July 21, 2018

Sydney Olympic Football Club is excited to announce that George Timotheou has signed to play with Bundesliga giants FC Schalke 04.

 

George has worked very hard and was very impressive in his recent trial. George will depart the club immediately to take up this wonderful opportunity.

 

Sydney Olympic Football Club shares a wonderful relationship with FC Schalke 04 through its partnership with Australian based ORCA Enviro Systems.

 

Club CEO John Boulous stated;

 

“It is always difficult to see players of the quality of George depart, particularly at this important stage of the season, but as a Club we exist to see players reach their potential and his signing with Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04 is an opportunity of a lifetime and something we could not be more proud of”

 

“We have made it known to all our players that playing for Sydney Olympic Football Club will put you in the shop window and George’s signing at FC Schalke 04 clearly demonstrates that Olympic is firmly part of the pathway for talented players, both at our club as well as for those players who are looking to come to our club to reach their potential”.

 

“As a club we have a Board and coaching staff that are totally committed to ensuring all players have the opportunity to develop and explore every opportunity both in Australia and abroad through their networks”.

 

Head Coach Abbas Saad was delighted by the news:

 

“George is a talented footballer and professional in every sense. George is committed and has worked very hard for this opportunity. We wish him the very best as he takes this huge step in his career”.

 

Timotheou could not hide his excitement when expressing his thanks:

 

“Today has been one of the happiest days of my life so far. I have achieved a goal which one can only dream of as a little boy”.

 

“Words can’t describe how happy I am for the opportunity FC Schalke 04 has given me”.

 

“I wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone at Sydney Olympic FC for opening the door for me and giving me this chance, I am eternally grateful”.

 

“To my family and friends who have always stood beside me and supported me through my ups and downs, I owe you the world”

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July 09, 2018

8 July , 2018 By Football NSW

A 77th minute Alec Urosevski strike has helped Rockdale City Suns stun league leaders Sydney Olympic at Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday.

Urosevski’s goal came late in the game, sending Rockdale fans into raptures after what had been a relentless battle between the two teams.

It was an important win for the Sun’s against their rivals, keeping their finals hopes alive and knocking Olympic from the top spot on the ladder.

The action went from end to end in the opening stanza with neither Olympic or the Suns able to make their mark on the clash.

Jinya An had Olympic’s first chance in the 14th minute, travelling through Rockdale’s defence to let off a shot outside the box, which flew wide of the goal.

Rockdale’s Harris Gaitatzis retaliated minutes later, sending a solid strike into the arms of Olympic custodian Paul Henderson in the 19th minute.

After a slow first half, both teams came out firing in the second stanza, battling until the final whistle.

Toufic Alameddine set a spark to the second half, using his pace to create an opportunity for the hosts in the 48th minute.

He worked his way through open space to position himself dangerously, but Olympic’s Nikola Kuleski matched his pace to clear the ball for a corner and deny an opener.

Alameddine created another opportunity in the 61st minute, sending a shot towards Henderson, who collected to keep the game scoreless.

Max Burgess would have taken the lead for Olympic in the 62nd minute, if not for the brilliant reaction of Ante Covic.

Burgess let off a strike from close range after some movement inside the box, but Covic managed a sensational save to deny Olympic the opener.

The turning point of the game came for Rockdale in the 79th minute with Alec Urosevski capitalising on a rebound from Paul Henderson to hit the back of the net.

Henderson managed to deny Rockdale their first opportunity, but the rebound fell dangerously to Urosevski, who put it away neatly.

A desperate Olympic pushed hard in the dying stages for a winner but it was too little too late as Rockdale clung on for victory.

Olympic coach, Abbas Saad, expressed his disappointment in what was a very physical game.

“We battled, and we created some good chances and good moments, but we just weren’t clinical enough.

“Both teams were hungry enough to win the game.

“Sometimes it only takes on mistake and we made that mistake.”

Rockdale coach, Paul Reid, was happy to take three points from Olympic, praising his team’s performance in the match.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved the win,” Reid said.

“We knew it was going to be tough, but the boys were brilliant today.

“It’s two wins in a row now, we’ve got a week off and we’ve got a few sore boys, but they’ll have plenty of time to rest now and be ready to back up against Marconi in a couple of weeks.

Match Stats

Rockdale City Suns 1 (Alec Urosevski 77′)

Sydney Olympic FC 0

Sunday 8th July, 2018

Ilinden Sports Centre

Referee: Craig FIsher

Rockdale City Suns FC: 1. Ante Covic, 2. Daniel Petkovski, 4. Trent Mcclenahan, 6. Blake Ricciuto, 7. Alex Urosevski, 8. Aleksandar Canak (9. Bai Antoniou 67’), 10. Harris Gaitatzis (21. Michael Neill 90’), 12. Idriss El Hafiane, 14. Brayden Sorge, 17. Toufic Alameddine, 19. Patrick Savor (23. Jordan Figon 57’)

