OLYMPIC FC – Men’s Over 35s – Round 7
Round 7 of the ‘Blue Stratos Division 3 Masters Football Competition saw the Olympic FC Men’s Over 35s team host Moggill United at Goodwin Park. The boys were backing up after a midweek disaster at Tarragindi, but their bodies were feeling good and ready for the encounter.
Manager Arthur Karagiorgi was unavailable, so Emanuel Makridakis managed the evening. The line up was as follows, Terry Stamatiou in goals with Jason Paterdis and Anthony Scodellaro in front of him again. The fullbacks were Savva Paterdis and Nick ‘Killa’ Naoumis. In the centre of the park were Phil Makridakis and Tung Nguyen with Emanuel Makridakis and Nick Ikonomou on the wings. Savva Ganiatsos was partnered up front with his childhood hero Nick Contoudios.
On the very deep and well-built bench were Demetri Zacharia, Nectarios Pavlakis, José Sarmiento, Michael Zervos, Balraj Kalley, Arash Mohajeri and Stellios Pavlakis.
Unavailable was Mark Finden (Kinky Boots).
The only other player missing was recent signing Igor Lazic. Lazic was sensationally sold on to a Division 1 team (St George-Willawong) after only two games in the red and white. Managers Karagiorgi and Makridakis needed funds to pay for the team coach repairs (new clutch and transmission), so a deal was struck which saw Lazic going one way and a repaired team coach and two goats coming the other way.
The game kicked off with Olympic the stronger of the two teams, but Moggill were causing a few headaches when they did have any possession.
Olympics early dominance finally paid off when they broke the deadlock on 16 minutes with a well-taken Ganiatsos strike, but that’s where the good stuff ended. Olympic uncharacteristically clocked off and allowed Moggill to call the shots, and they did take shots, many of them.
Moggill equalised soon after and then went ahead thanks to a beautifully headed Savva Paterdis own goal that sent Stamatiou the wrong way. 2-1 to Moggill at halftime and Olympic were scratching their heads in the sheds. The boys had to lift for the second half and just do the simple things right, confidence was not a problem though as the game was certainly there for the taking.
The second half saw both teams pressing and with opportunities to score. Moggill’s keeper pulled off some incredulous saves that frustrated Olympic. Then Moggill took their opportunity first when Naoumis had no choice but to swing his axe when a Moggill striker made his way into the box with only Stamatiou to beat in goal. The referee rightly pointed to the spot and the penalty shot went straight whilst Stamatiou went to his right. Moggill 3-1 up and now it was their confidence sky-high.
Olympic confirmed it just wasn’t going to be their night when a Scodellaro pass found Phil Makridakis all alone in the Moggill penalty area, his bullet shot from right in front was parried by the Moggill keeper on to his own post and out for a corner kick.
Then to make matters worse, Moggill got a fourth goal on the break when Olympic threw everyone forward.
The game ended with Olympic shell-shocked after charitably handing the second bottom Moggill United their first win of their season.
Next game is away to the second placed Clairvaux FC.
Olympic FC 1 lost to Moggill United 4
Team: Terry Stamatiou, Savva Paterdis, Jason Paterdis, Anthony Scodellaro, Nick Naoumis, Emanuel Makridakis, Phil Makridakis, Tung Nguyen, Nick Ikonomou, Nick Contoudios, Savva Ganiatsos
Bench: Demetri Zacharia, Nectarios Pavlakis, Balraj Kalley, Stelios Pavlakis, José Sarmiento, Arash Mohajeri, Michael Zervos
Goals: Ganiatsos (16)