Slice of Cheese

Warriors Overrun Knights

The Olympia Warriors secured their spot in the League Cup final with a big 6-2 victory over the Glenorchy Knights on Saturday Night at Warrior Park. Just as it had in the Lakoseljac Cup final, the Warriors extra firepower proved too much for the Knights, as they hit the back of the net six times despite the absence of star striker Jakub Sklenar.

After a furious paced opening to the game it was the Warriors who took the lead on 28 minutes through Thomas Bellini, one of the young midfielders charged with playing a more advanced role to replace Sklenar who smashed a fine dipping volley past the keeper after he broke in behind and got on the end of a ball over the top of the defence.

As the half wore on Olympia had begun to get on top of what had been a fairly tight contest early on, but Lucas Hill was then able to make it 2-0 when he found himself free at the back post to tap home a simple chance shortly before half time.

The Warriors then had the game all but wrapped up as a howler from Knights keeper Dmitri Nester, producing a fresh air swing and missing a ball over the top, allowed Hugh Undy to stroll in on goal and place the third into an empty net. It made it 3-0 at half time and had the Warriors with one foot in the final.

Glenorchy were not about to die wondering though and they came out of the half time break with a renewed purpose. Explosive young winger Callum Brown brought them back into the game as the pacey winger scored twice in the opening 12 minute of the half to bring it back to 3-2. Twice his pace took him behind the defensive line of the Warriors and suddenly they were right back in the match.

Olympia seemed rattled but they would find a way to steady and it was their own young winger, Joffrey N’Koso who steadied them when he fired a composed finish into the far corner of the net to respond on 63 minutes and halt the Knights charge.

It seemed to steady his side and from their the Warriors regained control of the game before substitute Kyle Vincent added some extra emphasis to the final score. The youngster scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the game as his sides extra fitness saw them dominating the final 20 minutes of the game. The Knights had given them a scare but it would end up a comfortable 6-2 scoreline as the Warriors booked their place in the final, where they will meet South Hobart next Saturday, who enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over Northern Rangers in the other semi final.