South claims victory

VICTORY LEAGUE

Northern Rangers' Patrick Lanau-Atkinson and Olympia's Jonathan Griffiths contest the ball.

Northern Rangers' Patrick Lanau-Atkinson and Olympia's Jonathan Griffiths contest the ball.

LAUNCESTON City surprised ladder leader South Hobart at KGV yesterday, scoring a goal in the first minute of play when Mark Cristy got in behind the defence and beat the keeper.

The travelling side did not hold the lead for long, Darcy Hall's deflected shot equalising in the 23rd minute and Andy Brennan putting his side 2-1 up seven minutes later.

City's goalkeeper Nick Abougelis was busy, but could not stop Brennan tapping in his second in the 39th minute from a Brayden Mann cut back for a 3-1 lead at the break.

Brennan got his hat-trick 10 minutes after the restart and Connor Kass made it 5-1 from the penalty spot after Nick Morton was fouled in the box. 

City was reduced to 10 men when Aaron Mattarozzi picked up his second yellow, still managing to pull a goal back through Gukhyeon Kim, but Hall got his second three minutes before time.

Olympia took a 1-0 lead into the break against Northern Rangers courtesy of Nicholas Mearns, but Adam Edwards found an equaliser after the restart.

Devonport City suffered a shock loss to Kingborough Lions, a first half header from Lewis Verdouw, who was left unmarked in the six-yard box 26 minutes in, separating the sides. The Strikers came agonisingly close to an equaliser five minutes from full-time when Brodie Denehey struck a half-volley that rebounded off the upright.

On Friday night, Tilford Zebras had a comfortable 4-0 win against last-placed Glenorchy Knights. The result was slightly unfair for Knights, who conceded two goals in injury time after Jono Ladic and Alex Leszczynski had scored in the 52nd and 60th minutes of the second half.

 NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE

Riverside Olympic continued its unbeaten run with a 5-0 thrashing of Launceston United, which finished the game with eight men after three second half send-offs in the space of five minutes.

Olympic's Mitchell Jones scored a brace, Chris Wademan and Matthew Chapman and an own goal rounded out the scoring.

United's first send off was a straight red for a last man foul on Wademan just outside the box before Saeed bin Sumaida and Chris Budgeon picked up their second yellow cards minutes later.

Reigning champion Somerset bounced back from last week's disappointing loss against Olympic with a 12-1 demolition of Launceston City at Cardigan Street.

After taking a 3-0 lead into the break, the Sharks piled on the misery in the second half, scoring nine more goals to City's one.

Chris Smith made the most of his return to the forward line, scoring five times, while Kyrone Johnson (2) and Garry Hamilton (2) were among the other goal scorers.

Northern Rangers and Devonport City played out a 2-2 draw after scores were nil-all at the break. 

Daniel McGinn and Josh Harris got the Strikers' goals, while Stefan Hamilton and Christopher Collins got Rangers' two goals.

Prospect Knights host Ulverstone today.

RESULTS -  Victory League: Glenorchy Knights 0 lost to Tilford Zebras 4; Kingborough Lions 1 beat Devonport City 0; Northern Rangers 1 drew Olympia 1; South Hobart 6 beat Launceston City 2. Northern Premier League: Northern Rangers 2 drew Devonport City 2; Somerset 12 beat Launceston City 1; Launceston United 0 lost to Riverside Olympic 5.

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