- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 28 February 2013
Photo: Olympia's Hugh Undy surrounded by Nelson opponents [PlessPix]
(Summer Cup, Men’s Section B, Pool A, Warrior Park, Saturday, 23 February 2013)
Olympia Warriors 6 (S Jin 8, N Mearns 12, L Nichols 55, A Holmes 77, M Nowicki 84, D Kumar 90+1)
Nelson Eastern Suburbs 0
HT: 2-0 Att: 120 Ref: K Barker
Olympia Warriors: Voss; Begovic, Holmes, Jin, Kim, Mearns, Nichols, Phillips, H Undy, Wadawu, Woolley (Interchange: Kunwar, Mason, Nowicki, Wilcock)
Nelson Eastern Suburbs: De Carpentier; Brighella, Cronk, Cross, Finch, Fleming, Fone, Hanley, Hennessey, Hoppitt, Maio, Mills, Stalker, Thorpe, Colgrave.
Photo: Olympia's Seung Yong Jin attempts an overhead kick [PlessPix]
Olympia Warriors have effectively booked a semi-final place in the Summer Cup with this comfortable 6-0 win over Nelson Eastern Suburbs.
It looked like a Victory League club against a Southern Premier League club encounter in most aspects.
Olympia scored two quick goals and that gave them the start they needed to make the game safe.
Seung Yong Jin was lively in attack and he netted the first after 8 minutes.
Four minutes later, he cut open the Nelson defence down the left and rolled the ball into the path of Nicholas Mearns, who could have scored with his eyes closed.
Photo: Seung Yong Jin (right) wheels away after scoring Olympia's opener [PlessPix]
It took until the 55th minute for Olympia to get their third. Luke Wilcock crossed from tehj right and, when keeper Nick De Carpentier dropped the ball, Lachlan Nichols was on hand to shoot home.
Mathew Nowicki almost added a fourth in the 57th minute, but his powerful shot clipped the top of the crossbar.
De Carpentier produced a fine save in the 73rd minute from Mearns.
Four minutes later, Alex Holmes nodded home Hugh Undy’s corner to make it 4-0, while in the 79th minute, Ben Phillips rattled the Nelson crossbar with a thunderous shot.
Photo: Nicholas Mearns strokes home Olympia's second from a Seung Yong Jin (No.10) cut-back [PlessPix]
Six minutes from the end, Nowicki crossed from the right and the ball swirled in the wind and drifted into the far top corner of the net for Olympia’s fifth goal.
A minute into stoppage time, the marauding Janko Begovic passed to Dipendra Kunwar, who scored with a low drive from the left and inside the far post to make it half a dozen.
Photo: Olympia's Warren Wadawu (left) grapples with a Nelson opponent [PlessPix]
Olympia Warriors coach, Glen McNeil, said:
“I think that Nelson were very good at dropping players behind the ball and we found that a little bit difficult, especially in the first half, to break them down.
“I think we had control of the match for the whole 90 minutes, but they were hard to break down in their final third. But, we worked away and we discussed it at half time and said we’d just have to be patient and goals will come, and they did eventually.”
Photo: Olympia's Warren Wadawu cuts inside and heads for goal [PlessPix]
Nelson Eastern Suburbs coach, Michael Roach, said:
“We knew we’d be without the ball a bit today, so we tried to close down, drop back in and close space and try to get the ball to feet as we came forward.
“We were disappointed about the two early goals and the two late goals, funnily enough.
“Apart from that, for a lot of the game we were getting something out of it and we go forward from there.”
Photo: Olympia's Lachlan Nichols shields the ball from a Nelson opponent [PlessPix]
Photo: Olympia's Ben Phillips (right) chips the ball over Nelson's Bill Hanley [PlessPix]