Photos (Top to Bottom): Olympia Warriors starting XI; South Melbourne starting XI; Match officials (L-R), assistant referee Simon Natoli, referee Sean Collins, assistant referee Kim Barker, and fourth official Stratos Plomaritis; Olympia's Warren Wadawu beats Seb Petrovic to the ball; Olympia's Warren Wadawu battles a South Melbourne opponent; Nick Jacobs scores his and South Melbourne's second goal; A South Melbourne pass into the danger zone; Olympia's Lee Mason shileds the ball from South Melbourne's James Riccobene; Olympia's Brendan Garth tackles South Melbourne's Rob Naumoski; South Melbiurne's Rob Naumoski speeds away from Olympia's Brendan Garth; Olympia's Brody Cronk in possession and marked tightly [PlessPix]
Olympia Warriors 0-9 South Melbourne
Olympia Warriors were never in the hunt and it was plain for all to see that they had only had one practice match before tonight’s game, which was played on a fine KGV Park pitch.
South Melbourne’s youngsters showed technical expertise, good understanding and team-work. There passing was excellent and each player knew what was expected of him and what his role was. This is an obviously well-drilled outfit which will improve with age and experience.
It was 2-0 at half-time through fine goals by Nick Jacobs. His first was very clever and brilliantly executed. Receiving a pass down the left from Seb Petrovic, Jacobs looked up and, seeing Dmitri Nester off his line, chipped the keeper.
Olympia rarely strung more than a handful of passes together and they were slower to the ball than their opponents and their first-touch left a lot to be desired.
Jacobs completed his hat-trick with two minutes of the resumption after an error by Youssef Mohamad, who tried and failed to get a square pass to team-mate Declan Hickey on the edge of the 6-yard box.
Kyle Joryeff headed South Melbourne’s fourth in the 56th minute after a cross from the right by Jacobs.
South Melbourne’s four big guns came on for the last half-hour and Olympia sank without trace as they ran riot.
Jesse Krncevic, son of coach Eddie Krncevic, scored five goals in the final 28 minutes as he received fine service from his team-mates. A goalkeeping error and a penalty assisted the visitors, but Krncedvic showed fine skills and pace, as well as lethal finishing.
The stage is now set for South Melbourne’s showdown with Tasmanian champions South Hobart on Sunday at 4pm at South Hobart. This should be a game well worth watching.
Olympia Warriors assistant coach Mark Loftus said:
“Disappointed. Obviously, we don’t want to get a shellacking like that, but three dead silly give-away goals didn’t help.
“Two-nil at half-time wasn’t so bad. For the first 20 minutes, we were looking all right.
“We lost our shape and perhaps we tried to give everybody a run. It’s pre-season and we’re trying to give everyone a fair go, but perhaps there were too many substitutions which leads to lack of consistency in play.
“I thought there were some good performances. I thought Sam Cannamela was excellent with some important tackles, and I thought young Jayden Hey at right-back was good. He can hold his head up.
“Some of the boys will be disappointed with their performance. If they’re not, they shouldn’t be playing. At the end of the day, there was not enough ticker shown out there. This game’s all about ticker.
“We can build on that. It’s not the end of the world and it’s only pre-season. It’s only our second run. South Hobart was a bit of a disaster last week.
“Our training facilities have not been the best. I’m not looking for any excuses, but we know once we get our home ground and we get our home-ground feel - we’ve got the best home ground in Tasmania then - we can start playing some velvet football.”
South Melbourne coach Eddie Krncevic said:
“For us, it was important that we had a good training session. It’s still part of our preparation.
“For me, it was interesting, the first half, mainly because I played with nine under-21 players and I thought the youngsters did quite well.
“We introduced four senior players for the last half-hour and you could see the difference.
‘For us, it was good to have a good hit-out and it was good for the confidence as well to score some goals.
“But, let’s not forget that for Olympia it was only their second game and so they were under-prepared and we thank them for a good game and a good hit-out for us.”
Olympia Warriors: Nester - Hey, Cannamela, Mohamad, Nandan - Wadawu, Mason, Phillips, Kumpulainen - Cronk, Meredith (Subs: Kay, Hickey, Garth, Heggie, Stockdale) [Interchange applied and all substitutes were used]
South Melbourne: Sardelic - Colosimo, Venderman, Simmons, Treloar - Petrovic, Gasparis, Naumoski, Riccobene - Joryeff, Jacobs (Subs: O’Dor, Topolovic, J Krncevic, Recchia, Zanelli) [Interchange applied and all substitutes were used]
Goals: Jacobs 7, 25, 47, Joryeff 56, Krncevic 62, 73, 75, 87 pen, 90
Ref: S Collins