Olympic FC face Lions in a blockbuster at Goodwin Park on Sunday night with both club’s finals chances on the line.
Peninsula Power wrapped up the Premiership with victory over Eastern Suburbs on Friday night leaving Young Roar, Lions, Sunshine Coast Wanderers, Olympic and Gold Coast Knights to scramble for the remaining three finals positions in the tightest race for the spots in the NPL Queensland’s top four in a number of years.
Fifth placed, Olympic who come into Sunday’s clash off the back of a big win over fourth place Sunshine Coast Wanderers are four points behind third placed Lions with a game in on hand on their rivals from Richlands.
Both sides come into Sunday’s knowing a win will massively boost their finals hopes while also putting a big dent in their opponents chances.
Olympic have won two of their previous three NPL Queensland clashes against Lions at Goodwin Park.
LAST TIME WE MET
Olympic and Lions played out a thrilling 3-3 draw when they met in the reverse fixture at Lions Stadium in May.
Lions lead 2-0 at the break courtesy of goals from Ethan Docherty and Jordan Farina but Olympic fought their way back into the contest levelling the scores with Jez Lofthouse and Daniel Leck finding the back of the net.
Lions regained their lead through a stunning Max Mikkola strike in the 85th minute and looked to have secured all three points but not to be outdone Olympic again equalised in stoppage time thanks to an outrageous Daniel Leck volley.
WHAT WAS SAID – Ben Cahn: Head Coach
“After the Redlands draw we knew we’d likely need to win four from four.
“Last week was a great start and now we‘re ready to go again.
“We know how important the game is for both teams, I’m sure it’ll be another intense Olympic-Lions game, but we’ve prepared well and we’re confident we can get it done with the help of a big Goodwin Park crowd.
“The boys have been superb this week, it’s been a difficult year but they’re hungry to get in the four and ready to put in a big performance on Sunday.”
NPL Queensland 2021 – Round 20: Olympic FC vs Lions FC
Goodwin Park, Yeronga
Sunday, 10 October (6pm KO)
HOW TO WATCH
You can watch every match of the 2021 NPL Queensland & FQPL seasons LIVE on NPL.TV, free for Australian residents.
Follow along on the Olympic FC Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages for live updates throughout the match.