Slice of Cheese

Hobart Zebras v Olympia (NPL)

 

 Zebras
 Vs
Warriors
 1
 Goals
1
1
 Shots On
4
3
 Shots Off
4
7
 Fouls
5
2
 Cheese
 0
 0
 Red
 0
 0
 Offsides
 0
3
 Corners
 1

Full Time: Hobart Zebras 1-1 Olympia

90+2′ Shot off! Sklenar curls the free kick over the bar

90+2′ RED CARD! A second yellow for Lewis as he held back Sklenar.

89′ Shot on! A cross from Little is met by the head of Sklenar, he makes good contact but Mercuri makes the save at his near post.

88′ Shot off! Sklenar spurns a chance to win it! Agonisingly wide of the post after Bellini split the defence open to play him in.

SUB- Nkoso replaces Leaman for the Warriors.

83′ Shot off! Backhouse skews one wide of the mark after a strong counter attacking move.

79′ Two big saves from Mercuri, first to deny a blast from Vandermey before making a superb diving stop to prevent Sklenar’s effort from close range after Bellini worked it to him.

76′ Shot off! A Backhouse Volley from range flies over the top after a clever cushioned header from Sanders set the chance for him.

75′ Shot off! A Hey free kick to the back post is nodded wide by Sanders who strained his neck to get something on it.

70′ Game has opened up a bit more but still no real scoring chances being forged.

63′ Shot off! Huigsloot roosts one from miles out that is well wide.

57′ Shot off! The ball is worked to Ortmann at the top of the box and he drives one just wide of the post.

47′ Shot off! Sklenar curls a free kick wide of the mark.

47′ Slice of Cheese! Warrener brings down Wadawu as he cuts inside.

46′ Gates with a heavy touch in the box to allow Mercuri to

Half Time 1-1 the score, both teams have had 1 shot, and both teams have scored from them! Remarkable but largely dull stuff, still the stakes are high and it’s all still to play for so an intriguing second half awaits us.

45′ GOAL! 1-1! Jack Gates, played in by a superb through ball by Mathew Sanders who took it down with a touch and turn that was pure class.

38′ Slice of Cheese! Lewis now into the book for persistent fouling, this time holding up Sklenar.

Game has been utterly devoid of chances, nothing happening at either end with both defences firmly on top. Olympia winning the possession game but not much happening. 

31′ Slice of Cheese! Groenewold says a little too much protesting at a corner and gets a slice for his trouble.

21′ GOAL! 1-0! Jakub Sklenar spies the keeper a yard of his line and chips him from a free kick on the left hand corner of the box!

17′ Jayden Hey makes a fast retreat to deny Leaman who seemed to be played in behind. Has been the best player on the park so far, still no shots.

10′ No chances through the opening 10 minutes, a pretty tough battle developing in the middle and a good tempo but both defences on top.

1′ Kick off, we’re underway.

Traditional rivals Hobart Zebras and Olympia Warriors are set to meet under Friday night lights at KGV in a crunch game to kick off Round 13. With the Warriors losing to Devonport last week, another stumble could see them falling too far behind the leading pair of Devonport and South Hobart in the title race. The early pace setters, Hobart Zebras have already fallen 10 points behind and are now seemingly out of the title race, but they have the quality left in their side to play a major role in shaping the eventual champions. With a pronounced divide between the top 4 and the bottom 4 in the league this season, there simply aren’t the frequent danger games to shake up the standings at the top, making these top 4 match up’s all the more crucial. The sides have met twice this year, drawing 1-1 in the league before Olympia claimed the Lakoseljac Cup Semi Final between the sides with a narrow 2-0 win that really could have gone either way. This game promises to be a battle of overcoming adversity with both sides set to have a number of regular starters unavailable due to injury and suspension.The Zebras will be without Adam McKeown, Jordan Muller, reigning Mitsubishi medalist, Dwayne Walsh and the departed Chris Downes. Olympia meanwhile will be missing key midfield duo Nick Mearns and Shane Cartwright who both limped off injured against the Devonport Strikers on Saturday. With Lucas Hill suspended for the match after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season and Hugh Undy also on the injured list they are facing a significant test of their depth that will make this game a difficult one for them. Should they lose they could fall 9 points behind the ladder leaders which would be close to impossible for them to track down, meaning the stakes will be high for Kenny Weston’s men in this one. Whilst they have claimed the Lakoseljac Cup, last weeks defeat to Devonport means they have now dropped 2 of their last 3 league games, leaving their season hanging on the knifes edge. Despite a dip in form, Zebras still boast the strongest defence in the league, led by the outstanding pair of Groenewold and Lewis and they will be a tough opponent to break down.