Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easter Football

Round 4 is played over the Easter weekend starting tomorrow with a Good Friday game being played at Montello. Burnie United host Launceston United in which should be a cracking match. Both teams have improved from last year and on their day may even compete with the tops sides.
Burnie will be looking to make it 2 from 2 at home and turning Montello into a fortress this year.
Burnie will be seething at the teeth after going down to cross town rivals Somerset and would have worked hard on the track this week to fix their mistakes from last week. Marque player Peter VanEk will play this week after coming down from Brisbane Roar for the week.
With VanEk and Moores in the back line Launceston will find it hard to get behind the lines.

Ulverstone v Launceston City 2:30 Ulverstone Show Grounds
The Reds will be looking to get their first win at home this week against City. Both sides are depleted this week and a lot weaker than last year.
Ulverstone have been hit the hardest after loosing another 8 starting senior players from last year and Adam Conkie hanging up the boots after being sent of in the first round. Kiren Meannie who missed last week is back from injury and will give the reds more strength in the midfield.
City are much unknown and look to be up and down after the first 3 rounds.
With City's V League team carrying injures will only make their NPL team weaker. The Reds should take the points this week.

Devonport v Somerset 2:30 pm Saturday Valley Road
The Strikers host the inform sharks and will struggle to contain them. The Sharks are 3 from 3 and will be looking to keep their perfect record. Kaimon Johnson started for the Sharks last week after missing the first three round and looked as dangerous as the George Dale medal winner did last year also finishing with 2 goals. Also Jeremy DeBomford will start this week after coming off the bench last week against Burnie. Somerset seem to be going from strength to strength every week. Last year premiership player Ross Smith has also been included into the squad after making a late return to the club.

Prospect v Rangers 2:30 pm Saturday Prospect Park
This is another rival game and both teams will be out to flex their muscles earlie to stamp their authority on this game. With round 4 being sheduled over Easter a lot of the Knights players had already had plans, plus add injurys to some of their key players.
Liam Jarvis is out with a broken hand and top defender Gregg Duffy has injured his ankle.
Coach Ray Heald is still up beat about this weekend and has had a few players from last year to rejoin the club and ready for this week.
Rangers will be out to redeem them selves after late 3 all draw against Launceston Inited lay week.
Coach Brendan Litchtendonk had this to say"
“I was really happy with our game last week with Launceston, not everything went our way, but we stuck to our game plan in a tough situation and pulled a result out of the fire.
“Through all of this, whilst we are never happy conceding 3 goals, we did move the ball around well, we had to make numerous positional changes to cope with ten men, but we never really dropped our team tasks which was good. 
“The trick now will be to do that all again against Knights with 11 men for 90 minutes.
“We have a lot out this week, Victory League is on Friday for us, so we wont know our final make up until that game has finished, as any player who steps on the park for us against Zebras can't play on Saturday, and I expect Tim Lunnon to make all of his changes to nurse the team through for the State Cup match with Devonport on Monday.
“We also have captain and vice captain in Jim Ower and Josh Burk out, and Chris Collins would have got a chance to re-connect himself into the starting XI this week but is away on Holidays, so we are down on personnel but plenty of depth will still see us put together a strong side.
“Issa Dumbuya will get his first start for the year in midfield, and I was really impressed with Alex Fulton and Daniel Sparshott last week, who goes to centre-back is yet to be determined as yet, and that is the only real question mark at this point.
Prospect come in fresh off a BYE in round 3.
“I don't know that much of Prospect this year, but they have had a few injuries early on this season and I am not sure how they will line up, Im sure the BYE has come at the right time for them, but we can only control our own game, and we will have to do that this week if we are to get a result away from home.
“It is a must win after a couple of disappointing results for us.”
In the last match of the round, Ulverstone host Launceston City. Neither side has recorded a victory this season so both teams will be out for a result on the weekend.

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