Olympic Reserves v Miramar Reserves
With 5 Olympic under 19's playing for the College, it was no surprise that the match was played with a lot of passion, and the result was a highly entertaining game of football played in damp and slippery conditions on a very good surface at Newtown Park. After an hectic opening 15 mins Grant Stevens cut in from the left to score from an unstoppable drive from 20 yards, Not to be out done Anthoney Neonakis repeated the effort from the right side and Olympic were 2-0 down and playing well having had 2 shots saved by Nick van Hattum in the College goal. A fine piece of work by George Barbarousous went unrewarded as he robbed the college defender beat another and beat the keeper only to see the ball ricochet back of the post and away to safety A 3rd goal courtesy of a fine Neonakis strike saved by keeper Cross only for the College striker to tap in the rebound for a 3-0 lead after 25 mins. Olympic were very competitive and it took a remarkable strike from the narrowest of angles from man of the match Jamie Soulas to open the scoring for Olympic. The second half was almost completely dominated by Olympic, with first George Barbarousous beating 4 players on a jinxing run, only for Nick van Hattum to make 2 fine saves from his efforts, then after another fine run down the right flank he found Tasos Barbarousous with his cross only for Tasos to see his header bounce over the crossbar with the keeper well beaten. Then a wonder goal against the run of play by Antonym Neonakis who cut inside the right fullback and hit an unstoppable drive from 25 yards which dipped and swerved giving the keeper no chance. A free kick for Olympic saw an excellent save by van Hattum after Tacos Barbarousous free kick had taken a wicked deflection, and then an absolute screamer of a shot from Hadlee Southall was touched onto the crossbar and ricochet down and cleared by College. With time almost up and Olympic still pressing forward they were caught out by a quick raid by college and Rodney Brown completed the scoring to make the final score 5-1 to College. A big disappointment, but with the knowledge that the outstanding players for College were all members of the Olympic under 19 side, their is good heart in the camp. Olympic were beaten but with the dominance they had and with a bit of luck the score should well have been 7-5 to Olympic. Player of the day for Olympic was Jamie Soulas who scored an absolute scorcher of a goal and backed this up with a fine all round display in the center of midfield.