In the first match of the NSW Premier League double header at Edensor Park, the Blues were dominant with a double to captain Phil Makrys and goals to Chris Triantis and young prodigy Amaury Gauthier leading them to victory.
The fans hardly had the chance to take their seats when Sydney Olympic created their first chance in the opening minute of play. Kutaiba Elrich was fouled on the edge of the box before blasting his curling free-kick onto the crossbar as the Spartans struggled to clear their lines.
Sydney Olympic maintained majority of possession in the opening minutes and were rewarded in the 10’ minute when Zak Elrich was pulled down inside the box, giving referee Khodr Yaghi no option but to point to the spot. Captain Phil Makrys stepped up to bury the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal to give his side the 1-0 lead.
The Blues were eager to extend their lead and in the 15’ minute as Zak Elrich had a fantastic chance on goal. Troy Danaskos sent a great diagonal through ball to Elrich who controlled it before stepping inside his defender and unleashing a shot which was just tipped out for a corner by Spartans goalkeeper Carlos Saliadarre.
Elrich was at it again 5’ minutes later, this time combining with cousin Kutaiba Elrich with a one-two before forcing another a save from Saliadarre.
Blacktown tried to get their normal passing game into place in the 21’ minute with Chris Gaitatzis playing a leading role, putting a great through ball to Jacob Ott who could not get to the ball before rolling out for a goal kick.
However, it was Sydney Olympic who continued to force Saliadarre into action with Chris Triantis seeing his half-volley attempt tapped away from goal in the 24’ minute.
The Spartans had an opportunity to get back into the game in the 32’ minute when Luke Boyd found the unmarked Peter Hubbard on the back post, though the latter could not direct his header goalwards with the ball finishing wide of the mark.
7’ minutes later, Blacktown had another sight on goal but Ott’s shot could only find the safe hands of Sydney Olympic goalkeeper Paul Henderson.
As the half-time break loomed, Sydney Olympic got back to their best with clever touches around the box troubling the Spartans defence.
Blacktown came out from the break eager to turn their performance around and had a great chance to equalise within 30’’ seconds. Marton Vass failed to clear the ball on the edge of the Sydney Olympic box as Jacob Ott took a touch before sending his shot wide of the left hand upright.
A minute later and Ott caught the Olympic defence napping, putting a great through ball to the in form Greg Kondek who also saw his shot go wide of the mark.
Despite Blacktown’s chances it was the Blues who doubled their lead in the 58’ minute. Phil Makrys found the Spartans defence asleep, sending a 35-yard free-kick past everyone and into the back of the net.
2’ minutes later, Sydney Olympic made it 3-0 via the right boot of Chris Triantis. After the Spartans cleared a corner, the ball fell to the midfielder who drove his shot into the bottom left hand corner.
Sydney Olympic’s dominant display continued on 78’ minutes when an Emmanuel Giannaros cross was met by Amaury Gauthier who headed the ball into the net for the 4-0 lead.
Match Report provided by FNSW