Forward Jason Crnicís third goal of the season at the 81st minute mark proved to be a big one for Hamilton Thunder as the Steeltown squad defeated Mississauga Olympians, 2-1, at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton on Thursday.
The win maintained Thunderís unbeaten run in league competition (there was an Open Canada Cup 4-3 loss to Vaughan Sun Devils on June 28) and extended Hamiltonís lead in the Western Conference to five points over second place St. Catharines Roma Wolves.
Following a close and hard fought first half leading to a scoreless tie at half-time, Kevin De Serpa put Hamilton in front on a penalty kick at the 55th minute mark and Darren Tilley, last yearís leading goalscorer in the CPSL, tied the game for Olympians three minutes later.
Goalkeepers Roberto Ferrari for Hamilton and Dino Perri for Olympians played a big part in keeping the score at 1-1 until Crnic struck the winner.
Hamilton improve to 4-0-3 WLT for 15 points while Mississauga stays at the foot of the Western Conference with a 1-3-2 record for five points.