The Summer Cup champions Olympia FC Warriors have prevailed 4-1 in a hard fought battle against an understrength Northern Rangers at KGV Football Park.
With Aidan Rigby and Nick Lanau-Atkinson in the stands due to suspensions it was always going to be a tough ask for the Rangers.
Olympia started on top, with Nick Mearns and Shae Hickey dominating midfield. Moving forward Luke Eyles and Warren Wadawu were causing headaches out wide for the Rangers defenders.
Against the run of play Tenzing Anderson got the decisive touch to put Rangers up one nil. Following the goal Yitay Towns and Harry Thannhauser began to find their feet and control play through the middle for the visitors., Towns and Thannhauser were looking threatening as the teams went into the sheds for half time with the Rangers still ahead.
The second half was a battle of the midfields. Mearns and Hickey were able to get on top of Towns and Thannhauser and Olympia began to look the more dangerous of the two sides.
Wadawu equalised for Olympia on the hour mark, and with ten minutes to go Olympia found themselves leading 3-1 thanks to two quick goals from Emmanuel Tsakiris. Mearns put the icing on the cake when he added a fourth nine minutes from time.
Northern Rangers coach Dane Hudson was pleased with his team’s fight with up to five players unavailable through a combination of suspensions, injuries, and not yet being in the state.
“By the time we get those five guys in we’ll be different side,” he said.
“Olympia’s a very good team and you’ve got to play really well to keep those guys quiet for 90 minutes and we couldn’t keep them quiet for 90 minutes.”
Olympia FC Warriors Coach Glen McNeill said they were a bit disappointed in the first half showing but he couldn’t fault his side’s fightback.
“We had the majority of possession but just weren’t getting shots on target or crosses in, we spoke about that at half time, and we were much better in the second half,” he said.
“Credit to Rangers, they never really made us feel comfortable out there, the score doesn’t reflect the amount of pressure they applied today,” McNeill added.
The win sees Olympia level with Glenorchy at the top of the table after the first round of the PS4 Victory League.
Olympia FC Warriors 4 (Warren Wadawu 60′, Emmanuel Tsakiris 72′ 79′, NickMearns 81′)
Northern Rangers 1 (Tenzing Anderson 23′)