A second half resurgence was enough for Sydney Olympic to claim a 3-2 victory over Sydney FC at Lambert Park on Saturday night.
After a slow first half, the visitors picked up the pace in the second stanza to secure an important three points that put them back in contention for the NSW National Premier Leagues Premiership, despite a last-minute penalty to Sydney FC.
Goals to Max Burgess, Alejandro Sanchez and Nikola Kuleski cancelled out two penalty conversions from Sydney FC’s Jeremy Cox and Jerry Skotadis.
Action started from the opening minute for Olympic with Jinya An creating some promising movement in the front half, sending a ball into the box with no one to finish.
Olympic continued the pressure with Will Angel driving down the wing in the 10th minute, sending a ball towards goal with no avail.
The opener came in the 12th minute as Max Burgess beat Sydney FC defender Joel King to manoeuvre the ball in front of goal and calmly finish, taking a 1-0 lead.
Olympic looked ready to fire again when an impressive ball from Tom Whiteside met Alejandro Sanchez who rebounded it off Sydney FC for a corner in the 15th minute.
Jason Madonis met the end of the corner ball, but Sydney FC keeper, Duro Dragacevic, tipped the ball over the crossbar.
Sydney FC came back into the game with a penalty awarded after a foul from Zac Mackenzie in the 23rd minute.
Jeremy Cox sent the ball past Olympic custodian Paul Henderson to equalise for the home team.
Jerry Skotadis positioned himself dangerously to have a chance at taking the lead for Sydney FC in the 41st, but his shot flew wide.
Madonis made a swift run through Sydney FC’s defence to have a shot on goal, but Dragacevic calmly collected to keep the score tied.
Olympic came out firing in the second half, taking back the lead in the 50th minute.
A cross in from Angel met Sanchez in the box who flicked a header to the back of the net.
Olympic capitalised an opportunity to extend their lead in the 58th minute, with a free kick awarded after a dangerous tackle on Madonis.
Kuleski sent the free kick between the sticks to extend the lead for the visitors.
Max Burgess had another shot saved by Sydney FC keeper in the 69th minute, with keeper managed a hand to a strong strike from Sanchez just moments later.
A last-minute penalty awarded to Sydney FC after contact in the box from Zac Mackenzie wasn’t enough to keep the home team in the game, with Olympic taking away three points in a 3-2 victory.
Sydney FC coach Robbie Stanton praised his team’s effort despite their defeat.
“The effort, the commitment and the right football attitude was there,” Stanton explained.
“I think it just got down to front third execution, they just took their chances when they came.”
Sydney Olympic coach, Abbas Saad, expressed his pleasure in a win after a tough few weeks for Olympic.
“I’m just happy we’re back onto winning ways. I think they boys deserve it.”
He also praised the performance of Sydney FC in what was a tight match between the two.
“They’re a good team.
“They’re young, they’re exuberant, they’re fearless and they’re very well coached and they kept coming at us and that’s credit to them.”
Sydney FC 2 (Jeremy Cox (pen) 23’, Jerry Skotadis (pen) 90+2’)
Sydney Olympic 3 (Max Burgess 12′, Alejandro Sanchez Lopez 50’, Nikola Kuleski 58’)
Saturday July 21, 2018
Lambert Park, Leichhardt
Sydney FC: 2. Brendan Curtis, 3. Patrick Flottmann, 4. Liam Mcging, 6. Andreas Agamemnonos, 7. Jerry Skotadis, 8. Sam Mcillhatton, 9. Daniel Maskin (10. Giusseppe Tilio 74’), 14. Joel King, 15. Jeremy Cox (13. Jordan Swibel 65’), 16. William Mutch (11. Harry Van Der Saag 60’), 30. DuroDragicevic
Substitutes Not Used: 1. Mitchell Evans, 12. Finn Ballaro-Mcbride
Yellow Cards: Brendan Curtis 31’, Liam McGing 77’, Jerry Skotadis 86’
Red Cards: Nil
Sydney Olympic FC: 1. Paul Henderson, 2. Thomas Whiteside, 6. Nikola Kuleski (9. Radovan Pavicevic 84’), 7. William Angel (5. James Demetriou 62’), 8. Jason Madonis, 10. Max Burgess, 11. Jinya An, 12. Zachary Mackenzie, 14. Alejandro Sanchez Lopez, 19. Darcy Burgess (33. Nikolas Tsattalios 74’), 23. Riley Woodcock
Substitutes Not Used: 20. Eze Consoni, 21. Stephen Athanaseris
Yellow Cards: Zachary Mackenzie 90+2’, Nikolas Tsattalios 90+2’
Red Cards: Nil
-By National Premier Leagues NSW Reporter Madeline Reilly