Olympic FC head coach Ben Cahn says confidence amongst his side remains strong as ever despite Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Lions FC at Lions Stadium.
A goal on debut from Marek Madle proved decisive as Lions handed Olympic their second defeat of the 2018 NPL Queensland season.
Madle turned home Mitch Hore’s cross at the near post in the 53rd minute to score the matches only goal.
Olympic’s night went from bad to worse in stoppage time when Matt Mundy was sent off for a challenge on Chris Maher.
Despite the defeat Olympic remain top of the table, two-points clear of second placed Western Pride.
Speaking post-match, Olympic FC head coach Ben Cahn said he felt his side had the better of the play in Saturday’s game.
“I think that for most of the night we controlled the game with and without the ball, we contained them and made their play really predictable, and limited any threat they really had.”
“I think we had three or four of the better chances in the first half, in the second half I think there was only really one team trying to push on and score.”
“Credit to them they defend their penalty box really well and in the end a really fortunate goal was the difference.”
— Olympic FC (@Olympic_FC) June 2, 2018
Saturday’s match was Olympic’s third in seven days after defeating second placed Western Pride and an extra time victory over third placed Moreton Bay in the past week.
Cahn said while the past week was always going to be a difficult one his sides focus quickly shifts to what lies ahead.
“It was a frustrating evening, it was always going to be tough going there after the week we’ve had, playing the top three in the space of seven days was not an easy task.”
“Now we need to recover and prepare, we believe that our next game will be the FFA Cup game and then we play Moreton Bay in the league so the big games don’t stop and it’s a great opportunity to bounce back.”
Cahn said that despite the defeat his side are full of confidence and remaining positive in their premiership pursuit.
“Obviously, everybody’s hurting immediately after the result but there’s too many big personalities and too many good footballers in this group for the confidence to diminish.”
“We’re certainly full of belief going into the next run of games, there’s a lot football still to be played this season and I’ve got no doubts that Western Pride and Lions will drop points along the way.”
“We’ll make sure that we’re more prepared than every team we play against so that we can capitalise.”
National Premier Leagues Queensland – Round 16
Saturday, June 02
Lions Stadium, Richlands
Lions FC – 1 (Marek MADLE 53’)
Olympic FC – 0
Olympic FC team: 1. Nicholas MOONEY, 3. Shane STEFANUTTO (14. James CUMINAO 77’), 4. Kristen WATERS, 5. Steve WHYTE, 6. Matt MUNDY, 8. Kazuya ITO, 9. Danny BYRNE (23. Alex SMITH 46’), 10. Kieran SANDERS, 11. Jez LOFTHOUSE, 12. Costa PSAROS (18. Adam EDGAR 84’), 20. Zelfy NAZARY
Unused subs: 19. Jean-Philippe LASM, 21. Dakota SPRANGE