Dominant Second Half Sees South Hammer Olympia

IC-South Hobart FC

Mark Wakefield

South Hobart overcame Olympia Warriors 5-1 this afternoon at a wet and blustery Darcy Street. In the first real wintery feel to a game this year, South Hobart went into the break 1-1 after playing into a very stiff breeze before romping home with it at their backs in the second half to run out comfortable winners.

Olympia had the gale at their backs in the first half and started the stronger of the two teams, having a couple of near chances before Leszczynski rattled the Olympia woodwork in the 21st minute. From there, Olympia went straight up the other end and Dan Brown’s misjudged attempt at a clearance saw the ball bounce beyond the South defence for the diminutive Gavin Hoy to run onto. He slid the ball towards the goal and new signing Graham Glynn raced onto it to prod home from two yards out and give Olympia the lead.

In the 28th minute, Nick Morton somehow found a way to miss an empty net from 1 yard out. Jack Turner had released him after Gillam had come streaming out of goals only to realise he wasn’t going to be able to impact the contest. He turned to run back and Morton brought the ball under control a yard out near the left post, before he shot rather than walk it into the net. His shot went straight into the side netting and he spent the next minute on the ground dejected with his effort as the bronx cheers from the Olympia faithful rang out across the ground.

Gillam then got busy for Olympia making a couple of spectacular saves to deny Hamlett and Morton before South’s equaliser came in the 33rd minute. A corner into the mixer was played back to Darcy Hall and the youngster hit a low hard shot through a crowded box leaving Gillam unsighted until it was too late, Hall’s shot nestling in the back of the net.

Gillam made a couple of more saves late in the half to keep his team at 1-1 at the break. South Hobart came out with the wind at their backs and another level of intensity to start the second half and they ran rampant over a tired looking Olympia outfit.

In the 49th minute Hamlett unleashed an unstoppable effort on his left foot into the top left window that no keeper in the league would have saved to give South the lead.

It was Hamlett again in the 58th minute as Leszczynski’s miscued shot found the striker unmarked at the back post and he made no mistake side footing it into the back of the net to make it 3-1.

Nick Morton scored in the 64th minute after a neat one-two with Leszczynski before he strode in and slotted home past Gillam to make it 4-1. Morton ran towards the Olympia faithful who had jeered his every mistake and errant shot during the game and cupped his hand to his ear to see if they had anything left to say.

In the 72nd minute, Leszczysnki scored the fifth when he turned sharply and struck a sweet left footed curling shot that caught everyone unaware, including Gillam, and nestled into the bottom left corner of the net.

In the 85th minute the excellent Drake received his marching orders for Olympia after collecting a second yellow for a foul. He had received a yellow earlier in the first half for simulation as he went searching for a penalty after a long run into the 18 yard box with numerous step overs before he flopped to the ground.

South were irresistible in the second half, an unstoppable force. Olympia’s depth was tested and it would be hard to say they should receive a pass mark for their showing today. They missed the services of Warren Wadawu and next week will be hard for them without the influential Drake playing. They were caught short on the opposite defensive flank and if they have to find another full back next weekend they may well struggle against Devonport.

The stars for South Hobart in a great team performance were Ben Hamlett, Kobe Kemp and Alex Leszczynski, whilst for Olympia, Roan Gillam, Zac Drake and Nicholas Mearns battled hard in a losing cause. The win sees South Hobart close to within 1 point of the Zebras and 2 points of the Strikers.

Olympia coach Glenn McNeill was disappointed with the teams second half effort, “I think we were all pretty embarrassed by that performance at the end of the day.”

“South Hobart deserved to win, much more clinical in front of goals.”

“At half time I was concerned that one all was not enough.”

“I don’t know who in our team will stand up and strike a ball from 35 yards, South Hobart have half a dozen willing and capable of doing that.”

South Hobart coach Ken Morton was pleased with his sides performance, “Yep, I think overall it was a good performance.”

“We limited them to only a few chances.”

“He has been close for a week or two now (Hamlett to starting the game) and it was just getting the time right and getting the right amount of miles in his legs… he was terrific today.”

“It was a good team effort.”




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