Slice of Cheese

Hobart Zebras v Olympia Warriors (NPL)

Sunday 17 March, 2:30pm, North Hobart Oval

Live Stream and Live Blog Coverage From Jonathan Griffiths

 Shots On
 Shots Off

2-2 it ends here and North Hobart. Olympia will feel hard done-by then with the majority of the chances falling their way. Ryan will be very upset with himself after missing a golden chance in the dying minutes. Hill appears to be guttered, feeling he was fouled in the build-up to Zebras equaliser. Ortmann and Fagg were both brilliant today for their respective teams. The result leaves Olympia in second and Zebras in third with Devonport on top.

95′ Full time. 2-2

94′ Chance! Ladic lays one off in the box for Ryan who blazes a chance over the bar! Should have been the match-winner!

92′ Nkoso looks to be the one who could provide a match-winner, his skills are certainly on show in this second-half.

90′ Five minutes injury-time to be played.

90′ Substitution Olympia: Vandermey on for Hill. Hill appears to need attention from the physio so perhaps there was a foul in the build-up the the Zebras goal.

89′ Goal! Zebras! Mckeown on the volley after Hill hits the turf, no foul called and the goal stands!

88′ Jayden Hey with a teasing ball over the Olympia defence but Sanders if offside.

87′ Nkoso with a mazy run, he’s really grown into this game.

85′ Looking likes it going to be an intense final five minutes here, can Zebras find a goal?

Substitution Zebras: Robinson on for Edwards.

82′ Chance! Jack Ryan shoots straight at the keeper when he should have played Tompson in down the right who was free!

80′ Goal! Warriors 2-1 up! Tompson drills one in from the right which the keeper spills to the feet of Scott who punishes the fumble!

77′ Slice of Cheese! Ryan goes into the book for lipping off at the referee, second booking for the Warriors.

76′ Scott over a free-kick after a foul on Tompson. He whips in and finds Hill whose half volley goes wide.

75′ Game starting to liven up here.

74′ Chance! Frantic stuff in the Zebras defensive third, Joffrey lays it back to Ladic whose shot is blocked.

72′ Slice of Cheese! Late challenge from Scott and his name enters the book.

71′ Games slowed down here a little, perhaps the substitutes can liven it up a bit. 

Substitution Zebras: Burt on for Muller.

67′ Tompson looked to be in behind the Zebras defence but a great challenge from Yonezawa and he earns a goal kick for his team

Substitution Zebras: Mckeown on for Pace.

Substitutions Olympia: Allan and Curtis off for Mearns and Tompson.

63′ Chance! Ryan lays one off for Scott who hits over the bar from 25 yards.

62′ Ryan looks frustrated up-top for the Warriors, not getting the service he’s after.

60′ Chance! Ladic with a pop from the top of the box, narrowly missing to the left of the goal.

59′ Bit more intensity in the second-half so far.

56′ Dillon appeared to catch Kurtz with an elbow, foul given.

55′ Goal! Sanders converts from the spot, sending McDonald the wrong way.

54′ Penalty! Hard to see what happened there but it appears that the referee judged Ryan to foul Muller on the line.

53′ Walsh pushes down the right and his cross is blocked by Ortmann. Out for a corner.

52′ Hill continuing to put Olympia on the front-foot, running out of defence when he gets the chance.

51′ Offside. Great ball from Ladic but Nkoso strays offside down the left.

50′ Ryan with a late challenge, the referee doesn’t seem to interested in producing the cheese just yet.

48′ Dillon shoots from the free-kick but it lands straight in McDonalds arms.

47′ Hill clatters into Edwards who after some time is back to his feet.

46′ Hill on the counter-attack skins three Zebras players before slipping in Nkoso who couldn’t find Ryan who was in a better position.

45′ We’re back underway here.

Pretty cagey match here at North Hobart Oval. Not too many clear-cut chances for either side but going off the shot count Olympia perhaps deserve their slight lead. Goalscorer Ryan will be happy to have scored but would like some more service. Games poised for a tense second half which hopefully will open up a little more.


44′ Chance! Counter-attack from Olympia as Nkoso releases Allan down the right who cuts inside and with his left-peg shoots straight into the chest of Whatman,

43′ Not too much action in either attacking third for the last five minutes.

38′ Chance! Great chance from the corner for Fagg who heads over.

37′ Corner for Zebras after a great ball from Edwards which Hill clears from Sanders who was looking to meet that ball.

35′ Ortmann with a great challenge on Pace who retaliates by fouling his opposite number.

32′ GOAL! Ryan heads in from close range after a fantastic delivery by Scott from the corner. Questions will be asked of Whatman in goals but perhaps the wind played a part. 1-0 to the Warriors.

31′ Nkoso cuts in from the left dangerously but is tackled and it results in a corner for the Warriors.

27′ Teasing ball into the box by Dillon from deep which falls into the hands of the goalkeeper, narrowly avoiding his teammates in the middle.

26′ Chance! Dillon with and effort on the angle, well saved by McDonald. Out for a corner.

25′ Stevens with another block from a drilled cross by Hey from the right and it’s out for a corner.

24′ Sanders attempts to cut one back but a brilliant read from Stevens cuts out the danger.

22′ A tight game here at North Hobart with both teams playing it a little safe so far.

20′ Walsh released down the right but his cross is blocked by Ortmann and it’s out for a corner.

19′ Chance. Scott’s corner met by Ryan who heads into the keepers hands.

18′ Crossbar! Ladic with an audacious chip which Whatman tips onto the bar and over for an Olympia corner.

15′ Edwards played through on the left but can’t wrap the leg peg around it with enough conviction to trouble the Olympia defence.

14′ Jayden Hey through wide on the left but called offside.

13′ Zebras spreading the ball around well now

9′ Chance!  Scott delivers a free kick into the box and the keepers out catching butterflies as Ryans header travels over the bar.

8′ Olympia with more of the ball at this stage but neither team is threatening too much.

5′ Couple of chances for Olympia as Ben Curtis heads into the hands of the keeper Whatman who gives it straight to Hill and he blows it over the bar.

3′ Half-chance! Ball falls to Charuza on the angle who can’t put it away.

1′ Kick Off

Top day here at North Hobart Oval, the pitch is sun-soaked and as flat as a week-old bottle of coke. We should be in for some good football today in what is another big NPL TAS match-up this afternoon between traditional rivals Hobart Zebras and the Olympia Warriors. Zebras are coming off the back of a 1-1 draw with South Hobart, but a win here today will see them leapfrog their opponents today. It’s been a solid start to the season for the Warriors, only dropping points away to Devonport. This game always means a lot for both clubs and with both teams pursuing the title, the stakes are high for this early season match-up between Hobart Zebras and Olympia Warriors.


Hobart Zebras:

Starting 11: Charuza, Dillon, Edwards, Fagg, Hey, Muller, Pace, Sanders, Walsh, Whatman, Yonezawa.

Subs: Ackerley, Burt, Mckeown, Reid, Robinson

Olympia Warriors:

Starting 11: Allan, Curtis, Hill, Kurtz, Ladic, Mcdonald, Nkoso, Ryan, Scott, Stevens, Ortmann

Subs: Leaman, Mearns, Randall, Tompson, Vandermey.



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