With four games to go, Hamilton Olympic climbed back to the top of the NPL mountain after beating Edgeworth for the second time this year.
On a slippery pitch at Darling St Oval the two leading teams of the competition began the match playing at a very high pace with both sides cancelling each other out.
Despite this, Olympic had belief, purpose and confidence in everything they did. Throughout the first half they chased, contested every ball but were unable to create many clear cut scoring opportunities.
Two minutes before half time Kane Goodchild flicked on the ball to Matthew Swan who made a forward run inside the Edgeworth box and in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, had no issue sending the ball at the back of the net for an Olympic 1-0 lead!
The intensity in the second half was the same as in the first. Two shots by Edgeworth came close but were not on target to trouble Danny Ireland. The match continued with Edgeworth probing for an equalizer and Olympic looking for a second that would put the game beyond reach.
In the 79’ minute Olympic were awarded a penalty when Daniel Bird was tripped inside the penalty box! Leo Bertos stepped up to send the Olympic fans into a delirium but instead sent the ball over the post!
With seven minutes remaining Kane Goodchild outmuscles two Edgeworth defenders to fire the ball past an outstretched Fogarty and send Olympic to a 2-0 lead.
Before the home supporters could sit back down from celebrating the goal, Edgeworth were back into the match through a header from Aden Gardiner following a flick on from a Keigo Moriyasu corner.
Edgeworth poured forward to salvage the game and in the nail biting minutes that remained, Kane Goodchild sprinted from the half way line, beat one defender, rounded the goalkeeper and elevated Olympic to the top of the NPL mountain!
A gutsy effort by all the players who rose to the occasion both physically and mentally.
Four more games remain, Olympic are undefeated and in equal first place, and next Sunday meet Broadmeadow Magic at Magic Park.
U19s Hamilton Olympic v Edgeworth Eagles 0-0
U22s Hamilton Olympic v Edgeworth Eagles 4-1
PS4 NPL NNSW ROUND 14 RESULTS:
Broadmeadow Magic – Newcastle Jets Youth 10-2
Valentine – Weston Workers 2-2
Maitland – Adamstown Rosebud 4-2
Hamilton Olympic – Edgeworth 3-1
Charlestown – Lambton Jaffas 0-0
TABLE FIRST GRADE:
P W D L F – A PTS
- Hamilton Olympic 14 10 4 0 42- 10 34
- Edgeworth 14 11 1 2 41-14 34
- Broadmeadow Magic 14 8 4 2 43 -22 28
- Maitland 13 6 4 3 25-15 22
- Charlestown City 14 5 3 6 22-32 18
- Valentine 13 4 3 7 21-34 15
- Newcastle Jets Youth 13 4 2 7 28-43 14
- Lambton Jaffas 14 3 4 7 20-26 13
- Adamstown 14 3 2 9 14-33 12
- Weston Workers 14 0 3 11 19-30 3
PS4 YOUTH NPL ROUND 17:
U13 Adamstown – Hamilton Olympic 0-2
U14 Adamstown – Hamilton Olympic 1-0
U15 Adamstown – Hamilton Olympic 1-1
U17 Adamstown – Hamilton Olympic 1-4
Zone League 2
Olympic vs Hunter Simba
1st Grade Olympic won 2-0
2nd Grade Olympic won 3-0
source: Tom Tsamouras