Hamilton Olympic came away with 3 points during the Round 4 deferred fixture at Maitland after two goals from Kane Goodchild.
The game began at a very fast pace with both teams in need of the three points.
Olympic began with Davies, Hodges and Duncan at the back, Goodchild and Smith in attack and concentrated their numbers in the midfield. The effect of this was control in midfield, Maitland without much possession and Olympic very dangerous on the break.
By the 18’ this control paid dividend when a nice through ball to Kane Goodchild enabled him to tuck the ball past Matthew Trott for a 1-0 lead.
A free kick from McPherson in the 26’ forced a great save from Matthew Trott. Two minutes later McPherson tests the Maitland goalkeeper again and forces a corner.
Olympic continued to control the match until the end of the first half with Maitland being unable to create a single clear cut chance to score.
The second half began with Olympic threatening to score from the outset. Louis Townsend broke from the right and fired a cross which came off the post of Matthew Trott.
Moments later Kane Goodchild showed his intentions when he fired wide from the same position.
By the 52’ Maitland made a counter attack which ended up crashing off the Olympic woodwork. This was repeated later when Danny Ireland pushed the ball away for a corner after a double save.
Despite these two opportunities Olympic continued to press forward in search of a second goal and this didn’t take long to materialise.
Two minutes from normal time, Musa Kamara floated a great corner kick into the head of Kane Goodchild who had no problem making the score 2-0.
The game was reduced to a formality after this and Olympic was able to come home with the 3 points.
u20s defeated Maitland 3-1
u18s defeated Maitland 3-0
Source: Tom Tsamouras