Olympic FC head coach Ben Cahn said he was delighted with the character shown by his side in Saturday night’s 6-2 win over Magpies Crusaders United at Sologinkin Park.
Goals from Shelford Dais, Matt Mundy, Adam Edgar Danny Byrne and Jez Lofthouse saw Olympic take all three points on opening day against the NPL newcomers.
Olympic received an early scare when a Kyle Markham header on the quarter hour mark opened the scoring for the hosts.
Ten minutes later Olympic responded through Dais who after being played in by Shane Stefanutto made no mistake finishing past Magpies Crusaders goalkeeper Mitchell Wright to open his account for his new club.
Olympic took a stranglehold of the match early in the second half when Mundy headed home from a corner before Edgar got in on the act just minutes later to give the visitors a two-goal buffer.
Byrne scored from the spot in the 60th minute to make the score 4-1 before a double from substitute Lofthouse either side of a Markham penalty for the hosts rounded out a comprehensive victory for Olympic.
Magpies Crusaders day went from bad to worse when skipper Michael Lyall received his marching orders in second half stoppage time.
Speaking post-match, Olympic coach Ben Cahn said he was pleased with the fight shown by his charges after going a goal down early.
“We spoke before the game about the fact that it was their first game in the NPL, they had a massive crowd, we knew they’d come out for 20 minutes with loads of energy and enthusiasm.”
“We missed two or three chances in the first five minutes and they punished us with a good goal from their point of view, from there they had some momentum so we did well to claw ourselves back into the game.”
“The boys came out in the second half and did superbly, we didn’t let them breath for about 20 minutes, it was excellent character, resilience and game management,” Cahn said.
The win leaves Olympic atop the NPL standings alongside Moreton Bay who enjoyed a 6-2 win over Redlands on Friday night after the opening round of action.
Cahn said it was pleasing to have got the season off to a winning start and return to Brisbane off the back of a convincing performance.
“We came here with one objective and that was to get on the plane tomorrow with three points, we wanted a good performance, I think for 75% of the game we were very good, we’re leaving with three points so we got the job done.”
“Looking at the game as a whole I thought we were in full control on another day we could’ve scored 10 goals.”
Olympic’s focus now turns to next Saturday’s clash with defending NPL Queensland champions Western Pride.
National Premier Leagues Queensland – Round One
Saturday, February 3
Sologinkin Park, Mackay
Mackay Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United – 2 (Kyle MARKHAM 16’ 82’)
Olympic FC – 6 (Shelford DAIS 25’, Matt MUNDY 48’, Adam EDGAR 50’, Danny BYRNE 60’, Jez LOFTHOUSE 68’, 86’)
Olympic FC team: 1. Nicholas MOONEY, 2. Shane STEFANUTTO (17. Kyren WALTERS 73’), 4. Kristen WATERS, 6. Matt MUNDY, 7. Shelford DAIS, 8. Kazuya ITO (2. Jack GLOVER 57’), 10. Danny BYRNE, 12. Costa PSAROS, 14. Kieran SANDERS, 18. Adam EDGAR, 19. Jean-Philippe LASM (11. Jez LOFTHOUSE 52’)
Unused Subs: 20. Dakota SPRANGE, 27. Charles SLANEY