Warriors knocked for six in South’s second coming
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.