Match Report: Peninsula Power 1-3 Olympic FC

Olympic FC
Image: Kylie Wells

Olympic secured a big three points in the race at the top of the NPL Queensland standings with a 3-1 win over Peninsula Power at AJ Kelly Park on Friday night.

A Daniel Leck brace as well as a stoppage time goal from Jez Lofthouse secured the points for Olympic, while Andrew Pengelly scored the hosts only goal of the night.

Leck opened the scoring in the eighth minute when he latched onto a Tasuku Sekiya flick-on and finished past the onrushing Jake Reesby from outside the area to put Olympic ahead.

Just three minutes later Leck had his second of the night, scoring a cheeky panenka from the penalty spot after Cameron Crestani fouled Sekiya inside the area.

Power pulled a goal back midway through the second half through Pengelly, who poked home Josh Woolley’s squared pass to halve the deficit.

Lofthouse sealed the result in second half stoppage time, picking up the ball inside his own half before making a lung bursting run to break free of the Power defence and finishing past Reesby to secure the 3-1 win.

Speaking post-match, Olympic Head Coach, Ben Cahn said he was delighted with his sides showing in Friday’s win.

“It was an important win and a really top performance,” Cahn said.

“We had to show two different sides to our game, we were really fluid and dominant in the first half and we could have finished the game off by half time, but when they loaded the top line and started playing long and direct we had to be resilient and had to play a bit more on the counter attack.

“I was happy with how we played in both states.”

Friday’s win means Olympic will finish the weekend at least level at the top of the NPL Queensland standings ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Moreton Bay at Goodwin Park.

“We can’t really look too much into the league table at the moment, all we can control is how we recover, how we train and how we prepare for the next game on Wednesday to make sure we get three points and keep ourselves in the race,” Cahn concluded.

NPL Queensland 2020: Round 17 – Peninsula Power vs Olympic FC
AJ Kelly Park, Kippa Ring
Friday, 2 October

Peninsula Power – 1 (Andrew PENGELLY 73’)
Olympic FC – 3 (Daniel Leck 8’ 11’, Jez LOFTHOUSE 96’)