- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 27 May 2014
Photo: Knights' keeper Alex woodham (left) and defender Tyler Harrison on their toes as South Hobart's Brayden Mann goes for a cross [PlessPix]
(Victory League, South Hobart Oval, Sunday, 25 May 2014)
South Hobart 3 (D Hall 5, P Willcock og 12, B Mann 44)
Glenorchy Knights 0
HT: 3-0 Att: 300 Ref: C Phillips
South Hobart: Pierce - Hey (P Stevens 54), Lewis, Ludford, J Stevens - Walter (Kass 57), Scott, N Morton - Brennan, Hall (C Downes 74), Mann (Sub not used: Thomas]
Glenorchy Knights: Woodham - Di Falco, Johnson, Harrison, Willcock - Wilson (Robinson 77), Marshall (Clay 89), Hickey, Woolley - Choi (V Kamano 60), Griffin (Subs not used: Farrugia, D Holmes)
Photo: Former team-mates and now opponents, Shae Hickey (No.7) and Hugh Ludford, share a joke before kick-off [PlessPix]
More than a year has passed since Glenorchy Knights almost beat South Hobart at South Hobart Oval in a Victory League clash. On 24 March last year, the sides drew 3-3 courtesy of an 88th-minute equaliser by South Hobart’s Kostas Kanakaris.
Kanakaris is now doing well for Heidelberg in the Victorian Premier League and only 10 of the players who featured in last year’s game were on view on Sunday when South Hobart, top of the Victory League, beat Knights, anchored at the bottom, 3-0.
Matt Lewis, Hugh Ludford, Harrison Thomas (who didn’t get off the bench on Sunday) and Nick Morton were the only survivors from the South Hobart side, while Ben Robinson, Sam Johnson, Jeremy Marshall and Vincent Kamano were left from the Knights team that played in this game last year. Jayden Hey and Shae Hickey, who featured in this fixture last year, did play on Sunday, but they were on opposite sides to last year.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge in the time between the two games and Knights did not really come close to winning on Sunday. If only they had built their side on clay rather than sand. When Jade Clay came on as a last minute substitute, he almost scored with a header and then cleared two dangerous efforts at the other end to save his side from a worse defeat. The sooner Clay starts for the Knights, the sooner their prospects will be enhanced.
Photo: South Hobart's Matt Lewis (left) and Knights' Aaron Wilson have eyes only for the ball [PlessPix]
Sunday’s match was not a great one. South Hobart, who were missing Caleb Ludlow - and it showed - lacked invention and they relied a lot on long balls out of defence. Having said that, two of the goals came from long balls out from the back by Matt Lewis, so who’s complaining?
Andy Brennan didn’t get on the score sheet. But, again, who’s complaining? He made all three goals with his crosses from the right.
The Knights were dogged in their determination. They never surrendered, but they also lacked the inventiveness to create chances from which they might score. When they did get a sniff of a goal, South Hobart keeper Kane Pierce ensured it was a false scent.
Knights keeper Alex Woodham played a part in keeping the score low. He seems to be gaining in confidence with each game, but it doesn’t help when team-mates snooker the ball past you and into the net for an own-goal.
Darcy Hall fired home South Hobart’s first goal in the 5th minute after a long clearance by Lewis and a cross by Brennan. Ken Morton has shown faith in Hall and the youngster is taking the opportunity in both hands.
Photo: Glenorchy Knights' Tyler Harrison clears just ahead of south Hobart's Brayden Mann [PlessPix]
Harry Woolley had barely shot wide for Knights when South Hobart struck again. Brennan’s low cross from the right was intended for Hall, but in trying to thwart the youngster, Paul Willcock succeeded only in placing a low show past his own keeper and inside the left-hand upright to make it 2-0 for the home side.
A poor clearance by Hey, making his debut for South Hobart after leaving the Knights, presented Callen Griffin with a chance in the 20th minute, but he blazed over the bar.
Two minutes later, Brennan again provided the ammunition from wide on the right, but Woodham blocked the final shot. In the 24th minute, Brayden Mann’s powerful rising shot from the left clipped the top of the bar to again let Knights off the hook.
Woodham was again called into action in the 27th minute when he turned the ball wide for a fruitless corner.
With a minute of the first half remaining, Mann sent a low shot skidding to the right of Woodham and inside the post to make it 3-0.
Hey was substituted because of injury 9 minutes after the resumption, and both sides then gradually used their full complement of allowed substitutes without effecting a change in the scoreline.
The most fruitful change was the introduction of Clay in the final minute by the Knights, but it was far too late at that stage.
Photo: South Hobart's Andy Brennan (right) shields the ball from Knights' Nick Di Falco [PlessPix]
South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:
“Disappointed. Poor performance from our point of view. I thought the first half it was okay; second half, can’t entertain that type of football. We had a good crowd today. The crowd comes to see good football but we didn’t deliver. We have to do better.
“It’s not good enough. This is a game of football. This is the top league in Tasmanian football. It’s the NPL, it’s the National Premier League in Australia.
“We have to do better than that. There was a healthy crowd here today who came to see some football and to be entertained. They weren’t entertained today. It was poor.
Photo: On your marks! Get set! Go! The race is on between South Hobart's Jayden Hey and Glenorchy Knights' Harry Woolley (right) [PlessPix]
Glenorchy Knights acting coach, Peter McBeath, said:
“It was an encouraging performance. We’ve been quite pleased the last few weeks. We’ve shown some improvement, particularly on the grassy pitches we seem to do quite well and pull out a decent performance.
‘Quite encouraged by the performance. The result, disappointing, but I think you probably have to take that against South Hobart, who were good today again.”
Photo: South Hobart's Liam Scott (left) watches as team-mate Matt Lewis stumbles while under challenge from Glenorchy Knights; Harry Woolley [PlessPix]