Round 19 NPL TAS South Hobart FC v Hobart Zebras.
It was a cold wet Sunday afternoon for football but South Hobart have picked up a much needed win heading into their FFA Cup encounter with Marconi Stallions in a fortnights time beating Hobart Zebras 2-0 at Darcy St.
The first half was a scrappy beginning to the game with South having most of the chances to get the important goal. Zebras sat back a bit deeper to their credit but South were still managing to cut it open – perhaps playing a back three defensive formation wasn’t the right option.
Right before the half time whistle, South made the breakthrough when Sam Berezansky made a run down the right wing and crossed into Nicholas Morton, who headed home past Zebras keeper Sam Whatman. That was the final action of the first half with the score 1-0 at half time to the home side.
The second half began with promise for the away Zebras but they failed to convert any of their chances. In the 68th minute South added to their lead when Kasper Hallam made a fantastic run down the wing, took on all defenders and weaved through traffic to slot his shot home in the far left corner for the final goal of the game.
Hallam was taken down by sliding challenge when Zebra forward Matthew Sanders right before the full time whistle. Sanders can really consider himself lucky as he had already been booked prior and was perhaps fortunate to not be sent off. Hallam was taken off the field after the blow.
After the game South Hobart manager Ken Morton praised his side getting the win in hard conditions. ” We performed very well, we had chances to win by more but a 2-0 win at this stage of the season and after a string of results it’s a good result, Hallam copped that knock on his ankle and may need a X-ray”
Hobart Zebras coach David Smith expressed his disappointment after the match. “We were second best most of the game but we were still in it, not good enough. “We just aren’t good enough, it’s poor coaching on my behalf. “
That win gives South good momentum heading forward to a big away clash next Friday night when they will be hosted by 2nd placed Olympia FC Warriors. One job done today, but can they do it on another cold Friday night at Warrior Park – that remains to be seen?
Written by Tanner Coad.