Walter Pless on Association Football
- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 17 March 2017
A Mathew Sanders hat-trick helped Hobart Zebras to a 5-0 win over Clarence United at KGV Park tonight.
The two other goals came from headers from Zebras’ American import, centre-back Nicholas Groenewold.
Sanders’ third goal came from a precise chip from 35 metres, the striker having seen Clarence keeper Darby Randall off his line.
Clarence had just a mere three chances, the best of which fell to Nicholas Naden in the 71st minute, but he headed wide of the target when left unmarked in the 6-yard box.
Dwayne Walsh missed a great chance for Zebras in the 6th minute when he failed to connect properly at close range from Luke Warrener's left-wing cross.
Jayden Hey should have put Zebras in front after just 12 minutes, but his header from the bouncing ball flew wide of the right-hand post.
In the 23rd minute, Zebras’ Groenewold broke the deadlock when he glanced home a Chris Downes free-kick from the left aimed at the near post.
Sanders made it 2-0 in the 37th minute with his first goal of the NPL campaign, but Randall should have saved instead of allowing a rather tame, low shot, which he seemed to have covered, to trickle past him.
Clarence suffered a blow just before the break when they lost import Odaine Demar through injury.
Sanders made it 3-0 in the 62nd minute when he steered home Adam McKeown’s low left-wing cross from the goal-line to grab his second goal of the game.
Groenewold also completed his brace in the 68th minute following a short corner and cross from the right. The American trapped the cross on his chest and knocked the ball in at the far post to make it 4-0.
In the 70th minute, a Clarence free-kick was well saved by Zebras keeper Marcello Mercuri, who had a quiet evening.
Thirteen minutes from the end, Sanders produced his contender for goal-of-the-season to make it 5-0.
The Zebras display left something to be desired - they also missed the influence of the injured Luke Huigsloot - particularly in terms of finding their front-runners with crosses and passes.
For Clarence, it’s going to be another long, hard season.
(NPL Tasmania, KGV Park, 17 March 2017)
Hobart Zebras 5 (N Groenwold 23’, 68’, M Sanders 37’, 62’, 77’)
Clarence United 0
HT: 2-0 Ref: B Kopra
Hobart Zebras: Mercuri - Hey, Groenewold, I Lewis (Degetto 86’), Warrener - Walsh, Lagu (Backhouse 89’), Muller, Downes - McKeown (Buga 89’) , Sanders (Sub not used: Reid)
Clarence United: D Randall - Price, Demar (Hedge 41’), M Lewis, Naden - Aitken, Hallard, Robb (Burgess 72’) - Heggie, Bremner, Stuart (Hardwick 72’) (Subs not used: Dyson, S Randall)
Women's Super League
Hobart Zebras 3 (Nichols 2, Harris 1) beat Clarence United 0