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Tasmania upset Victory Youth
Underdogs Tasmania downed the Melbourne Victory Youth League team 2-1 today, scoring a goal in each half to pip the National Youth League outfit.
Tasmania turned the tables on Victory after suffering a 6-1 defeat last year at Kingston Twin Ovals, taking down Victory with a stellar team performance.
Victory controlled the ball early but when in possession, Tasmania threatened and striker Shane Brassington should have shot them ahead in the 20th minute when found free at the back post by Andy Brennan.
Lachlan Nichols starred through midfield for Tasmania, pulling the strings in a composed, measured game from the Olympia workhorse.
Five minutes later Brassington found the net, Nichols and Brennan combined well out wide on the right, with Connor Kass eventually slipping it back through for Brennan, who forced a strong save from Lawrence Thomas, unfortunately for the Victory gloveman his save fell straight to Brassington, who drove it home from close range.
Joey Katebian nearly broke through with an equaliser for the visitors on the shadow of half time, catching Tasmania on the burst, he shot just wide to the right to leave Victory empty handed to trail at half time.
Both teams made changes, with Tasmania injecting some youth into the lineup with the introduction of two teenagers in the 57th minute. Harry Thannhauser and Michael Holden both had strong seasons in the Victory League and were given the opportunity against Victory, both brought on with over 30 minutes to run.
Holden’s inclusion proved to be fruitful for Tasmania, with the Devonport winger making it 2-0, running onto a Brennan knock over the Victory defence to rocket it into the bottom right in the 69th minute.
Four minutes later, the young gun from the north west coast went painfully close to doubling his tally, striking just wide of the right upright after breaking through down the left. Fellow substitute Alex Leszczynski also had a positive effort with a shot on the turn falling wide in the 74th minute.
Superstar South Hobart striker Andy Brennan was electrifying at times for Tasmania and should have extended his side’s stranglehold on the game in the 81st minute, burning off his marker Thomas Deng with a blistering run down the right before belting a long range effort into the cross bar.
In the 90th minute, a Connor Kass hand ball in the box amidst chaos looked likely to gift Victory a goal from the spot but it wasn’t to be for the boys in blue with Kane Pierce producing a stunning penalty save hard down to his left.
Shortly after Katebian found the goal Victory had been craving, striking home a beauty from the right edge of the area into the top left corner, claiming the Victory a consolation goal.
The day belonged to Tasmania, with the select XI picked from the Victory League shining against their highly fancied opponents to win 2-1.
Tasmania 2 (Shane Brassington 25’, Michael Holden 69’) defeated Melbourne Victory 1 (Joey Katebian 90’) HALF TIME 1-0 (NORTH HOBART OVAL)