Walter Pless on Association Football
- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 18 April 2017
Photo: Knights' Mathew Nowicki and Kingborough's Tim Belstead take a tumble [PlessPix]
Southern Championship side Nelson produced the only real giant-killing act of the Lakoseljac Cup Round-of-16 games on Easter Monday when they beat PS4 NPL Tasmania outfit Northern Rangers 1-0 away at the NTCA Ground in Launceston.
Colin Jackson tucked the ball away for the only goal of the game 3 minutes into the second half.
Photo: Devonport's Michael Holden and Hobart United's Sean Heathorn arm in arm [PlessPix]
Nelson’s reward was a quarterfinal appointment with NPL side Olympia Warriors on 29 or 30 April 2017.
Actual dates and venues for the quarterfinals have yet to be determined.
Olympia and Nelson last met in a cup tie in 1996, when Olympia won 6-1.
Hobart United went down 6-1 to cup-holders Devonport City at Gunn Oval in Brighton.
United began strongly and missed some chances before a magnificent free-kick by Devonport’s Brayen Mann in the 19th minute broke the deadlock. United conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box and Andrew Ntumba received a yellow card as a result, but the punishment was compounded when Mann struck the free-kick like a bullet into the far top left-hand corner of keeper Harry Booth’s net.
United were looking dangerous whenever Abel Berhane had the ball down the right wing and when midfielder Mynonge Kamba was in possession.
Photo: Devonport's Michael Holden makes an abrupt stop while being pursued by Hobart United's Sean Heathorn [PlessPix]
But, Harrison Wicks made it 2-0 in the 39th minute and the visitors were clearly starting to get on top.
Mann added his second and Devonport’s third in the 57th minute before import Tyler Fischer made it 4-0 just past the hour mark.
It was 5-0 three minutes later as Devonport got in the groove before United were awarded a penalty 6 minutes from time when Devonport keeper Matthew Zaikos brought down Joffrey Nkoso. Kamba scored easily with his spot-kick, shooting low to Zaikos’s right.
United were a man down by that stage following the dismissal of Adhar Ngor for a second yellow card.
Two minutes into stoppage time, Lindsay Millington made it 6-1 for the visitors.
Devonport will meet Glenorchy Knights in the quarterfinals. These teams also met last season at this stage and Devonport won 4-0.
Photo: Hobart United's Riak Dhieu tries to elude Devonport's Michael Holden [PlessPix]
The ground markings for this game were rather confusing. There were white AFL markings on the oval and the football markings were blue, which made it difficult for players and officials alike.
FOX Sport had a cameraman there filming as they are producing an FFA Cup documentary which includes a program about Hobart United, a Tasmanian community football club.
Photo: Brayden Mann score's Devonport's fifth goal and completes his hat-trick. Note the line markings. [PlessPix]
Glenorchy Knights, leaders in the Southern Championship, also eliminated an NPL opponent when they downed Kingborough Lions United 1-0 at KGV Park in an evening game, but this result was predictable. The Lions are struggling big time in the NPL and an upset was always on the cards.
Kingborough were without their key striker Ben Kovadio. I spoke to Kovadio at the game and he said he had been injured in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Clarence United in a league match. There are persistent rumours, however, that he will leave this week for Adelaide United and the reason he was omitted was so that he would not be cup-tied in the FFA Cup competition. We await developments and official announcements. His departure would be catastrophic for the Lions.
Photo: Kingborough's Tim Belstead and Knights' Mathew Nowicki wrestle for possession [PlessPix]
Kingborough had few chances against the Knights, even after they reverted to a back-three in order to throw more men forward.
James Sherman had an inspirational game for the Knights. He urged and cajoled more effort from his team-mates and it was his outstanding free-kick in the 49th minute that separated the sides.
Callum Brown’s speed down the flanks caused endless trouble for the Lions and he was unlucky when his shot from the right hit the base of the near post. He was also through for a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but a brilliant save by Sheku Kamara denied him.
The Knights survived a late scare when Kingborough’s Chris Akakpo had a good chance, but the Knights may have gone a hurdle too far with this win as Devonport must be strong favourites to win the quarterfinal tie between the sides.
Photo: Devonport's Brayden Mann produces an acrobatic volley at goal [PlessPix]
“I think it was a good game to watch and I think the boys did really well on both sides,” said Kingborough coach, Gabriel Markaj. “I saw a lot of spirit and that was good.
“Kovadio received a very bad tackle on Saturday and he could be out for months.
“I don’t think his absence was a key factor. It was a great free-kick.
“We improved on where we were three weeks ago. We’re improving day by day and that’s really important.”
Glenorchy Knights coach, Franco Previdi, said: “I’m delighted with that win and we’re playing exceptionally well.
“What was missing was goals as we had a fair few opportunities. They only had one or two chances and we hit the bar two times. Dmitri [Nester] kept us in the game when we were 1-0 up and he made a great save.
“We’ve got a great team behind us and I thought we deserved the win. We put a lot of passes together and showed composure and the only thing missing was a couple of goals.”
Photo: Ben Hamlett scored 10 goals in South Hobart's 12-0 win [PlessPix]
South Hobart crushed Launceston United 12-0 away at Birch Avenue in Launceston, with Ben Hamlett scoring 10 goals. The others came from Kobe Kemp and Jacob Leaman.
South Hobart will meet Launceston City in the quarterfinals. They met last season also, with South winning 3-0.
Clarence United beat Somerset 3-0 at Wentworth Park and will meet Hobart Zebras in the quarterfinals. They also met in last year’s quarterfinals and Zebras came out on top 7-1.
University went down 3-2 at home in extra-time against Launceston City at Olinda Grove, while Hobart Zebras accounted for Beachside 3-1 at Sandown Park.
Olympia Warriors thrashed Ulverstone 7-0 away, with Shane Cartwright netting four goals. Gavin Hoy also scored a goal but he is having visa issues and may be forced to leave the country, which will be a huge loss for the Warriors.
Photo: Mynonge Kamba (right) scores a penalty for Hobart United against Devonport [PlessPix]
Olympia Warriors v Nelson
Glenorchy Knights v Devonport City
Launceston City v South Hobart
Hobart Zebras v Clarence United