Olympic FC midfielder Matt Mundy praised his sides professionalism following Tuesday’s 7-1 win over St. George Willawong at Goodwin Park.
Olympic progressed to the next round of FFA Cup qualifying thanks to an Adam Edgar hat trick which was added to by a Danny Byrne double and a goal apiece from Jez Lofthouse and Costa Psaros.
Edgar opened the scoring in the 9th minute when he slammed the ball past Dusan Ivanesza into the bottom corner from close range after being played in by Kieran Sanders.
Lofthouse doubled Olympic’s lead midway through the first half with a cracking strike into the right hand corner of the net after cutting in from the left flank.
Psaros got in the act on the stroke of half time, grabbing his first goal of the season as he rifled a ball off the crossbar and into the back of the net from inside the area following a clever short corner from the home side.
St. George pulled one back shortly after half time as Anthony Sarramea broke free of the Olympic defence and slotted a one-on-one past Nicholas Mooney.
From there it was all Olympic as substitute Danny Byrne marked his return to the side with a quick fire brace before Edgar rounded out the scoring and his hat trick with a goal in the dying minutes.
Check out all the goals from last night’s big @FFACup win over St. George Willawong!
— Olympic FC (@Olympic_FC) April 4, 2018
Speaking post-match, Mundy praised his sides approach which saw them take a three goal lead into half time.
“One of the big disadvantages of playing teams from lower divisions is being complacent but I think the boys set the right tempo from the start and didn’t take anything for granted.”
“We really put a stamp on making sure that everyone was switched on, it was vital that we got off to a good start and put the game to bed early and it was really pleasing to do that.”
Mundy who was part of the Olympic side that qualified for the national rounds and faced Melbourne Knights and Central Coast Mariners in the FFA Cup’s inaugural season said his side have big ambitions for this years competition.
“We want to be there right at the end, it would be great to make it all the way and end up playing one of the A-League teams.”
“It’s not just great for the players, it’s great for the club as whole, it creates a real buzz around the place to play against an A-League team in front of a decent a crowd.”
“It’s also a great opportunity for some of the younger boys to showcase themselves and potentially put themselves in situation to play at that higher level,” Mundy concluded.
The draw for the next stage of FFA Cup qualifiers will be made following the conclusion the preliminary round four qualifiers.
FFA Cup – Preliminary Round Four
Tuesday, April 3
Goodwin Park, Yeronga
Olympic FC – 7 (Adam EDGAR 9’ 68’ 89’, Jez LOFTHOUSE 32’, Costa PSAROS 44’, Danny BYRNE 72’ 83’)
St. George Willawong – 1 (Anthony SARRAMEA 49’)
Olympic FC team: 1. Nicholas MOONEY, 2. Jack GLOVER, 3. Shane STEFAUNTTO (4. Kristen WATERS 46’), 5. Steve WHYTE (6. Matt MUNDY 46’), 10. Kieran SANDERS, 11. Jez LOFTHOUSE, 12. Costa PSAROS (9. Danny BYRNE 66’), 15. Taj SUFFOLK, 18. Adam EDGAR, 19. Jean-Philippe LASM, 20. Zelfy NAZARY
Unused Subs: 17. Charles SLANEY, 21. Dakota SPRANGE