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Uni stun City to reach Victory Cup Semis
The Victory Cup is down to the final four with University upsetting Launceston City to headline four big quarterfinal results.
The Southern Champions University have pulled off a major upset in their Quarter-Final Victory Cup clash, downing highly fancied PS4 Victory League opponents Launceston City 5-1.
University looked threatening on set pieces and it was from a corner on 22 minutes that saw them claim a lead against the flow of play. Lindsay Millington rose high from a corner to propel home an outstanding front post header to put the Students 1-0 ahead.
City equalised in first half stoppage time, with the square up also coming through a set piece. It came through a powerful Nathan Bartlett back post header, leaping above his marker at back post to finish off the visitors first and only goal.
Despite the equaliser coming deep in the half University still went into the break with a lead, adding another in added time. City goalkeeper David Smith conceded a penalty, tunneling into the back of Luke Huigsloot to see referee James Hortle point straight to the spot. Alexis Bull calmly converted from the penalty spot, sending David Smith the wrong way to give his side a 2-1 lead at half time.
City’s Hayoto Ogusu nearly made it 2-2 just after half time but his shot from only five yards was incredibly blocked by University’s Tom Davies to keep his side ahead.
Millington made it 3-1 with his second, finish off from a goalmouth scramble. Huigsloot's presence was important initially heading a corner that Alex Sciulli attempted to clear despite Smith sprawling towards the ball. Sciulli's attempted clearance fell to Huigsloot and he shot through the legs of Butler and Millington reacted first from a deflection to finish off from mere centimeters.
University ‘keeper Matt Griffiths made a couple of crucial saves, including a full stretch diving effort to deny Andrew Compagne and keep University’s two goal buffer.
Nathan Bartlett looked to be the man to bring City back from the brink until he received his second yellow card and subsequently his marching orders for a raised elbow that on another day may have just been a free kick.
By this stage the game may have been already beyond City with University already 3-1 ahead with fifteen minutes remaining but the send off did nothing to help City however, with Uni storming home to make their upset victory a healthy one.
Bull fired home a 20 yard scorcher into the bottom right and Huigsloot nodded home from a corner to make the scoreline 5-1 and round out a comprehensive victory.
South Hobart overcame a physical and determined Somerset Sharks outfit at KGV two goals to one in an enthralling Victory Cup Quarter Final.
It was an emotion charged, physical contest and offered a lot more than a typical league clash with the Sharks coming out to prove a point against the might of South Hobart.
Ultimately South proved too good despite the best efforts of the best player on the pitch in Somerset's Steven Treloar. The Shark's custodian gave his side a fighting chance with what was an astounding solo performance to keep his side alive with some tremendous shot stopping across the 90 minutes.
Somerset really made the going uncomfortable for South Hobart, throwing themselves into physical challenges all game to make South earn their win. The overly physical approach from the visitors would, however, come back to haunt them in the second half as they found themselves reduced to nine men late in the game.
The Sharks intense defensive pressure, some inspired goal line clearances from the Sharks defence as well as the exceptional keeping of Treloar kept South Hobart at bay for the entirety of the first stanza.
In a blistering opening to the second half, South Hobart drilled two goals in the space of three minutes. In the 50th minute, Brayden Mann converted a free kick from 18 yards with a curling shot that went into the left hand side of the goals. Treloar dove full length and got a hand on it but was unable to keep it out.
Then in the 53rd minute, big bustling Alex Leszczynski turned his marker off a throw in and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the bottom right of the net past a despairing Treloar to make it 2-0 and seemingly spell an end to any unlikely upset.
Somerset worked their way back into the contest for the next ten minutes, before Kaimon Johnson received his second yellow for the game and was sent from the field to reduce Somerset's playing stocks as well as their chances of a comeback.
Treloar kept making save after save the longer the second half went on and his highlight reel would have made for spectacular viewing after the game; as he repelled constant South pressure on his goal.
