Friday, June 28, 2019

Warriors move to within a point of leaders South Hobart in Challenge League

Photo:  South Hobart keeper Mark Moncur dives bravely to save at the feet of Olympia's Bilal Ait Mamaar [PlessPix]

(Challenge League, Warrior Park, Friday, 28 June 2019)

Olympia Warriors 2 (K Vincent 12 pen, B Ait Mamaar 46)
South Hobart 0

HT:  1-0   Ref:  C Maher

Olympia Warriors:  Randall;  Ait Mamaar, Baddiley, Exarhakos, Hills, Moschogianis, Ortmann, Sloan, Tilley, Vincent, Yost  (Interchange:  Kunwar, Pacey-Mayne, Ross, Tsakiris, Tuyishime)

South Hobart:  Moncur;  Attfield, Cornelius, Dzalakowski, Evans, Foley, Goodsir, Hallam, Juju, R Morton, Tooze  (Interchange:  Crespan, Larby, Pullen, Schultz, Kurdistan)

Photo:  Olympia win a free-kick as South's Declan Foley 'boots' Olympia's Kyle Vincent upfield [PlessPix]

Second-placed Olympia Warriors beat Challenge League leaders South Hobart 2-0 to move to within a point of South on the standings.

The Warriors took an 11th-minute lead through a penalty after Sam Cornelius brought down Bilal Ait Mamaar.  Kyle Vincent despatched the spot-kick easily, sending keeper Mark Moncur the wrong way.

South were somewhat fortunate to be only a goal down at that stage as Olympia had made most of the early running and might have scored at least twice more but they were denied by the woodwork, the acrobatics of Moncur, and a goal-line clearance.

South Hobart gradually worked their way back into the game as Declan Foley took no prisoners in midfield, Kasper Hallam used his pace down the right flank, and Mason Attfield fired the ammunition.

The home side clung to their lead and it was 1-0 at the interval.

Photo:  Kyle Vincent (extreme right and partially obscured) nets a penalty to put Olympia 1-0 up [PlessPix]

Olympia killed off the game within a minute of the resumption.  Lutfi Baddiley broke clear down the right and his perfect cross was thumped home at the far post by Bilal Ait Mamaar to make it 2-0.

Olympia had a couple more good chances in goalmouth scrimmages but were unable to increase their lead.

South Hobart launched attack after attack but their finishing was less than clinical.

They hit the post and were denied by Olympia keeper Darby Randall, but they failed to find the net, which is what counts.

Photo:  Olympia's Kyle Vincent gets a nudge just as he heads the ball [PlessPix]

Hallam and Foley had gone off at half-time, probably with tomorrow’s NPL game against Devonport in mind, while coach Siyar Kurdistan came on but was unable to rally his young charges to greater effort.

Kurdistan, who seems to have a return to senior ranks in mind, sent in several long-range efforts, but they didn’t trouble Randall.

Olympia have a game in hand and so are well-positioned being just a point adrift of South.

Photo:  Olympia's Kyle Vincent prods the ball goalwards and skips over keeper Mark Moncur, but the ball was cleared off the line [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

It pains me to say this but Olympia have the best youth Academy development system in Southern Tasmania. I cannot speak for the north of our state.

Anonymous said...

Wonder what Beachside have to say about that?

Anonymous said...

Your opinion only 6:32am.

Anonymous said...

Yet couldnt defeat Beachside ?

Anonymous said...

Credit goes to where credit is due. You are probably correct in stating Olympia have "the best youth Academy system in Southern Tasmania". A loss to a non NPL side really is insignificant.

Anonymous said...

Cups games are a one off and Beachside played out of their skins that day. Shall we visit the previous results between the 2 clubs in 2019? A quick look will tell you the real story of Youth development in Tasmania. Olympia are ahead in this category.