Olympic are looking to make it three wins from three when they head to Wolter Park to face Moreton Bay United in NPL Queensland action on Saturday night.
Olympic find themselves amongst the league’s early frontrunners after picking up wins over City and Roar in the opening two games of the 2022 season.
A Takeru Okada stunner on debut sealed the points against City on opening night before Olympic put in a stellar display to defeat Young Roar 5-0 on the road last Sunday.
Keegan Jelacic starred with a hat-trick against his former club before Shannon Brady and Jayden Dee opened their goal-scoring accounts for the 2022 season in a comprehensive victory over last season’s semi-finalists.
At the opposite end of the park Olympic’s defence have held firm to keep two clean sheets, with Ben Cahn’s side just one of two sides yet to concede this season alongside Sunshine Coast Wanderers.
Moreton Bay have managed to get on the pitch just once in a disrupted start to the season, playing out a 1-1 draw with Gold Coast United at Coplicks in the opening round of the new season.
Zac Kierpal, who made the move from Moreton Bay to Olympic over the summer comes up against his former club for the first time.
The 19-year-old scored 16 NPL Queensland goals for the Jets in 2021 before making the switch to Goodwin Park.
LAST TIME WE MET
Olympic ran out 4-0 winners over Moreton Bay on their last trip to Wolter Park which came in their third match of the 2021 NPL Queensland season.
Daniel Leck, bagged a brace while Zac Anderson and Steve Whyte also got in on the scoring as Olympic scored four goals at Wolter Park for the second season in a row.
Leck, who returns from suspension is available to play his first competitive minutes of the 2022 season on Saturday has scored eight goals in five appearances against the Jets for Olympic.
Olympic and Moreton Bay have met 19 times in NPL Queensland action with Olympic winning on 12 occasions, the Jets winning three times with a further three draws having been played out between the sides.
Olympic’s unbeaten run in the league against the Jets stretches back to April 2016, while the side have never lost to Moreton Bay with Ben Cahn at the helm.
Cahn’s Olympic have taken eight wins including two Australia Cup victories and two draws from ten matches against Moreton Bay.
WHAT WAS SAID – Danny Driver: Centre Back
“We are fully focused on Saturday night and getting the three points away from home.
“We know we have to turn up every week and be at our very best and keep demanding the very best from each other.
“We know we still haven’t shown our best yet and we have a great platform to continue to build on with two wins to start the season.
“We are all constantly demanding more from each other and I think our best performances are yet to come as we continue to gel and play game after game.
“Everyone is playing with confidence and everyone knows they have the full backing of each other and that’s why we’re so hungry to get back on the field and pick up another three points this weekend.
“I feel the back four has gelled really well, I feel like we have a great balance at the back and it’s showing.
“We are only going to get better week after week and we will show that as the games roll on.
“The two clean sheets have been huge for us but full credit has to go to all eleven players on the field.
“The work rate of every player with and without the ball has been at the highest level.
“Boys coming off the bench lifting the standard and not to mention Choco (Lachlan Hunter) coming up in big moments to keep those clean sheets.
“We know the potential this group has and we will do everything to fulfill that this year, continuing this Saturday night.”
NPL Queensland 2022 – Round 5: Moreton Bay United v Olympic FC
Wolter Park, Albany Creek
Saturday, 2 April (6:30pm KO)
HOW TO WATCH
Follow along on the Olympic FC Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages for live updates throughout the match.
LIVE STREAM: MORETON BAY UNITED VS OLYMPIC FC