Riverside keeps title hopes alive with draw

Prospect Knight Anton La Palombara and Devonport's Mike Danna take a tumble in their clash yesterday.

Prospect Knight Anton La Palombara and Devonport's Mike Danna take a tumble in their clash yesterday.

RIVERSIDE Olympic's title chances remain alive after a 2-2 draw against reigning Northern Premier League champion Somerset yesterday.

Olympic went ahead at Cardigan Street when a mistake by Somerset's defence allowed Alex Gaetani to lob the ball into the net. But the Sharks replied to make it 1-1 at half-time.

Riverside again took the lead, this time from the penalty spot after Chris Wademan was fouled and Todd Mitchell converted the spot kick.

Chris Smith missed a penalty that would have drawn Somerset level before Olympic was reduced to 10 men when Ethan Olner picked up two yellow cards in 10 minutes.

The Sharks found an equaliser however, with about 20 minutes to go from a tap-in on the goal line.

Prospect Knights and Devonport City also played out a 2-2 draw with both sides scoring once in each half.

Knights opened the scoring against the run of play after a poor clearance from the keeper.

But the Strikers hit back through Billy Meldrum who followed in a blocked shot and slipped his shot beneath the keeper to make it 1-1 at the break.

Mitchell again put the Knights ahead from an intercepted clearance, which he dribbled around the keeper and slotted.

However, Connor Lizotte worked his way into the box and squeezed a shot around his marker and into the back post for the equaliser.

Launceston United made it two wins in a row with a 2-1 win over Ulverstone.

United took a 1-0 lead into the break courtesy of a free kick from Alex Rossetto. Ulverstone equalised 25 minutes into the second half before Stephen Lea hit a screamer from a cross at the top of the box on the volley for the win.

In the Victory League, Northern Rangers had a 2-0 win against Launceston City after a scoreless first half.

In the second half, Shane Brassington made it 1-0 and Aidan Rigby got the second. Rigby took out the inaugural John McKenna medal for best player over the three games.

Ladder-leader South Hobart had a 5-0 win against Glenorchy Knights. Andy Brennan scored in the first minute while Hugh Ludford converted a penalty for a 2-0 lead at the break.

Striker Brayden Mann turned it on after the restart, scoring a second-half hat-trick.

Devonport City was down 2-0 against Hobart Zebras at half-time with a brace to Alex Leszczynski. The striker converted a penalty to complete his hat-trick before Adam McKeown set up Zebras' fourth.

Olympia and Kingborough Lions were playing a late-night kick-off.

Results _ VICTORY LEAGUE:  Launceston City 0 lt Northern Rangers 2, Glenorchy Knights 0 lt South Hobart 5, Hobart Zebras 4 d Devonport City 0.

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE:  Prospect Knights 2 dw Devonport City 2, Somerset 2 dw Riverside Olympic 2, Launceston United 2 d Ulverstone 1.

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