Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th 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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Albie and Bartlett

Photo:  Zebras' Alex Leszczynski (left) in an aerial duel with Launceston City's Nathan Bartlett [PlessPixRetroLook]

Third-placed Victory League side Tilford Zebras thrashed their sister club and bottom-side Launceston City 12-0 at KGV Park on Saturday evening.

The visitors were never in the hunt once they went a goal down midway through the opening half.

Fagg and No 6

Photo:  Tilford Zebras' Henry Fagg (left) puts pressure on Launceston City midfielder Toby Omenihu [PlessPixRetroLook]

Date: 28 June 2014

Result: Tilford Zebras 12-0 Launceston City

Scorers

Tilford Zebras:

E Engels 23, 89

A McKeown 28, 43, 58, 81

A Leszczynski 46 pen, 50

C Ferns 83

N MacDonald 85

H Fagg 87

R Courtney 92

Venue: KGV Park

Attendance: 80

R Courtney and Ferns

Photo:  Tilford Zebras' Russell Courtney (left) pressures Launceston City's Chirack Kadima [PlessPixRetroLook]

Match Overview: It took Tilford Zebras 23 minutes to crack the Launceston City defence and it was Ethan Engels who opened the scoring with a neat header from Alex Leszczynski’s right-wing cross. Five minutes later, Adam McKeown made it 2-0 with a low shot, the first of his four goals for the match. McKeown’s stooping header from Curran Ferns’s right-wing cross made it 3-0, while a penalty converted by Alex Leszczynski in stoppage time put City 4-0 down at the interval.

Leszczynski added his second and Zebras’ fifth within 5 minutes of the resumption and things were looking very bleak for the southerners’ sister club from Launceston. McKeown completed his hat-trick when he punished City for a poor goal-kick in the 58th minute. It was four goals for the game for McKeown and seven for Zebras when he netted with 9 minutes remaining.

That was the signal for a final burst of scoring by Zebras and they scored every two minutes after that as City fell apart completely. Ferns made it 8-0, substitute Nick MacDonald added the ninth when the keeper could only parry Leszczynski’s shot, and Henry Fagg nodded home Josh Fielding’s chip into the box three minutes from the end. Ethan Engels made it a personal brace when he raced through the defence on his own and beat Abougelis to make it 11-0.

With City heads whirling in disbelief, the final ignominy came in the second minute of stoppage time when Russell Courtney took a quick free-kick to make it a round dozen for the southerners.

Key Moment: McKeown’s fourth goal and Zebras’ seventh in the 81st minute. That completely dispirited City and ended their resistance. They conceded a goal every two minutes after that and lost 12-0.

Man-of-the-Match: Adam McKeown, who played in a midfield role rather than as a striker. By playing deeper, it took the pressure off him and he took the opportunity to find space and bagged four goals in what was a marvellous individual performance. His goals were quality and this performance should restore much of his confidence.

Matter of fact: This was Launceston City’s worst loss since the Victory League came into being last season, and it was the highest score ever in the competition.

Talking point: What can be done about Launceston City’s plight? They appear way out of their depth, despite winning their first ever match in the Victory League in the first round, ironically, against the same opponents, Tilford Zebras. It must be remembered, however, that in that win they had the services of marquee player Danny Allsopp, the former Australian international, and he scored a hat-trick. Coach Kurt Reynolds is undoubtedly doing the best he can, but the players need to improve their performances. They can still avoid the wooden spoon, but they will need to start to get some wins or draws soon.

Stats:

Goal attempts

Tilford Zebras 42

Launceston City 11

On target

Tilford Zebras 27

Launceston City 7

Corners

Tilford Zebras 13

Launceston City 4

Fouls

Tilford Zebras 5

Launceston City 5

Off-sides

Tilford Zebras 4

Launceston City 0

Line-ups:

Tilford Zebras:

1 Ferguson

9 Walsh

4 Courtney

7 Fielding

3 Telega

8 Fagg

15 Whitehall (11 MacDonald 65)

14 McKeown

2 Ferns

13 Leszczynski

12 E Engels

Launceston City:

1 Abougelis

2 Keddie

3 S Egan

10 Bartlett

12 Campbell

16 Gugliotti

8 Park

6 Omenihu

4 Rossi

7 Kim

15 Kadima

Referee: Mr Kim Barker

Whitehall and Campbell

Photo:  Tilford Zebras' Ben Whitehall (left) controls despite pressure from Launceston City's Aaron Campbell [PlessPixRetroLook]

Ethan Engels and Park

Photo:  Launceston City's Yangjin Park (right) gets the ball away before Tilford Zebras' Ethan Engels can intercept [PlessPixRetroLook]

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+6 #20 Anonymous 2014-07-02 04:24
80 spectators!!!!!
What a joke for Tassie football
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+5 #19 dane not so bad? 2014-07-01 22:35
when does the pressure come on the current, highly paid coach??
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+3 #18 Red riding 2014-07-01 20:18
Quoting Anon:
With the credentials that Reynolds has both as a player and as a coach the result only highlights how difficult the v-league can be if you haven’t got the players, two different coaches at the club last season with even less talent to call on didn’t produce a result like this. Time for the FFT to step in and help the club much like the AFL does with its bottom club, please.



Having been a ok player and having a super A licence doesn't make you a good coach. Means nothing.that team had no shape , centre back was out of position every time and at least get their attitude right so they want to fight for you. Agree though something has to be done the so called powers that be at that club the last 4 years have ruined what the old boys created.
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-3 #17 Anon 2014-07-01 11:45
With the credentials that Reynolds has both as a player and as a coach the result only highlights how difficult the v-league can be if you haven’t got the players, two different coaches at the club last season with even less talent to call on didn’t produce a result like this. Time for the FFT to step in and help the club much like the AFL does with its bottom club, please.
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+9 #16 anonnygal 2014-07-01 10:59
how goods allsopp looking now!
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+1 #15 Last chance 2014-07-01 10:08
Transfer window.
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-2 #14 Anon 2014-07-01 09:13
This league is becoming more than a joke, shameful would be a better word.
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+7 #13 Anon 2014-07-01 07:27
would have been a fun trip home
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+7 #12 ABS 2014-07-01 03:15
Quoting Anon:
Walter, I am understanding city made no subs, is this correct?

City made one sub following an injury, this was the only sub as they only had one bench player!!!!
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+7 #11 Sc 2014-07-01 02:42
So city only travelled with the bare 11? And also forfit their NPL game due to no numbers..... FFT step in or this once great and proud club will no longer be!!!!
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