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Fed Reserve: Upper Hutt 4, Olympic 2

Another beautifully fine afternoon and a pitch which was in excellent condition greeted an Olympic team that was keen to kick on after the previous weeks fine performance against Petone. Alex Smith returned from a 3 week lay off from injury and Jimmy Haidakis returned after a season at Miramar. The old saying you are only as good as you last game proved very true as Olympic struggled all day to put together any fluid passing through out the match, and it was no surprise that Upper Hutt went ahead when a cross which should have been easily cleared was nodded home by Craig Micheljohn for a 1-0 lead, 5 minutes later it was 2-0 as another defensive lapse allowed Craig Micheljohn to score a well taken goal. Olympic were struggling to make any impact and it was a glimmer of hope when in a 5 min spell just before halftime Jimmy Haidakis broke free down the left to draw the defender and square the ball for Alex Smith to score, and immediately from the kick-off Tommy Short was put through and with only the keeper to beat, he delayed his shot and was closed down , which could have leveled the scores. Upper Hutt led 2-1 at the break, Alex Smith was replaced at halftime to fulfill his duties for the Ist and Blair Sweetman came on and immediately made an impact with his ability to hold the ball and lay off to the support. From a break down in an Olympic attack Upper Hutt broke away at pace and wrong footed Brendan Gage for Simon Steinhoff to score to make it 3-1. Olympic then started to play with a little bit more composure and from a very clever piece of work from Tommy Short who beat 2 defenders and put in a perfect cross for Blair Sweetman to score with a well taken glancing header, and it was game on for the final 20 minutes. Once again though a lapse in concentration allowed Hutt to break down the right flank and Jason Gray finished off a fine move to take a well deserved 4-2 victory against a very disappointing Olympic performance.

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