Hamilton Olympic finished the 2016 NPL season undefeated, beating Charlestown City 3-0 in the final round.
On a warm and a sunny afternoon at Lisle Carr Oval, Olympic began proceedings as early as in the 9th minute when Kane Goodchild rose inside the penalty box to riffle home a header from a short corner, 1-0!
The match then turned into midfield battle with neither team creating clear cut goal scoring opportunities.
On the half hour mark a long clearance from the Olympic back line caught the Charlestown defence square and Simon Mooney had no problem running through and with the goalkeeper to beat doubled the score to 2-0.
In the 35’ minute Simon Mooney came close to making it 3-0 when he unleashed a great strike from a cross by Mathew Minors but was denied by Charlestown goalie Nathan Archbold.
Half time found Olympic leading 2-0 and looking comfortable on the ball and control of the game.
In the second half both teams continued with the same slow tempo with Charlestown coming close to getting a goal back in the 60th when Joshua Maguire fired a shot from distance that rebounded off the Olympic post.
Charlestown had another opportunity in the 70th when Daniel Laiman fired a powerful shot on target only to be denied by the Olympic goalie Tommy Pullin.
In the 81st minute Kane Goodchild took on the Charlestown defence and unleashed a shot which would have netted him his 18th goal of the season and 1st spot on the goal scorer chart but Kyle Predebon had other ideas.
In stoppage time a deflection off a Charlestown defender found its way to Kane Goodchild’s head who lobbed a header into the left top corner which made the score 3-0, and himself the top goal scorer of the 2016 NPLseason!
Olympic now meet Broadmeadow Magic at Magic Park in the first leg of the semi-final on Sunday 21st August at 2.30 pm
On the same day and in the same venue our U22s meet the Emerging Jets at 12.45 pm while our U19s play Broadmeadow Magic at 11.00 am.
Congratulations to Danny Ireland for being Goalkeeper of the year with 7 clean sheets
Congratulations Kane Goodchild on winning the 2016 NPL NNSW Golden Boot. His two goals today took his tally to 18 goals in 18 games.
U22s Charlestown City – Hamilton Olympic 0-1
U19s Charlestown City – Hamilton Olympic 0-3
NPL Round 18 Results:
Lambton Jaffas – Weston Workers 4-1
Valentine – Emerging Jets Youth 0-2
Adamstown Rosebud – Edgeworth 1-3
Maitland – Broadmeadow Magic 0-2
Charlestown City – Hamilton Olympic 0-3
TABLE FIRST GRADE:
P W D L F – A PTS
- Edgeworth 18 15 1 2 52-19 46
- Hamilton Olympic 18 12 6 0 49-13 41
- Broadmeadow Magic 18 9 5 4 49-28 32
- Maitland 18 8 5 5 34-23 29
- Charlestown City 18 7 3 8 29-41 24
- Newcastle JetsYouth 18 7 3 8 38-46 24
- Valentine 18 5 4 9 27-43 19
- Lambton Jaffas 18 5 4 9 27-35 19
- Adamstown 18 3 2 13 21-53 11
- Weston Workers 17 1 3 14 18-43 6
Edgeworth vs Olympic
Under 17s Olympic won 5-0
Under 15s Olympic won 2-1
Under 14s Olympic won 1-0
Under 13s Olympic won 4-2