A hat-trick to Kane Goodchild gave Hamilton a 3-0 win over Lambton Jaffas and kept Olympic undefeated after three rounds of the Northern NSW National Premier League on Saturday.
The Jaffas, who lost 2-1 to Edgeworth in their only other match this season, started the better but were unable to take their chances on at a wet and wind-blown Edden Oval. Luke Remington had their best opportunity but hit the woodwork.
Olympic, who drew 0-0 with Maitland and beat Adamstown 3-1 to start the year, then struck just before half-time when Goodchild hit a header off a Simon Mooney ball.
Olympic made it 2-0 in the 48th minute when Goodchild pounced on a turnover, got in between two defenders and shot into the bottom left corner of goals from the top of the box.
The big striker, the 2014 golden boot, then put the result beyond doubt in the 82nd minute when finishing a one-on-one chance off a Rhys Cooper pass.
Olympic coach Michael Bolch was pleased with his side’s second-half turnaround.
“We scored just on half-time but before that they had the better chances and the better of possession,” Bolch said.
“Remo hit the post and Danny [Ireland] made a good one-on-one save. We were with the wind but turned the ball over too much, overplaying passes a bit.
“The second half into the wind we controlled the ball a lot better.”
He said Goodchild, Cooper and Mooney were excellent up front and Ireland made two good saves.
Jaffas coach James Pascoe said the performance was an improvement for his side, who back up Wednesday night against Broadmeadow in their rescheduled round two match at Magic Park.
“The first half was a massive step forward on what we did against Edgeworth two weeks ago,” Pascoe said.
“I was really happy with it, apart from not taking our chances.
“We had six really good entries into their box and on a different day we could have been out of sight after 30 minutes.
“When they scored three or four minutes into the second half, that really stung us and I think they grew an extra leg off that
“We still probably still had three or four more real chances than them, but they were just sharper in taking them.”
Edgeworth stayed top of the table with a 4-2 win over the Jets Youth on Friday night. Brody Taylor and Keigo Moriyasu scored doubles in the Eagles’ third consecutive win of their premiership defence.
On Sunday, Adamstown host Valentine, Maitland welcome Charlestown and Broadmeadow travel to Weston.
U22s Lambton Jaffas – Hamilton Olympic 0-2
U19s Lambton Jaffas – Hamilton Olympic 1-7
All Youth NPL games were washed out.
Hamilton Olympic welcome Weston Workers to Darling Street Oval on Saturday 30th April, with kick off set at 6.00
PS4 NPL NNSW Round 3 Results:
Newcastle Jets Youth – Edgeworth Eagles 2-4
Lambton Jaffas – Hamilton Olympic 0-3
Adamstown Rosebud – Valentine FC 2-0
Maitland FC – Charlestown City 1-1
Weston Workers – Broadmeadow Magic 0-0
P W D L F – A P
1 Edgeworth FC 3 3 0 0 8-3 9
2 Hamilton Olympic 3 2 1 0 6-1 7
3 Broadmeadow Magic 3 2 1 0 9-3 7
4 Charlestown City 3 1 2 0 8-5 5
5 Maitland FC 3 1 2 0 3-1 5
6 Adamstown Rosebud 3 1 0 2 5-10 3
7 Weston Workers 2 0 1 1 3-5 1
8 Valentine 3 0 1 2 4-7 1
9 Newcastle Jets Youth 3 0 1 2 7-12 1
10 Lambton Jaffas 3 0 0 2 2-7 0