War­riors knocked for six in South’s sec­ond com­ing

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - SHAUN McMANUS

A BLIS­TER­ING first half set up a dom­i­nant 6-2 win for South Ho­bart over the Olympia War­riors at Darcy Street.

South net­ted four unan­swered goals be­fore half­time yes­ter­day as its pace and ball move­ment tore the Olympia de­fence to shreds, putting the game well be­yond the War­riors’ reach early.

The War­riors came into the clash on top of the NPL Tas­ma­nia lad­der, but slipped to third on the back of the loss, while South’s vic­tory saw it rise to sec­ond.

Ben Ham­lett scored a hat­trick, Nick Mor­ton struck twice and Jack Turner once for the win­ners in a slick dis­play.

The first goal came in the 13th minute when a Liam Quaile cor­ner wasn’t dealt with by the Olympia de­fence and Ham­lett smashed it into the un­guarded net from close range.

Turner dou­bled South’s ad­van­tage four min­utes later when he was picked out by a pin­point Quaile cross from the left and pow­ered a header home.

It was 3-0 in the 35th minute when Alex Wal­ter was dragged down in the box and Ham­lett sent Olympia keeper Jakob Cole the wrong way with the re­sult­ing penalty.

The fourth goal, two min­utes be­fore the break, summed up Olympia’s dis­as­trous half, Cole’s short goal kick miss­ing a slip­ping Shane Cartwright and al­low­ing Mor­ton to steal in and score.

The War­riors came out with a point to prove in the sec­ond half and grabbed a goal back within five min­utes when Jakub Sk­le­nar seized on a loose ball in the box and fired into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Mor­ton re­stored South’s four-goal cush­ion in the 54th minute with a thump­ing vol­ley, be­fore Ham­lett made it 6-1 in the 65th minute with an­other penalty.

Cartwright rounded out the scor­ing with a scram­bled con­so­la­tion goal for the War­riors in the 74th minute.

South Ho­bart coach Ken Mor­ton said it was his side’s best per­for­mance of the sea­son.

“We de­fended well, we’ve cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties in mid­field . . . and we were very cre­ative at the sharp end,” Mor­ton said.

Olympia coach Kenny We­ston said ev­ery player in his team was off the pace in the first half.

“I hope it adds more hunger to them, they should be all hurt­ing big time, and if they’re not then you’re wor­ried about their men­tal­ity to­wards foot­ball,” We­ston said.

A late goal from Bray­den Mann at Val­ley Road helped the Devon­port Strik­ers cap­i­talise on Olympia’s loss and claim the out­right lead at the top of the ta­ble against Launce­s­ton City.

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