Slice of Cheese

Devonport v Olympia

Live Blog Coverage From Andrew Cooling From 2:00pm

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Full Time: Devonport 0-2 Olympia

So the Warriors move into second place after an entertaining game. 

90+4′ And a third man off! This time Kenny Weston, who has been sent from the bench. Presumably for a verbal stoush with Chris Gallo.

88′ Slice of Cheese! And Tomato! A second bookable offence for Mann, a poor late challenge from the captain sees him into the book for a second slice. Strikers down to 9 men!

80′ Bit of a scrap here as Warriors players come in to fly the flag after a coming together between Mann and Cole.

77′ GOAL! 2-0! McCarthy steps up and blasts home the spot kick!

76′ PENALTY! Sammut goes down very easily, Andrews had a hand in the back but that’s a soft one!

73′ Slice of Tomato! Raph Reynolds into the book for a second time. Off he goes, was a late sliding challenge that caught Cartwright, correct decision from the referee.

71′ SAVE! Cole with a superb diving save, throws himself to his left and at full stretch denies a Holden shot from outside the box. Would have seen that late, top drawer keeping!

70′ A Reynolds free kick is nodded goalward but Stevens is on Hand to clear it twice.

70- SUB- Millington on for Argent. Bellini off for Mccarthy on.

69′ Shot off! A dodgy clearance from Pearce presents an opening for Bellini who chips it over the crossbar from the top of the box.

66′ Slice of Cheese! Raph Reynolds into the book for some dissent after Mann didn’t get a free kick after being brought down by Wadawu from behind.

61′ Shot off! King Joffrey gets it from Bellini and charges inside before dragging a left footed effort wide of the post. Really lively young player that the Warriors have unearthed in N’Koso.

59′ Devonport have been the stronger side this second half, they have come of the blocks with good intent, knowing they need 2 goals but the end product has not been there. 

55′ Shot/Cross on! Bidwell sends a cross from the wing to the back post that turns into a perfectly placed shot and a diving Cole makes a brilliant save to keep it out of the top window.

54′ Some flashy footwork from Bidwell, throwing in a couple of stepovers and it leads to a chance for Andrews who mishits and belts it over the bar.

53′ Bellini is racing onto a ball in behind the defence and gets there moments before Pearce, but the keeper does enough to block it away.

49′ Shot off! Wicks finds a pocket of space just outside the box and smashes a drive over the bar, always high and wide.

46′ Back underway in the second half


A pretty tight affair through 45 minutes, not much between both sides, Olympia took their one chance though through the dangerous Sklenar, who has now limped off injured, which may be the biggest story out of this game. 

45+2′ Shot off! Holden nods a glancing header wide after a cross picked him out in the middle of the box.

45′ Slice of Cheese! Dom Smith barges into Bellini from behind, professional foul stopping a promising break so into the book he goes. Was a counter attack after a dangerous moment at the other end with a cross played teasingly across the box but nobody able to get on the end of it

39′ Penalty shout! A Holden free kick is curled in and Mann tumbles to the deck after he tangles legs with Sammutt in the box. Appeals waved away and it did seem incidental, so looks the right call.

37′ Shot off! The resulting free kick is curled in and headed wide by Hill rising from a pack of bodies at the back post.

37′ Wicks charges in on Wadawu and brings hims down, Kopra has the Cheese out straight away.

35′ A storming run from Holden through the middle, beats one, but Vandermey steps in and makes the stop before he can get a shot away.

SUB- Sklenar limping off, has rolled his ankle by treading on the ball. Major concern with the FFA Cup game looming. He is replaced by N’Koso. 

29′ Bellini chips a ball to the top of the box, Bidwell gets his head to it, which almost brings in Sammut but Pearce at the top of the box punches it clear.

28′ Shot off! Ortmann works it to Hill just outside the box and he tries to pick out the far corner but his effort is always fading and it flies wide.

23′ Shot on! Post! Wadawu curls a free kick into the post, looks like Pearce got a piece of it, to push it onto the woodwork.

21′ Scenes! A corner is spilled by Cole in the box, it rebounds into the post, then bounces and around is blocked by Stevens on the line. Somehow it stays out!

16′ GOAL! 1-0 Olympia! And now it snaps into life! Sklenar his clinical self, played to him in the box, he drills it low and it flies in off the post! 

15′ Real scrappy opening quarter of an hour, Wicks with the best chance but little of note happening outside of that outside of a litany of throw ins!

12′ A late sliding challenge from Stevens on Mann draws a warning, and perhaps fortunately for him, not a Slice of Cheese.

7′ Shot on! Wicks find space and charges into the box and rifles a low drive that Cole does very well to get down to and make the save,

5′ Dance makes an important stop on Sklenar in the box, first real menacing attacking move from either side. It’s been a cagey opening five.

1′ Shot off, an early shot from Holden from distance but is way over the top.

So Pearce has come into net for Zaikos who has now departed back to Canada.

Starting XI’s

Devonport- Mann, Wicks, Argent, Holden, Bidwell, Pearce, Smith, Dance, Andrews, Dance, Reynolds

Olympia- Bellini, Callan, Cartwright, Cole, Hill, Ortmann, Sammut, Stevens, Vandermey

The round opens up with a big clash at Valley Road between the second and third placed sides when Devonport host Olympia. With South Hobart seemingly storming their way to the league title this game now looms as less of potential title decider as it once seemed destined to be and more of a showdown for second place. Second placed Devonport currently have a three point gap to the Warriors, though the Warriors goal difference would mean a victory here would propel them up into second. Devonport currently have a one goal better goal differential, but a one goal win for Olympia would mean that their superior goals for tally would move them into second place. Devonport will be looking to avoid any goal difference calculations altogether come seasons end by pushing their home ground advantage and claiming a win. Yet the last time they met at Valley Road back in Round 5, the Warriors produced their strongest performance of the season. They won 3-0 with a left hand side of Hugh Undy and Sam Conway causing complete carnage, a combination that won’t be a factor this time around nor was it in their most recent meeting. That was a 2-1 win to Devonport at Warrior Park with a quality defensive shift leading the Strikers to a win. They were in the midst of a long winning streak on that occasion though and will enter this game in much patchier form. Having won 11 of their first 13 games, they are now winless in their past three games and 7 points off the pace. Not that the Warriors have been setting the world on fire themselves, though with 2 wins in their past 3 games either side of a competitive loss with South Hobart, suggests they do seem to be getting back to some of their earlier season form that they will need to get anything out of a tough road trip.