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Men’s NPL Round 7 Review: Heath Hat-trick Fires Olympic Passed City

Round 7 of the Senior Men’s National Premier League QLD.

Report: Braden Asujamaa
Additional Words: Aaron Cooper
Image: Patrick Kearney

It was everything a local derby should be. A highly contested match, full of passion and fiery at stages.

Friday Night saw Olympic FC play host to cross river rivals, Brisbane City FC, in front of a vocal crowd at Goodwin Park. Olympic FC dominated early and were able to hang on to win 3-2.

Olympic FC’s in-form forward, Matt Heath, has streaked away as the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland’s leading goal scorer with a first half hat-trick in his side’s 3-2 win over Brisbane City on Friday night.

Heath’s tally is up to 13, seven more than any other player, and his three goals set up Olympics’ fifth win of the season at Goodwin Park.

Andy Coyne set up the first on 18 minutes and the lead was doubled five minutes later as Heath capitalised on loose defending.

City defender Motoki Kakehi dragged one back for the visitors in the shadows of half-time but Heath polished off his third hat-trick of the season from the penalty spot before the break.

Substitute Simon Biel scored City’s second, setting up a grandstand finish with a tick over 20 minutes to play.

Heroics from Tom Carroll kept Olympics’ lead intact with the keeper making a superb penalty save on 76 minutes. The stop proved crucial as the hosts held on for a victory that momentarily returns Olympic to the top of the ladder.

The match threatened to boil over on numerous occasions in the final 10 minutes, with both sides showing undoubted passion for their club. With the game in the balance, a handful of spiteful challenges from both sides led to heated moments which saw players run in from all over the pitch to get involved. The incidents led to long pauses in the match and resulted in yellow cards being shown to players from both sides.

With all this aside, Brisbane City challenged the Olympic defence on numerous occasions without success, as Olympic FC held on to record their sixth victory of the season 3-2.

The match saw Olympic FC development player, Theo Kambanis, make his Senior Men’s debut as he came off the bench in the 75th minute to consolidate the midfield.

Olympic now trail Gold Coast City FC by one competition point with a game in hand on the leaders. Olympic now play two more consecutive home games starting with a rescheduled game against Moreton Bay United on Thursday night before it’s City’s turn to play the Jets next weekend.

Key Moments

18’ – GOAL TO OLYMPIC – Andy Coyne squares the ball central for Matt Heath who was able to tuck the ball past Bon Scott.

23’ – GOAL TO OLYMPIC – Sloppy defending from City sees Matt Heath steal the ball from a defender before belting the ball into the back of the net.

42’ – GOAL TO CITY – City defender Motoki Kakehi climbs highest from the corner with an emphatic header into the back of the net.

45’ GOAL TO OLYMPIC – Matt Heath steps up to convert from the penalty spot and completes his hat-trick.

69’ – GOAL TO CITY – Substitute Simon Biel makes an excellent run down the left flank before cutting inside to finish with his right foot.

76’ – PENALTY SAVED BY OLYMPIC – Brisbane City are awarded a penalty after a handball is called inside the area. Tom Carroll makes a fantastic diving save low down to his left.

Match Details

PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland – Round 7
Friday, April 7 
Goodwin Park

Brisbane Olympic FC 3 (Matt HEATH 18′, 23′, 45′)
Brisbane City FC 2 (Motoki KAKEHI 42′, Simon BIEL 69′)

 

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