Zebras win the Luke Cripps Shield

Hobart Zebras have defeated Clarence United in the NPL TAS  in a 4-0 win at Wentworth Park and in the process winning the Luke Cripps memorial shield which is held to remember the popular former player of both sides.

With injuries and suspensions from last week’s epic clash, Zebra’s Coach Dave Smith looked to turn to his youth. Alex and Sam Smith were promoted to the starters while Arthur Wilson and Sam Jones came off the bench.

From (l) Sam Plunkett-Smith, Arthur Wilson, Alex Smith and Sam Jones
Photo credit: Hobart Zebras Twitter

Matthew Sanders scored the first of the day in the 29th minute from the penalty box Sanders finished calmy past keeper Nicholas Downham.

Nicky Edwards was the next on the board. Edwards pounced on a defensive error by and fired past Downham to give the away side a 2-0 advantage going into half time.

Sanders completed his brace when he ran into open space in the box and comfortably finished past the keeper.

Edwards also completed a brace courtesy of a great 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.

That goal proved to be the final meaningful action of the match.

Hobart Zebras Manager Dave Smith spoke to TTGB after full-time.

“I was happy to give the kids a run,” Smith said.

“I thought Sammy {Plunkett-Smith} did very well.

“Jayden Hey also did very well controlling the park.

“It’s great to win the shield and the respect of both parties for Luke Cripp’s memory shows it”

Clarence Manager Warren Burt also spoke to TTGB after the match

We had high hopes for today,” Burt said.

“Zebras had some good players out

“We feel for the family with Luke , he was a great player and an asset to both clubs.”

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