Olympic, who were without regular midfielders Clayton Lewis (NZ U20 squad) and Martin Packer (injury) as well as central defender Tom Probert (NZ U20 squad), struggled to adjust to the pace of the game from the kick-off.
It wasn’t long before their sleepiness was capitalised on when the Olympic defence failed to clear a free-kick and Napier’s English-import Ryan Tinsley drilled a nice finish past James McPeake to open the scoring for the visitors.
Napier continued to control possession and looked likely to score again as they attacked through Miles John regularly down the left wing.
On 28 minutes, Olympic equalised against the run of play as a quick break left Jimmy Haidakis free on the right to cross to an unmarked Colm Kenny, who made no mistake with his header.
Napier continued to press with halftime fast approaching and missed a golden opportunity to go ahead when a free-kick was saved brilliantly by McPeake but fell to Napier Captain Danny Wilson, who kneed the ball over from three yards.
Two goals from winger Sam Blackburn and another for golden boot leader Jimmy Haidakis, who has six goals from five matches, cancelled out the brace from
Ryan Tinsley to take them top of the table, after Miramar’s away game against Petone was postponed due to Rangers having four players out for international duty.
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