RIVERSIDE Olympic christened their new Windsor Park floodlights with an absolute dazzler.
Champions Devonport won in Launceston for the third time this season as former Northern Ranger Nick Lanau-Atkinson claimed his second home-town match-winner.
Despite losing 3-2, Olympic coach Alex Gaetani found plenty of positives from a terrific contest enjoyed by a bumper, if frozen, crowd.
His team took less than a minute to score under the new lights which were turned on at half-time with the home side trailing to Toby Barton's early strike.
Seconds after the restart, Aaron Campbell took advantage of a slip in the Strikers defence and squared for Fletcher Fulton to equalise.
Brody Denehey's penalty and Lanau-Atkinson's excellent strike looked to have killed off the contest, but Olympic's inspirational captain Tom Prince was having none of it.
Having won everything in the air in his own box, the centre-back guaranteed a second assist for Campbell by heading home in the opposition's to set up a thrilling final quarter.
Denied penalty appeals, brilliant Daniel Nash saves and a plethora of yellow cars followed, but no more goals.
"It was an exciting game but I'm bitterly disappointed to not get a result because I thought we deserved it but possibly they know how to win and do things that make them win," Gaetani said.
"They know what they're doing, but we'll get them back."
LAUNCESTON CITY also suffered their third straight loss, going down 5-0 at South Hobart.
The hosts registered through Sam Tooze, Sam Berezansky, Kasper Hallam and a late double from Nick Morton but City keeper Lachy Clark was responsible for keeping the score respectable.
Olympia beat Clarence 5-1 and Kingborough lost 5-2 to Glenorchy Knights.
LAUNCESTON UNITED ended their 100 per cent start to the season as South Hobart came from two goals down to win 3-2 at Birch Avenue.
After two victories in the league and one in the cup, United looked on course to keep that record going after the prolific Dani Gunton fired in an early double.
However, the momentum swung when a Niki Moutsatsos cross drifted over keeper Sydney Carnie and into the far corner.
The dangerous Pishon Choi levelled before the break and stole in for the winner soon after it as a storm swept across the pitch.
Co-coach Frank Compton was staying positive despite the sudden speed hump.
"This could work in our favour if it gets us back on track," he said.
"Maybe this is a chance to reset expectations and keep our feet grounded after a whirlwind start.
"It was a good battle but I think South Hobart fully deserved it because they showed a lot of character from 2-0 down and we could not lift again.
"I knew it would be tight today and we learned that our level cannot dip. It has to stay at the same level or we will get turned over."
Compton said he thought English midfield engine Jess Robinson was "industrious" but did not receive enough support while Nichola Clark put in a solid shift aft the back.
Belgian playmaker Sofie Verhaegen added to the continental flair but was unable to orchestrate an equaliser as South produced an excellent second-half defensive performance.
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