Written by @DamianPGill

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Olympia FC Warriors have made a statement, thumping Kingborough Lions 6-0 at Warrior Park today.


It was a dog of the day for Kingborough Lions, with Olympia FC Warriors dominating the contest from start to finish.

The ball was stuck in Kingborough’s defensive third for the majority of the opening half, with Olympia’s pace moving forward exposing the Lions defence.

Olympia opened the scoring in the 17th minute through Fabian Gustaffson, racing onto an Emmanuel Tsakiris flick on before finishing into the vacant bottom left corner.

Olympia peppered the goal and Kingborough struggled to see the ball out of their own defence and create opportunities. Their only real chance of the opening half came through Dean Watkins, who robbed the ball from Nick Mearns and ran in one on one, forcing a tremendous save from Sean Lewis off his line.

At the other end, Kingborough ‘keeper Alex Tatnell had a mixed game, producing some stellar saves to deny Olympia before spilling a Luke Eyles ball into his own net on the edge of half time, to see the Lions head into the sheds two goals adrift.

Any chance of a Lions claw back was shot to pieces with a scintillating seven minute period in which Olympia rocketed home four goals to kill off the contest.

In the 63rd minute, Eyles layed off for Gustaffson who buried his second from the six yard box. Warren Wadawu got in on the act scoring two in two minutes,  finishing off his first after Kingborough denied two efforts from close range, before smoking a scorcher of a strike into the top left from an acute angle on the right.Nick Mearns then added a sixth to put the result beyond doubt.

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Kingborough’s day was exemplified in the 81st minute, when Jack Turner had a penalty saved by Lewis, who answered every question he was posed today.

The result moves Olympia into second and just one point behind rivals Hobart Jeep Zebras.

Kingborough Coach Colin Robbins was disappointed with the heavy loss to a team he considers the team to beat, saying the game got away from his team with Olympia’s quick fire four-second half goals.

“Our heads dropped in that six minute period and the guys realize that, we have had a chat about that but against good teams they’ll kill you and they did,” said Robbins.

“It is definitely a reality check, I rate Olympia very highly, I think they are very realistic title chance this year, that team out there was damn good today,” added Robbins.

Olympia Coach Glen McNeill was impressed with his side’s team chemistry.

“At times they were outstanding today, there were some great individual performances but what we were most impressed with was the are combining as a unit when we do and don’t have the ball,” McNeill said.

Olympia FC Warriors 6 (Fabian Gustaffson 17′, 63′, Luke Eyles 44′, Warren Wadawu 66′, 68′, Nick Mearns 70′) Kingborough Lions United 0 (HT 2-0)


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