PS4NPLNNSW Round 10: Hamilton Olympic held to a 1-1 draw by Lake Macquarie

Olympic captain, Kyle Hodges

Outstanding goalkeeping by Lake Macquarie player Ben Kelly and some poor finishing by Olympic’s attack resulted in a 1-1 stalemate at Darling St Oval in round 10 of the NPL competition.

Olympic took control of the game from the outset in frosty cold conditions and looked as if it was only a matter of time before they would take the lead.

Kane Goodchild was put through with only the keeper to beat and despite Ben Kelly slipping and falling, he managed to fire his shot into the body of the Lake Macquarie goalkeeper!

A few moments later Scott Smith crossed from the left, the ball found Kane Goodchild who, with only the goalkeeper to beat, blasted his shot slightly wide.

In the first counter attack by Lake Macquarie, Blake Green receives a cross and has no problem firing into an empty net to put the visitors 1-0 up within the first 17 minutes.

Despite this setback Olympic continued to dominate possession and continued to press forward. A great corner struck by Scott Smith was curling into the far top corner when Ben Kelly floated into the air and tipped over for a corner.

Shortly before half time the Olympic faithful were on their feet when Kane Goodchild fired a shot which cannoned off the body of Ben Kelly, crashed onto the crossbar, came back into play and players of both teams scrambled for a shot at goal or a clearance!

Despite this, 0-1 remained and Olympic left the field for the half time break.

The domination of possession continued in the second half by the home team who were desperately seeking the equaliser and a Lake Macquarie team happy to be simply be behind the ball and look for counter-attacks.

A great cross by Tom Davies from the right finds the head of Kane Goodchild who, with only the keeper to beat, heads slightly over the crossbar.

Another cross finds Kane Goodchild who fires a great shot on target but on this occasion he is denied by a great save by Ben Kelly.

After a sustained attack by Olympic, the ball was cut back into the path of Grant Brown who riffled a long range shot from outside the box to bring the score back to 1-1 four minutes from normal time!

Olympic dominated possession throughout the game and had close to a dozen clear cut chances to score. In part, poor finishing and in part, an outstanding Ben Kelly is what contributed to both teams sharing the points.

Under 20s Olympic won 6-0
Under 18s Olympic won 2-1

NPL Youth
Olympic vs Lake Macquarie
Under 16s Olympic won 2-0
Under 15s Olympic won 4-3
Under 14s Olympic won 4-0
Under 13s Olympic won 4-0

Zone League 2
Merewether Advance FC vs Olympic
1st Grade Olympic won 2-0
2nd Grade Olympic won 4-0

NET results
Under 10s Olympic defeated Magic 7-1
Under 11s Olympic
Under 12s Olympic defeated Charlestown 6-1

Olympic Junior Results
Under 16a Olympic
Under 15a Olympic defeated by Kotara South 1-2
Under 13a Olympic defeated by New Lambton 2-3
Under 12b Olympic defeated Singleton 2-1

Under 9/1 Olympic defeated Kotara
Under 9/2 Olympic
Under 8/1 Olympic defeated Nelson Bay
Under 8/2 Olympic defeated Mayfield
Under 7/1 Olympic
Under 6/1 Olympic defeated by Maryland
Under 6/2 Olympic
Under 6/3 Olympic

source: Tom Tsamouras

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