Launceston City teammates congratulate Dominic Rossi after he scored a goal in Saturday’s clash against Northern Rangers. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON
AN EARLY goal in the first half was set to see the Northern Rangers snatch victory from Launceston City in Saturday’s play-off, but success was not on the cards for the home team.
The clash started at full pace, resulting in a goal at the 10-minute mark from a header by Rangers’ Alex Rossetto.
Rossetto secured the lead after a free kick from Alex Thannhauser was hit sweet.
A second was almost struck by Adam Edwards at 13 minutes, but shot back off the stantion between the bar and post.
City came back aggressively in the 21st minute, looking to equalise with Isaac Degetto, but another ricochet from the post saw his efforts go to waste.
It wasn’t enough to stymie Degetto’s determination, as he returned again – looping the ball in from 10 metres to level the field.
The struggle between the two Launceston teams continued until the 37th minute, where another shot was given away to the Rangers after shirt pulling from City.
The shot was saved, and City fought back again, scoring a goal in the final minute of the first half – an excellent kick from Dominic Rossi.
Play was resumed at 2-1 to City, with both sides scrabbling to control the ball in the first five minutes.
City were able to find opportunity in the chaos, with Rossi again nailing a low shot from the edge of the box to bring about a 3-1 lead.
Rangers fought and found the back of the net at the 56th minute, only for the goal to be called void for an offside possession.
City kept reasonable control throughout the remainder of the match, opting to sit and defend their lead.
Although the Rangers nearly hit a second goal in the 88th minute, their efforts were not enough to turn the game.
In Devonport, the Devonport City Strikers suffered a 3-0 defeat to South Hobart and Kingborough Lions United romped home with an easy 5-0 win against the Glenorchy Knights at KGV Football Park, Glenorchy.
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