Olympic secured a fourth consecutive season of finals football with a 2-0 win over Brisbane Strikers at Perry Park on Sunday evening.
A Shannon Brady brace proved decisive as Olympic locked in a third placed finish and booked their place in the semi-final against second placed, Young Roar who finished above Olympic on goal difference.
Olympic opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Brady broke away from the Strikers defence and turned the ball into the bottom corner on the end of a superb Daniel Leck through ball.
Brady rounded out the 2-0 score line the 55th minute, beating the Mudaliar with a powerful strike from at the near post after being played in by Lachlan Sayers.
Brady’s sixth goal in as many games took his tally to 14 for the 2021 NPL Queensland season, only Daniel Leck (17) has scored more goals for Olympic this year.
At the other end Olympic held firm for a league high 14th clean sheet of the season.
Olympic also conceded the least goals of any side this season (19) and lost the least amount of games of any side this season (3).
4’ | Olympic goal. Shannon Brady receives a ball from Daniel Leck in behind the defence and finishes into the bottom corner.
6’ | Olympic goal ruled out – offside. Daniel Leck smashes a shot into the top corner, but the linesman’s flag is up for offside.
11’ | Olympic chance. Shannon Brady is denied by a fingertip save from Ryan Mudaliar .
26’ | Olympic chance. Daniel Leck rifles his shot over the bar after some quality link up play with Shelford Dais and Shannon Brady inside the area.
44’ | Brisbane Strikers chance. Mustafa Jafari flashes a strike on the half-volley just wide of the post.
51’ | Olympic chance. Ryan Mudaliar makes another diving save at the near post from Shannon Brady’s effort after a cutback from Shelford Dais.
55’ | Olympic Goal. Shannon Brady is played in behind the defence by Lachlan Sayers and sends a powerful finish into the back of the net with his final touch of the game to double the lead.
88’ | Olympic chance Alex Barlow beats his marker before sending his strike inches wide of the top corner.
NPL Queensland 2021 – Round 21: Brisbane Strikers v Olympic FC
Perry Park, Bowen Hills
Sunday, 24 October
Brisbane Strikers FC – 0
Olympic FC – 2 (Shannon BRADY 4’, 55’)
Olympic’s next match is a blockbuster semi-final against Young Roar. Match details TBA.
Olympic and Young Roar both finished the season on 55 points with Roar claiming second spot as a result of their superior goal difference.
Next weekend’s semi final will be Young Roar’s first ever NPL Queensland finals appearance.
NPL Queensland 2021 Semi Final – Brisbane Roar Youth vs Olympic FC
Match details TBA.