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Photo:  Zebras' Matthew Pace gets his head to the ball ahead of Clarence United's Jake Stuart [PlessPix]

(Summer Series, KGV Park, Wednesday, 7 March 2018)

Clarence United 1 (R Snell 52’)

Hobart Zebras 3 (M Sanders 23’, J Hey 26’, A McKeown 82’)

HT: 0-2   Ref: A Cooke

Clarence United: Voss - Price, O’Neill, Demar, Lush - Hardwick, Palmer, Randall - Stuart, Hedge, Viney (Interchange: Reibel, Dyson, Lange, Snell)

Hobart Zebras: French - Walsh, Charuza, Robinson, Pace - Hey, Huigsloot, Muller - Sanders, Sklenar, Van Doorne (Interchange: McKeown, Kamara, Ackerley, Burt, Riley)

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Photo:  Clarence's Adam Hedge controls the ball ahead of Zebras' Ben Robinson [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras finally showed what they are capable of with this comfortable 3-1 win over Clarence United in the NPL Summer Series.

They played neat one- or two-touch football that at times mesmerised their opponents.

The debut of import Iskander Van Doorne had a lot to do with Zebras’ transformation. A right footer, he played on the left wing and showed speed, skill and vision and made the first two goals.

Zebras’ other import, Jan Charuza, a 30-year-old Czech, steadied things at the back.

These two acquisitions will prove valuable this season, judging from tonight’s display.

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Photo:  Zebras' Iskander Van Doorne (left) under pressure from Clarence's Alex Viney [PlessPix]

Clarence keeper Jason Voss had an excellent game and produced two outstanding saves in the opening half from Jakub Sklenar and Dwayne Walsh.

Voss had to be substituted late in the second half after a collision with Sklenar left him with a leg injury. Sklenar was cautioned for the incident.

Zebras took the lead in the 23rd minute when a low cross from the left by Van Doorne found Sklenar. Voss miraculously denied Sklenar from his initial shot, but the ball fell again for Sklenar, who scored at the second attempt.

Three minutes later, Van Doorne cut the ball back from the left for Jayden Hey to lash the ball home from close range.

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Photo:  Clarence's Adam Hedge wrong-foots Zebras' Ben Robinson [PlessPix]

Clarence youngster Cody Snell pulled a goal back for Clarence early in the second half, finishing clinically after he gained possession following an error by James Ackerkey.

Clarence rarely looked like equalising, but it took until 8 minutes from the end for the Zebras to make the game safe.

A cross from the right sneaked past several defenders and, when the ball reached Adam McKeown on the left, he had time to pick his spot to make it 3-1.

This performance was better than Zebras’ first-half showing against South Hobart some weeks ago and it augurs well for their chances once the league campaign starts.

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Photo:  Clarence keeper Jason Voss punches clear while under pressure from Zebras' Jakub Sklenar [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Zebras' Matthew Pace (left) in a battle with Clarence's Jake Stuart [PlessPix]