Breakthrough by Launceston City

Danny Allsop in action against the Zebras yesterday. Picture: Scott Gelston
Danny Allsop in action against the Zebras yesterday. Picture: Scott Gelston

LAUNCESTON City recorded its first win in the Victory League courtesy of a hat-trick from marquee player Danny Allsopp.

The former Socceroo scored in the 11th minute against Tilford Zebras after Toby Omenihu crossed for him to score a deflected header and almost netted another header a few minutes later.

The 35-year-old made it 2-0 in the 18th minute when Mark Cristy's cross was not cleared and found him unmarked at the back post to fire the ball into the net from close range.

Adam McKeown pulled a goal back soon afterwards to enter the sheds at 2-1. However, Allsopp struck again when Omenihu slipped him through in the 65th minute.

Omenihu smashed a volley into the back of the net five minutes later to make it 4-1 before a penalty allowed Alex Leszczynski to score from the spot two minutes from full time.

South Hobart beat Devonport City 4-0 after leading 1-0 at half- time through Andy Brennan's strike. City matched South for most of the second half but conceded goals in the 82nd, 85th and 87th minutes, with Brayden Mann getting the first and Ben Hamlett scoring a brace.

On Anzac Day, two goals for Olympia sank Glenorchy Knights after Emmanuel Tsakiris scored in the first minute and Ben Phillips made it 2-0 in the 37th minute.

Northern Rangers play Kingborough Lions today at 2pm.

•Somerset had a 2-0 win against Ulverstone to remain top of the Northern Premier League ladder.

Both goals came in the first half from the Johnson brothers, Kaimon netting a header from a corner and Kyrone claiming a header from a free kick.

Riverside Olympic had a last- minute 2-1 win against Launceston City after leading 1-0 from a Todd Mitchell goal in the first half. City equalised after the restart but Olympic got the winner in the last couple of minutes through Jon O'Neill.

Prospect Knights got their second win if the year against Burnie United after entering the sheds 0-0. Paul Thomas broke the deadlock after Zac van Asch crossed the ball into the box for an easy tap-in.

Devonport City smashed nine- man Launceston United 6-0 at Valley Road after leading 2-0 at the break. United had Leigh Dobson red-carded for a last man tackle 10 minutes in and Saeed bin Sumaida sent off for swearing in the 70th minute.

RESULTS - Victory League: Launceston City 4 d Tilford Zebras 2; South Hobart 4 d Devonport City 0; Glenorchy Knights 0 lt Olympia 2. Northern Premier League: Prospect Knights 1 beat Burnie United 0; Launceston City 1 lt Riverside Olympic 2; Devonport City 6 d Launceston United 0; Somerset 2 d Ulverstone 0.


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