NPL Tasmania | Round 2 wrap

Launceston City goalkeeper Dave Smith.
Launceston City goalkeeper Dave Smith.

DEFENDING NPL Tasmania champions Devonport Strikers were unrelenting in their round 2 triumph over Launceston City at Valley Road on Saturday.

The host were clearly the more efficient side throughout and took the lead just 14 minutes into the match thanks to a left foot powerstrike from Tyler Fischer that whizzed past City goalie Dave Smith.

Dominic Smith made it 2-0 not long after from a corner before Launceston were given a sneaky chance at revival through an own goal when a Lindsay Millington pass rolled past Matt Zaikos and into Devonport’s net to round out the first 45 minutes.

The Strikers had several more chances as City struggle to move the ball forward and it only took 15 minutes of the new half for Brayden Mann to score to put the result beyond doubt – Devonport winning 3-0.

Mann was dangerous hitting the post and skewing many wide of the guarded net.

OLYMPIA FC scored five second-half goals to record an emphatic 5-1 away win over Kingborough Lions at Lightwood Park.

Both teams entered the break goalless despite many saved and wayward attempts but it was Ben Kovadio that broke through first 54 minutes – taking advantage of sloppy footwork from the Warriors.

However, from there is was all Olympia despite Lions keeper Sheku Kamara blocking many shots.

Warrior Fred Hess struck in the 72nd minutes followed by goals from Hugh Undy (74’ and 84’), Jakub Skleanar (86’) and Shane Cartwright (90’).

It was a great effort following on from their 3-0 loss to South Hobart last weekend.

Early premiership favourites HOBART ZEBRAS outfit destroyed Clarence 5-0 at KGV on Friday night with Matt Sanders and centre-back Nicholas Groenwold doing the damage.

Zebras dominated from start to finish with Groenwold kickstarting the rout with a 24th minute header, before Sanders netted the first of his hat-trick of goals six minutes from half-time. 

Pressure and fast ball movement again saw Sanders score from close range at the 61-minute mark only for him to set Groenwold up seven minutes later for his second. Sanders capped off his stellar night with a strike from 30 yards that sailed past the keeper.

Zebras had 11 shots to Clarence’s two and set up from the corner post on eight occasions.

SOUTH HOBART host Northern Rangers on Sunday at Darcy Street from 2pm.