Olympic FC have pushed their winning streak to seven games in a row in the NPL Queensland, after defeating Gold Coast United 2-0 at Goodwin Park on Sunday evening.
A brace from current league top goal-scorer Chris Lucas, as well as a confidently-kept clean sheet, was enough to see out victory for the hosts.
Lucas opened the scoring in the 5th minute, Steve Whyte playing him through the Gold Coast defence with a masterfully-struck ball, before Olympic’s diminutive forward cut in on his left for an intelligently-worked goal.
The first half remained competitive, with Olympic creating the bulk of the chances.
A flurry of Olympic chances early into the second half paid off; substitute Jez Lofthouse playing the killer ball into Lucas to finish off a beautiful piece of build-up play.
Gold Coast striker Brandon Reeves forced an excellent save out of Brandon Cuminao in the 81st minute – ultimately Gold Coast’s best chance of the match.
The win sees Olympic maintain pressure on league leaders Peninsula Power – the Redcliffe-based club ahead by only four points, but with two less games in hand.
Olympic’s next match comes against Moreton Bay United in Round Twenty-Four of the NPL Queensland at Wolter Park this coming Saturday.
Sunday, July 7
National Premier League Queensland – Round Twenty-Three
Match: Olympic FC vs Gold Coast United FC
Venue: Goodwin Park
Olympic FC – 2 (LUCAS 5’, 59’)
Gold Coast United – 0
Olympic FC Squad: 2. Jack GLOVER, 5. Steve WHYTE (C), 6. Matthew MUNDY, 7. Shelford DAIS, 8. Kazuya ITO, 9. Chris LUCAS, 10. Alex SMITH, 12. Costa PSAROS, 14. Erik PANZER, 21. Brandon CUMINAO (GK), 22. James CUMINAO, 11. Jez LOFTHOUSE (Sub 56’), 17. Daniel Driver (Sub 62’), Youeil Shol (Sub 68’)
Unused Substitutes: 1. Dakota SPRANGE (GK), 4. Kristen WATERS
Gold Coast United Squad: 1. Jackson BOYD (GK), 3. Michael THWAITE (C), 4. Junya YABE, 5. Dean WERNERSON, 6. Jason CAMPBELL, 9. Brandon REEVES, 10. Conor SMITH, 11. Zander GUY, 15. Brandon LEMAY, 16. Tom MILLER, 18. Lachlan REMMERS, 17. Harrison LISTER (Sub 27’), 19. Xavier SPROULE (Sub 66’), 13. Josh DEARN (Sub 66’)
Unused Substitutes: 14. Jarran PFEFFERKORN, 20. Tim LAHIFF (GK)