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Ingham youth denied by ‘heartbreaking’ Olympic equaliser

Ethan Giacomi struck early but Ingham youths were denied victory by a late MA Olympic Blue equaliser at Augie Pane Field.

The striker fired home in the 17’ minute but the scores were levelled with ten minutes remaining as the match finished 1-1.

There was a marked improvement from our boys since these sides first met, with Olympic winning that fixture 3-1.

Ingham controlled the first-half of this game and were on top for most of the second period – but the late equaliser set up a frantic finish.

Liam Jensen and Logan Aird were the stand-out performers for the Hinchinbrook side.

Coach James Formosa said: ‘Ethan put us ahead early in the match and our defenders did a great job in limiting the shooting opportunities Olympic had.

‘It was heartbreaking to see them concede late in the match and deliver another nail biting finish.

‘But we’re really proud of how the boys are gelling considering half our team are Townsville based – so are training separately each week.’

There was a role reversal in the second fixture of a double-header weekend, as Giacomi levelled up for Ingham after 83 minutes in a match where we hit the post four times in another home fixture.

Saints had gone ahead in the first period but Ingham dug deep and were rewarded with a late equaliser of their own – to secure their third 1-1 on the bounce.

Haydan Girgenti and Aiden Sanderson were outstanding in a match that was marred by the 60’ minute knee injury to captain Dale Cantoni.

Jonte Grazioli continued his good form, scoring his fifth of the season to put Ingham’s premier league side ahead in a match they eventually lost 6-1 to joint-leaders MA Olympic.

The reserves lost 8-0 to Olympic and the thirds lost 4-1 to Rebels and 6-1 to Saints in a double-header weekend.

The premier league side welcome back captain Josh Vanoli from suspension and hope to have silky winger MJ Nkiwane back from injury when they travel to face the Burdekin this Sunday.

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