Olympia FC Warriors lifted their third straight Division A Summer Cup with a comprehensive 4-0 win over traditional rivals, Hobart Jeep Zebras today at KGV Football Park.
Zebras came into the clash without Jayden Hey due to back soreness and Olympia were without their coach Glen McNeill, with Nick Di Martino stepping in, in his absence.
Zebras looked the better side early with Ricky Self causing some headaches from the left wing, cutting in on his right foot and testing the Warriors defence.
The match seemed to turn on it’s head in the 36th minute, with one incident seeing Zebras lose their first choice goalkeeper and Olympia opening the scoring. Jono Griffiths whipped in a corner from the right that Zebras ‘keeper Jason Voss punched clear of the pack to Olympia winger Warren Wadawu, who reacted first and roofed a shot into goal from close range. In the process of producing his clearing punch, Voss was met with a flailing elbow from Alex Holmes that appeared to be a foul that went un-punished by the referee and Wadawu was the benefactor, tapping in an opener for the Warriors, while Voss left the ground injured.
The goal and injury to Voss seemed to leave the Zebras shellshocked and it saw them concede a second in rapid time with Warren Wadawu switching from scorer to provider just two minutes later, whipping across a ball from the right wing for Emmanuel Tsakiris to tap in alone at back post.
It continued to be one way traffic for the Warriors from there on with the eastern shore PS4 Victory League outfit running away with it, adding two more in the second half to secure the 2015 Summer Cup.
Tsakiris was gifted his second goal in the 76th minute, with substitute ‘keeper Mike McKenna spilling a long Nick Meredith drive straight to the striker to finish off a brace and kill off the contest, with a 3-0 lead all but drawing curtains on Zebras hopes.
Luke Eyles has been a standout in Olympia’s strong pre-season and three minutes later he got rewards for his efforts in the win, tapping in at back post from a Alex Bellini cutback.
The Warriors win continues Hobart Zebras poor run in finals, with the team failing to register a shot on target in the final against a well organised Olympia defensive unit that showed little signs of the back four that conceded five goals on Saturday.
The result saw Olympia collected their third straight Summer Cup and the club will now build for a round one meeting with Northern Rangers on March 21.
In the Premier Women’s Summer Cup Grand Final, NTC smashed Olympia 5-0 in a comprehensive display from Michael Edwards’ outfit.
It could have been a lot uglier for the Warriors if not for Mikayla Wedge who had a blinder in goal, with NTC firing a staggering 24 shots on target to Olympia’s one.
Mini Matilda Aimee Medwin was at her electrifying best down the left wing and was in the thick of everything, while Lucy Johnson was dangerous on the opposite flank, striking two goals with Innocent Michael in midfield and Paige Ayton at full back also at the top of their game, seeing NTC home easy to lift their third straight Summer Cup.
Summer Cup Grand Final Results
Under 20’s Summer Cup
FULL TIME: South Hobart 2 (Daniel Gofton 32′, 57′) defeated NTC 1 (Nathaniel Atkinson 69′ PEN.) HALF TIME 1-0
Premier Women’s Summer Cup
FULL TIME: Olympia FC Warriors 0 defeated by NTC 5 (Madeline Blackman 11’, Lucy Johnson 15’, 19’, Aimee Medwin 61’, Holly Ryan 87’) HALF TIME 0-3
Division A Summer Cup
FULL TIME: Hobart Jeep Zebras 0 defeated by Olympia FC Warriors 4 (Warren Wadawu 36′, Emmanuel Tsakiris 38′, 76′, Luke Eyles 79′) HALF TIME 0-2