Words: Constantine Lentakis | Image: Patrick Leigh Perspectives
Olympic FC completed a clean-sweep for 2018 over cross town rivals Brisbane City FC with a 4-2 win at Goodwin Park on Sunday night.
Goals from Steve Whyte, Jez Lofthouse and an Alex Smith double proved too much for the visiting Brisbane City.
The away side opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Preston Hugo headed home from close range.
Olympic replied in the 25th minute through Whyte, who pounced on a Kazuya Ito through ball and rounded keeper Jake Clancy to finish into an empty net.
The home side made it two in quick succession through Alex Smith in the 27th minute, who flicked home Kieran Sanders corner to put the home side in front.
Jez Lofthouse then made it 3-1 in the 44th minute, when he slotted the ball past an onrushing Clancy from a tight angle after being played in by Smith.
Brisbane City pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute, when James Meyer turned the ball home from close range from a City corner.
Smith then put the game to bed in the 87th minute when he nodded home a Sanders free kick to score his second and Olympics fourth goal of the night.
The 4-2 victory was Olympic’s third over City in as many games this season having already overcome their cross-town rivals in the reverse fixture and FFA Cup action.
Speaking post-match, Olympic FC head coach Ben Cahn said he was pleased with the way his side executed the game-plan.
“I thought we played really well, disappointing to concede the early goal in the manner that we did, but the response from there was great, the boys were excellent.”
“We had a clear plan going into the game and we executed it well in the first half, that first half that was one of our cleanest performances all year.”
Cahn added that he was pleased with the composure shown by his side in the closing minutes of Sunday’s match.
“Going into the last 5 minutes with just a one goal lead is always a nervous time, the fourth goal was everything we deserved but still was very important.”
Cahn said it was crucial for his side to continue winning to capitalise on any slip ups from the teams ahead of them in the standings.
“We have to keep winning, if the opportunity comes up where Lions and Pride drop points, we’ll be there ready to pounce.
Olympic now travel to Perry Park on Saturday night to face Brisbane Strikers FC, for their final away trip of the 2018 NPL Queensland season.
NPL Queensland – Round 23
Sunday, August 5
Goodwin Park, Yeronga
Olympic FC – 4 (Steve WHYTE 25’, Jez LOFTHOUSE 44’, Alexander SMITH 27’ 87’)
Brisbane City FC – 2 (Preston HUGO 14’, James MEYER 72’)
Olympic FC team: 1. Nicholas MOONEY, 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 4. Kristen WATERS, 5. Steve WHYTE (14. James CUMINAO 88’), 6. Matt MUNDY, 7. Shelford DAIS (12. Costa PSAROS 62’), 8. Kazuya ITO, 10. Kieran SANDERS, 11. Jez LOFTHOUSE (9. Danny BYRNE 88’), 20. Zelfy NAZARY, 23. Alexander SMITH
Unused subs:19. Jean-Phillipe LASM, 21. Dakota SPRANGE