Lakoseljac Statewide Cup
Devonport City v Launceston Utd Valley Rd Friday 7.30pm
These two teams have faced each other once this year with Devonport triumphing 5-2. Launy United had a good win under lights in the qualifying round against Launy City and, if they can manage a win again on Friday night, don’t be surprised if there is the odd erection or four in the corners at Birch Ave the following week. They might even put some light poles up too!
Prospect v Rangers Prospect Park Sat 2.00pm
Both teams will have cringed at the news of drawing each other in the cup as they are both even on points at the top of the NPL ladder. Rangers might be the more confident of the two sides going into the match as they administered the Knights only loss of the season so far with a 3-0 victory. Chris Hunt scored a spectacular brace that day so one would assume, if he is fit, that Prospect will pay him a bit more respect at the top of the box this time.
Taroona v Riverside Kelvedon Park Sat 2.00pm
I put it out there on Walter Pless’ blog that River would flog Taroona and I still stand by my prediction. Taroona are currently sitting 4th in League One in the south, however, when these sides faced off in last year’s cup there was only a goal in it. Taroona will go in underdogs and could spring a surprise but this isn’t likely.
Nelson v Burnie North Warrane Sat 2.30pm
Put your house on Burnie if you can. The biggest challenge for Burnie will be finding the ground! Nelson has won 2 games in League 1, both against Southern FC who are rubbish (Sorry Southern FC). Big win coming up for Burnie. Nuff said.
Olympia v Ulverstone Warriors Park Sat 3.00pm
Strangely, of the eight cup games, this is the only NPL v SPL fixture. We play down on the synthetic shagpile that is Warrior Park. We don’t know whether to pack boots or moccasins, nor do we know if there is a ‘no shoes on the carpet’ rule. Olympia sit bottom of the SPL but it is a proud club who will be looking to progress as far as they can to lift their spirits. It should be a close game.
South Hobart v Kingborough South Hobart Sat 2.00pm
Glenorchy Knights v Newtown Eagles KGV Sat 5.15pm
Tilford Zebras v Clarence Utd KGV Sat 7.30pm