Darwin Olympic have won through to the final round of qualification for the Westfield FFA Cup in the Northern Territory after crushing 10-man Casuarina 7-2 on Tuesday night.
In a dramatic first half an hour of the NorZone decider in the Top End, Olympic scored four times, saw striker Peter Roditis suffer a broken leg while Casuarina goalkeeper Jordan Guerreiro also saw red.
The match was held up for almost an hour as Roditis received treatment on the pitch before the ambulance took him to hospital.
It’s the third serious injury Olympic have suffered this season after already losing Chris Mitchell and Billy Kathopoulis to major injuries.
Roditis suffered the injury after just six minutes after being felled in the area by Guerreiro, who was sent off for serious foul play.
Olympic skipper Oldrich Dubsky made no mistake and it started a devastating spell by his side which put the result beyond doubt by the break.
Further goals to Kevin Menda - a 25 yard screamer – Foday Mansaray and Michael Tsounias made it 4-0 at half-time and they went on with it in the second half.
Olympic now await the winner of the southern zone final in Alice Springs between Celtic and Scorpions on Thursday night.
The two sides were supposed to play on Tuesday night but the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
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