Kabangu and Muller

Photo:  Zebras' Jordan Muller comes away with the ball [PlessPix]

(Victory Development League, KGV Park, Friday, 23 May 2014)

Tilford Zebras 3 (D Cox 10, E Engels 70, 72)

Olympia Warriors 1 (J Herbert 12)

HT:  1-1   Ref:  J McInerney

Tilford Zebras:  Kay;  Cox, E Engels, Heffernan, MacDonald, Malcolm (A Lapolla 75), Muller (Fraraccio 83), Smith (Oh 85), Telega, Warrener, Woodford  (Sub not used:  Brennan)

Olympia Warriors:  Cornish;  Ackerley, Booth, Brown, Herbert [(Bellini 21), Knott 75], Kabangu, Kantzos, Page, Pangrazzi, Pikula, Stalker (Kupsch 63) (Sub not used:  Hills)

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Photo (L-R):  Assistant referee Hmaish Cannon, referee Josh McInerney, and assistant referee Jessica Mauela [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras drew 3 points clear of South Hobart at the top of the Victory Development League standings after beating Olympia Warriors 3-1 at KGV Park tonight.

David Cox gave Zebras the lead in the 10th minute following a corner from the left by Ethan Engels.

Olympia were level within two minutes through Jacob Herbert, who slotted home the loose ball after a thunderous shot from the right by Mitchell Stalker came back off the base of the left-hand upright.

Herbert, making his first appearance since tearing a hamstring in an Olympia senior game some weeks ago, was again forced off by the same injury and was replaced by Alex Bellini in the 21st minute.

Brian Kabangu blazed over the bar for Olympia in the 23rd minute, but the opening half finished with the teams level at 1-1.

J Muller tackles

Photo:  Zebras' Jordan Muller about to tackle Olympia's Phil Kantzos [PlessPix]

Ethan Engels put Zebras ahead in the 70th minute when he was allowed to race down the right past a static defence and drill a low shot past keeper Sam Cornish.

Two minutes later, Engels added his second when he pounced on a poor attempted clearance by an Olympia defender and smashed a shot into the roof of the net from 12 metres.

Zebras substitute Adam Lapolla was denied twice by Cornish before the end as Zebras dominated the latter stages of the match.

Engels was also unlucky not to complete his hat-trick, but two goals and an assist was a fine performance by the youngster.

J Muller beaten

Photo:  Olympia's Phil Kantzos comes away with the ball in midfield [PlessPix]

Tilford Zebras coach, Nick Harrison, said:

“I thought it was quite a competitive game.  It could have gone either way there.

“First half, I’m not sure what happened with the first goal against us, but Ethan [Engels] popped up with a couple of good goals second half and that was probably the difference, so we’ll take that.”

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Photo:  Zebras' Andrew Telega is tackled by Olympia's James Ackerley and Paul Pikuna [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors coach, Rob Clarke, said:

“I was a bit disappointed.  I didn’t think we played well for the whole game, really.  Even in the first half, when it was 1-1, I thought we were flattered a little bit.

“They’re a bit too physically strong for us and we just didn’t play as well as we could tonight.”

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Photo:  Zebras' Ryan Woodford (right) shields the ball from Olympia's Phil Kantzos [PlessPix]