Hamilton Olympic have prepared for the showdown of the season at Darling St Oval next Sunday against Edgeworth after disposing Weston Workers 3-1 at Rockwell Automation Park.
On a warm and sunny afternoon, Olympic put the home team to the sward within the first minute after a disastrous back pass by Nathan Morris was intercepted by Daniel Bird, who had no problem burying the ball in the back of the Weston net 1-0.
The opening 10 minutes were a scrappy affair in midfield with few goal scoring opportunities for either side. In the 13th minute a well weighted cross from the left by Tommy Spencer found Rhys Cooper in front of goal but his shot went over the bar.
Olympic began to dominate play but were not creating the clear cut goal scoring opportunities we have been accustomed to seeing throughout the season. Defending in numbers by Weston and the poor playing surface didn’t help.
By the 34th minute Cody Lucas latched onto a loose ball outside the area and without a defender challenging for the ball, unleashed a thunderous shot which ended in the back of the Weston goal 2-0.
Before celebrations had time to subside on the grandstand by the traveling Olympic faithful, Cody Lucas sprinted down the left, provided a perfectly weighted cross to an unmarked Kane Goodchild in the box, who turned and made the rest of the game a mere formality 3-0!
Half time found Olympic leading by 3-0 and looking very comfortable in obtaining the 3points.
With a 3-0 cushion, Olympic began the 2nd half with a lot more composure, stroking the ball around with ease, despite the condition of the pitch and Weston simply defending in numbers and trying to keep the score line down.
Despite the domination, there was little intensity and few goal scoring opportunities. The only point of interest was a cross from the right by Isaac Peek, a slip by Swan and Robbie Turnbull having enough time to control the ball and score a consolation goal, 3-1.
This victory, in conjunction with Edgeworth’s win over Broadmeadow Magic brings the clash of the season at Darling St Oval next Sunday.
Will Olympic beat in form Edgeworth and take the lead on the points table on goal difference or will Edgeworth win and wrap up the Minor Premiership by opening a 6 point lead with only four games remaining after this clash?
The answers to these questions will be known next Sunday at Darling St Oval at 2.30.
U19s Weston – Hamilton Olympic 1-1
U22s Weston – Hamilton Olympic 2-1
PS4 NPL NNSW ROUND 13 RESULTS:
Lambton Jaffas – Valentine 2-3
Adamstown Rosebud – Charlestown 1-3
Weston Workers – Hamilton Olympic 1-3
Newcastle Jets Youth – Maitland p.p.
Edgeworth – Broadmeadow Magic 2-0
TABLE FIRST GRADE:
P W D L F – A PTS
- Edgeworth 13 11 1 1 40-11 34
- Hamilton Olympic 13 9 4 0 39- 9 31
- Broadmeadow Magic 13 7 4 2 33-20 25
- Maitland 12 5 4 3 21-13 19
- Charlestown City 13 4 3 6 19-31 15
- Newcastle Jets Youth 12 4 2 6 26-33 14
- Valentine 13 4 2 7 19-32 14
- Lambton Jaffas 13 3 3 7 20-26 12
- Adamstown 13 3 3 7 14-33 12
- Weston Workers 13 0 2 10 7-30 2
PS4 YOUTH NPL ROUND 16 RESULTS:
Under 17s Olympic – Mid North Coast 2-0
Under 15s Olympic – Mid North Coast 1-6
Under 14s Olympic – Mid North Coast 0-0
Under 13s Olympic – Mid North Coast 1-1
Source: Tom Tsamouras