In the most bizarre miserable conditions the Hobart Zebras have come away with an ugly but deserving 2-1 win tonight over Glenorchy Knights at KGV Park.
Both teams headed into this with a must win mentality but even after the Knights got one goal back late, it’s safe to say only one team turned up tonight.
The first goal came within the first 12 seconds! The man known as ‘The Colonel’ Matthew Sanders pounced after a fumble in the Knights defence, he tapped it in as keeper Dmitri Nester made a mistake in the fog and mishandled the ball.
Shortly after, Adam Mckeown who had just made a comeback from a previous injury went down in pain. The call was made for him to be substituted as it was deemed it was a hamstring issue. On came Dwayne Walsh to take his place.
In the 24th minute, Luke Huigsloot found himself alone down the midfield, sent a chip over the Knights backline, Matthew Pace lay in wait, one on one with the keeper, did a cheeky header over Nester and then volleyed it home into a open net! 2-1 Zebras heading into half time.
The 83rd minute would give the Knights some chance of getting a result after a corner set piece when defender Jade Clay took aim inside the box, fired with will and deflected off the Zebras defence in the process, that was enough for the ball to float over Sam Whatman and it appeared we had a late fight back!
Full time sounded and the Hobart Zebras got a much needed win while Glenorchy were left to wonder what went wrong and how they can fix it.
After the game Zebras Manager David Smith had the following to say
“We won ugly, but i’m really pleased we won ugly, haven’t done it in a while.” “Adam is out for at least 4-5 which hurts”
James Sherman’s comments was much the opposite.
“We were bright for the first 20 minutes after their early goal, not a great game of football, two teams evenly matched, the quality of their’s was the difference, one or two can hold their heads up, the others just underperformed.”
“The moments where the quality players for Zebras had too much time on the ball just cost us, we had two center backs marking one player and neither of them were close enough”
The job of fixing Glenorchy’s depth doesn’t get any easier for Sherman with star striker Callum Brown ruled out for the rest of the season after an injury last week.
It is likely that new recuit Alex Leszczynski will be stationed up top but that remains to be seen as some selections and dropping of players could very well still happen.