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Preview: Cairns FC vs Olympic FC


League leaders Olympic FC head north to face Cairns FC at Barlow Park this weekend.

After earlier season wins in Mackay and Townsville Olympic have the chance to make it three from three on their travels north this season.

Saturday’s opposition currently occupy sixth position on the NPL Queensland ladder and come into the match off the back of a 5-3 win over Brisbane Strikers last weekend.


What was said

“The boys always enjoy going away and it always brings the team a bit closer together, we’ve really enjoyed our trips away so far this season but first things first we’ll focus on the three points.”

“You have a couple of results that don’t go your way it has the potential to derail a team but there’s still tremendous belief in the group and that hasn’t really wavered at all.”

“Regardless of the results that have happened in the past the boys are still strong we’re all committed to winning the premiership.”

“We’re going to make sure that we do everything within our powers to make sure that we finish on top at the end of the season.”


Key facts

-Nicholas Mooney, Jack Glover, Kieran Sanders and Alex Smith all played for Cairns FC under their former moniker FNQ Heat.

-Jez Lofthouse’s double against Gold Coast United last weekend took his tally in the NPL to 10 for the season. He becomes the first Olympic player to hit double digits in this campaign.

-Clashes between Olympic and Cairns FC have produced an average of 4.75 goals per game.


Team news

Olympic FC squad: 1. Nicholas MOONEY, 2. Jack GLOVER, 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 4. Kristen WATERS, 5. Steve WHYTE, 6. Matt MUNDY, 7. Shelford DAIS, 9. Danny BYRNE, 10. Kieran SANDERS, 11. Jez LOFTHOUSE, 12. Costa PSAROS, 14. James CUMINAO, 17. Almir BASINAC, 19. Jean Philippe LASM, 20. Zelfy NAZARY, 21. Dakota SPRANGE, 23. Alex SMITH


Match Details

Saturday, July 7

NPL Queensland – Round 20

Match: Cairns FC v Olympic FC

Venue: Barlow Park

Kick off: 6:30PM

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