Olympic FC midfielder Steve Whyte says his side will not shy away from the challenge in tonight’s encounter with Western Pride at Briggs Road.
Olympic come into tonight’s National Premier Leagues round two clash full of confidence following last weekend’s 6-2 drubbing of NPL new boys Magpies Crusaders United.
However tonight they face what is likely to prove a much sterner test, when they do battle with defending champions Western Pride.
Pride come into tonight’s match alongside Olympic at the pointy end of the table following an opening day win over 2017 premiership winners Brisbane Strikers.
Olympic midfielder Steve Whyte said his side head into tonight’s clash full of belief.
“It should be a good game, they won it last year and I’ve heard a lot of good things about them, but I think we’re a strong team too and that we will prove to be hard to beat.”
“With every game our confidence as a team is growing and week-by-week we’re coming together a lot stronger as a unit, getting six goals last week did a lot for our self-belief.”
The former Central Coast Mariners and Seattle Sounders midfielder has wasted no time settling in at Olympic since his arrival in December.
Whyte who has slotted straight into Ben Cahn’s starting eleven is yet to taste defeat in an Olympic jersey following an undefeated pre-season and first up win in the NPL says a winning mentality will be key for his side in tonight’s clash.
“Pride will be a young energetic group who will come out strong and finish strong, but I think we’ll be able to handle them no matter what they throw at us.”
“It’s important we play our game, don’t let them dictate the play, we’ve got to play as a team and work hard for each other.”
“No matter what game you play, you always go out with the mentality to win, we’re going out there full of confidence that we’ll get the job done,” Whyte said.
In transfer news midfielder Zelfy Nazary has signed on with Olympic for the 2018 season, Nazary arrives at the club from NPLWA outfit Floreat Athena and will come straight into Ben Cahn’s match day squad for tonight’s game.
National Premier Leagues Queensland – Round Two
Western Pride v Olympic FC
Saturday, February 10 | 7:00pm
Briggs Road, Ipswich
Olympic FC squad: 1. Nicholas MOONEY, 2. Jack GLOVER, 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 4. Kristen WATERS, 5. Steve WHYTE, 7. Shelford DAIS, 8. Kazuya ITO, 9. Danny BYRNE, 11. Jez LOFTHOUSE, 12. Costa PSAROS, 13. Kieran SANDERS, 15. Taj SUFFOLK, 18. Adam EDGAR, 21. Dakota SPRANGE, 30. Zelfy NAZARY