In the 81st minute, Somerset managed to pull one back and breathe new life into the game in front of an unbelievably vocal away crowd. Kyrone Johnson swept home from inside the 18 yard box following a great ball across from playing-coach Casey Eaves.
But it was a case of hero to zero in the 82nd minute when goal scorer Johnson found himself on the end of his second yellow. Kim Barker made no hesitation in sending him from the field of play to join his brother in the sheds.
In the 91st minute, Chris Hunt had a chance to make it 3-1 after getting through one on one with Treloar, but the big keeper managed to get his leg in the way of Hunt's effort to keep it at 2-1. The exciting cup tussle ended soon after.
Victory League Champions Olympia FC Warriors edged out Northern Rangers with a gripping 1-0 win at Warrior Park.
Northern Rangers made them work for it, the pair have had a series of entertaining encounters in recent seasons and the quarter final didn't disappoint with a thrilling arm wrestle between two quality football teams.
Neither team gave an inch with a fantastic end to end battle but few clear cut chances were afforded in the early exchanges with thanks to strong defensive structures for both teams.
Rangers had the better of the first half chances with Olympia's goalkeeper Sean Lewis in the thick of the action. In the 38th minute the American gloveman gifted possession to the Rangers, throwing the ball straight into the path of youngster Dan Cristy, Cristy ignored Schalde Anderson inside and took an early shot. The shot was softly struck and straight into the arms of Lewis, giving the Olympia gloveman a serious let-off.
The Warriors greatest chance came through full back-come-winger Harry Woolley in the 40th minute, he breached the box on a run down the right flank, James Wilson raced off his line to cut down the angle. Woolley's drive was well stopped by the approaching 'keeper who made himself big to block the shot.
It looked like Schalde Anderson had netted the Rangers a valuable opener on the stroke of half time but it wasn't to be, with Lewis producing a jaw dropping reflex save to deny the big Dane.
Chris Hill delivered in from the right wing, swinging in an inch perfect cross to the back post, where Anderson powered a header low at goal. It looked destined to find the net but Lewis somehow stretched out a leg to it to make an incredible save and leave them level at the break.
Luke Eyles and Pat Lanau-atkinson's battle perhaps typified the match with both holding sway in patches. Eyles was ultimately instrumental in the decisive goal, bursting down the left in the 56th minute, he hit a low hard cross into the goal mouth and in unfortunate circumstances for the visitors, Nick Swirad was there to unintentionally turn it into his own net. Emmanuel Tsakiris perhaps thought he got a boot to the cross but the replay showed it was the Rangers Englishman that ran the ball into his own net to give Olympia the important advantage.
The Rangers had plenty of entries into the box but the meaningful attempts were left late with Towns very nearly nodding home a goal in the 89th minute. A corner was whipped from the left where Towns rose high like a spawning salmon to direct a firm header at goal. The shot was dug out well by Woolley on the line to save the Warriors and hold back the Rangers.
They came back moments later and it was again through a set piece, with Aidan Rigby found unmarked in the box, his header though proving tame as it landed in the grateful arms of Lewis.
Olympia had a golden chance at the other end to put the result to bed with a second goal in the 90th minute, substitute Warren Wadawu worked it from the right flank to the middle of the box, Tsakiris left it for Nick Meredith and the midfielder's shot was tipped wide by Wilson. Eyles was at back post for the follow up but sent his shot wide and into the side netting.
Rangers had one last gasp with a corner in added time and everyone piled forward in a desperate pursuit of a leveller. It almost produced the miraculous, as the corner ball swung in for the head of an unlikely suspect in Wilson. He got strong contact with a header but to the disappointment of the Rangers, the 'keeper's unlikely shot flew wide to see the game end 1-0.
In the final quarter final of the weeked
Hobart JEEP Zebras recorded a resounding 5-0 victory over Kingborough Lions at Lightwood Park.
Zebras completely outclassed Kingborough, with the Lions looking a shadow of the team that upset the Zebras in the Lakoseljac Cup, earlier this year.
