Young Warriors Stand Tall

A third 1-0 home win in succession and fourth home game without conceding might appear routine at the Olympic Village of late – except that it is not.

Kenny Athiu’s goal midway through the second half, his first at headquarters since 2017, gave the Warriors all three valuable points. But, the tale of the night was one which was told by the younger brigade of Warriors – best exemplified by Nick Eres in goals. The ‘keeper, growing in stature and confidence with each game, produced a standout performance with several crucial saves, including a brilliant penalty stop in the first half.

He was ably supported by new signing Johnny Apostolopoulos, who had a fine second half debut at centre back, replacing the injured Danny Dixon.
The long maned defender confounded not just the Hume forwards, with the broadcasters initially struggling to correctly identify him.  Along with fellow youngsters Matt Tsalikidis, Thomas Djankovic, who both appeared as substitutes, there was a youthfulness about the squad, which was missing other younger players (Theodoropoulos – suspended; Lesiotis & Ashton – both ill).

Coach George Katsakis hailed the spirit of the team, with the combination of youth and hardened experienced players now learning to grind out home, highlighting the younger brigade.
“We’ve got eight players in the senior squad that have come up through the junior ranks, so that’s a great thing for the club going forward.”

Ahead for the ‘Bergers are two crucial home fixtures against St Albans over four days – the first on Friday night in the NPL, with the reprise on the following Tuesday night – an Australia Cup clash for a spot in the main draw of 32 as the prize for the win.

Match Details:
Round 15 of the Men’s NPL

Heidelberg United 1 (Athiu 70’) – Hume City 0