Friday, August 30, 2019

Olympia hand the Challenge League title to South Hobart by losing to Zebras

Photo:  A battle between Olympia's Shartiel Tuyishime and Zebras' Adam McKeown [PlessPix]

(Challenge League, KGV Park, Friday, 30 August 2019)

Hobart Zebras 3 (A McKeown 14, 60 pen, J Rose 58)
Olympia Warriors 2 (A Exarhakos 22, S Hills 69)

HT:  1-1   Ref:  I Colhoun

Hobart Zebras:  Reid;  Ackerleym Ahmed, Bloomfield, Clark, Ditton, Fraser, B Jones, S Jones, McKeown, Muller, Plunkett-Smith, Reynolds, Rose, Smith

Olympia Warriors:  Ross;  Cummins, Curtis, Duffy, Exarhakos, Hills, Moschogianis, Rutherford, Tilley, Tuyishime, Vincent  (Interchange:  Arnold, Granquist)

Photo:  Olympia's Shartiel Tuyishime fouls Zebras' Adam McKeown and concedes a penalty [PlessPix]

Olympia relinquished the Challenge League title to South Hobart after going down 3-2 to Hobart Zebras at KGV Park this evening.

Olympia did more than enough to win, but a goalkeeping blunder and some incredible misses at the other end in the second half cost them the match.

In the 14th minute, it was Zebras’ Number 14, Adam McKeown, who headed his side into the lead from James Ackerley’s cross.

Midway through the half, indecisiveness at the back by Zebras cost them dearly as Alexander Exarhakos took full advantage to equalise.

Photo:  Olympia's Kyle Vincent tries to dispossess Zebras' Mulugeta Smith [PlessPix]

The Thirteen-minute mark of the second half proved unlucky for Olympia.  Zebras’ Jack Rose took a free-kick from the half-way line and pumped the ball at goal.  Olympia keeper James Ross allowed the ball to escape his grasp and roll over the line to give Zebras a 2-1 lead.

Zebras earned a penalty on the hour when Shartiel Tuyishime fouled McKeown as he threatened to get past him.  McKeown sent Ross the wrong way with his spot-kick to put Zebras 3-1 ahead.

Olympia did more than enough to win as the clock wound down.  They had a goal disallowed through off-side, while Exarhakos missed a sitter, firing straight into Nathan Reid’s arms with the goal at his mercy.

Photo:  Zebras' Hassan Ahmed volleys clear [PlessPix]

Sam Hills did pull a goal back in the 69th minute to make it 3-2 when he fired low and hard from the left and the ball nestled inside the far right-hand post.

But, Hills was desperately unlucky not to grab the equaliser in the closing minutes when his effort hit the underside of the bar and bounced back into play.

Olympia will play South Hobart next Wednesday, but there’s nothing riding on the outcome now.

Photo:  Adam McKeown heads Zebras in front against Olympia [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

Stacked the side for a couple of weeks for what? It's South's title and you alienated half your challenge team.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the insight John Snow aka anonymous!