Walter Pless on Association Football
- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 10 April 2017
Photo: South Hobart's Ryan Cook tries to get past Kingborough's Tobias Herweynen [PlessPix]
Kingborough Lions United have hit rock bottom after being thrashed 10-0 by South Hobart at South Hobart Oval on Sunday.
The Lions are rapidly resembling the unfortunate Glenorchy Knights of two seasons ago in terms of huge scorelines against them.
Photo: South Hobart's Alex Walter turns sharply as he is shadowed by Kingborough's Godfrey Okello [PlessPix]
It’s difficult to know what coach Gabriel Markaj can do to stop the rot.
When he’s showing players during the warm-up how to create angles to receive or make passes during a passing exercise in a grid, alarm bells start to ring. If they don’t know those sorts of things by now, what hope do they have in the actual game?
The Lions appeared a team of individuals and, as such, there is potential. But, as a team, they seem to lack cohesion and team-work.
They quickly came unstuck against South Hobart, whose young goalkeeper, Kieran Brown, had nothing to do all afternoon except start attacks. Previous first-choice keeper Graham Wright has returned to the UK, while former number one, James Wilson, was on the bench.
Photo: Kingborough's Godfrey Okello flicks the ball clear [PlessPix]
Alex Walter, who netted his first hat-trick at senior level, got off the mark in the 11th minute following a Jake Brennan pass.
Brennan made it 2-0 in the 29th minute when Kobe Kemp picked him out on the right and his shot was only partially stopped by Lions keeper Sheku Kamara, the ball carrying over the line.
It was 3-0 in the 35th minute when Brennan fed Walter down the right and he cut inside before scoring with a low shot from the edge of the box and inside the far left-hand post.
Two minutes later, Kingborough’s lack of understanding resulted in South Hobart’s fourth goal. Kamara left his box to take a free-kick from the left-back position. He inexplicably passed the ball square to Chris Akakpo, who was easily dispossessed by Nick Morton, who had an unimpeded run at goal and slotted the ball past the retreating Kamara.
Photo: South Hobart's Liam Quaile is tackled by Kingborough's Mulonda Ntale [PlessPix]
The fifth goal came 4 minutes before the break when Morton released Walter down the left and he cut inside the box before being nudged in the back by Akakpo to concede a penalty. If that wasn’t bad enough, Akakpo, who had been shown a yellow card for the foul, protested and dissented and was shown a red card by Mr Plomaritis. Paulo Markaj had to be restrained by team-mate Godfrey Okello as Markaj pleaded with the referee and was fortunate not to be cautioned.
With order restored, Walter stroked home the penalty to complete his hat-trick and give South Hobart a 5-0 advantage at the interval.
It was 6-0 within 6 minutes of the resumption. Ben Robinson, in trying to clear, only managed to pass the ball straight to Brennan, who netted easily.
Kemp set up Morton for an easy goal on the hour, shooting past Kamara, who was obviously suffering shell shock and did little to attempt to save.
Photo: Paulo Markaj (left), one of Kingborough's busiest players, holds off Nick Morton [PlessPix]
Substitute Connor Schmidt made it 8-0 with his first touch after coming on, getting on to the end of a headed flick-on by Walter from Kemp’s corner from the left.
Kemp added South Hobart’s ninth in the 72nd minute when he steered home Liam Quaile’s deep cross from the left, while Schmidt completed the scoring with his second goal of the game, stabbing home from close range when left completely unmarked at Eduardo Castaneda’s corner from the left.
The reaction of the Kingborough committee to this disaster remains a mystery. Coach Gabriel Markaj said on television he does not mind being dismissed and that if he were to go, the dozen or so players he had brought to the club following his appointment would stay and see out the season. That remains to be seen.
Photo: Connor Schmidt scores one of the easiest goals he'll ever score to make it 10-0 [PlessPix]
(PS4 NPL Tasmania, South Hobart Oval, Sunday, 9 April 2017)
South Hobart 10 (A Walter 11’, 35’, 40’ pen, J Brennan 29’, 51’, N Morton 37’, 60’, C Schmidt 62’, 93’, K Kemp 72’)
Kingborough Lions United 0
HT: 5-0 Ref: S Plomaritis
South Hobart: K Brown - Gorrie, Thomas, Ludford (Feral 72’), Quaile - Walter (Castaneda 61’), Ludlow, Kemp - J Brennan (Schmidt 59’), N Morton, Cook (Subs not used: D Brown, Wilson)
Kingborough Lions United: Kamara - Robinson, Okello, Akakpo, Mtwale - Ntale (Herweynen 25’), P Markaj, Gates (Nugent 70’) - Cowen, Kovadio, Yuel (Bangura 70’) (Sub not used:: Rickards)
Photo: South Hobart's Nick Morton shoots at goal [PlessPix]
Photo: Connor Schmidt scores for South Hobart with his first touch after coming on as a substitute [PlessPix]
Photo: Two versus one. Kingborough keeper Sheku Kamara beats the ball away to safety after being left on his own to face South Hobart's Nick Morton and Kobe Kemp [PlessPix]