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WNPL Round 1 Review: Olympic Stunned by Power

Round 1 of the Women’s PlayStation 4 National Premier League

Report: Braden Asujamaa
Additional Words: Tristram Peters
Image: Kylie Wells Photography

Olympic FC’s Senior Women have started their PlayStation 4 Women’s National Premier League campaign with a heavy to defeat to Peninsula Power 5-1 at A.J. Kelly Park on Sunday Night.

With last year’s Grand Final behind them, Olympic FC looked to open their campaign in style after a strong pre-season in the Pink Boot competition.

However, it was Peninsula Power who got off to a flying start with new signing Brooke Barbuto receiving the ball on the edge of the area, before dribbling around two defenders and firing a shot inside the left post.

Annie Evans notched Power’s second moment’s later, running onto a precise through ball and rifling a shot into the roof of the net.

Olympic looked to steady the ship when Kirsten Jamieson took a free kick just outside the box, with her shot looping up and over the keeper, but the comeback was short lived.

Ali Schaeffer intercepted a wayward pass on halfway, driving into the opponent’s half and scoring off the post to restore the two-goal advantage before Evans completed her brace.

A tighter second half was highlighted by a long-range Barbuto effort which caught Olympic keeper Ronan off her line and secured a 5-1 victory.

It was a tough start to the campaign for Olympic FC, with head coach Phil Canham believing Olympic FC could have dominated:

“We started the match poorly but were able to bounce back in the second half. We dominated the opening ten minutes of the second half and could have been up by three goals with some better finishing. But we will bounce back, we have a quality side this year.”

Olympic FC’s next task is the derby with Eastern Suburbs FC on Saturday 25/3 at Heath Park, East Brisbane with kick off at 5:00pm.

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