With one-third of the 21-game PS4 Tasmania NPL season gone, Olympia Warriors, the 2015 champions, are top of the pile.
It’s a close-run thing, however, with only a point separating the top four teams.
Olympia drew 1-1 with traditional rivals Hobart Zebras at home at Warrior Park on ANZAC Day to go to the top.
Zebras took the lead two minutes before the interval when a Chris Downes free-kick from 35 metres eluded everyone and sneaked into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
Substitute Gavin Hoy, Olympia’s Canadian import, who was playing his last game for the club, equalised midway through the second half shortly after coming on. Shane Cartwright chipped a ball into the box and Czech import Jakub Sklenar chested it down for Hoy. Hoy didn’t make clean contact with the ball, but his low, slow-motion shot somehow squeezed through Brazilian goalkeeper Marcello Mercuri’s legs and over the line. Mercuri probably wished he could dig a hole and bury himself, but that was impossible on Warrior Park’s artificial surface.
Devonport City, the reigning champions, easily accounted for Clarence United 5-0 away at Wentworth Park on the Saturday, all the goals coming in the second half.
Substitute Lindsay Millington netted the first and last, while American import Tyler Fischer, Henry Andrews and Michael Holden grabbed the other goals.
South Hobart, who haven’t won a league title since 2014, are third after their 7-1drubbing of bottom-side Launceston City at South Hobart Oval on Sunday.
Victorian signing Caleb Ludlow opened the scoring for the home side in the 17th minute following a cut-back from the right by the speedy Ben Hamlett, while centre-back and skipper Daniel Brown headed home the second in the 20th minute from Kobe Kemp’s corner.
Alex Walter made it 3-0 in the 34th minute with a powerful drive from 20 metres after he cut inside from the left.
Nick Morton hammered home the fourth from wide on the left two minutes later.
Hamlett was sent off on the stroke of half-time for violent conduct, but being a man down made no difference to South Hobart, who scored three more times in the second half, through Morton, Walter and Adam Gorrie.
City pulled a goal back through American import Dylan Williams in the 85th minute when they were trailing 6-0, but it hardly raised a ripple.
Kingborough Lions United won their first game of the season when a Ben Kovadio goal near the end gave them a 1-0 away win over Northern Rangers at the NTCA Ground in Launceston on Saturday.
Kovadio has reportedly since signed for Western Australian outfit Gwelup Croatia and scored in their 5-1 win in the FFA Cup on ANZAC DAY.
PS4 NPL Tasmania Standings (As at 25 April 2017)