Olympic FC (3) v Sunshine Coast FC (0)
Fire travelled to Olympic for their final away fixture of the season on the back of last week’s thumping 7-0 victory at home to Thunder. Fire were also looking to the double over today’s hosts, winning 3-1 in Kawana back in April.
With much still left to play for as the season gets to the business end, both sides were still hopeful of a strong finish to secure a finals berth. Olympic got the game underway with a strong cross wind likely to create challenges for both teams to overcome.
The second minute saw Fire force the game’s first corner sadly coming to nothing and unfortunately for Fire it was the hosts who opening the scoring when a speculative long-range effort beat goalkeeper Bradford Green in the fourth minute.
Fire grappling with the conditions, tried to engineer a way back to level terms, Jett Brutnell seeing a flicked header from a long Luke Vancam free kick collected easily by the keeper in the 6th minute and more promisingly, a combination of Dre Ngaha and Kaidin Dawson allowed Dawson the opportunity to press down the left, but his cross was saved with Mark Shaw lurking just beyond. Shaw did have the ball in the Olympic net in the 10th minute but he was adjudged offside and his close-range effort was ruled out. Green kept Fire on level terms with a fine near post save from a stinging drive whilst at the other end Ngaha sent a 17th minute, 25-yard free kick agonisingly wide with the keeper well beaten.
With the conditions making it difficult for Fire to play their intuitive counter attacking style they still looked the most likely to score despite Olympic dominating possession. Tanner Mathers trying his luck from a half-cleared corner in the 21st minute, Shaw playing in James Ridely only for him to be crowded out by a combination of keeper and defence in the Olympic box. In the 30th minute Fire had another good opportunity, Dawson thwarted from close range by the Olympic stopper. The home team were the first into the referee’s book on the half hour mark after a heavy challenge on Mathers earned Fire another free kick. Ngaha, from an almost identical position to his earlier effort, sent another teasing ball into the middle, this time the ball evaded everyone and drifted out for a goal kick and another half chance went begging.
There was still time for Fire to create yet another chance, Shaw latching onto a poor goalkeeper’s clearance played in Ngaha who was denied a deserved equaliser by another good point blank save.
Half Time: Olympic FC (1) v Sunshine Coast FC (0)
Fire, in their changed yellow kit got the game back under way and again forced an early corner before frustratingly conceding a needless second in the 40th minute. With Olympic allowed to dribble around numerous players at the edge of the Fire area, and with no challenge forthcoming, Olympic were allowed time to pick a spot and send a low drive into the corner to double their advantage.
Fire continued to find the game a challenge. Olympic more composed and skilful with their possession and off ball movement were leaving Fire chasing shadows, only the visitors tenacity keeping them in the game for long periods, their passing, sadly lacking the same fluidity and composure as the hosts.
In the 55th minute, Olympic looked to have sealed the win, outmuscling Fire in their own area, the home side made no mistake with a crisp drive giving Green little chance.
Fire’s resilience was always likely to give them some further opportunities to claw a way back and certainly those chances arrived. Shaw almost set up a chance for Beppe Rocco in the 6oth minute, but the impressive home keeper again snuffed out the danger.
Despite the score Fire always looked like they had a goal in them, successive free kicks at the edge of the Olympic area sadly amounted to nothing, Ngaha seeing an effort saved in the 64th and another scrambled clear a minute later after Ridley was brought down.
As time passed by, Fire were unable to provide a sufficient response to overcome the conditions or their opponents and a shot at a top four spot slipped further from their grasp.
With three home games remaining Fire must show improved composure and technique to ensure their season doesn’t peter out albeit against some difficult opposition in these final few weeks.
Full Time: Olympic FC (3) v Sunshine Coast FC (0)
Player of the Match: Luke Vancam
Olympic FC (0) v Sunshine Coast FC (5)
Heading in to the last few rounds and we travelled to Goodwin Park to play Olympic FC for the last away game for the season. The conditions proved to be difficult for both teams with dusty heavy winds affecting Sunshine Coast FC Fire’s ability to play consistent quality football. Sunshine Coast FC controlled the game in their attacking half for the majority of the game. Olympic FC scrambled in their defence resulting in numerous fouls and free kicks awarded to Sunshine Coast FC and subsequently placing goals on the board.
5’ GOAL FIRE – Free kick taken by Josh Kacperski, received by Ari Sisarich and followed in for a goal by Kyan Bryant. 1-0 Fire
11’ GOAL FIRE – Free kick taken by Kacperski. 2-0 Fire
Half Time: Olympic FC (0) v Sunshine Coast FC (2)
51’ GOAL FIRE– Free kick taken by Riley Visona. 3-0 Fire
51’ GOAL FIRE – Free kick taken by Visona, deflected by Olympic FC keeper followed in with the head of Bryant for a goal. 4-0 Fire
66’ GOAL FIRE – Free kick taken by Matthew Becker. 5-0 Fire.
Full Time: Olympic FC (0) v Sunshine Coast FC (5)
Player of the Match: Josh Kacperski
Olympic FC (1) v Sunshine Coast FC (0)
This was Round 23 in the NPL competition at both teams were equal on the ladder.
Fire came out strong against the impressive Olympic team and only took two minutes to put the first shot on goal, but was unsuccessful.
The team continued to apply good pressure on Olympic and creating several goal scoring opportunities but they were all shut down by the keeper.
Olympic scored in the 36th minute.
Half Time: Olympic FC (1) v Sunshine Coast FC (0)
Some impressive moments throughout the second half.
In the 46th minute Cullen moved the ball forward through several Olympic players, he seemed unstoppable and Fire looked to score but it was not to be.
Moments later impressive midfielder Emery drove through heavy defence and got a shot on goal that was saved from the goalie.
Vochteloo took a corner kick in the 60th minute, Williams got a foot to it but it went wide.
Again a chance in the 63rd minute with our fast paced striker Nelson that was shut down.
The team were contenting with strong winds and the intensity of the game stepped up with Fire determined to come back and Olympic determined to hold the lead.
Fire defence held Olympic scoreless in the second half.
Full Time: Olympic FC (1) v Sunshine Coast FC (0)
Player of the Match: Baylee Halls-Tempest