Olympic FC vs Brisbane Roar FC – 9th September 2017
Report: Braden Asujamaa
Images: Patrick Kearney, David Lobwein
Olympic FC played host to a football festival last Saturday afternoon which saw Brisbane Roar take to the Goodwin Park pitch in a pre-season friendly in front of an electric crowd. The day produced picturesque conditions which suited both sides and allowed for open, attacking football to take place. The match would conclude with Brisbane Roar defeating Olympic FC 3-0 in a tight match which produced numerous chances for both sides.
One of the largest crowds Goodwin Park has seen in the past few seasons witnessed the spectacle, with over 2000 people on hand to partake in the festivities which Olympic FC provided, resulting in an electrifying atmosphere for all involved.
With Olympic FC’s Under 20’s side being crowed champions in recent weeks, Terry Kirkham would reward this squad with plenty of minutes against the A-League side in the pre-season friendly. The young side would face off with a near full strength Brisbane Roar side which saw the experience of Matt McKay, Massimo Maccarone, Petros Skapetis, Luke Devere and Jade North all take to the Goodwin park pitch. The match provided an experience for the young Olympic FC players who were able to test their skill against some of the best in Australia while gaining an unforgettable experience.
Olympic FC would go toe-to-toe with Brisbane Roar, producing a disciplined and clinical performance against the experienced side. Olympic FC were fit, motivated and up for the challenge, with crunching tackles and attacking football on display in front of the atmospheric audience. Brisbane Roar seemingly struggled against the well organised and tight defence of Olympic, with the Roar leading at half-time 1-0. Olympic created some fantastic opportunities in the second half and displayed why they are one of the leading National Premier League clubs in Queensland, taking it to the Roar who were experienced enough to deny the promising attacks which Olympic produced. The Roar would weather the Olympic storm and put the game to bed late in the second half with the final two goals being scored in the 79th and 81st minute of the match.
The day was about more than the football on the main pitch, but rather the family friendly event which saw Olympic FC juniors and adults alike partaking in the event. Olympic FC provided fantastic entertainment including music, laser tag, “the wet zone”, futsal contests, football skill competitions, 5-a-side blow up fields and mascots from the Brisbane Roar which saw a large amount of juniors participate in the day.
The day was seen as a great success by the greater public who partook in the event and festivities hosted by Olympic FC. Olympic would like to extend their gratitude to the committee and all the volunteers for their organisation of the event and to the spectators for their attendance. Big thank you to all the event sponsors for their input and attendance and to the Brisbane Roar for coming out to Goodwin Park to partake in such a spectacular event.