Rovers win seven-goal thriller to go top of the table as Olympic falter in reserves

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Francis Noguera competes for the ball as Rovers won a thriller.
Camera IconFrancis Noguera competes for the ball as Rovers won a thriller. Credit: Russell Schneider

Just as it seemed Olympic were back on their all-conquering track the Rovers once again sprung a surprise to win a thrilling top-of-the-table encounter 4-3.

Olympic had their year-long unbeaten streak broken when these last two sides met in round two but had smashed sides since then, scoring 15 goals in three games to see them reclaim the top spot after the Rovers fell to Abrolhos in round 7.

But the two best attacking sides in the competition lived up to their reputation as seven different goal scorers were recorded in a back-and-forth clash.

Paul Johnson, Daniel Lennard and Brett Northcote all got on the scorecard for Olympic but it would not be enough as Alex Moore, Ben Rollett, Hamish Fraser and Milaan Kousari edged the Rovers ahead in a thrilling encounter.

With the season now at the halfway point, the Rovers sit atop the leader two points clear of Olympic and also have a game in hand.

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In the reserves clashes, La Fiamma had no trouble as they put five past Chapman Athletic with a brace to Bishal G C taking him to the top of the goal-scoring charts with 8 in the 5-1 win.

Olympic were held to a surprise 1-1 draw by the Rovers. Owain Harrison’s strike cancelled out Max Winton’s effort leaving Olympic with just two points from their last three games, leaving the door open to Abrolhos and La Fiamma to jump them next round.

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