Hamilton Olympic collected their first 3 points of the 2017 NPL season when they defeated Adamstown Rosebud 1-0 in a deferred Round 2 match which had been washed out a week ago.
The game began with Adamstown being very mobile and pressing hard all over the field in the opening 10 minutes.
After this, the intensity of the home team dropped and Olympic began to take control with one long range effort and a scramble inside the six yard box being the closest to opening the score.
The remainder of the half was a tight midfield affair with neither team making any clear cut opportunities to open the score.
The second half continued in the same pattern with Olympic fans frustrated at the lack of initiative by any of our players to take control and dictate terms.
On the hour mark Olympic begin to show some hunger for goal after some penetrating runs from the flanks. A cross from the right is not cleared by the Adamstown defense and a thundering shot by Leo Bertos is narrowly out.
As the ball comes back into play, Louis Townsend unleashes a thunderbolt from outside the box which smashes off the Adamstown crossbar!
In the 75’ Danny Ireland keeps a clean sheet for Olympic with an extended save.
In the last 10 minutes the game comes to life with numerous good runs by both teams particularly from the flanks.
In a period of sustained pressure by Olympic, Daniel Bird shoots from outside the box forcing a great save from Paul Bitz. Moments later the entire Olympic team appeal for a hand ball inside the area but this falls on deaf ears.
In the 90’ Daniel Bird begins a solo run in the midfield and opens up the Adamstown defense to enable Scott Smith to round the Paul Bitz and score the only goal of the night!
source: Tom Tsamouras