Walter Pless on Association Football
- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 18 March 2017
Kingborough Lions United looked as if they might get something out of this game during the first 45 minutes.
But, there were warning signs of impending doom.
Goalkeeper Sheku Kamara played as a sweeper-keeper and almost got caught out a couple of times. But, he did make fine saves from Jake Vandermey and Hugh Undy in the latter stages of the first half.
Undy caught him out badly with Olympia’s third goal, however, and the keeper needs to be a little more judicious about his method of play.
The Lions lost Ben Robinson through injury after just 11 minutes and he had to be replaced by Jackson Nugent.
Jack Gates was accomplished at left-back and central defender Chris Akakpo looked sound.
There were too many misplaced passes, however, and the build-ups usually petered out to nothing.
Olympia were little better in the opening half as they overdid the build-ups, which broke down when the final pass failed to find the intended recipient.
Everything changed in the second half as the ball found the next six times.
Kingborough took the lead in the 54th minute after an error by Thomas Little, whose poor back-pass left keeper Jacob Cole in strife and he was beaten by Ben Kovadio.
Two goals in 3 minutes turned the tide and spelled the end for the Lions.
Alfred Hess equalised in the 72nd minute and Jakub Sklenar put the visitors ahead in the 74th minute.
Hugh Undy made it 3-1 in the 84th minute before Sklenar completed his brace in the 86th minute to make it 4-1.
Shane Cartwright netted against his former club in the last minute to provide Olympia coach Ian Shaw with a satisfying return to his former team’s home.
The day’s organisation was up to Kingborough’s usual high standard. The pitch was excellent, the ground announcer informative and the ball-girls efficient.
The on-field performance of the team will need to improve, however, for coach Gabriel Markaj to retain any air of plausibility about his methods.
PS4 NPL Tasmania (Lightwood Park, Saturday, 18 March 2017)
Kingborough Lions United 1 (B Kovadio 54’)
Olympia Warriors 5 (A Hess 72’, J Sklenar 74’, 86’, H Undy 84’, S Cartwright 90’)
HT: 0-0 Ref: C Phillips
Kingborough Lions United: Kamara - Cowen, Akakpo, P Markaj, Gates - Ntale, Robinson (Nugent 11’), T Pearce (Lokoes 60’), Mtwale - Herweynen, Kovadio (Subs not used: McEldowney, Rickards)
Olympia Warriors: Cole - Vandermey, Little, Stevens (Hickey 76’), Conway (Thomas 87’) - Ortmann, Hess, Mearns, Undy - Sklenar, Cartwright (Subs not used: Bellini, Smithies-Sharples, Stalker)