Walter Pless on Association Football
- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 16 April 2017
The Round-of-16 of the Lakoseljac Cup will be played tomorrow [Eastern Monday] and every game features a top-flight side against a second-tier opponent.
University and Glenorchy Knights of the Southern Championship seem to have the best chance of beating PS4 NPL Tasmania opponents.
University entertain Launceston City at home at Olinda Grove at 2.30pm.
These sides met in the 2006 final and the Students won 1-0 and must have a chance in this game as City are bottom of the top-flight competition.
Glenorchy Knights have poured money into their club and are riding high at the top of the Southern Championship standings, while Kingborough are struggling in the top flight and are second-last in the State-wide league.
Knights and Lions have met twice before in this competition.
Knights beat Lions 3-0 in the 2000 final, while in 2012, Knights won 7-1.
The Knights will be keen to win this competition as it is their 60th anniversary year and they would love to represent Tasmania in the FFA Cup.
Launceston United host South Hobart at Birch Avenue at 2pm and the southerners should win at a canter.
When the sides last met in the State-wide Cup in 1989, Launceston United won 2-0, but the football world has changed considerably since then and there are new power blocks.
South Hobart went on to huge success in the 2000s and Launceston United have stayed in the second tier.
Northern Rangers are at home at the NTCA Ground against Nelson at 2pm and, even though Rangers are finding it tough in the top flight, their 1-1 draw with Hobart Zebras in the PS4 NPL Tasmania competition on Saturday will have given them the confidence to dispose of the southern second-tier outfit.
Hobart Zebras visit Sandown Park at 2pm to take on Beachside and the Zebras will be keen to banish the memories of Saturday’s draw.
There is intense rivalry between these clubs and there has been a two-way exchange of personnel - players from Zebras to Beachside, and officials the other way - so the atmosphere will be electric beside the beach at Sandy Bay.
The teams last met in this competition in 2009 and Zebras won 4-1.
Reigning PS4 NPL Tasmania champions and cup-holders Devonport City travel south to take on Hobart United at Gunns Oval in Brighton at 2.30pm.
If the North-West Coast side actually find their way to this unfamiliar venue, they should win.
These sides have never met before so it should be a novel experience for both sides.
Ulverstone host Olympia Warriors at Ulverstone at 2,30pm and this could be a danger game for the southerners.
Rumour has it that Olympia president George Mamacas offered Ulverstone money to come south and play at Warrior Park, but the North-West Coast men refused the bait.
The sides met in the 1995 final, with Olympia winning 3-0.
Olympia won 3-0 also when they met Ulverstone in 2011.
The remaining game pits Clarence United against Somerset at Wentworth Park at 2.30pm.
Clarence aren’t exactly world beaters in the PS4 NPL Tasmania competition and they will need to be at their best against the visitors.
The sides have never met before in the Cup and so there is no form guide for this encounter.
My thanks, as always, go to Keith Roberts for providing me with the relevant statistics.