Castillo strike sinks struggling College

A second-half free-kick from Israel Castillo was the difference between the two sides at the Victoria Stadium, with Jonathan Guy sent off for the visitors.

FC Olympique dominated the early stages of the first half, with Gary Turner-Bone dominating the midfield and wingers Israel Castillo & Kai Soithongsuk creating the College defenders havoc with their pace and skill. Despite dominating it was College who had the best chances, Soufian Hanafi lobbed effort hit the crossbar, the rebound was headed over by the striker.

Just before half-time College had a great chance to take the lead but Nolan Bosio’s effort went just wide. Both teams went into the break on level terms with Olympique dominating but unable to create any goal-scoring opportunities. 

The second half started with College on the attack, their main man Soufian Hanafi curled his free-kick over the wall and just over the bar. Olympique broke the deadlock in the 75th minute, Israel Castillo scoring straight from a free-kick, giving keeper Dominguez no chance.

Two minutes later Olympique nearly made it 2-0 but some great last-ditch defending from Ilias Rahmouni prevented Kai Soithongsuk from running through on goal after the winger had skipped past three College players with ease. With six minutes remaining College went down to 10 men after striker Jonathan Guy received a straight red for an altercation with Olympique defender Emerson Rovegno.

Olympique were able to hold on and walk away with the three points which sees them move three points behind Magpies in fifth.


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