Slice of Cheese

Hobart Zebras v Olympia

Live Blog Coverage From Andrew Cooling

 Zebras
 Vs
Warriors
0
 Goals
2
3
 Shots On
4
3
 Shots Off
4
9
 Fouls
9
3
 Cheese
1
 0
 Red
 0
4
 Offsides
4
3
 Corners
4

FULL TIME: HOBART ZEBRAS 0-2 OLYMPIA WARRIORS

90′ Slice of Cheese! A late lunge from Warrener on Bellini sees him into the book

89′ Shot on! N’Koso robs Hey of the ball and charges in 1 v 1 on Mercuri who makes an outstanding leg save to deny him.

84′ Woodwork! A long range free kick from McCarthy is curled from distance, Cartwright can’t quite get on the end of it, and it clatters into the post before being cleared by Hey.

82′ GOAL! 2-0! Warriors! A cross from the left deflects absolutely perfectly for Bellini who deposits it from close range! Fortunate, but did it well.

77′ Shot off !Bellini with a blast from range, but it’s ovet t

Long time between chances in this game, Vandermey and Stevens have been utterly imperious at the back for the Warriors. Whilst Groenewold has won the ball back the last 3 times the Warriors have gone forward.

77- SUB- Backhouse for Kadisha

70′ SUB- Hickey on for Hill, Warriors putting some key men on ice for Tuesday it seems.

SUB- Wadawu replaced by N’koso

Zebras having the best of the second half and have had the Warriors under pressure at the back quite a bit.

64′ Slice of Cheese! A dose of dairy for Kadisha! Presumably for dissent,

62′ Shot off! Hill pulls a shot wide from range, just couldn’t make clean contact!

61′ Slice of Cheese! A shirt tug from the Colonel on Vandermey sees him into the book.

60′ SAVE! DOUBLE SAVE! Cole somehow get down and gets a hand to keep out Sanders then recovers to make another save on Pace who seemed destined to score but blasted it low and somehow denied,

54′ A free kick is fired into the wall by Hey, Ackerly had won it in the middle of the D after he was tripped up

53′ Shot on! Walsh turns in the 6 yard box and tries to sneak it between the legs of Cole who does well to make the crucial save.

HALF TIME!

The Warriors take a 1-0 lead into the break but in truth it has been a largely uninspiring first 45 minutes. A lot of turnovers from both sides, they have been both been well short of their best and will want to tidy things up for the second 45.

42′ Shot off! Hey threads it to Walsh who turns fires wide of goal.

34′ GOAL! 1-0! Either Hill or an Own goal to Hey, either way, Wadawu storms in from the right, beats Warrener all ends up and plays it back across the face to Hill who taps it back across the face, it deflects off Hey and in!

30′ Shot off! A Sanders corner picks out Hey at the back post who mistimes his volley and doesn’t make proper contact with it.

26′ Some lovely play from Ackerly driving at the defence and drawing defenders, playing it to Mckeown who plays Warrener in who storms into the box but his cut back is put behind for a corner.

24′ Shot off! McKeown with the first shot in anger from the Zebras, driving wide of the post from 20 yards.

23′ Shot on! Bellini now trying from range but straight down the throat of Mercuri who catches comfortably.

21′ Shot off! Hill with a drive from range that just flies wide.

18′ A vital clearance from Pace saves the day after Bellini and Wadawu combined to almost unlock them with a sharp 1-2 in the box.

15′ Not even a hint of a chance so far through 15 minutes, both defences firmly on top so far.

7′ Ortmann lining up at Right back and Hill as a striker for the Warriors the major things of note through a pretty cagey opening with no real chances for either side.

1′ Kick off, play underway at KGV!

Welcome to KGV for the first game of Round 18. Traditional rivals are set to clash in what should be an entertaining game, even if it won’t carry the significance in the title race that we once thought it might have. ’s a fixture that will take place with the spectre of Tueday night’s FFA Cup clash hovering over it, with the Warriors facing the conundrum of just how many of their first XI should they risk by playing? Having claimed second place with their fighting win over Devonport last weekend, they could relinquish it immediately if they were to drop points, yet winning an FFA Cup game is surely a bigger prize than finishing second in the league. Furthermore any red cards in the game would rule a player out of Tuesday’s game, as it did for South Hobart goalkeeper Kane Pierce 2 years ago, meaning discipline will be a major focus for the Warriors. Both Jakub Sklenar and Nick Mearns are under significant injury clouds and will surely not be risked meaning it could be a very young and inexperienced Warriors side that takes to the pitch. The sides have met three times this year, twice playing out 1-1 draws in the league but it was Olympia who claimed the big one, when they won the Lakoseljac Cup Semi Final between the sides 2-0. Zebras meanwhile, having secured a top four finish, can still finish third or second and a win over the Warriors would close the gap between the sides to 3 points. After a down period through the middle of the year after a wretched run of injuries, Zebras have recaptured their best form in recent weeks, beating Devonport 3-2 and Clarence 5-0. Their defence has remained solid all season, conceding a league low 14 goals, but it has been their attack that has started to click again with the dangerous Mathew Sanders scoring 5 goals in the past 2 weeks to move into second on the goal scoring charts. With Sklenar injured he will be looking to make up ground on the Czech striker this week, though with Skelnar’s 24 goals putting him 7 ahead, it remains a tough assignment.

Overall Head To Head Record:

Hobart Zebras:

P: 14 W: 8 D: 3 L: 3 GF: 28 GA: 18

Olympia Warriors:

P: 14 W: 3 D: 3 L: 8 GF: 18 GA: 28

Head To Head Record At KGV Football Park:

Hobart Zebras:

P: 7 W: 4 D: 1 L: 2 GF: 14 GA: 11

Olympia Warriors:

P: 7 W: 2 D: 1 L: 4 GF: 11 GA: 14

Hobart Zebras 2017 Home Record:

P: 8 W: 5 D: 1 L: 2 GF: 19 GA: 5

Olympia Warriors 2017 Road Record:

P: 9 W: 6 D: 1 L: 2 GF: 27 GA: 13

2017 Meetings:

Round 7, Olympia Warriors 1-1 Hobart Zebras (Warrior Park)

Round 13, Hobart Zebras 1-1 Olympia Warriors (KGV Football Park)

Interesting Stat:

This is the fixture with the most night games in NPL history, with 9 of their 14 meetings taking place under lights.