Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Round 7 of the Northern Premier League

Toby Omenihu has been in good form for Knights, having a
hand in 3 goals against Devonport last Round.
Northern Rangers v Burnie United 2.30pm – NTCA
A fair bit of difference between these two on the ladder, but Burnie have a good record over Rangers in recent times, and are never an easy game for the Launceston club.  Rangers have a few players out of their back line with Luke Tuma injured and Tenzing Anderson overseas so their depth will tested in the defensive area this weekend.  Marcus vanderharst comes in for his senior debut at right back and Sam Nugteren returns to the starting line up.
Player to watch – Agele Luate Northern Rangers.

Ulverstone v Prospect Knights 2:30pm – Ulverstone Showgrounds. MATCH OF THE ROUND
Ulverstone have had the wood on Prospect now for 2 or 3 years, with the exception of a win the Knights had over Ulverstone last year, there will be a healthy respect from both sides and this should be a close and top notch fixture.  Game of the round as both teams again need the win, and as is often the case, a draw will do no one any good, expect the two to go at each other for the full 90 minutes, though I expect a low score line with both teams having exceptional goal keepers in Ryan Keep for Ulverstone and Kris Beardwood for Knights.
Player to watch – Brayden Mann, Ulverstone
Devonport v Launceston United 2:30pm – Valley Road.
Devonport should have little trouble with Launceston, despite getting beaten last round by Knights.  Again Devonport traditionally give Launceston a football lesson in this fixture, but the two are much more evenly matched this year, and a Launceston surprise is remote, but not out of the question. Kiren Mulraney is in great form in front of goal, scoring in every game of the season so far I believe for Devonport and Jesse Curran is an exciting young midfielder who is already having an outstanding year.
Nick Lanau-Atkinson will be looking to rediscover his good
early season form.
Player to watch – Jesse Curran, Devonport

Riverside v Somerset 2:30pm – Windsor Park
Riverside will still be licking their wounds after their 8-0 drubbing to Rangers last round, but they will be equally eager to get back on the park and prove to everyone that it was nothing more than an off day at the races.  The two match up pretty well for size and speed, though Riverside have more quality across the park, and with Somerset improving each week, this again should be a close game and worth getting down to watch.
Players to Watch – Mark Christie, Riverside, Chris Smith, Somerset.

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