Olympic secured their place in the 2021 NPL Queensland Grand Final with a 3-0 win over Brisbane Roar Youth at Goodwin Park on Sunday evening.
Goals from Daniel Leck, Captain Steve Whyte and Isaka Cernak earned Olympic their fourth consecutive Grand Final appearance, with a rematch of 2020’s decider against Lions FC set for next Saturday night.
Olympic opened the scoring before Young Roar had touched the ball after just 19 seconds with Daniel Leck slamming home a finish from the top of the box after being played in by Shelford Dais for what was his 18th goal of the season.
Young Roar were then reduced to 10 men late in the 37th minute when Samuel Klein was handed a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Shelford Dais.
Olympic capitalised on the extra man advantage in the second half with Steve Whyte meeting a ball played into the area from Leck, doubling the lead with his strike deflecting past Roar keeper Jacson Riley in the 58th minute.
Isaka Cernak then rounded out the result and secured the club’s place in Saturday’s decider, turning home his first ever goal for the club in the 76th minute after Leck’s free kick ricocheted back off the post.
At the other end Olympic held firm for a league best 15th clean sheet of the season heading into the Grand Final.
1’ | Olympic Goal. Daniel Leck finishes into the bottom corner from the top of the box after receiving the ball from Shelford Dais on the top of the box.
36’ | Olympic Chance. Shannon Brady forces Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jacson Riley into a fingertip save after a brilliant run into the box from out wide.
37’ | Brisbane Roar Red Card. Samuel Klein is shown a straight red-card for a late challenge on Shelford Dais.
58’ | Olympic Goal. Steve Whyte’s defelected strike from inside the box beats Roar keeper Jacson Riley after a well-placed ball from wide into the area from Daniel Leck.
76’ | Olympic Goal. Isaka Cernak finishes from a deflection off the post from Daniel Leck’s set piece free kick.
NPL Queensland 2021 – Semi Final, Brisbane Roar Youth vs Olympic FC
Goodwin Park, Yeronga
Sunday, 31 October
Brisbane Roar Youth – 0
Olympic FC – 3 (Daniel LECK 1’, Steve WHYTE 58’, Isaka CERNAK 76’)
2021 NPL Queensland Grand Final – Lions FC vs Olympic FC
Perry Park, Bowen Hills
November 6, 2021 (7:30pm KO)
Olympic take on rivals Lions FC in a repeat of last year’s NPL Queensland Grand Final at Perry Park on Saturday night (KO 7:30pm).
This season’s results against Lions saw a thrilling 3-3 draw at Lions Stadium back in June, with the most recent fixture being a crucial 1-0 win for Olympic in the final stages of the season, taking place only 3 weeks ago at Goodwin Park in rescheduled round 20.
Lions secured their place in the final with an injury time 1-0 winner against 2021 NPL Queensland Premiers Peninsula Power in Friday’s semi-final.