- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 28 September 2014
Photo: Tasmania's Andy Brennan is tackled by Victory's Tom Lakic [PlessPix]
(Friendly, North Hobart Oval, Sunday, 28 September 2014)
Tasmania 2 (S Brassington 21, M Holden 70)
Melbourne Victory Youth 1 (J Katebian 95)
HT: 1-0 Att: 5,000 Ref: J Hortle
Tasmania: Pierce - Kass, Vandermey, Courtney (Ludford 68), Scott - Nichols (Thannhauser 58), Ludlow, Morton - Brennan, Mann (Leszczynski 73), Brassington (Holden 58) (Sub not used: Nester)
Melbourne Victory Youth: Thomas (Spinella 46) - Deng, Lakic, Ridesic (Miskulin 55), Cavallo - Dover (Duzel 54), O’Doherty, Nigro - Howard, Katebian, Cristaldo (MacLean 65)
Photo: Tasmania's Brayden Mann wins a hader against Victory's Thomas Deng [PlessPix]
Tasmania produced a fine performance to beat Melbourne Victory Youth 2-1 at North Hobart Oval on Sunday in hot and windy conditions.
It was only the eighth win for a Tasmanian State team in 81 games.
The last win was against a South Australian Amateur selection at KGV Park in 2007, and before that it was a 2-0 away win against Victoria in 1981, when Steve Darby was the coach. That same year, Darby coached a Tasmanian All Stars side to a 2-0 win over South Melbourne Hellas at South Hobart.
Incidentally, Darby has just finished a coaching contract in Malaysia and will now coach in India as assistant to former Manchester City defender Peter Reid.
Tasmania began strongly and confidently and were not overawed by the visitors, who had only flown in that morning.
Photo: Tasmania's Andy Brennan takes on two opponents [PlessPix]
In the 20th minute, the home side should have taken the lead when Niock Morton’s low left-wing cross provided Shane Brassington with an easy chance, but he somehow missed from close range.
Brassington made amends five minutes later when he fired home from 8 metres after Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas twice denied Brayden Mann from close range in a matter of seconds.
Victory’s first shot on target came in the 42nd minute and Kane Pierce handled it with confidence.
Tasmania survived a scare on the stroke of half-time when Joey Katebian broke clear on the left, but his powerful, low shot flew just wide of the far right-hand post.
With 20 minutes remaining, Tasmania increased their lead through substitute Michael Holden, who broke through on the left after an Andy Brennnan pass and beat substitute goalkeeper Lucas Spinella to make it 2-0.
In the 81st minute, it was almost 3-0, but Brennan’s bullet-like drive from the right came back off the crossbar.
Three minutes later, Brennan squandered a marvellous chance when he lifted the ball over the bar following Andrew Leszczynski’s pass.
Photo: Victory's George Howard (left) under pressure from Tasmania's Liam Scott [PlessPix]
Victory hit the bar in the 90th minute and, as the ball came back down, Connor Kass handled and conceded a penalty. Pierce dived to his left and beat out Katebian’s spot-kick, to the consternation of the visitors and the delight of the home team.
Katebian made amends five minutes into stoppage time when he scored a terrific goal, his powerful shot from the right beating Pierce and going in off the inside of the far left-hand post to make it 2-1.
Jake Vandermey and Russell Courtney were impressive at the heart of the Tasmanian defence and were rarely troubled, while Caleb Ludlow and Lachlan Nichols worked industriously and effectively in midfield.
Photo: Tasmania's Jake Vandemey has the situation undfer control as Victory's John MacLean approaches [PlessPix]
Tasmania joint-coach Glen McNeill said:
“I think [the win] it’s a bit of step forward for the local game. I think not only did we get the result, we played good football to get that result.
“Very happy. Rapt.
“It was a huge day. I think it’s fantastic for the local game. Lovely to see some people really barracking for Tasmania. For the boys to clap a crowd off as they leave after getting a great result was fantastic for them.
“It’s just a fantastic day for the local game.”
Photo: Thomas Deng (left) tackles Tasmania's Nick Morton [PlessPix]
Melbourne Victory Youth coach Darren Davies said:
“It was an enjoyable game, but just a shame about the wind. It was very windy in the first half. I thought our dugout was going to blow away.
“It was a good game, a good game for our boys and obviously we’re preparing for the season so it was our second game and, yeah, it was a good game for us.
“Obviously, it’s a new batch [of players]. We’ve only had these boys in for a week. We’ve had them training for a week and this was our second game so it’s very early in our preparation.
“But, the Tasmanian team were very organised, very well structured and you could see they’ve been together for a little while and it was a good test for us. It was good.”
Photo: Coach Darren Davies addresses his player after they lost to Tasmania [PlessPix]
Melbourne Victory Youth 10
Shots on target
Melbourne Victory Youth 4
Melbourne Victory Youth 6
Melbourne Victory Youth 6
Melbourne Victory Youth 3
Tasmania 3 (Brassington 13, Ludlow 73, Brennan 77)
Melbourne Victory Youth 0
Photo: The Tasmanian players salute their fans after the game [PlessPix]
Photo: Victory's Thomas Deng (No.4) is about to come off second best against Tasmania's Number 4, Russell Courtney [PlessPix]