Slice of Cheese

Clarence v Olympia (NPL)

 Shots On
 Shots Off


Clarence 1-5 Olympia

A dominant showing from the Warriors, they were the better side throughout and thoroughly deserve the points tonight.

89′ Cleared off the line! Price gets back to deny a chipped effort from Hoy when he had beaten the keeper by freezing him out. Price scrambles back though

88′ Somehow Olympia don’t score a sixth! After the cross bar was clattered the ball fell in the box and after multiple blocked shots, Undy has a prime chance but fires it wide.

78′ GOAL! 5-1! Sklenar with another! Mearns threading it through to him after a turn over in midfield led to a 4 v 2 breakaway at the back.

75′ Shot off! Hoy blazes over the top from 8 yards out, his first shot was blocked and the rebound fell kindly to him but he can’t find the elusive fifth his side is really pushing hard for.

72′ Shot on! This is turning to the Warriors taking pots from range, a corner is cleared to Mearns who tries his luck from 30 yards but Randall holds it.

69′ Save! Rinse and repeat, this time Hoy drives an absolute howitzer of a shot from long range that stings the palms of Randall.

67′ Save! Again Randall is called into action, this time denying Callan from long range.

65′ Save! Randall does well make a sharp save to deny Hoy with a powerful drive.

62′ SAVE! Hess tears off down the right and puts in a pin point cross to the back post where Undy collects and smashes one on target but Randall is out well to make a point blank save.

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57′ Lucas Hill makes a fine sliding block to deny a Robb shot after a mazy run that saw him driving past multiple defenders.

55′ Shot off! Undy finds space at the top of the box but his shot lacks direction and is well wide.

53′ Shot blocked! Callan does well to deny a shot from Robb after Stuart seemed to have set him up on the right hand side of the box.

49′ Stuart looking to get in behind but gets brought down by Stevens. The free kick is drilled low near post and Cole makes an easy save.

48′ George Hallard has two shots blocked in a row as Clarence start the second half on the front foot, Olympia defence holding firm though.

Sub- It seems that Gavin H0y has come on at half time for Bellini.

46′ Second half is underway here at Wentworth Park, can Clarence conjure up something miraculous? Or will it be more Derby day joy for the boys from Warrior Park.

HALF TIME Clarence 1-4 Olympia

Pure domination from the Warriors so far in this one, they have been utterly clinical and Clarence have simply had no answer to them at the back. Sklenar’s movement has caused the defensive unit all manner of problems and his support from Undy and Bellini has been top class too. Their quick passing and movement of the ball has made life very tough for the Clarence defence who have been picked apart. They started out alright and looked up for the fight but have simply been outclassed in this one.

45′ GOAL! 4-1! A corner is swung in and headed goalward, Randall makes a superb diving save to keep it out but the rebound falls to either Bellini or Sklenar, (I think the latter, my view was somewhat obstructed) who is on hand to nod home from close range.

40′ Shot on! Undy has a header cleared off the line, after he rose to meet a cross that had been stood up to him at the back post.

Lucas Hill has played three truly top drawer long range switching passes of about 50 yards, the latest of which leads to a free kick in a promising area which Clarence do well to repel. His range of passing is a joy to behold.

36′ GOAL! 3-1! Undy plays a through ball for Bellini who races onto it at the near post and smashes it home.

33′ A good few moments here for Clarence, as they get repeat crosses into the box, only results in a tame header at the feet of Cole and no goal threat but they are getting right back into the game.

30’GOAL! 2-1! Nick Naden pulls one back, an errant header from Hill at the back sees the ball land in his path as he arrives in the box and he makes no mistake stroking it home.

26′ Shot off! A looping corner from Heggie to the back post finds the head of Stuart who makes clean contact but it’s just past the post.

21′ GOAL! 2-0! Sklenar again! Hill with a superb long range pass to Undy wide on the left, he crosses for Sklenar who is on hand to bundle it home from close range!

18′ A couple of times now Clarence players have found some space out wide but their crosses have been picked out of the air by Cole.

Very little cutting edge for either side yet with both defences firmly on top and chances not exactly flowing here. The difference is the one moment of pure quality from Sklenar.

17′ Shot off! Mearns tries his luck from 25 yards but shanks it well wide.

That was the first shot of the game and came from nothing, just a switching ball from the flank. Pretty even start outside of that, physical game developing. Heath is bombing on as Clarence look to attack down the left but their one promising incursion was shut down by some fine Lucas Hill defending.

6′ GOAL! 1-0 Olympia! Jakub Sklenar! Simply superb. A raking cross field through ball from Callan springs Sklenar who takes a velvet touch on the edge of the box, set himself and drives a bullet into the far corner.

1′ Kick off, we’re underway on a beautiful night here at the Dunegeon, no breeze to speak of and clear conditions.

Clarence- Randall, Price, Hedge, Malcolm, Heggie, Heath, Hallard, Lewis, Naden, Robb, Stuart

Olympia- Cole, Callan, Stevens, Hill, Little, Ortmann, Hess, Mearns, Undy, Bellini Sklenar

Welcome to the Dunegeon, Andrew Cooling bringing this massive derby to you under the lights of Wentworth Park. Clarence have looked a much improved side in 2017 but Olympia looked very sharp last week up against Devonport and are starting to build ominously. Clarence have been well served by the Malcolm/Hedge pairing in defence over the past 2 weeks and they will need to be at their best again this week to curtail the influence of Jakub Sklenar. No Conway, Cartwright, or Vandermey for Olympia who are all injured whilst Hoy’s first team exile continues. For Clarence Demar is still injured and no Bremner up top which leaves a huge hole, presumably to be filled by Stuart.