On a cool and dry Sunday evening Hamilton Olympic entertained a Newcastle Jets Youth side which didn’t convince at any stage in the game that they were capable of coming away with any points from Darling St Oval.
In the opening 10 minutes Olympic are in complete control of the game with the Jets reduced to simply watching the dictation of play by the hosts. The intensity of the play isn’t high but you get the feeling that Olympic are just exploring the opponent before they strike.
In the 15’ a lovely through ball by Tommy Spencer to Grant Brown on the left and a perfectly weighted cross to Scott Smith who, with a diving header, found the back of the Jet’s goal to open the night’s proceedings 1-0!
The goal had little impact on the game with Olympic continuing to enjoy the lion’s share of possession and the Jet’s simply chasing shadows.
By the 24’ a scramble inside the Jet’s goalmouth and the inability by the visitors to clear enabled Tommy Spencer to add a second goal by Olympic 2-0!
The Jet’s inability to press Olympic is what enables the team in blue to dominate play and pepper their opponent’s goal. The first time Danny Ireland has to make is a save comes in the 38’ when he palms a shot wide for a corner.
The end of the first 45’ finds Olympic 2-0 ahead but the clear cut chances to add to the score is disproportionate to the amount of possession and domination of play in the middle of the field.
The first 10’ of the second half continued with the same slow intensity of the first with Olympic dominating play and the Jets simply trying to keep up.
In the 55’ a through ball by Tommy Spencer enabled Daniel Bird to shoot from between two Jets defenders to make it 3-0! From here on it is obvious that Olympic have their minds on their next match.
In the 61’ a poor clearance from Kyle Hodges and an ensuing lucky bounce enables the Jets to draw the score to 3-1 through Tim Harris.
In the 68’ Leo Bertos floats in a free kick aiming for the head of Marcus Duncan, the Jets goalie is unable to clear and the oncoming Scott Smith taps it in for a 4-1 score-line.
Three easy points for Olympic looking forward to the next game against Charlestown City.
U20s Hamilton Olympic – Jets Youth 1-2
U18s Hamilton Olympic – Jets Youth 2-4
source: Tom Tsamouras