RIVERSIDE picked up its first point of the season but it felt like two dropped.
For the second time this season, Olympic found themselves 2-0 up inside 15 minutes but unable to hold onto the win as Clarence scored on the half-hour and midway through the second half to earn a 2-2 draw.
A game of six yellow cards and two red was one of missed opportunity according to Olympic coach Alex Gaetani.
"Very disappointed," he said. "Certainly two points dropped. It's a game we should have won from 2-0 up.
"We showed a lot more character than other teams might have in the circumstances, played some great football and scored two good goals but we've just got to mature and focus on not conceding. But we're getting there."
With Will Humphrey and the fit-again Luca Vigilante pulling the strings in midfield, Olympic raced into the lead.
The pace and skill of Fletcher Fulton invited Humphrey to claim his third goal of the season after just five minutes before a delightful move delivered the second.
Keeper Dan Nash and defenders Tom Prince and Jasper King allowed Vigilante to set up Aaron Campbell and although his shot was blocked it rebounded in off covering defenders.
However, as they proved in the 3-2 derby defeat at Launceston City, Olympic are not comfortable with two-goal leads and the momentum swung when an offside flag denied Fulton what appeared to be the hosts' third.
The reprieved Zebras galloped back into it, Dwayne Walsh heading in Alex Smith's cross and Riley Dillon nodding in the equaliser having already been denied by a post.
Despite blowing their lead, Olympic looked the more likely to claim a winner, especially after Matt Pace was sent off for a second yellow card, but substitute James Hall squandered their best chance when set up by Fulton.
Having earlier sustained a painful head injury, Nash left Gaetani with a headache of his own by getting sent off for dissent after the final whistle.
Glenorchy Knights recorded their fifth victory by inflicting Launceston City's fifth loss, 5-0 at KGV.
Good work by the dangerous Nick Naden led to a Matty Oh own goal in the 21st minute with Cade Smith claiming the second five minutes later.
Tommy Bellini bagged the third early in the second half before a late double from the predatory Nick Mearnes completed the rout. The first was a splendid chipped effort from the edge of the box with the other, just two minutes later, following a howler from keeper Lachy Clark.
Devonport beat Kingborough Lions 2-0. Eddie Bidwell curled in the opener from 25 metres before a manic minute confirmed the result. Byungatae Ahn was sent off for bringing down Brody Denehey and although Lee Mackie saved Denehey's penalty, the same player was on hand to stab in when Miles Barnard crossed the ball back in.
Olympia scored inside two minutes through Joseph Mwarabu but still went down 4-1 to South Hobart.
Jacob Lancaster, Sam Berezansky, Luke Bighin and Bradley Lakoseljac were the scorers.
Reigning champions Olympia Warriors proved too good for Launceston United, winning 3-1 at Warrior Park.
Without Belgian playmaker Sofie Verhaegen, Lynden Prince and Frank Compton's second-placed United fell to a third loss of the season.
Striker Dani Gunton missed a couple of excellent opportunities for the visitors before Innocent Michael opened the scoring with a long-range stunner, beating keeper Imogen McCormick from the edge of the centre circle.
Mia Cane was repeatedly thwarted by McCormick before finally getting her goal from a Maddi Chambers assist.
Meggie Goscombe added Warriors' third before Jess Robinson claimed United's consolation in a one-on-one with keeper Kaycee Ponting.
Devonport Strikers beat Kingborough Lions 4-2.
Taroona hosts South Hobart on Sunday while Clarence has the bye.
She normally plays midfield but we put her forward and it obviously worked. She's a good player and we're lucky to have her- Launceston City coach Barry Baker after Zali Kirkman scored all five goals in a 5-1 win at Somerset
Ladder-leaders Northern Rangers marched on in the women's Northern Championship with an emphatic 12-0 win over neighbour Launceston United.
Remarkably, there were only four goal-scorers for Stephen Pearce's side.
Moana Chamberlin and Febey Chugg both bagged four while Denae Burton and Abbie Chugg scored a couple each.
Launceston City coach Barry Baker switched Zali Kirkman from midfield to attack and she rewarded him with all five goals in the 5-1 win at Somerset.
"She's a good player and we're lucky to have her," Baker said.
She normally plays midfield but we put her forward and it obviously worked. She's got a lot of speed and we used that to our advantage. She scored four in the second half and I think three of them were one-on-ones with the keeper."
Goals from Rachel Glover and Monica Peterson saw Burnie win 2-0 at Riverside to the chagrin of Olympic coach Jo Haezebrouck.
"They deserved to win and gave us a lesson in aggression," he said. "It's one of the basics you need to win games and they were stronger than us."
Ulverstone walloped Coastal neighbour Devonport Strikers 9-1.
Launceston United and Riverside both picked up their second wins of the season in the men's competition.
United coach Fernando Munoz said it was a difficult first game against his former team Northern Rangers, but an Aidan Rigby double secured a 2-1 win. Wes Chugg scored for the hosts.
"Being my first game against my former club, there are always emotions at stake," said the Chilean.
"We continue as a club developing our plan for the future with our team of many young people."
Munoz said the likes of Oscar Scharapow, Mitch Lockhart, Oliver Jacobs, Reede Beckett, Will Spicer, Christian Byard, Sebastian Gardiner and Tom Mctigue "allow the club to look with optimism for the next games and future seasons".
Riverside left it late before claiming a 1-0 win over Burnie, Mackaye Jago converting an Adam Walker corner two minutes from time to the delight of coach Joe Evans.
"It was not the prettiest game ever but I was really pleased to bounce back from last week and grind out a win," he said.
Launceston City went down 4-0 at leader Somerset but coach Justin Dyer was proud of his side, particularly reliable keeper Ari Johnson. One down with less than half an hour remaining, City were pushing for an equaliser when they were caught short at the back.
Second-placed Devonport Strikers kept up the pressure at the top with a 3-1 defeat of Ulverstone.
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