Rangers in rampage over Lions

NORTHERN Rangers rediscovered their Victory League form yesterday with a 8-0 demolition of Kingborough Lions, which included a first-half hat-trick from Shane Brassington.

Rangers flew out of the blocks, scoring their first when Brassington headed Pat Lanau-Atkinson's second minute cross  to the back post.

Aidan Rigby scored twice in two minutes, heading in Brassington's pass from a short corner in the 19th minute and dribbling through the defence in the 20th to make it 3-0.

Brassington got his second, following up a spilled shot from range in the 25th minute. It was a race between Brassington and Rigby to see who would reach their hat-trick first and the Englishman won, curling Todd Hingston's pass into the bottom right 10 minutes before the break.

Rangers extended their  lead five minutes after the restart when defender Ryan McCarragher followed in a saved free kick and Rigby got his third in the 79th minute from a low drive. Not to be outdone, Brassington bagged his fourth for the day, two minutes from time.

Launceston City could not repeat its maiden 4-2 win over Hobart Zebras without marquee striker Danny Allsopp and suffered a 12-0 thumping.

Zebras shot out to a 4-0 lead at half-time with goals to Ethan Engels and Alex Leszczynski and a brace to Adam McKeown. McKeown netted two more goals in the second half while Engels and Leszczynski added one each and were joined on the score sheet by Curran Ferns, Nick MacDonald, Henry Fagg and Russell Courtney.

Devonport City struck first in its clash against South Hobart but could not hold the lead and went down 4-1 in very heavy conditions at Valley Road.

Callum Moore opened the scoring in the eighth minute, finishing Joel Stone's flick on, but Andy Brennan equalised in the 25th minute and put his side ahead five minutes later to take a 2-1 lead into the interval.

South was reduced to 10 men after captain Hugh Ludford's last man tackle on Michael Holden earned him a red card, but it didn't stop the reigning champions, Brennan scoring his hat-trick two minutes from time and Darcy Hall adding a fourth in injury time.

 Olympia had a 5-0 win against Glenorchy Knights after leading 2-0 at half-time. 

In the Northern Premier League, ladder-leaders Riverside Olympic slipped up against Ulverstone and drew 2-2.

Connor Meanie put Ulverstone ahead from the penalty spot in the opening 15 minutes before Riverside's Chris Wademan missed a penalty just before half-time.

Steve Gulbrandson equalised after the restart but Olympic went behind again from another penalty scored by Meanie. Wademan made up for his earlier miss to level the scores but neither side could find a winner.

The derby between Burnie United and Somerset was called off before play began after referees deemed the Montello pitch too dangerous to play on. The game between Devonport City and Launceston City was also postponed.

6pt UNIV INTO HELIOS; Starts in UNIV, breakback goes to helios, loops on breakbacks.RESULTS - Victory League:  Kingborough Lions 0 lost to Northern Rangers 8; Hobart Zebras 12 beat Launceston City 0; Devonport City 1 lost to South Hobart 4; Olympia 5 beat Glenorchy Knights 0.

 Northern Premier League:  Ulverstone 2 drew Riverside Olympic 2.

Devonport's Callum Moore and South Hobart's Hugh Ludford in action at Valley Road yesterday.  Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Devonport's Callum Moore and South Hobart's Hugh Ludford in action at Valley Road yesterday. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

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