Olympic’s top four push received a six-point swing thanks to an important 1-0 win over Sunshine Coast Wanderers at Ballinger Park on Saturday night.
A first half Shannon Brady goal was enough for Olympic to cut the gap between themselves and fourth placed Wanderers to just a point with three rounds remaining in the 2021 NPL Queensland regular season.
The game’s decisive goal came in the 7th minute when Brady got in behind the Wanderers defence on the end of a quality Daniel Leck through ball before beating Wanderers keeper, Sam Nickolls with a first-time finish for what was his tenth goal of the season.
Both sides came close to adding to the scoring in a tense affair, with Brady narrowly missing out on his brace with a strike sent just wide of the far post midway through the second half.
At the other end the Olympic defence held firm to keep at Wanderers attack at bay and claim a tenth clean sheet of the season.
Wanderers best chance of the night came through a Liam Fitzsimmons free kick, but the set piece specialist was denied by a flying Lachlan Hunter save.
The result sees Olympic move up into fifth spot on 46 points, level with Gold Coast Knights with a game in hand and just a point behind Sunshine Coast Wanderers in fourth.
7’ | Goal Olympic. Shannon Brady gets in behind the Wanderers defence on the end of a quality Daniel Leck through ball before beating Wanderers keeper, Sam Nickolls with a first-time finish.
69’ | Chance Wanderers. Lachlan Hunter makes a fingertip save to deny Liam Fitzsimmons free kick on the top of the box.
72’ | Chance Olympic. Brady makes space for himself inside the area but drags his shot agonisingly wide of the bottom corner at the far post.
NPL Queensland 2021 – Round 19, Sunshine Coast Wanderers – Olympic FC
Ballinger Park, Buderim
Saturday, 2 October
Sunshine Coast Wanderers – 0
Olympic FC – 1 (Shannon BRADY 7’)
Olympic return to Goodwin Park on October 10 (6pm KO) with a huge fixture against rivals Lions FC in what is sure to be a decisive match in both clubs’ push for the top four.
Lions sit in third position on the table with 50 points having played a game more than Olympic, the sides shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture at Lions Stadium.
NPL Queensland 2021 – Round 20, Olympic FC vs Lions FC
Goodwin Park, Yeronga
Sunday, 10 October (6pm KO)