Walter Pless on Association Football
- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 10 March 2017
Photo: Ben Hamlett opened the scoring for South Hobart after poor defnsive play by Olympia. Poor defending cost Olympia all three goals [PlessPix]
South Hobart began their 2017 NPL campaign with a 3-0 away win over Olympia Warriors at Warrior Park tonight.
Olympia were a huge disappointment and finished the game with 10 players after the dismissal of former South Hobart player Lucas Hill in the 75th minute after he pulled down Alex Walter, who was making a dangerous run towards the penalty area.
After a goalless opening half, Ben Hamlett put South ahead in the 51st minute with a low drive from the left of the box after Thomas Little proved indecisive and complacent in possession.
Olympia almost snatched an equaliser shortly after, but South keeper Graham Wright produced a brilliant save from Alfred Hess by turning the ball against the crossbar.
It was 2-0 in the 73rd minute. Nick Mearns inexplicably kicked the ball straight into Alex Walter, a mere two metres away, while attempting to clear and the ball and Walter leaped for the ball and sent a looping header over the stranded keeper, Jakob Cole.
Two minutes later, Hill was sent off and from the resultant free-kick, Kobe Kemp bent a side-footed free-kick curling into the far right-hand corner of the net and past a helpless Cole to make it 3-0.
Olympia’s midfielders were far from creative and provided little service to their forwards, who in turn, allowed South’s central defenders, Hugh Ludford and Daniel Brown, plenty of time to pass the ball between each other and their goalkeeper before eventually choosing to clear upfield.
Olympia’s star recruits, Shane Cartwright and Jakub Sklenar had an unrewarding evening in what was a miserable performance by the home side.
If Olympia are to pose a title threat, they will have to play much better football than their produced tonight.
South Hobart looked solid in all departments and have set the bar at a fairly high level for their opponents in the NPL.
Olympia Warriors: Cole - Vandemey, Stevens, Hill, Little (Hickey 88) - Undy, Mearns (Ortmann 81), Cartwright - Wadawu, Sklenar, Hess
South Hobart: Wright - Gorrie, Brown, Ludford, Quaile - Morton, Walter, Kemp - Cook (Schmidt 70), Hamlett (Brennan 70), Castaneda (Feral 46)
Olympia Warriors 0
South Hobart 3 (B Hamlett 51, A Walter 73, K Kemp 77)
HT: 0-0 Ref: B Kopra