Strikers in seventh heaven

DEVONPORT City got its stuttering Victory League season back on track with a 7-3 win against Launceston City at Mitsubishi Park.

The Strikers opened the scoring in the 5th minute through Brody Denehey and doubled its lead with a strong header from Callum Moore in the 20th minute.

City were reduced to 10 men after goalkeeper Jordy van der Corput received his second yellow card and things got worse for the home side when defender Shane Egan netted an own goal to make it 3-0 at the break. 

A shoot out entailed in the second half with seven goals scored; three to Launceston City and four to the Strikers.

Mark Cristy got two for the home side and Dominic Rossi got one, while for Devonport, Denehey added his second, Michael Holden chipped in with one and Moore completed his hat-trick.

Tilford Zebras took a 1-0 lead into the sheds after a shot three minutes into injury time rebounded off the upright and was fired in by Dwayne Walsh.

A second yellow to Olympia's Warren Wadawu in the 71st minute made the home side's hopes of an equaliser much slimmer and the game ended 1-0 in Zebras' favour.

On Friday night, Kingborough Lions had a 4-2 win against Glenorchy Knights after shooting out to a 4-0 lead by half-time.

Reigning champions South Hobart host Northern Rangers today to complete the round. 

In the Northern Premier League, Riverside Olympic and Somerset maintained their winning starts to the Northern Premier League season with 3-1 and 4-1 victories against Ulverstone and Burnie United respectively. 

Olympic got out to a 2-1 lead by the break but were reduced to 10 men just after the restart when Taylor Neilson was red carded for retaliation. The home side's goals were scored by Matthew Youd, Chris Wademan and Todd Mitchell. 

The Sharks' Johnson brothers caused most of Burnie's headaches, the first goal coming from Kyrone's free kick that was turned in by a United defender.

Cody Batt equalised for Burnie about 10 minutes later but Kaimon Johnson put Somerset ahead again with a strong header just on half-time. The Sharks had the better of the second half with goals to Kyrone and Kaimon Johnson.

After Launceston City and Devonport City's game was deadlocked at 1-1 at the break, the Strikers added four unanswered goals in the second half to run out 5-1 winners.

Beau Blizzard scored from the penalty spot and Daniel McGinn and Brendan McCaffrey netted a brace each.

Launceston United went close to winning its second game in a row, leading 3-0 against Northern Rangers but running out of steam to draw 3-3. 

Rangers were reduced to 10 men in the opening 20 minutes and Launceston took the lead through D'Zeffrey Bart. In the second half, Saeed bin Sumaida added the second from a direct free kick at the top of the box and Andrew Smith miscued a cross that went in at the back post.

But Rangers fought back and scored three goals of its own in the last 20 minutes to earn a point.

6pt UNIV INTO HELIOS; Starts in UNIV, breakback goes to helios, loops on breakbacks.RESULTS -  Victory League: Glenorchy Knights 2 lt Kingborough Lions 4, Launceston City 3 lt Devonport City 7, Olympia 0 lt Tilford Zebras 1.

Northern Premier League: Somerset 4 d Burnie United 1, Riverside Olympic 3 d Ulverstone 1, Northern Rangers dw Launceston United 3, Launceston City 1 lt Devonport City 5.

Nick Meldrum in action for Riverside against Ulverstone yesterday. Picture: MARK JESSER

Nick Meldrum in action for Riverside against Ulverstone yesterday. Picture: MARK JESSER


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