NPL TAS – Round 20 preview

Fri 19th jULY oLYMPIA FC WARRIORS V SOUTH HOBART fc

Last five Olympia – WWWWW (2nd) 41pt +38 GD

Last five South Hobart – WWLDW (3rd) 33pt +33 GD

Jono Ladic runs off to shush the away fans after scoring the opening goal of the season back in Rd 1.
Photo credit Solstice Photography

It’s always a gritty affair when these two come to the pitch and come tomorrow night I expect no different. Last time they played Olympia somehow rescued a point away at Darcy st. Jordan Scott scored a ripping equaliser to make the final score 3-3 despite being down to ten men. South revisit Warrior Park with the memory of their RD 1 loss still in their minds. I expect this to go right down to the wire. South have to continue their run of momentum heading into the FFA Cup and Olympia have to win to reach top position.

Key Player for OlympiaJack Ryan (14 goals in the NPL TAS)

Ryan celebrates a goal back in April v Riverside
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The UK import has certainly made a name for himself in his debut season in Tasmania. The Warriors knew the quality of their striker when they signed him and boy has it shown. With 14 goals on the tally and chuck in scoring the winning goal last week v Glenorchy Knights, Ryan has all the motivation he needs to keep Olympia’s title hopes alive and to add to his already impressive total of goals. Not to mention he had a edge over South when he scored the deciding goal back in round 1 in Olympia’s 2-1 win at Warrior Park.

Key player for South Hobart – Benjamin Hamlett (11 goals in NPL TAS)

Benjamin Hamlett lifts the Lakaseljac Cup! Photo Credit Solstice Photography

Without a doubt South need some ‘Hammer time’ to come into their play tomorrow night. Despite not having scored since R16, Hamlett will play a crucial role up top if selected. South Manager Ken Morton has already stated that we may see a completely rotated XI but I for one wanna see Hamlett kept in the mix to give some flair to South and their chances to get a upset win.

Prediction – Olympia FC Warriors 3 – South Hobart FC 2

sat 20TH July – Kingborough lions v lAUNCESTON city

Last five results Lions – WWWLW (5th) 22pt -3 GD

Last five results City – WLLWL (6th) 18pt -4 GD

Last time these two played it was a end to end 0-0 draw at Lightwood Park. A disappointing game for the strikers but both Kenneth Perkinson and Lachlan Clark made the game their own in goals. Former City Manager Jez Kenth is now at the Lions helm and will be eager to get a win over his former team. It has been a disappointing season for City and after last weeks disappointing loss to title leaders Devonport Strikers, the visitors will be out to fight for the 3 points. Lions however have more to play for with their eyes on a hopeful top 4 finish.

Key player for Kingborough – Cameron Steele (Midfield)

Cameron Steele weaves past traffic
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The US import has made a great showing to the Lions fans, a recruit that was needed to give Kingborough some hope for their season. With 4 goals for the season and leading the home teams midfield, Steele is going to be pivotal in the home sides efforts for victory. A crafty but skilled midfielder.

Key player for City – Noah Mies (Striker) 10 goals in NPLTAS

Noah Mies puts the defence to work
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Mies really has to get some form back and fast. Having not scored since May, City really need him firing again and especially in a crunch game come saturday. Last time Mies got on the scoresheet was a brace against the Lions up at Buckby Land Rover Park in a 4-0 win over the away side. A talented striker and one who will be a major key for City creating a upset at the Den.

Prediction – Lions 2 – City 1

Sat 20th july – Riverside OLYMPIC V CLARENCE UNITED

Last 5 results Riverside – LLLLD (8th) 7pt -33GD

Last 5 results Clarence – LLLLL (9th) 3pt -109GD

Riverside will walk into this one favourites but past results between the two has been interesting. Clarence notched their only win to date this season with a 1-0 win over Olympic back in Round 1 but Riverside avenged that loss a fortnight later with a 3-1 win. It has been a below average season for both sides but pride is on the line and I can see it being a close encounter.

Key player for Riverside – Luca Vigilante

The Argentinian will play a key role in midfield for the home side. Despite not getting on the goal sheet and assists as much as he would like, Vigilante will still be out to lead Riverside to victory with his playmaker status on the line.

Luca Vigilante v Clarence
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Key player for Clarence – Lachlan Burt

Despite Clarence’s results, Burt has been a shining light in the United attack. Week in week out he has put in a real shift for United. It just hasn’t shown on the scoreline as much as he would like. Burt may only have two goals for the year but with a favourable opposition in their sights, this could be the game he may bag a couple more.

Prediction Riverside 3- Clarence 1

sun 21ST jUL – Hobart Zebras v Devonport Strikers

Last five results Zebras – LWWWL (4th) 29pt +26GD

Last five results Strikers – WWWWW (1st) 43pt +50GD

The equation is simple. If Devonport keep winning, they are going back to back title winners. The away side can not afford to drop points with Olympia breathing down their necks. Form is in the Strikers favour but past results is not. Zebras have gotten the best of Devonport twice this season, a 1-1 away draw and a 2-1 win back in April. After last weeks loss result to South Hobart, Zebras Manager Dave Smith will expect a immediate response and with previous encounters in their favour maybe they have the edge.

Key player for Zebras – Matthew Sanders (23 goals in NPLTAS)

The Colonal’ celebrates a goal back in season 2018
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Leading the golden boot, The Colanal will be the main man for Zebras attack. A tally of 23 goals is sure impressive, but Sanders will know that he will be a marked man come sunday with the Strikers wanting him in their back pocket all day.

Key player for Strikers – Miles Barnard (19 goals in NPLTAS)

The Fox in the box. What more can you say other than Miles Barnard is a goal scoring machine. Leading the line for the Strikers and with 19 goals already scored this season, you can bet The Fox is going to be aiming for more come sunday. Will be a hard man for the Zebras to keep quiet given his unmatched talent. A real dangerman.

Prediction Zebras 1 – Strikers 2

Written by Tanner Coad.