Warriors slay Knights to snare Round of 32 spot

The Olympia Warriors put in a brilliant display to defeat the Glenorchy Knights 4-2 and claim the Lakoseljac Cup and advance as Tasmania's entrant into the Westfield FFA Cup 2017 Round of 32.

The Warriors came flying out of the blocks, moving the ball with a tremendous purpose and playing a frenetic tempo that overwhelmed their Championship opponents. The Knights were struggling to get a hold of the ball and after 10 minutes they fell behind.

A Warren Wadawu corner was met by the head of Jake Vandermey and the Warriors skipper made no mistake, rifling in a powerful header than snuck past the despairing hand of Nester.

Olympia Warriors

It was all one way traffic as Cartwright and Mearns bossed the midfield and allowed their side to dominate the contest. At the back Hill and Stevens were winning everything that came their way.

It would have been 2-0 after 20 minutes if not for Nester. The Knights keeper made a huge double save to deny Undy and then Sklenar on the rebound before moments later again coming up huge to deny Sklenar in a one on one.

He could do nothing on the half hour mark when the Warriors finally got the second goal their play deserved, he got in behind Harrison, who then seemingly recovered, but the Czech striker spied a gap at the near post and with the outside of the boot he finessed it home.

Knights finally had a chance to pull one back just before the half when Brown sparked to life down the left but he found the side netting when he needed to pick out Engels in the middle. Allsopp had the only other chance of the half but opted for placement rather than power and Cole got down to deny him.

Undy then should have secured the game for the Warriors when he danced past a pair of defenders but with the net gaping from 6 yards out he opted to shoot with the outside of the boot rather than with his left and somehow conspired to turn it past the post.

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