Jayden Hey was the star for the Zebras with his outstanding work in the first half tearing open the game. James Sherman also had a stellar game, scoring one and setting up at least two others with his strength and ability to bring others into the game with clever flick ons.
The Zebras were dominant in the opening half and they killed the game off within the space of 40 sublime minutes.
Spectators had barely had time to settle into their seats as about thirty seconds into the game the first foray forward for the Zebras had unfolded. In a moment of madness, Sherman flicked on for the spritely Adam McKeown who nipped in before 'keeper Will Rickard got to the ball and took it past him with his touch. Rickard made contact with McKeown who sprawled to the turf and referee Brenton Kopra made no hesitation in pointing to the spot and issuing a yellow to the Lion's custodian.
Rickard redeemed himself brilliantly from the penalty by diving away to his left to save McKeown's spot kick to keep it at 0-0. In the fourth minute it appeared first blood was drawn, Kingborough Captain Nick Cuthbertson intercepted a cross that was destined for Sherman at the back post and bundled the ball into the back of his own net, but Sherman was judged to have been in an offside position and influencing play and the goal was disallowed.
In the 11th minute it was finally 1-0 when the ball fell fortuitously at the feet of Hey, who hit a first time shot with venom that came off the underside of the bar and into the back of the net. Sherman went close again for the Zebras in the 15th minute with his long range effort dropping onto the top of the goal net to the fortune of the lacklustre Lions.
In the 17th minute it was 2-0, Hey again the scorer after he unselfishly tried to play in McKeown for a shot. McKeown delayed his shot and by the time he finally pulled the trigger Rickard did well to keep it out. The rebound fell to Hey, who powered a shot home from an acute angle to double the Zebras advantage.
In the 26th minute, it was 3-0 as McKeown finally got himself onto the scoresheet. Sherman played a ball from the right wing across to the back post, where the striker obligingly nodded home through the legs of Cuthbertson.
In the 31st minute it was 4-0 and game over. Zebras winger Kurt Engels raced through following a flicked on header from Sherman, and he calmly slotted past Rickard to put the game well beyond the reach of the insipid Lions.
Sherman rounded out the scoring the in 41st minute following an Engels free kick that went straight to Rickard. Rickard fumbled the ball onto the ground and before he could regather it, Sherman pounced and poked it into the onion bag to make it 5-0.
The score line didn't change after half time in what became a lifeless game in the second stanza. The only point of note came in the 48th minute when Rickard again took down McKeown inside the box in what was a Groundhog Day incident that mirrored the moment from inside the first 30 seconds of the game. The result was again a yellow card and a penalty and Rickard was sent from the ground. McKeown's spot kick poor and asked little from substitute keeper Andrew Duncan, who saved it easily.
The quarter finals mean it will be an all southern final four with three northern outfits and Kingborough Lions crashing out at the quarter finals.
VICTORY CUP QUARTER FINALS RESULTS
University 5 (Lindsay Millington 23?, 56?, Alexis Bull 45+2?, 89?, Luke Huigsloot 90?) Launceston City 1 (Nathan Bartlett 45+1?)
HALF TIME 2-1
RED CARD: Nathan Bartlett 74’
VENUE: Warrior Park, Warrane
SOUTH HOBART 2 (BRAYDEN MANN 50?, ALEX LESZCZYNSKI 53?) SOMERSET 1 (KYRONE JOHNSON 81?)
HALF TIME 0-0
RED CARDS: Kaimon Johnson 63’, Kyrone Johnson 82'
VENUE: KGV FOOTBALL PARK, GLENORCHY
Olympia FC Warriors 1 (Nick Swirad 56? OWN GOAL) Northern Rangers 0
HALF TIME 0-0
VENUE: Warrior Park, Warrane
Kingborough Lions 0 Hobart JEEP Zebras 5 (Jayden Hey 11', 17', Adam McKeown 26', Kurt Engels 31', James Sherman 41’)
HALF TIME 0-5
VENUE: LIGHTWOOD PARK, KINGSTON