- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 30 June 2014
Photo: Knights' Choi (left) fights to control the ball as Olympia's Mearns moves in [PlessPixRetroLook]
Olympia Warriors confirmed their second placing on the Victory League ladder with a comfortable 5-0 win over second-last Glenorchy Knights at home at Warrior Park on Saturday night.
The Knights were completely outclassed and seldom had a look-in at goal.
Olympia looked composed on the ball and pressed their opponents for all but the opening few minutes.
Photo: Olympia's Brian Kabangu (left) in hot pursuit of Knights' Dae Young Choi [PlessPixRetroLook]
Date: 28 June 2014
Result: Olympia Warriors 5-0 Glenorchy Knights
L Nichols 9
E Cabello 37
E Tsakiris 69, 73
W Wadawu 81
Venue: Warrior Park
Match Overview: The Knights would not give Olympia the ball in the opening few minutes, but once they did lose possession, the game changed and the Warriors dominated.
The Knights were without midfielder Callan Griffin, while the Warriors started with Alex Ralph and Warren Wadawu on the bench and, surprisingly, had Stuart Page partnering Jake Vandermey at centre-back, with Ben Phillips at left-back.
The Knights failed to mark Lachlan Nichols and Nicholas Mearns in midfield and the duo pulled the strings for their side and called the tune throughout.
Nichols showed his dominance with a fine goal after just 9 minutes, while Mexican Eduardo Cabello hit the second from range in the 37th minute, the ball going in off the base of the left-hand post.
Seung Yong Jin and Dei Young Choi buzzed about up front for the Knights but ultimately lacked penetration.
Emmanuel Tsakiris added Olympia’s third in the 69th minute when he rounded keeper Alex Woodham and eluded Tyler Harrison before walking the ball into the net.
Substitute Warren Wadawu’s low cross from the right was swept home by Tsakiris for goal number four in the 73rd minute, while Wadawu rifled home the fifth in the 81st minute with a low shot from the right that went inside the far post.
Knights lost promising central defender Tyler Harrison in the 78th minute following a tackle by Wadawu. He had to be helped from the pitch and Knights will be hoping the youngster isn’t seriously injured.
Key Moment: Eduardo Cabello’s splendid strike in the 37th minute rewarded Olympia for their efforts and killed off any chance the Knights had of coming back. It showed that the Warriors were in charge and would not be challenged on their home pitch on this evening.
Man-of-the-Match: Lachlan Nichols was a dominant figure for Olympia, leading by example and stamping his authority on the match. He was everywhere, winning tackles and spraying short and long passes in all directions to his team-mates. His opener showed his team-mates the way.
Matter of fact: Olympia beat Knights 2-0 away in the first round of the Victory League and 5-0 at home in the second round this evening. Olympia stay second, 5 points adrift of leaders South Hobart.
Talking point: Can the Knights improve their record against the Warriors in the third round? They have conceded 7 goals without reply now to Olympia, so can they stem the tide next time?
Olympia Warriors 24
Glenorchy Knights 13
Olympia Warriors 10
Glenorchy Knights 6
Olympia Warriors 5
Glenorchy Knights 2
Olympia Warriors 3
Glenorchy Knights 4
Olympia Warriors 4
Glenorchy Knights 1
15 S Page (14 Griffiths 87)
2 Kabangu (7 Wadawu 62)
12 Nichols (20 Ralph 80)
15 Di Falco
6 Harrison (13 D Holmes 78)
9 V Kamano (2 Thorne 76)
20 S Jin
11 D Choi (14 Hudson 46)
Referee: Mr Jim Hortle
Photo: Olympia's Stuart Page (left) stops Knights' Seung Yong Jin [PlessPix]