Devonport City bounce back with strong home win

PERSISTENT: Strikers golden boot Brayden Mann.

PERSISTENT: Strikers golden boot Brayden Mann.

Devonport City has kept in touch with this year’s NPL Tasmania title contenders amid the early excitement of a 3-1 win over Kingborough.

Fans were treated to three goals inside just five minutes – two of them to the Strikers – during the first half of the clash at Valley Road.

Daniel Jackson opened the home side’s scoring on Saturday from the back of the post in the 19th minute.

Kingborough replied in the next minute when goalkeeper Matthew Pitchford’s spoil was hit straight to Chris Downes, who knocks it back into the unguarded net.

Brayden Mann nodded in his ninth goal for the season to put the Strikers 2-1 up.

Devonport added a fourth first-half goal when Jackson’s shot deflected from a Lions defender and over the line.

That was enough for the Strikers to capture the three points – despite a scoreless second half – and move only one point behind Launceston City and all square up with Hobart Zebras, the two sides set to clash on Sunday.

Olympia Warriors consolidated their top-four spot, also earning a 3-1 win facing up to battler Clarence United.

One goal down in the eastern derby, Warren Wadawu scored twice in the 41st and 54th minutes and Gordon Gurson added the 62nd-minute sealer for the Warriors.

Ulverstone has continued its six-game winning run to head the women’s state table.

The side that fought their way back from two goals down against Launceston City to win by three last week, this time hammered Kingborough 6-3 on Saturday.