They may be out of calculations, but Hobart Zebras have once again proven to be a thorn in the side of Devonport’s NPL Tasmania title ambitions after a thrilling 2-2 draw at KGV on Sunday.
After falling behind 1-0 at half-time from a 44th-minute goal by Matthew Pace, the Strikers were the more dominant team in the second half and had the numerical advantage in the 71st minute when Zebras defender Jan Charuza was sent off.
They made that advantage pay four minutes later thanks to a goal from substitute Daniel Syson.
But as Rick Coghlan’s side searched for a winner, they unexpectedly coughed one up at the other end when Adam McKeown found the top corner in the 92nd minute.
However the drama didn’t stop there, with the ensuing celebrations from the home side resulting in a melee and Riley Dillon given his marching orders, reducing Zebras to nine men for the final minutes of stoppage time.
All looked lost for Devonport as they searched for a miracle equaliser until a long throw-in from Dominic Smith in the 95th minute was flicked on by Kieran Mulraney’s head in the penalty area and found the head of Syson who nodded it home.
Another melee started in the aftermath, with Strikers winger Max Fitzgerald shown a yellow card.