Olympic continued their strong start to the 2021 NPL Queensland season with a 4-1 win over Moreton Bay United on Sunday afternoon.
Daniel Leck bagged a brace, while Zac Anderson and Steve Whyte also got on the scoresheet as Olympic secured their third win from as many outings in very wet conditions at Wolter Park.
Olympic opened the scoring just four minutes into the contest when Leck turned a Lachlan Sayer’s cutback into the bottom corner with a first time finish.
Midway through the first half Olympic doubled their lead, when Sayers, who made it a pair of assists on his starting debut – cross found Anderson, who’s looping header beat Denver Crickmore and found it’s way into the back of the net.
Club Captain, Whyte scored Olympic’s third in the 78th minute when he played a one-two with Jez Lofthouse before rifling a first time strike on the turn into the bottom corner to open his goalscoring account for the 2021 season.
The hosts were reduced to ten men in the 83rd minute when Linden Farr was dismissed after receiving his second caution of the contest for a lunging tackle on Leck.
Moreton Bay did manage to pull a goal back in the 86th minute when Ethan Grimley converted from the penalty spot after Zac Anderson was adjudged to have fouled Declan Smith inside the area.
Just two minutes later, Olympic hit back through Leck who beat Crickmore with a first time dinked finish after being played in by Lofthouse to round out the 4-1 scoreline.
Sunday’s win sees Olympic finish the weekend atop the NPL Queensland standings following a rain affected round of action that saw four matches postponed around the league.
Speaking post-match, Olympic Head Coach, Ben Cahn said he was pleased to come away with all three points against a strong Jets side, whom Olympic will face again in two weeks time in their 2021 FFA Cup opener.
“It’s amazing that we got the game finished given all the weather around Brisbane today but the surface was great until the last ten minutes or so,” Cahn said.
“We’re really happy with the result and the performance, I think they’re probably the best team we’ve played this season.
“Royce (Brownlie) has got them trying to play good football and i’ve been really impressed with them in the first two games, so it’s a great result for us today in difficult conditions.”
Cahn added that while his side are delighted to have come away with maximum points from their opening three matches, they would be keeping their feet firmly on the ground.
“It’s been a much better start results wise than last year,” Cahn said.
“We’re still doing a lot of learning, it’s a new team finding it’s rhythm but today was a very good step.
“Starting the season well is so important but there’s a long way to go, we’ve got some big games coming up, so we have to take each week as it comes and keep improving.”
Olympic’s focus now turns to next Sunday’s top of the table clash against Peninsula Power at Goodwin Park (6pm KO).
NPL Queensland 2021 – Round 3: Moreton Bay United vs Olympic FC
Wolter Park, Albany Creek
Sunday, 21 March (4pm KO)
Moreton Bay United – 1 (Ethan GRIMLEY 86′)
Olympic FC – 4 (Daniel LECK 4′, 88′, Zac ANDERSON 25′, Steve WHYTE 78′)