28th July 2018 Kingborough Lions vs South Hobart. Lightwood Park
I was looking through some old photos and stumbled across a game I remembered fondly so I thought why not do a small review!
Kingborough XI – Stalker, Zammit, Kantzos, Herweynen,Nugent, Verdouw, Hall,Chaparro, Cowen, Baker, Davis, – Subs Nugent, O’ Connell, Vivarelli, Cooper
Manager Mark Broadbent
South Hobart XI – Brown, De Vecchi Marins, Feral, Gorrie, Kemp, Hudford, Morton, Schmidt, Thomas, Turner, Walter – Subs: Bowman,Cook, Degetto, Hart, Legendre
Manager Ken Morton
The first half began with great intent from South Hobart who were controlling all the early possession, but Kingborough were holding their own in the backline well clearing out the dangerous balls and Mitchell Stalker doing well in goals.
Early in the 6th minute, South had a penalty given when Lions defender Nicholas O’ Connell took down attacker Alex Walter in the box. Adam Gorrie was the man to take that penalty but his efforts were well saved by Stalker when he made a great palm save to the right!
An surprise early goal came from the home side in the 27th minute when US import Lewis Verdouw struck for the Lions after volleying the ball in off a header from Phil Kantzos. Keeper Kieran Brown did get a hand on the shot but couldn’t keep it out.
In the second half South manager Ken Morton changed his tactics and put Jack Turner as a striker and Midfielder Nicholas Morton down the left wing. The swap around paid off as South quickly began to regain control of the game, covering more ground on possesion and shots flowing.
Kobe Kemp would get the equaliser for South when he struck a wonderful free kick from just outside the box and slotted it home in the right corner. 1-1 it stands after 61 minutes. But South who were trying to keep their title hopes alive were not done yet. Knowing any slip ups would give the title to Devonport Strikers, South dug deep and pushed on.
A mear five minutes passed and South broke through the Lions defence again when Jack Turner got a great ball from Kobe Kemp and nailed it into the back of the net to give the away side the lead.
Lions fought bravely from this point but it would be Nicholas Morton who put the icing on the cake when he got on the end of a good cross from Jack Turner and placed it home. That goal would be the final action of the game.
You can check out the highlights of this clash in the links below.
For the record South’s chase for the 2018 NPL TAS title did fall short when they had to try overcome a 18 goal difference to even get to equal points with eventual winners Devonport Strikers.