Saints secure spot in semis

GNL men. The Rocky Cape Tavern Smithton Saints made it four wins in a row with a 3-0 home victory over South Burnie on Saturday, securing a place in the semis.

In the first half, the Saints played tentatively and allowed South Burnie to pack their defensive half, which made for frustratingly slow play. The home side dominated and forced much of the play deep inside South’s defensive half, but the Saints’ forwards were unable to find a way through the flooded opposition’s defence.

With the score 0-0 at halftime, the Saints refocused and set out to put away the opposition early on. Joe Coombs and Jarrad Poke led the way, pushing the Saints quickly into attack. After a quick transfer of play, Kade Wooldrage scored his maiden goal for the 2013 season, slapping the ball low into the goals to make it 1-0.

Soon after the re-start, the Saints were back in attack, forcing a penalty corner, successfully converted when Anthony Lockett scored from close range to made it 2-0.

South Burnie tried hard to work themselves into attack, but the Saints’ defenders stood firm and denied the visitors any chance of scoring a goal.

Late in the match, Nigel Kingston made a storming run down the right wing and hammered a long range pass into the circle to John Innes-Smith, who neatly deflected the ball into the net and finished off the scoring at 3-0.

This Saturday the Saints will play an away game against Launceston City in a knock out semi final.


Goals: Kade Wooldrage, Anthony Lockett, John Innes-Smith.

Best: Jarrad Poke, Joe Coombs, Jason House.

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