Hamilton Olympic were held to a 2-2 draw by a spirited Adamstown Rosebud side in Round 11 of the NPL competition.
The home team made its intentions known to Adamstown in less than a minute of play when Matt Harper sent in a perfect cross from the right for Mathew Swan to fire over the crossbar. Simon Mooney had a shot blocked two minutes later and the Adamstown goalie saved a well taken free kick by the same player from outside the box, after Owen Littlewood brought down Rhys Cooper.
After twenty minutes of play Rhys Cooper found space from the left to curl a shot which narrowly missed the far post. Simon Mooney intercepted a poor clearance by Scott Carter three minutes later, and with only the keeper to beat, fires into the hands of Scott Carter.
Sustained pressure by Olympic with a free kick from outside the box and two consecutive corners leave the home crowd convinced that the match wasn’t going to be any easy afternoon for the home side. Adamstown appear to be playing with guts and determination and are definitely not sitting behind the ball to soak up pressure.
On the half hour mark Rosebud’s Daniel Clement sees a yellow card for a clumsy foul on Andrew Swan. Seven minutes later, a second poor clearance by Scott Carter is intercepted by Jacob Bailey who sees the Adamstown goalie off his line and sends a perfect curler from outside the box into an empty net to open up the score for Olympic 1-0!
Five minutes from the interval Rhys Cooper has the chance to make it 2-0 but with only the keeper to beat, is denied by a brilliant save from Scott Carter.
Seconds before half time, Adamstown break on the left with Nick Bale who is denied initially by Danny Ireland, but whose second shot finds the back of the net, to ensure that both teams go into half time locked at 1-1.
The second half resumed with Olympic going on the attack and Adamstown threatening on the break.
After four minutes of play Rhys Cooper received a cross from the left and riffled in a shot past an outstretched Scott Carter to put Olympic in front yet again, 2-1.
A shot wide from a good position by Kane Goodchild and a double save by Scott Carter from an effort by Rhys Cooper, denied Olympic from increasing the score.
Adamstown refused to crumble and increased the intensity of the game in search of the equaliser. Mathew Paul tested the Olympic defence with a free kick form outside the box, with the later stretched to clear the ball. Two consecutive corners by Adamstown force great saves by Danny Ireland.
Midway through the 2nd half, Adamstown appeal for a penalty claiming a hand ball inside the area with the referee awarding only a corner. From The corner Mathew Paul sends in a curling shot to the near post which Danny Ireland is unable to clear and Adamstown equalise 2-2.
The game continued to be in the balance with goal mouth action until the end. Despite a numerical advantage by Olympic after a red card was shown to Daniel Yaxley for his challenge on Pat Browne, the home side was unable to score for a 3rd time.
The draw finds Olympic still in 1st place but with only 1 point in front of Edgeworth who collected an away victory at Broadmeadow Magic and who Olympic play in Round 12!
Earlier in the day Olympic U22s beat Adamstown 5-3 and U19s 4-0.
Sunday 28th June:
Charlestown City – Lambton Jaffas 1-3
Broadmeadow Magic – Edgeworth 1-2
Weston – South Cardiff 1-0
Newcastle Jets Youth – Maitland FC 0-1
Hamilton Olympic – Adamstown Rosebud 2-2
P W D L P
1 Hamilton Olympic FC 11 7 4 0 25 12 25
2 Edgeworth FC 11 8 0 3 25 13 24
3 Weston Workers FC 11 7 1 3 16 12 22
4 Lambton Jaffas FC 11 6 3 2 25 15 21
5 Broadmeadow Magic FC 11 5 2 4 27 18 17
6 Adamstown Rosebud FC 11 4 4 3 19 17 16
7 Newcastle Jets Youth 11 3 1 7 20 25 10
8 Maitland FC 11 3 1 7 17 23 10
9 Charlestown City FC 11 2 0 9 13 30 6
10 South Cardiff FC 11 1 2 8 13 33 5
This weekends results:
Olympic v Adamstown
1st Grade Olympic won 2-2 (Jacob Bailey, Rhys Cooper)
Under 22s drew 5-3
Under 19s drew 4-0
U17s Olympic – Broadmeadow Magic 2-0
U15s Olympic – Broadmeadow Magic 2-2
U14s Olympic – Broadmeadow Magic 1-4
U13s Olympic – Broadmeadow Magic 0-6
JUNIOR RESULTS FOR SATURDAY 28/06/2015
U13s Olympic – washed out
U12s Olympic – washed out
U11s Olympic – New Lambton 1-1 (Saturday), Lambton 7-2 (Sunday)
U10s Olympic – washed out
U9s Olympic Blue – Nelson Bay 11-0
U9s Olympic White – washed out
U8s Olympic – Cooks Hill 9-1
U8s Olympic – Cooks Hill 4-3
U7s Olympic – washed out
U7s Olympic – washed out
U6s Olympic – Cooks Hill 4-1
U6s Olympic – Cooks Hill 22-2
Source: Tom Tsamouras