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Mens NPL Round 16 Review: Rampant Olympic Dominate Sunshine Coast


Round 16 of the PlayStation Australia National Premier League Queensland

Report: Braden Asujamaa
Additional Words: Nilsson Jones
Images: Patrick Kearney

Sunday night football returned to Goodwin Park this weekend as an in-from Olympic FC played host to winless Sunshine Coast FC at Goodwin Park.

Olympic displayed a dominant performance on the night, comfortably outplaying the Sunshine Coast side on their way to an 8-0 victory on a special night.

While the 8-0 result will be remembered from the night, it was captain Dany Byrne’s night as he achieved his 100th PlayStation Australia National Premier League match. Byrne’s double on the night sees him achieve the record of 53 goals in 100 National Premier League fixtures, an outstanding achievement given the quality of the competition in recent years.

Fitting for the occasion, it was Byrne who opened the scoring in the 15th minute, hitting a looping volley over the keeper into the back of the net. Byrne remained a threat all night, picking up two assists and another goal in the 42nd minute.

Prolific striker, Ramone Close also starred on the night, bagging a ten minute hat-trick after picking up his first in the 30th minute and third in the 40th minute.

Costa Psaros also featured heavily in the fixture, splitting Fire’s defensive line consistently and threatening the goals on numerous occasions. Psaros scored his first for the evening in the 25th minute of play and had a double in the 62nd minute when he was cleverly found unmarked in the penalty area.

Brayden Cook was a late substitute in the second half, before he too joined the scoresheet, netting his first senior goal for Olympic. The late strike from Cook sealed the 8-0 victory, ensuring Olympic close the gap on first placed Gold Coast City FC to 3 points after their narrow defeat to Brisbane Strikers.

Olympic FC’s next assignment will be at home to fourth-placed FNQ Heat on Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Park.

Olympic FC Player of the Match: Danny Byrne


Boy’s NPL Results:

Senior Men: Olympic FC 8 – Sunshine Coast 0

Under 20’s: Moreton Bay United 0 – Olympic FC 3

Under 18’s: Olympic FC 4 – Sunshine Coast 0

Key Moments:

16’ – GOAL FOR OLYMPIC- Danny Byrne hits a looping volley over the keeper’s head from outside the box.

26’ – GOAL FOR OLYMPIC- Costa Psraros gets on the end of a square pass and places it into the back of the net.

31’ – GOAL FOR OLYMPIC- Byrne finds Ramone Close unmarked in the middle and Close heads home easily.

33’ – GOAL FOR OLYMPIC- Costa Psaros cuts the ball back to Close who places his shot in the bottom corner.

40’ – GOAL FOR OLYMPIC- Psaros plays a through ball in behind the defensive line for Close, who takes a touch around the keeper before shooting home to complete his hat-trick.

42’ – GOAL FOR OLYMPIC- Close fakes a shot leaving the ball for Byrne who places home.

63’ – GOAL FOR OLYMPIC- Psaros finds himself open in the centre of the box and makes no mistake.

79’ – GOAL FOR OLYMPIC- Cook strikes a long-range effort which goes straight through the keeper’s hands.

Match Details:

PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland – Round 16 
Sunday, July 2
Goodwin Park

Brisbane Olympic 8 (Danny BYRNE 16′ 42′, Costa PSAROS 26′ 63′, Ramone CLOSE 31′ 33′ 40′, Brayden COOK 79′)

Sunshine Coast FC 0


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