South Ho­bart survives big Lions fright

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - SHAUN McMANUS

SOUTH Ho­bart sur­vived a mighty scare from the King­bor­ough Lions to come away with a pul­sat­ing 3-2 win in the first match un­der lights at Light­wood Park last night.

Jack Turner scored the win­ner with less than 15 min­utes to play to help the visi­tors climb back to within six points of NPL Tas­ma­nia lad­der leader Launce­s­ton City af­ter nine matches.

A healthy and vo­cal crowd turned out to see the sev­en­th­placed Lions put on a strong show­ing, but South’s re­lent­less pres­sure even­tu­ally told as they fought back from a 1-0 deficit at half-time.

South dom­i­nated the first 20 min­utes, and Turner had the ball in the net in the eighth minute but saw his header chalked out for off­side.

The Lions struck against the run of play in the 23rd minute, when Christopher Downes met a cross at the back post and fin­ished with classy first-time vol­ley.

South con­tin­ued to have more of the ball af­ter fall­ing be­hind, but they strug­gled to break the well-or­gan­ised King­bor­ough de­fence down.

Lewis Ver­douw could have dou­bled the Lions’ lead five min­utes be­fore half­time when he found space in the right chan­nel, but he fired straight at South keeper Kieran Brown.

South came out with re­newed pur­pose af­ter the break and it was 1-1 within three min­utes when a de­flec­tion fell kindly for Nick Mor­ton in the box and he picked out the bot­tom corner.

A headed goal from de­fender Daniel Brown gave South the lead five min­utes later.

The Lions re­fused to sur­ren­der though, and Ti­mothy Baker struck the post in the 64th minute be­fore Danny Cowen lev­elled from the penalty spot in the 72nd.

Turner broke King­bor­ough hearts in the 77th minute when a low cross from the left made its way through a sea of legs to the back post, where he was on hand to bury it.

Downes nearly made it 3-3 with three min­utes re­main­ing when he flicked on a long di­ag­o­nal ball, but his header flashed just wide of the post as South held on.

Else­where, Bray­den Mann hit a hat-trick as the Devon­port Strik­ers fought out a 3-1 win over Olympia War­riors at Val­ley Road.

The loss leaves Olympia 10 points off the pace in fourth po­si­tion.

Launce­s­ton re­stored their four-point buf­fer in the twi­light kick-off af­ter the Strik­ers had briefly cut their lead to a soli­tary point, ham­mer­ing bot­tom side Clarence United 7-0 at Buckby Land Rover Park.

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