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Olympic seal record start with Thunder win

Olympic FC defender Kristen Waters praised the comprehensive nature of his sides performance in Sunday’s 5-0 win over SWQ Thunder at Goodwin Park.

A Kieran Sanders double was added to by goals from Shelford Dais, Zelfy Nazary and Adam Edgar in a result that sealed the league leaders best ever start to an NPL Queensland season.

Despite the home side fashioning a number of chances early on Thunder goalkeeper Jacob Sayle was in inspired form and produced a string of fine saves to keep a relentless Olympic attack at bay.

Olympic finally found the breakthrough in the 29th minute when Dais blasted a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area taking his season tally to three.

The lead was doubled on the stroke of half time as Sanders opened his Olympic account with a precise effort from range.

Within a minute of the restart Olympic added another as Jez Lofthouse picked out Nazary who rocketed his effort into the back of the net from inside the area to cap his first start for the club with a goal.

Sanders grabbed his second of the match extending his sides lead to four on the hour mark with a goal that very much mirrored his first.

Substitute Edgar rounded out the scoring in the closing minutes finishing with aplomb after combining with Lofthouse inside the area.

Speaking post-match, Waters said the complete nature of his sides performance was the most pleasing thing to take from Sunday’s game.

“It was good to get another win on the board and keep a clean sheet, we played well defensively getting behind the ball, stopping them from scoring and then getting out quickly and scoring plenty at the other end.”

“We worked hard during the week on a game plan to get the better of them and the tactics in training paid off.”

Sunday’s win sees Olympic achieve their best ever start to an NPL Queensland campaign – recording wins in each of their five outings so far.

Waters said that while the record was testament to the good performances being put in by his side it wasn’t something they would give any thought to.

“We’re not really focusing on keeping the run going so to speak, we take each game as it comes and we expect to win each game we play.”

“We’ve got the confidence to play our way, play to our tactics and we believe that by doing that that we can win every game.”

“The reward is the growing confidence in our own abilities, there are good vibes at the moment, a winning team is a happy team and that’s what happening at the moment.”

Olympic’s attention now turns to next weekend’s trip down the M1 to face Gold Coast United on Saturday night.


National Premier Leagues Queensland – Round Five

Sunday, March 4

Goodwin Park, Yeronga

Olympic FC – 5 (Shelford DAIS 29’, Kieran SANDERS 45’ 59’, Zelfy NAZARY 46’, Adam EDGAR 83’)

SWQ Thunder – 0  


Olympic FC team: 1. Nicholas MOONEY, 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 4. Kristen WATERS (2. Jack GLOVER 65’), 5. Steve WHYTE, 6. Matt MUNDY, 7. Shelford DAIS, 8. Kazuya ITO, 9. Danny BYRNE (18. Adam EDGAR 76’), 10. Kieran SANDERS, 11. Jez Lofthouse, 20. Zelfy NAZARY (12. Costa PSAROS 68’)

Unused Subs: 16. Charles SLANEY, 21. Dakota SPRANGE

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