Edgeworth Eagles put an end to Hamilton Olympic’s unbeaten run this season after recording a 3-1 victory in round 12 of the NPL competition.
In the opening minutes both teams struggled to control the ball as the match was played on a very heavy and bumpy Jack McLaughlan Oval.
The first good opportunity fell to Olympic when Pat Brown received the ball from the right, only to fire over the post.
Edgeworth gradually took control of the game with Olympic looking dangerous only on the break.
During a period of sustained pressure from the home side, Brody Taylor fired a shot onto the Olympic post, the rebound found another Edgeworth player whose shot was parried onto the other Olympic post by Danny Ireland and the rebound from this, fell in front of Ayden Brice who opened the score with a simple tap in.
Olympic replied shortly afterwards with Pat Brown firing over the crossbar from a fine cross by Simon Mooney.
Thirteen minutes before half time Bren Hammel received the ball outside the area and put in a defence splitting ball to Brody Taylor who, with only Danny Ireland to beat, had no problem making the score 2-0 for the home side.
A great save by Danny Ireland and a shot wide from a good position by Brody Taylor ensured the score remained 2-0 by the half time interval.
Olympic appeared to be giving the home side too much time and too much space in the first half.
At half time Ben Koina replaced Pat Brown and Cody Lucas took the place of Jason Korotkich.
Whatever was said by Michael Bolch at half time, Olympic came out firing in the second half. They looked hungrier, were first to the ball and won most 50-50 balls.
Within a minute, a well taken free kick by Simon Mooney resulted in Ben Smith being unable to hold the ball and the rebound was hammered into the Edgeworth net by Jacob Bailey.
Before the Olympic supporters could recover from their celebrations a great pass by Jacob Bailey to Kane Goodchild enabled the later to break from the right and with only the keeper to beat, fired his shot onto the Edgeworth post.
Simon Mooney then rounded half the Edgeworth defence from the right and after sending a low cross across the face of the home side’s goal, Michael Swan fired over the post.
By now, Olympic took control of the game and dictated play, while Edgeworth were reduced to simply counter attacking football.
During one of these counter attacks, a good cross from the right found the head of Ayden Brice who buried it into Danny Ireland’s net for a 3-1 lead!
The rest of the game was spent with Olympic pressing for a second goal and Edgeworth counter-attacking and looking for a fourth. The best clear cut chance for Olympic fell to Ben Koina who collected the ball from a poor clearance by Ben Smith but was unable to fire it into an empty net.
After this result, Olympic slips to second place on the table, 2 points behind Edgeworth.
ROUND 12 NPL RESULTS:
Lambton Jaffas – Weston Workers 4-3
Newcastle Jets Youth – South Cardiff 2-1
Adamstown Rosebud – Charlestown City 0-1
Broadmeadow Magic – Maitland 3-0
Edgeworth Eagles – Hamilton Olympic 3-1
Edgeworth FC 12 9 0 3 12 27
Hamilton Olympic FC 12 7 4 1 11 25
Lambton Jaffas FC 12 7 3 2 11 24
Weston Workers FC 12 7 1 4 3 22
Broadmeadow Magic FC 12 6 2 4 12 20
Adamstown Rosebud FC 12 4 4 4 1 16
Newcastle Jets Youth 12 4 1 7 -4 13
Maitland FC 12 3 1 8 -9 10
Charlestown City Blues FC 12 3 0 9 -16 9
South Cardiff FC 12 1 2 9 -21 5
Senior NPL Edgeworth vs Olympic
1st Grade lost 1-3 (Jacob Bailey)
Under 22s lost 0-3
Under 19s lost 1-3
Youth NPL Olympic vs Emerging Jets
Under17s lost 0-1
Under 15s won 2-1
Under 14s lost 1-3
Under 13s lost 0-6
Zone League 2 Olympic vs Raymond Terrace
1st Grade lost 0-4
2nd Grade lost 1-4
JUNIOR RESULTS FOR SATURDAY 04/07/2015
U13s Olympic won 3-1
U12s Olympic – Morisset 2-2
U11s Olympic –
U10s Olympic – Beresfield 13-0
U9s Olympic Blue – Nelson Bay 15-2
U9s Olympic White – Minmi 6-1
U8s Olympic – result not supplied
U8s Olympic – result not supplied
U7s Olympic – Lambton Jaffas 3-4
U7s Olympic – Minmi 19-0
U6s Olympic – Cooks Hill 5-1
U6s Olympic – result not supplied
source: Tom Tsamouras