The Olympia FC Warriors have climbed back to top position in the NPL TAS after a emphatic 3-1 win over South Hobart FC at Warrior Park. This one had everything! Bookings, hard hitting tackles, match saving saves, and finally a winning goal for players and staff to lose their minds!
The game started out very evenly with both sides trying to outthink each other. We didn’t have our first shot until the 10th minute if thats any indicator of how tense it was!
Olympia made the breakthrough in the 20th minute. A scrappy goal to say the least but Jonathon Mulungula shot off the side of the boot in the box and it landed past South keeper Graham Wright.
In the second half South found a equaliser in the 56th minute. A back kick goal from Bradley Lakoseljac after Nicholas Morton whipped in a great ball from a set piece which Lakoseljac got onto and hit the roof of the net in the process! Warriors keeper Kyle McDonald was left dumbfounded on that one.
Joffery Nkoso soon gave the lead back to the Warriors after heading in from a corner ball in the 72nd minute. His first attempt was well saved by Wright but the second header found its mark and Nkoso was away in celebration!
The final 15 minutes was pure, cagey, intense football with neither team wanting to lose but still willing to take every chance to win. Jack Ryan finally put the game to bed in the 93rd minute. Ryan brushed past South defender Jack Bowman, saw the keeper off the line and lobbed it over Wright’s head for the winner!
After the game Warriors Manager Rob Clarke praised the win “Very happy with the result, we didn’t have a lot of depth in the attack on the bench but credit to the boys for coming through. Bay Kurtz probably played the best game he’s ever played.”
Olympia will now be away to the current title holders Devonport Strikers next Saturday at Valley Road in a huge clash which could decide the fate of the championship winner.
“Last time we went to Valley Road we were very dissapointed with how we played, a must win or realistically we can’t win the league”
South Manager Ken Morton thought it was a harsh result on the balance of play. “Didn’t take those chances, I think we deserved a bit more than what we got, we did enough to win the game but credit to Olympia for not giving up and showing spirit.”