- Published on Monday, 08 September 2014 00:47
Rangers launch Into Victory Cup Final.
Northern Rangers extracted revenge on Hobart Olympia Warriors for their loss last week in the last home and away fixture defeating the cashed up Warriors 3-1 to advance to the Victory Cup Final against South Hobart who defeated Tilford Zebras 3-1 also.
Many have asked what is the point of the Victory Cup if the fixture is drawn out of a hat, well the Victory League is a separate competition, the league champion is decided in the traditional way of first past the post which was South Hobart, by finishing in the top four, Northern Rangers qualify for the supplementary cup, the Victory Cup.
The Cup is played regardless of who is in it @ KGV and the draw out of the hat is made to add interest, the cup does not decide the Victory League Champion, but provides an additional piece of silverware and prize money for the clubs to compete for.
Rangers were relatively unchanged for the match, but Luke Tuma started at centre back, releasing Todd Hingston into midfield, forcing Yitay Towns onto the bench.
Rangers started with determination, and pushed for the early lead, finding it when Aidan Rigby played a fine ball through to Edwards who finished well under Nester to put Ranger ahead 1-0 on the quarter hour, and Edwards back on the Rangers scoresheet for the first time in two months.
Rangers dropped off a touch in the last 15 minutes but kept the 1 goal advantage to the break.
Olympia pushed a little harder in the opening stages of the second half, and found a goal from a corner which was headed by Holmes to put Olympia back on level terms.
Rangers however had the resolve to progress and fought back well, leaving it late to restore the lead when Brassington finished.
To add insult to injury, Nick Lanau-Atkinson netted a goal in injury time to make it Rangers 3 Olympia 1 and Rangers advance to the final.