Sunday, March 10, 2019

Warriors fight back from 2-0 down to win Under-18 Cup Fnal 3-2

Photo:   Olympia in possession on the wing [PlessPix]

(Under-18 Summer Cup Final, KGV Park, Saturday, 9 March 2019)

Olympia Warriors 3 (L Baddiley 3)
South Hobart 2 (S Juju, L Flores)

HT:  0-2   Ref:  A Giusti

Olympia Warriors:  Kingston;  Boscoe, Cummins, Exarharkos, Grandquist, Moschogianis, Prendergast, Rutherford, Tween, Hooper, Evan  (Subs:  Ait Maamar, Baddiley, Barker, Duffy, Yost, Marcus, Palvidies)

South Hobart:  Fewkes;  Crespan, Flores, Juju, Lancaster, Morton, Pacey-Mayne, Quan, Richardson, Taylor, Tilley  (Subs:  Ashby, Divin, Hugo, King, Tarte)

Photo:  These two opponents have eyes only for the ball [PlessPix]

South Hobart took an early lead through Samsun Juju when he was put through on the right of the box and slotted a low shot into the net.

Luka Flores, the captain, made it 2-0 before the interval and South Hobart appeared on the way to victory.

A missed penalty by Flores  -  Olympia’s keeper Tate Kingston saved the spot-kick  -  proved decisive.

Photo:  A race for the ball [PlessPix]

Olympia substitute Lutfi Baddiley came on and netted a hat-trick to give the Warriors an amazing 3-2 win.

The sad thing was that Olympia had their Under-18s and their women’s team both involved in cup finals at KGV Park on Saturday afternoon, while their senior NPL team was away in Devonport for a league match.  It was a great way to split a club.  Why couldn’t these two cup finals have been played on Sunday?

 Photo:  A frustrated Olympia coach, Nick Taylor.  His side hit teh woodwork in the first half and missed some sitters in the second. [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors coach, Nick Taylor, said:

“I thought both teams played fantastic football.  I think South Hobart  -  I know a lot of boys there and there’s a few young lads in there that really stood out for me.  Fair play to Ned, fair play to the whole football club.  They’re fun to play.  It was our day to test ourselves where we’re at, really, and we’re excited about the year ahead.

“I didn’t think [we were gone at 2-0 down at half-time].  Not because I’m being arrogant or anything like that.  There was a plan that we were trying to stick by and I thought nil-nil or 1-0 at half-time would have been a good result for us with the game plan that we had.  We’ve been working on fitness solely.

Photo:  South Hobart coach Ned Clarke [PlessPix]

South Hobart coach, Ned Clarke, said:

“I thought it was a close game. We did really well to get a lead in the first half, but Olympia came out in the second half really well.

“It was a good game and I think, in the end, they probably just deserved it, but both teams performed really well. 

“You never are [home and hosed at 2-0 up].  We knew at half-time we had to come out in the second half and perform at our best.  I think we did really, really well, but they came out with a similar mentality to really play at their best.  Yeah, it was a good game.”

Photo:  A good old-fashioned shoulder charge [PlessPix]

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