being substituted [PlessPix]
The breakthrough came in the 27th minute when Kruijver failed to hold a low cut-back from the right by Ben Whitehall and Henry Fagg was on hand to smash the ball home and give Zebras a deserved lead.
McKeown added the second in the 34th minute with a clever lob over Kruijver.
Russell Courtney made it 3-0 in the 39th minute when he nodded home Whitehall’s cross from the right after a quick Zebras free-kick. The Knights’ marking should have been tighter as the centre-back was given a free header and he laps up such chances.
The Knights looked much more threatening and polished after the break and Phineas Aldridge shot just wide when given a great chance in the 59th minute.
Knights pulled a goal back in the 67th minute when Jade Clay skilfully sliced his shot past Matthew Ferguson to show his team-mates how it is done.
Photo: Knights' Shae Hickey under pressure from Zebras' Dwayne Walsh and Ben Whitehall [PlessPix]
Marcello Marchioli replaced Curran Ferns in the 71st minute and Ferns made sure the bench knew how he felt, swearing as he headed for the pine and asking how he could be replaced by someone who hadn’t trained during the week. If Zebras coach Jed Donoghue heard it, he remained unmoved.
Nine minutes from the end, a superb shot by Kamano forced Ferguson to an acrobatic save as he tipped the ball over the bar for a fruitless corner.
With two minutes remaining, Whitehall, whose crosses were always dangerous, clipped the crossbar with an effort from wide on the left, but 3-1 it stayed.
Photo: Zebras' Henry Fagg (left) fights for possession with Knights' Mynonge Kamba [PlessPix]
Glenorchy Knights assistant coach, Peter McBeath, said:
“I thought, in the first half, when Tilford had the ball, our positioning was poor and our transitioning, when we had the ball, and we tried to push forward, and we turned it over endlessly. We weren’t getting back into the right positions and the right sort of shape.
“They kept moving the ball around and shuffling us from one side to the other and we couldn’t keep our shape in the first half and that cost us at least a couple of the goals.
“We talked about it at half time and changes things around a little bit and I thought we had a better shape and we played some good football in the second half. We were pleased with the second-half effort. That’s been the story of our year. Some good passages of play and then we let ourselves down by giving away soft goals.”
Photo: Zebras coach Jed Donoghue taking notes during the game [PlessPix]
Tilford Zebras coach, Jed Donoghue, said:
“It’s the classic cliché - a game of two halves. I thought we had the better of them in the first half but they came out in the second half and did very well.
“They got us on the back foot, got a goal and were looking for a second.
“I was pleased in the first half the way we moved the ball around quickly and we created chances. In the second half, we assumed they’d roll over and give up the game, but they came out and fought for everything and were first to the ball.”
Photo: Knights skipper Shae Hickey gets the better of Zebras captain Henry Fagg [PlessPix]
Glenorchy Knights 6
Tilford Zebras 16
Shots on target
Glenorchy Knights 3
Tilford Zebras 9
Glenorchy Knights 4
Tilford Zebras 3
Glenorchy Knights 8
Tilford Zebras 6
Glenorchy Knights 0
Tilford Zebras 1
D Holmes 70
B Whitehall 71
A Leszczynski 92
Photo: Mayhem in midfield as both teams fight for possession [PlessPix]
Photo: Knights' Shae Hickey tries to get away from Zebras' Adam McKeown [PlessPix]