Slice of Cheese

South Hobart v Olympia (NPL)

Live Blog Coverage From Andrew Cooling


 South Hobart
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Full Time: South Hobart 2-1 Olympia

A stunning late fightback for South, what a big victory that is, Olympia will feel they have thrown this away but credit to South who just willed their way to victory.

88′ GOAL! 2-1! WALTER! THEYVE DONE IT! Morton shows patience squares it to Walter who places it home and miraculously South lead this game.

87′ Slices of Cheese for both Gorrie and Wadawu for a Gorrie foul then Wadawu’s reaction.

86′ GOAL! 1-1! Adam Gorrie steps up and converts the spot kick.

86′ Penalty! De Vechhi brought down by the keeper in the box and its a spot kick/

83′ Wadawu with some great movement on the byline and he runs in on goal and tries to slide it between the legs of Brown who clutches it between his legs.

82′ Shot on! Ortmann has space and he drives a powerful shot but straight at Brown.

79′ Slice of Cheese! Holmes gets a dose of dairy for felling De Vecchi as South looked to break on the counter.

76′ Morton tries to pick out the far post with a bending effort from distance, but he can’t quite bend it back enough.

70′ Lucas Hill with some powerful defending to box out Jack Turner, been a rock at the back today has the Mountain.

67′ GOAL! 1-0! OYLMPIA! GURSON! Eduardo Castaneda chips it in to box from a free kick, Stevens nods it down and Gurson is on hand to volley the ball home acrobatically. 

64′ Morton over hits a pass for Walter who looked to be in behind the lines but Johnson collects.

55′ Oscar Thomas with a wonderful intervention to win a battle with Gurson after the Warriors sprung the counter.

53′ Morton picks out Walter with a wonderful outside of the boot cross that he heads just wide.

50′ Both teams trade good attacking spells of pressure but no clear chances present themselves.

46′ Back underway and 6 seconds in South win a corner.

Half Time: South Hobart 0-0 Olympia

45′ Johnson now coming up big, as Turner tries to sneak it near post on him.

44′ Save! Another top save from Brown, this might be his best yet, all full extension to deny Vandermey.

44′ Save! A long range hit from Gurson is wonderfully stopped by Brown/

41′ Slice of Cheese for Gurson, for a hand to the face of De Vecchi Marins bringing an end to his mazy run.

39′ De Vecchie fires off a shot that Johnson gets up to and grabs.

37′ Gordon Gurson is twice denied in the space of about 20 seconds by Kieran Brown.

31′ Brown punches clear as Olympia enjoy a good spell of pressure, after South had the running early it’s Olympia working their way back well.

24′ Wadawu curls one which is a comfortable save from Brown.

21′ Lucas Hill saves a certain goal with a huge shot block on Degettto after promising build up from De Vecchi and Gorrie.

20′ Shot on! Gurson denied by a good save from Kieran Brown, some lovely build up play with Ortmann playing a wonderful through ball.

18′ Slice of Cheese! Lucas Hill steps in and puts a cynical block on De Vecchi and he enters the book.

14′ Turner punches in a dangerous ball to the near post looking for the run of De Vecchi but Johnson extends himself and grabs the ball before copping a whack.

12′ De Vecchi Marins into the book for kicking the ball away before a free kick.

7′ South come close with a ball back across the face, its been a strong start from South without too many clear looks at goal just yet.

1′ Kick off, play begins at Darcy St

It’s a pretty cold and overcast day here at Darcy Street, could be in for a wet game you would think.

With both sides in dire need of the 3 points there is everything to play for and the loser will find themselves in a major hole. Defeat here for South could potentially leave them 10 points adrift of the summit. A loss for Olympia and that gap would be 8 points, both of which would be a league record gap for either team to haul in at this stage of the season. South seemed to find the spark they had been missing in their 5-1 win over Hobart Zebras in the Lakoseljac Cup on Sunday. Having been the better side in a number of games, only to lack the finish in the final third and end up without the points, they will hope Brazilian Renato De Vecchi Marins is the answer. His breakout performance in the game had the type of clinical finishing they have lacked this season and helped add another dimension to the side. With Jack Turner set to return from suspension, their firepower should be bolstered as they prepare to take on a side that they have dominated the head to head match ups with in recent years. Olympia will look to bounce back from their Lakoseljac Cup elimination, though they will take heart from the performance after they put in a tremendous fight as they went down 4-3 in extra time to Devonport. Backing up from the Anzac Day game just 3 days earlier was always going to be tough and to push the Strikers for 120 minutes was a commendable effort. After a strong first 3 rounds, where they claimed 7 points, they have now lost their last 2 league games to leave them sitting fourth. That remains in striking distance if they can pick up their game, but Sunday will provide a big test and show whether they are a strong enough side to push for the title in 2018 or not.