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Junior Wrap: SWQ Thunder vs Olympic FC

Photo: George Ahlatis

Under 16’s

SWQ Thunder – 1 (Joshua ROGERS 65)

Olympic FC – 2 (Zane CONTOUDIOS 46’, Kosei STEPHENSON 77’)

The 16’s returned to winning ways, defeating SWQ Thunder 2-1 at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Zane Contoudios and Kosei Stephenson secured the points for Olympic as they bagged their first away win of the season.

Contoudios opened the scoring for Olympic and his account for the season in the 46th minute when he was quickest to pounce on a loose ball inside the area.

Twenty minutes later the home side levelled the scores through Joshua Rogers which until the late on looked to be enough to secure a point for the Thunder

But with just three minutes remaining Olympic found a winner through Kosei Stephenson who picked the ball up inside his own half before leaving several defenders in his wake and slotting past Thunder keeper Jonathan Crowe.

The  2-1 win lifts Olympic into sixth position on the league table ahead of next weekend’s clash against Gold Coast United.

16’s head coach Fernando Cruz was full of praise for the shift put in by his players in Sunday’s win.

“The way the boys played I couldn’t be prouder of them, they stuck to the team task.”

“A poor refereeing decision lead to Thunder scoring, the score line flattered them, we totally dominated.”


Under 15’s

SWQ Thunder – 1 (Jacob BUNT 19’)

Olympic FC – 5 (Hanad ABDIRISAQ 31’ 63’, Geordan VAITSAS 45’ 55’ 75’)

The 15’s recorded a comprehensive 5-1 victory over SWQ Thunder at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Geordan Vaitsas deployed primarily as a fullback this season played up front and was the star of the show – netting a hat-trick while Hanad Abdirisaq scored a brace.

Thunder took the lead in the 19th minute through a Jacob Bunt strike before Abdirisaq restored parity for the visitors ten minutes later to send the sides in level at the break.

Olympic came out firing in the second half and scored four unanswered goals lead by a Vaitsas hat-trick to record a convincing 5-1 win.

The win which was the 15’s equal biggest of the season leaves them in 6th position on the ladder ahead of next weekend’s clash against league leaders Gold Coast United.

15’s head coach Phil Canham said Sunday’s performance was a just reward for his teams hard work in recent weeks.

“It was good for the boys to perform that well, they’ve been a bit low on confidence and they’ve still been performing well but not necessarily getting positive results out of things.”

“In this game everything seemed to click and every time they experienced success they got a bit more confident which gave them the opportunity to take some more risks and try and go forward and be more attacking.”

“Defensively they held everything tight except for one mistake, the two centre backs were outstanding again, overall it was great for the boys to show themselves what they’re capable of.”


SWQ THUNDER – 5 (Brock SMITH 2’ 48’, Samuel DAVEY 18’, Alexander KIERS 63’ Noah LAWSON 67’)

Olympic FC – 1 (Riley GILL 31’)

A depleted 14’s side suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of SWQ Thunder at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday morning.

Goals from Brock Smith and Samuel Davey in the opening 18 minutes gave Thunder an early 2-0 lead before Riley Gill pulled a goal on the stroke of half time to hand the visitors a lifeline.

However from there it was all Thunder as Smith added his second of the morning before goals from Alexander Kiers and Noah Lawson rounded out a 5-1 win for the hosts.

14’s head coach Jay Son said Sunday’s match was always going to be a difficult task with several key personnel missing but praised the work of the 13’s players who filled in for his side.

“We had a number of players injured and away, maybe some of the boys were in holiday mode already so they couldn’t concentrate which cost us a lot of goals.”

“The 13’s that played coped really well with the 14’s games which was pleasing, after the holidays we’ll regroup and look to push on.”


Under 13’s

SWQ Thunder – 3 (Benjamin ANDERSON 5’ 50’, William MANNING 45’)

OLYMPIC FC – 6 (Anthony SARIDAKIS 2’ 9’ 16’, Cole GROVE 52’ 57’, Christopher SLATER 62’)

The 13’s came out on top in a nine-goal thriller, defeating SWQ thunder 6-3 at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday morning.

Anthony Saridakis lead the scoring with a hat-trick, while a Cole Grove double and Christopher Slater goal rounded out the scoring in a comprehensive victory.

Saridikas opened the scoring in the second minute when he latched onto Cameron Annis-Wade’s through ball and finished past Zachary Velacott to get Olympic off to a perfect start.

Olympic’s good early work was cancelled out just three minutes later when Benjamin Anderson pounced on a loose ball and fired home to level the scores.

The matches frenetic start continued when Saridakis reinstated Olympic’s lead with his second of the day in the ninth minute, slotting home the rebound after Velacott could only parry Annis-Wade’s initial effort.

Saridakis completed his hat-trick in the with a finish on the turn from close range in the 16th minute after being played in by Davide Carmignani.

A pair of quick fire goals from Tyler Spinks and Anderson saw Thunder claw their way back from a two-goal deficit to restore parity shortly after half time.

Within two minutes of the scores being level Grove restored Olympic’s lead when he turned home Annis-Wade’s cross to make the score 4-3.

Grove then grabbed a second in the 57th minute when he pounced on a scrambled clearance to give Olympic a two-goal lead for the second time on the day.

Slater rounded out scoring in the five minutes later when he slotted home Olympic’s sixth after being played in by Phoenix Holden.

The 6-3 win lifts Olympic to fourth position on the ladder ahead of the weekend’s clash against league leaders Gold Coast United.

13’s head coach Jay Son was pleased with his sides attacking output but said they must improve defensively.

“The boys did well to score six today but we made some mistakes which led to goals for the opposition which we will work on in training.”


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