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Olympic send Pride packing

Olympic FC captain Danny Byrne said there’s still plenty to come from his side following Saturday night’s 3-2 win over Western Pride at Briggs Road.

Goals from Kristen Waters, Jez Lofthouse and Adam Edgar were enough for Olympic to end the defending NPL Queensland champions 12-game winning run that stretched back to June last year.

Olympic took the lead after just three minutes when Byrne’s cross found Waters who saw his initial effort cleared off the line before reacting quickest to bundle the ball into the back of the net.

It didn’t take long for Pride to hit back as Dylan Wenzel-Halls won and converted a penalty in the eleventh minute to restore parity for the hosts.

Lofthouse reinstated Olympic’s lead midway through the first half when he poked home Philippe Lasm’s cross at the near post sending the visitors into the break a goal to the good.

Pride again levelled the scores in the 68th minute with a goal that very much mirrored their first as Wenzel-Halls again scored from the spot after winning the penalty himself.

But it was Olympic who had the last laugh as substitute Adam Edgar latched onto Shelford Dais’ cross sending his effort into the bottom corner to seal the result for his side.

Speaking post-match, Byrne said he was impressed with the bottle shown by his side to get the win after twice being pegged back by Pride penalties.

“Credit to the boys today we dug in second half, Pride were always going to make it hard for us but the boys were resilient enough to make sure that we did snatch that winner.”

“We maintained possession well, I think we dictated the play, we knew Pride would be youthful and energetic but we kept the ball and managed to penetrate in behind throughout.”

“Overall I think we deserved to come away with the three points.”

Saturday’s win sees Olympic maintain their position as one of the early leaders on the NPL Queensland ladder.

Despite the strong start which has seen Olympic record back-to-back wins Byrne said there’s still plenty to come from his side.

“It’s a very positive environment at the moment and the fruits of the labour are the two wins that we’ve got.”

“We would like to believe that if we continue to do what we did today, that we will win the majority of our games and it’s a belief that the lads have bought into.”

Olympic’s focus now turns to next Sunday’s clash with another one of the early frontrunners Lions FC at Goodwin Park.

National Premier Leagues Queensland – Round Two

Saturday, February 10

Briggs Road Sporting Complex, Ipswich

Western Pride – 2 (Dylan WENZEL-HALLS 11’ 68’)

Olympic FC – 3 (Kristen WATERS 3’, Jez LOFTHOUSE 27’, Adam EDGAR 71’)


Olympic FC team: 1. Nicholas MOONEY, 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 4. Kristen WATERS, 5. Steve WHYTE, 7. Shelford DAIS, 8. Kazuya ITO, 9. Danny BYRNE (2. Jack GLOVER 90+1’), 11. Jez LOFTHOUSE (10. Zelfy NAZARY 70’), 12. Costa PSAROS (18. Adam EDGAR 59’), 13. Kieran SANDERS, 19. Jean-Philippe LASM

Unused Subs: 15. Taj SUFFOLK, 21. Dakota SPRANGE

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