- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 28 January 2013
Photo: Olympia's Seung Yong Jin (No.10) scores against Taroona [PlessPix]
Olympia Warriors beat Taroona 6-0 at Warrior Park tonight in a pre-season ‘friendly’ that turned ugly and was abandoned before the end.
The match was in its third 25-minute period when an altercation between players threatened to get out of hand and Olympia Warriors president George Mamacas entered the field of play and declared the game over.
Photo: Taroona's Eli Luttmer attempts to thread a pass through to his strikers [PlessPix]
Tempers then settled and it turned out to be a storm in a teacup as both teams shook hands and left the field amicably.
Referee Martin Piesse had handed in his whistle seconds before Mamacas intervened.
Olympia player Janko Begovic, who had played in the earlier stages of the match but was now changed, was ready to referee the closing stages of the match when Mamacas called the game off.
Piesse had restarted play quickly after the incident involving a Taroona player and an Olympia player had been resolved before it degenerated into fisticuffs.
Photo: Taroona's Marcus Atkinson (left) retains possession despite the challenge by Olympia's Lee Mason [PlessPix]
Taroona goalkeeper Nathan Meyers was caught way out of position by the quick restart and Olympia scored a seventh goal, which was negated as the match was abandoned.
Meyers had been involved in an earlier incident when a late tackle by Olympia’s Warren Wadawu injured Taroona’s Darragh Carey, who had to be carried off the pitch and was unable to resume.
An indignant Meyers ran half the length of the pitch to confront Wadawu and the pair had to be separated by other players.
Olympia coach Glen McNeil sensibly substituted Wadawu immediately after the altercation, but he came on again later in the match.
Photo: Taroona goalkeeper Nathan Meyers confronts Olympia's Warren Wasawu as Taroona's Darragh Carey (No.2) lies injured on the ground [PlessPix]
Olympia looked the more skilful of the two sides and their team-work at times dazzled their opponents.
The home side had several new players, including the Korean pair of Jeong Bin Kim, a 21-year-old midfielder, and Seung Yong Jin, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder.
They also had Alex Holmes, the Glenorchy Knights central defender, and Clarence United striker Emmanuel Tsakiris.
Olympia led 3-0 at the end of the first third through goals by Nick Meredith, Seung Yong Jin and a Ben Phillips penalty.
Photo: John Cherry and coach Andy Tye carry Darragh Carey from the field [PlessPix]
Goals by Tsakiris, Lachlan Nichols, a new player from Canberra, and Lee Mason during the second third of the match made it 6-0 before the shortened final third.
Olympia squandered several chances with poor finishing, while Alex Holmes was unlucky with a header that hit the crossbar.
Taroona fought back strongly in patches but their shooting was off target, while Olympia defended resolutely on occasions to deny the visitors.
Veterans Josh Fielding and Janko Begovic also played for Olympia, who had Jason Voss in goal.
Taroona beat Olympia Warriors 1-0 in the curtain-raiser.
Next Saturday, Glenorchy Knights will face Tilford Zebras in a pre-season friendly at Warrior Park, with the seniors kicking off at 2pm and the curtain-raiser at noon.
Photo: Olympia's new Korean recruit, Jeong Bin Kim, slide tackles [PlessPix]
Beachside will also be playing Kingborough Lions United on Saturday at South Hobart, the reserves kicking off at 10am and the seniors at noon.
Photo: Olympia's Seung Yong Jin under pressure from Taroona's Marcus Atkinson [PlessPix]
Photo: Ben Phillips nets a penalty for Olympia against Taroona [PlessPix]
Photo: Olympia's Nick Meredith (right) goes for a header as Olympia's Josh Fielding (left) and Taroona's James Cherry await the outcome [PlessPix]
Photo: Olympia's Jeong Bin Kim (left) and Taroona's David Abbott vie for a header [PlessPix]
Photo: Olympia's signing from Clarence United, Emmanuel Tsakiris, scored against Taroona [PlessPix]
Photo: Olympia's recruit from Glenorchy Knights, Alex Holmes, hit the crossbar with a header [PlessPix]