The Hobart Zebras have bounced back after last weeks gritty 2-2 draw with title leaders Devonport Strikers, defeating Clarence United away in a 4-0 win at Wentworth Park. Zebras also claimed the Luke Cripps memorial shield to remember Cripps who played for both sides.
Due to some injuries and suspensions out of last week’s epic clash, Hobart Zebras’s Manager Dave Smith looked to turn to his youth. Both Alex and Sam Smith were promoted to the starters while Arthur Wilson and Sam Jones came off the bench.
‘The Colonel’ Matthew Sanders scored the first of the day in the 29th minute. Shouts of handball and the referee pointed to the spot. Sanders slotted home past keeper Nicholas Downham. To his credit Downham did go the right way but it was just out of reach.
Nicky Edwards added to Clarence’s woes soon when he pounced on a defensive error by Clarence. Edwards made his way past the helpless defence and fired past Downham to give the away side a 2-0 advantage going into half time.
Sanders picked up a double in the 59th minute. ‘The Colonel’ ran into open space in the box and comfortably finished past Downham for the third of the game.
Edwards also netted a brace with a picture perfect free kick from just outside the box. Edwards picked his spot perfectly when his shot soared into the top right for the Zebras final goal of the day, and the game.
After the game Hobart Zebras Manager Dave Smith praised his team. “Happy to give the kids a run, Sammy did very well, we had a lot of chances just didn’t finish.”
“Jayden Hey also did very well controlling the park, Great to win the shield and the respect of both parties for Luke Cripps memory shows it”
Clarence Manager Warren Burt expressed his disappointment in the result. “We had high hopes for today, Zebras had their players out, Downham is gaining more confidence.”
(On Cripps) “We feel for the family, he was a great player and an asset to both clubs.”
Around the grounds today Devonport defeated Olympia 4-1 in a 1st vs 2nd battle up Valley Road. A Miles Barnard hat trick (doesn’t even get boring saying that, this bloke is always on the sheet) sealed Strikers win.
Written by Tanner Coad.