Whilst Olympic FC’s Senior National Premier League sides have been heavily promoted since seasons beginning, some of Olympics’ junior NPL sides have flown under the radar and have been producing some exquisite football and fantastic results.
The Under 20’s National Premier League side, coached by Gerry McAvoy, are in scintillating form heading into the late stages of the NPL season. Not only are the Under 20’s top of the table in their division, but they have only been defeated once in 17 fixtures, despite the fluctuation of player to and from the senior side. The Olympic side lead the competition ahead of Brisbane City by eight points with a game in hand after Round 4’s clash with Moreton Bay United was postponed.
In their 17 competition games, Olympic have accumulated 13 wins, three draws and one loss, scoring 76 goals and conceding only 24, leaving them with a goal differential of 52. Olympics’ leading goal scorer, Matthew Cann has been scoring at a rate of knots, netting 16 times in his 13 appearances after being in and out of the senior side. Fellow forwards, Zander Guy and Michael Morrow have also been in fine form in front of goal, scoring at almost one goal per game for the Olympic side.
The football which the under 20’s side has been producing has pleased Gerry and has not gone unnoticed by senior head coach, Terry Kirkham. Throughout the course of the season, Gerry has seen 12 of his regular group promoted to the senior side, giving these boys a taste of the achievable results which are bought through hard work and commitment at youth level.
“The U20’s are playing the same style and philosophy that our head coach Terry has brought to the club. Many of these boys are getting a chance in the first team which is very healthy for the future of the club.”
Terry has also praised the side and their achievements in recent weeks, stating that it has been a crucial part of the senior side’s success.
“Our Under 20’s are top of the table, they’re producing some fantastic football. Gerry has them playing a similar system to the senior side which makes the transition between the two sides extremely simple.”
This transition between sides has also pleased Gerry, who enjoys seeing his younger players get a run in the senior team and receive a taste of what is to come. With the same process’ in place for the Under 18’s through to the senior side, Gerry is delighted with the Under 18’s who have stepped up into his side to fill the void left by promoted players. The training methods and systems put in place by Terry Kirkham are paying huge dividends for the development of Olympics’ youth, such is the success which Olympic is seeing this season on the pitch.
Whilst Gerry is extremely pleased with the way in which his side is developing, he has pinpointed two fixtures which he believes were massive results in the course of the season:
Rd12: Olympic FC U20 V Brisbane Roar U20: 5-0
“It was an impressive result for table topping undefeated Olympic U20 given The Roar fielded a host of players from the squad that normally run out in the Senior NPL side; Akbasi, Beakhurst, Bilic, Driver, Reardon, Sawyer and Yoon. We demolished The Roar with a 5-0 win with Danny Byrne scoring us 2 goals in his first game back after a 4 week break due to injury.
Other goals scored in the game by B.Cook (1), M. Morrow (1), Z.Guy (1)
Rd11 Olympic FC U20 V Brisbane Strikers U20: 4-2
“Another impressive win away to Brisbane Strikers 4-2. Goals came from M.Morrow (2), Z.Guy (1), J.Seeto (1). I was very impressed with the young U18’s players coming up, J Seeto and D Baker who are also being watched by our Head Coach.”
Success in the youth competition is crucial in the development of players moving into the club’s future. It is fantastic to see the results which the Under 20’s are producing, demonstrating that Olympic FC is in a strong position moving into the future.
Olympic FC’s U20’s next fixture is on Sunday 6th of August at Goodwin Park when they face off with Gold Coast City FC U20’s.
Under 20’s Results:
Round 1: Olympic FC 2 – Brisbane Roar 2
Round 2: Redlands United 3 – Olympic FC 3
Round 3: Western Pride 3 – Olympic FC 6
Round 4: POSTPONED
Round 5: Sunshine Coast FC 0 – Olympic FC 8
Round 6: Olympic FC 5 – SWQ Thunder 4
Round 7: Olympic FC 3 – Brisbane City 3
Round 8: Olympic FC 2 – SWQ Thunder 1
Round 9: Gold Coast City 0 – Olympic FC 2
Round 10: Olympic FC 11 – Sunshine Coast FC 0
Round 11: Brisbane Strikers 2 – Olympic FC 4
Round 12: Olympic FC 5 – Brisbane Roar 0
Round 13: Olympic FC 5 – Redlands United 0
Round 14: Olympic FC 3 – Western Pride 4
Round 15: Moreton Bay United 0 – Olympic FC 3
Round 16: Olympic FC 9 – Sunshine Coast FC 0
Round 17: POSTPONED
Round 18: Brisbane City 1 – Olympic FC 2
Round 19: SWQ Thunder 1 – Olympic FC 3
Top 5 Goal Scorers (Matches):
Matthew Cann: 16(13)
Zander Guy: 12(10)
Brayden Cook: 9(17)
Michael Morrow: 7(10)
Harry McMaster: 6(16)