Launceston City shot to the top of the NPL Tasmania table on Sunday, stunning the much-fancied Olympia Warriors 2-0 in Hobart.
It was a huge day for the club as its Women’s Super League side secured a 4-3 win over Taroona, ensuring for the first time in history City heads both state leagues.
The repositioning of the club this year, challenging the traditional Hobart powerhouse clubs, has coincided with new president Andrew Heap’s bullish approach and the recruitment of several Devonport City NPL stars.
City climbed from fourth to first overnight after Kingborough Lions pulled off the biggest upset in recent times, poleaxing Hobart Zebras 5-0.
The new-look Devils are now the only NPL side still undefeated after four rounds, which includes three wins, one point clear of Zebras.
Played in blustery conditions, Olympia had the better of the early exchanges, but failed to convert their attack.
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City soon turned possession around shortly after half-time to take the lead.
Awarded a dangerous free kick, Joseph Dozario struck the ball perfectly moments later into the back of the net.
The visitors continued to press the Warriors’ defence.
That pressure culminated in Tyler Fischer continuing a rich vein of goalscoring form.
Teammate Noah Mies set up the American’s fourth for the season in the 78th minute to push City out to a winning two-goal lead.
City’s women were challenged by mid-table Taroona.
Canadian Sydney Hector first and Kiara Walsh next put the Devils two goals up just past the half-hour mark.
Taroona replied prior to half-time, but two goals inside the first four minutes of the second half to Naomi Celebre and Keilin Fagan appeared to the seal the victory.
But plucky resistance from Adelyn Ayton twice brought Taroona from three goals down to one late in the clash.