|Nick Lanau-Atkinson fights for second half possession|
The home northern sides were bundled out of the State Wide cup in convincing fashion in the northern games.
Riverside hosted Glenorchy Knights but suffered a first half hangover, conceding three goals to the better prepared Glenorchy Knights. Jason Huigsloot, Simon Strang and Aaron Marney all netted for Knights at Windsor Park in the first half, with Riverside struggling to create a chance.
The second half was a closer affair with Riverside getting into the game, but the damage was done and Holmes was commanding the Knights defense, giving the quick but small Riverside forwards no chance.
Riversides goal keeper Mark Littlechild was in good form in goals and kept the score respectable for Olympic.
It was a disaster for Launceston United at Birch Avenue, conceding 2 first half goals and then 2 more early in the second half to trail first division outfit Taroona. It got worse for Launceston as they turned their frustration onto the referee. After a number of free kick requests were waved away by Chris Parr, the Launceston forwards turned on him with a barrage of dissent.
|Father and Son, Hugo and Eli Lutmer go to battle in the air|
together against Launceston United.
Captain Nathan Bartlett was cautioned for shoulder charging his Taroona opposition early in the half, then received his second yellow card and ultimate dismissal for dissent a short time later. Two other Launceston players followed suit with 4 yellow cards shown between them, all for dissent, and this resulted in Launceston seeing out the game with just 8 players on the pitch in the end. One of the victims was their form striker Thors Nimely, meaning Launceston will start the Premier League season against Riverside without their captain or star striker.
Regardless of the 3 man advantage at the end of the game, Taroona could not extend their lead, and were eventual four goal winners, with Hugo Lutmer scoring first, a double to Tom Loftus and Tom Young scoring one also.
Burnie were not able to get over Kingborough who continued their strong early season form with a 3-0 win over the North West Coasters. Pearce getting a brace for the Lions and Farquar kicking one for his club.
|Launceston's Jack Hudson prepares to tackle.|
It was a goal fest at Olinda Grove with University beating Somerset 5-4 in normal time. Chris Smith scored a hat trick for the Sharks, but it wasn’t enough, even with a supporting goal from Jason Noonan as University were able to answer the challenge with 5 goals of their own.
At this point Launceston City are the last hope for the North, leading Metro at time of writing this article 3-2.
Riverside 0 lost to Glenorchy Knights 3 (Hiugsloot, Strang, Marney)
Launceston 0 lost to Taroona 4 (T.Young, Lutmer, Loftus 2)
Kingborough Lions 3 (Pearce T 2, Farquar) defeated Burnie United 0
University 5 def Somerset 4 (Smith 3, Noonan)
Metro 2 (George 2) lost to Launceston City 3 (Macri 2, Sciulli)