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Olympic Reserves 3, Waterside Karori 1

The game started in fine and warm conditions with a stiff southerly breeze blowing into the face of the Olympic team. Early season yips and nerves meant that play was a little scrappy for the first 10 mins. Olympic soon began to show some control and early chances fell to Ian Patterson and Blair Sweetman as they tried to exploit the Wharfies defence. Following a corner which Wharfies failed to clear Ian Patterson was on hand to flick home from close range. Olympic continued to dominate for much of the next 15 mins and very much against the run of play Wharfies found themselves back on level terms as Steve Dimakis dwelt on a back pass, only to see pressure from the Wharfies striker cause Steve to give away a penalty which was converted to make the score 1-1. Steve received a yellow card for his indiscretion, and perhaps was a little lucky not to receive a red. Olympic continued to press and after some excellent 1 touch play a through ball was played into the path of Tommy Short who beat 3 men on a weaving run only to be stop in his tracks by a brutal challenge. Ian Patterson converted the penalty to see Olympic go into halftime leading 2-1. Jerry Packham was replaced at halftime to join the 1st team and Hadlee Southhall a recent signing from Island Bay came onto the right back with Nigel Ingham moving to the center of the defence. Olympic began the 2nd half in dominating mood and created 4 clear-cut chances in the opening 15 mins as both George Barbarousous and Tommy Short exploited the flanks with their pace and skill provide good crosses which just eluded the strikers. Jamie Soulas came on for Giles after 50 mins to allow Giles to also join the 1st team. Good solid defence and team work by Olympic ensured Wharfies never threatened the Olympic goal, with a solid performance by Brendan Gage and an excellent game by Nigel Ingham paving the way. A quick and decisive break from defence and a penetrating ball from Nigel saw Tommy Short skip past 3 defenders and coolly slotting home the 3rd goal. The game ended with Olympic coming out on top by 3 goals to 1. Man of the match was Tommy Short playing in his first senior game, and capping the occasion with a fine goal. A very good first up team performance, with excellent commitment and approach shown by the 6 first teamers who were not required by Glen and Gary. If this commitment stays for the season the club can look forward to a very successful campaign.

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