Olympic FC have secured their second win in the space of five days with a 2-0 triumph over QAS at Goodwin Park on Wednesday night.
First goals of the 2021 NPL Queensland Women’s season from Allira Toby & Willow Liukaina proved decisive as Olympic also kept their second clean sheet of the campaign.
It took Toby just four minutes to find the back of the net in what was her first game back at Goodwin Park in five years, bringing down a Lena Daniells cross before rifling a shot on the turn into the back of the net from inside the area.
Despite creating a glut of chances throughout the match it took until the 81st minute for Olympic to find their second of the night when Liukaina guided a Talitha Doro free kick into the bottom corner with a glancing header for what was her first goal in red and white.
The 2-0 win moves Olympic into ninth position on the NPL Queensland Women’s ladder with seven points to their name after six rounds of action.
Speaking post-match, Head Coach Danny Byrne said he was delighted with his sides showing in Wednesday’s win.
“It’s always going to be a tough game when you play a side that’s well coached, with a lot of talented young girls,” Byrne said.
“For us it was simple, make sure that we limited the mistakes and we make sure that we transitioned back in early.
“The grit and determination and desire from the girls since the start of the season has been fantastic but especially the last few weeks, it’s started to shine through both in training and on the field.
“In the last two results especially there’s started to be that little bit more togetherness and I’m very happy with where we’re at, at the moment.”
Olympic kept their second consecutive clean sheet in the process of Wednesday’s win, with Byrne adding things were beginning to click for his side.
“It’s a confidence thing for Julia (Duffy) as well, it’s easy as striker, you miss a chance you get another one five minutes later,” Byrne said.
“Generally, when you make a mistake as a defender or a keeper it results in a shot or even a goal, I’m just happy for her that we’ve managed to keep those clean sheets but Tiff (Dibley), Lena (Daniells), Willow (Liukaina) & Sophie (Weatherby) all deserve a pat on the back as well, because tonight was a difficult game against a really well coached team and good players.
“They managed at times to still work themselves out and press and do well in those situations, you’ve got to be happy with two clean sheets.”
Olympic are back at home for the third time in the space of a week when they face Western Pride at Goodwin Park on Sunday evening (6pm KO).
“The girls were aware of the schedule and we’ve monitored them well, they’ve come in and they’ve given it their all. Byrne said.
“Obviously, we go away tonight, we hydrate well, we eat well and then we turn up again and we do it all over again.
“That’s the beauty of football isn’t it, we celebrate this one tonight but tomorrow it means nothing and we solely focus on Western Pride and the girls are pumped and ready to go again.”
NPL Queensland Women’s 2021 – Round 4: Olympic FC v Queensland Academy of Sport
Goodwin Park, Yeronga
Wednesday, 28 April
Olympic FC – 2 (Allira TOBY 4’, Willow LIUKIANA 81’)
QAS – 0