Olympic FC head coach Ben Cahn said he was proud of his sides performance as they overcame a plucky Centenary Stormers side 2-1 in the FFA Cup on Saturday night.
A pair of second half strikes from Kieran Sanders spared the home sides blushes after the Stormers took a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to Jason Le’s early goal.
The Stormers shocked Olympic when they took lead in the fifth minute through Le who bundled home a Yuta Kasahara corner at the back post.
It wasn’t until the 47th minute that Olympic equalised when Sanders smashed home a free kick from the top of the box.
Sanders grabbed his second of the night which proved to be the decisive goal in the 76th minute when he danced his way through the Stormers defence before dinking the ball past Phillip Zabaks from a tight angle.
The win sends Olympic into FFA Cup preliminary round 6 of qualifying meaning they need just two more victories to qualify for the national round of 32.
Speaking post match, Cahn said several half time tweaks allowed his side to overcome a resolute Stormers defence.
“It was a strange night, obviously a low crowd due to the A-league grand final, there was a strange atmosphere there.”
“Their goal after five minutes was a shock to us obviously, I think we were a bit flat in the first half, we struggled to play at a good tempo, they sat very deep after their goal.”
“The early goal suited them well and in fairness to them they were resilient, they defended their own penalty box really efficiently.”
“In the second half we played at a really strong tempo and we changed a couple of things tactically to allow us to create more space in and around the edge of their box and in the end we got our reward.”
Despite having to come back from a goal down Cahn said he never doubted his side would come out on top in Saturday’s match.
“I felt completely comfortable even in the first half, It was just a matter of some individuals taking some more responsibility and the team as a whole playing at a tempo with and without the ball and playing with the intensity, that we’ve come to expect.”
“With those things it was always going to bring the win, I think we would’ve had over 85% possession throughout the game, it was just a matter of combining the patience with the belief that we were going to win it.”
The draw for the next round will be made on Wednesday, May 9 at 12:30PM.
FFA Cup – Preliminary Round Five
Saturday, May 5
Goodwin Park, Yeronga
Olympic FC – 2 (Kieran SANDERS 47’ 76’)
Centenary Stormers – 1 (Jason LE 5’)
Olympic FC team; 1. Nicholas MOONEY, 4. Kristen Waters, 5. Steve WHYTE, 6. Matt MUNDY, 7. Shelford DAIS (19. Jean Philippe LASM 80’), 8. Kazuya ITO, 10. Kieran SANDERS, 11. Jez LOFTHOUSE, 12. Costa PSAROS (18. Adam EDGAR 68’), 14. James CUMINAO (15. Taj SUFFOLK 89’), 20. Zelfy NAZARY