- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 26 August 2014
Photo: The Zebras and Lions walk out onto the artificial veldt [PlessPix]
(Victory League, KGV Park, Friday, 22 August 2014)
Tilford Zebras 2 (J Fielding 7, A McKeown 52)
Kingborough Lions United 0
HT: 1-0 Att: 120 Ref: K Barker
Tilford Zebras: Ferguson - Walsh, Courtney, Fielding, Toghill - Ferns, McKeown, Fagg - Whitehall (Clark 75), Leszczynski, E Engels (Subs not used: Telega, Pitchford, Cox)
Kingborough Lions United: Duncan - D Watkins, Cuthbertson, Young, Schuth - Verdouw (Collins 60), Turner, Pearce, McEldowney (J Davis 60) - B Watkins, Cowen (Subs not used: Gillam, Loh)
Photo: The Tilford Zebras starting line-up [PlessPix]
Tilford Zebras comfortably beat Kingborough Lions United 2-0 at KGV Park on Friday night and temporarily cut South Hobart’s lead in the Victory League standings to 5 points.
Central defender Josh Fielding showed his strikers how to do it when he opened the scoring in the 7th minute. Alex Leszczynski had a shot blocked following a free-kick from the right and Fielding fired low and true from the edge of the box.
It was almost 2-0 on the half-hour when Adam McKeown threatened to score, but Tom Young somehow cleared off the line to save the Lions.
McKeown had better luck 7 minutes after the break when he broke through the Lions rearguard and slotted the ball past keeper Andrew Duncan to make it 2-0.
Kingborough’s Jack Turner was unlucky not to pull a goal back with 3 minutes remaining when his lob over Zebras keeper Matthew Ferguson came back off the crossbar.
Photo: The Lions gird their loins before doing battle with the Zebras [PlessPix]
As an aside, it was disappointing that Zebras did not recognise the passing of one of their greats and a former captain by having a minute’s silence before the game.
John Gazzignato, who passed away last week after a short illness, was a star inside forward for the club in the late 1950s and 1960s and was described in the press at the time as the brains of the side in the middle of the park. He scored many an important goal from the inside-left position. He wore the number 10 shirt with distinction.
Some of Gazzignato’s contemporaries and former team-mates are still around and include Mario Falzon, Walter Worsey, Lattanzio and the oft Zebras match manager these days, Tommy Watson. Watson transferred to Juventus from Caledonians after a protracted bureaucratic struggle in 1965.
Zebras’ remembrance relatively recently of late player Luke Cripps and late committeeman Robert Corradetti was exemplary. It did justice to the contributions made by these two gentleman.
I am saddened, though, by the only recognition by the club of Gazzignato - the wearing of black armbands by the Zebras veterans side in a recent friendly against Launceston City’s veterans at Mitsubishi Park in Launceston. Meanwhile, the flags at the Australian-Italian Club in Federal Street, North Hobart, were fluttering at half mast for several days, which was fitting indeed.
Photo: Zebras' Adam McKeown holds his head after receiving a blow during the midfield action [PlessPix]
Tilford Zebras coach, Jed Donoghue, said:
“It’s a good result. A goal in each half. We need to take our chances and it’s a little bit disappointing to be honest. We need to take our chances. We need to finish teams off.
“We’ve got a very good defence. We’ve got pave, we’ve got skill, we’ve got experience. It’s a good defence.”
Kingborough Lions United coach, Colin Robbins, said:
“We were playing a top-four team that pressed high and put us under a lot of pressure in the first half. Whether it was luck or good defending, we kept them out.
“Second half was a lot better. I guess them not pressing so much [in the second half] allowed us to play the ball out with a lot more confidence and get the ball into our attacking-third better.”
Photo: Kingborough Lions' Trent Pearce about to shoot at goal as Zebras' Josh Fielding moves in [PlessPix]
Tilford Zebras 22
Kingborough Lions United 8
Shots on target
Tilford Zebras 11
Kingborough Lions United 4
Tilford Zebras 8
Kingborough Lions United 2
Tilford Zebras 12
Kingborough Lions United 7
Tilford Zebras 5
Kingborough Lions United 2
J Turner 34
Photo: Zebras' Henry Fagg beats the Lions' Trent Pearce to a header [PlessPix]