Walter Pless on Association Football
- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 14 April 2017
Photo: Knights' Declan Brown is fractionally late in preventing Zebras Callen Griffin from getting a pass away [PlessPix]
(Challenge League, KGV Park, Friday, 14 April 2017)
Glenorchy Knights 1 (J Dingjan 45’)
Hobart Zebras 2 (T Riley 4’, 17’)
HT: 1-2 Ref: A Powell
Glenorchy Knights: A Woodham; C Brown, D Brown, Chusri, Dingjan, Kang, Nandan, Orchard, Otte, Roberts, Thorne (Sub: Moore, Melling, Graham, Fuemtes)
Hobart Zebras: Formant; Ackerley, Backhouse, Bighin, Buga, Griffin, Herbert, Kadisha, Pace, Riley, Sousa (Subs: Reid, Rose, Brcic, Ditton)
Photo: Knights' Samuel Orchard in pursuit of Zebras' John Buga [PlessPix]
Two well-taken early goals by Thomas Riley paved the way to this Hobart Zebras victory against Glenorchy Knights.
Riley showed composure and clinical finishing to take advantage of hesitant Knights defending to score twice before much more than a quarter of an hour had passed.
Joshua Dingjan pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, but it was not enough to salvage the game.
Zebras had a couple of chances late in the game but were thwarted by Knights keeper Alex Woodham.
Knights did enough to win this match, despite falling two goals behind early on, but some excellent goalkeeping by Zebras’ American import, Michael Formant, kept them at bay. Formant is being kept out of the Zebras’ senior side because the club already has three imports in their PS4 NPL side, including Brazilian keeper Marcello Mercuri.
A key moment came in the second half when Knights outnumbered the Zebras defenders three to one but when Joshua Dingjan received a cross from the right, he fired straight at Formant.
Photo: Knights' Josh Dingjan prepares to control the ball while under pressure [PlessPix]
Glenorchy Knights coach, Andrew Brown, said:
“Disappointing for us, but take nothing away from them. Tommy Riley had two chances and scored two goals and we were chasing the game from then on. We lacked composure.
“We had some great chances. Their goalkeeper - I don’t know where he’s been - was great. He pulled off two really good saves, and I said that to him afterwards. His shape and his talking and his shot-stopping were great.
“We had enough chances to win the game but we didn’t execute. We didn’t play very well.”
Photo: Glenorchy Knights' Will Roberts (left) marks a Zebras attacker [PlessPix]
Hobart Zebras coach, Sergio Pace, said:
“With our Challenge League side, we’ve got a bit of a struggle this year. We knew we were up against it and we didn’t really know what to come up with against this Knights side. They’ve got some good players in there, particularly the Brown boys. They’re first-team material.
“But, our boys stuck to it. I thought, in the game, we took our chances and were on top in the first half, but let them back into it towards the end. In the second half, apart from about 10 minutes there, I thought we had pretty much of the control of that and it’s just that they showed a bit of ticker.
“We’ve had some indifferent results this year, but they showed a bit of heart today and you can’t ask more than that.”
Photo: Knights' Declan Brown launches his side into attack [PlessPix]