Match Report: Eastern Suburbs 1-2 Olympic FC

Olympic FC
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A sensational stoppage time Corey Sewell volley earned Olympic all three points in a last ditch 2-1 win over Eastern Suburbs at Heath Park on Saturday night.

Sewell’s strike and a second half Olaide Yinka-Kehinde header secured Olympic a come-from-behind win as they remain top of the NPL Queensland standings.

Easts opened the scoring in the 27th minute through Abrahim Yango who broke free of the Olympic defence and poked a finish past Lachlan Hunter at the near post.

The home side were then reduced to ten men in the dying stages of the first half as midfielder, Jayden Balarezo received his second caution of the night for a foul on Yinka-Kehinde.

Olympic found an equaliser in the 69th minute when Yinka-Kehinde put the finishing touch on a Tasuku Sekiya cross with a diving header, taking his tally for the 2020 season to five goals.

Olympic then grabbed a winner in the 91st minute through Sewell, who rifled home a Shelford Dais cross with a superb volley to snatch all three points.

Saturday’s win means Olympic finish the weekend on top of the league ahead of next Sunday’s blockbuster against Gold Coast Knights at Goodwin Park (6pm KO).

Speaking post-match, Olympic Head Coach, Ben Cahn said he was delighted with the fighting spirit shown by his side in Saturday’s game.

“It’s a really big three points for us, I don’t believe any of the other top four teams have beaten them so far this season,”Cahn said.

“They’ve got some top players, they’re good at both ends of the pitch and they set up well to try to stop us playing.

“I’m proud of the resilience and belief of the team right up until the end.

“1-0 down against ten men is tough because they have a reason to just defend and that becomes difficult to break down, but we kept playing, kept trying to find opportunities and in the end it’s a fantastic goal to win it and you can see what it meant to the players.”

NPL Queensland 2020: Round 15 – Eastern Suburbs vs Olympic FC
Heath Park, East Brisbane
Saturday, 19 September

Eastern Suburbs – 1 (Abrahim YANGO 27’)
Olympic FC – 2 (Olaide YINKA-KEHINDE 69’, Corey SEWELL 91’)