Substitutes Not Used: 11. Jonathan Grozdanovski, 25. Jake Soutter

Yellow Cards: Patrick Savor, Brayden Sorge, Daniel Petkovski

Red Cards: Nil

Sydney Olympic FC: 1. Paul Henderson, 2. Tom Whiteside, 6. Nikola Kuleski, 7. William Angel, 9. Radovan Pavicevic (33. Nikolas Tsattalios 76’), 10. Max Burgess, 11. Jinya An, 14. Alejandro Sanchez Lopez, 18. Brendan Hooper, 19. Darcy Burgess (5. James Demetriou 76’), 23. Riley Woodcock

Substitutes Not Used: 20. Ezequiel Consoni, 21. Stephen Athanaseris, 26. Billy Patramanis,

Yellow Cards: Max Burgess, Will Angel

Red Cards: Nil

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July 06, 2018

This Sunday we celebrate Will Angel’s 200th match. Will came through the junior ranks at Olympic before making his 1st grade debut in 2011 against Wollongong Wolves.
Will is a tremendous club person and has been an exceptional performer for Olympic over a long time. This Sunday will be a special day and big match for the team against Rockdale City Suns FC.

Round 18 Preview –

The Premiership race is heating up and Round 18 of the National Premier Leagues NSW season is sure to offer another week of exhilarating match action.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers are only one point behind competition front runners Sydney Olympic FC and with five games left to play this one is sure to go down to the wire.

The battle for the fifth and final playoff spot is still as tightly contested as it has been all season with six teams all a realistic shot of making the finals.

This round will be huge in many ways as next weekend a bye round will take shape due to the Waratah Cup Final that will be fought out between reigning Cup champions Hakoah Sydney City East and APIA Leichhardt Tigers, a reply of the 2017 battle.

The action gets underway on Saturday night and wraps up on Wednesday June 11 when Manly United host Sydney FC under lights at Cromer Park.

Rockdale City Suns v Sydney Olympic, 5pm Sunday at Ilinden Sports Centre

Rockdale City Suns are on the cusp of the top five and a win against rivals Sydney Olympic on Sunday would go a long way towards helping Paul Reid’s side confirming a finals spot.

The Suns were 4-3 winners against Manly United in a high scoring contest at Ilinden Sports Centre last week.

Olympic were on the wrong end of a losing scoreline in Round 17 as the suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Blacktown City.

Former Socceroos shot stopper Ante Covic will have his hands full on Sunday as he attempts to keep a clean sheet against the dynamic attack of Sydney Olympic. If anyone is able to stop them it is Covic.

Radovan Pavicevic has played second fiddle to Alejandro Sanchez for most of the season, but the former Newcastle Jets rising star is set to play an important role on the run towards the finals.

He offers Abbas Saad’s side a variation in a attack which is important to breaking down the toughest defences.

Rockdale have had trouble defensively this season and will need their best performance to limit Olympic.

Olympic will be favourites away from home but Rockdale have the players to cause an upset.

 

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July 02, 2018

OLYMPIC’S PREMIERSHIP TITLE ON HOLD THANKS TO BLACKTOWN VICTORY

Sydney Olympic’s Premiership chances suffered a major blow after they were stunned 1-0 by a determined Blacktown City side at Lily Homes Stadium on Sunday.

A 50th minute goal from Joey Gibbs was the difference between the two sides as Blacktown returned to the winners circle for the first time since May.

It was a game of many chances with the goalkeepers of Olympic and City the stand out performers as they kept their respective sides in the contest.

Olympic fought hard but were unable to find an equaliser with the loss cutting their lead at the top of the competition to only one point from second placed APIA Leichhardt Tigers.

Blacktown City had a fast start to the match with Roberto Speranza’s dangerous ball into the box  after five minutes cleared from danger by defender Tom Whiteside.

Olympic responded when Radovan Pavicevic burst through only to be stopped by keeper Tristan Prendergast two minutes later in a surprisingly open first 10-minutes.

Blacktown striker Gibbs forced a brilliant save from Paul Henderson soon after as both shot stoppers handled their early work with aplomb.

Prendergast made another quality save when he denied Jason Madonis who got behind the blacktown defence with a combination of strength and pace.

It was end to end football and Blacktown was next to try their luck on goal as Gibbs spurned two chances in quick succession, firstly after a slick assist from Daniel Araujo and then a Roberto Speranza cross.

It was another let off for the Blues who were content to sit in, break sharply and put the ball in over the top to utilise their mobile pacey strikers.

However, Olympic were finding themselves under increasing pressure in and around their own area and found it difficult to mount any attacks.

Henderson pulled off a sensational save at full stretch to deny Mason Versi in the 41st minute.

Sitting on the right edge of the box, Versi powered in and fired a shot across the Olympic custodian who managed to palm it away and, after a goalmouth scramble, clear the ball to safety.

Both sides had their glovemen to thank for the deadlock at the break.

The stalemate was finally broken early into the second period when Gibbs found his shooting boots to plant the ball past a helpless Henderson to give.  The relief on the strikers’ face was quite evident as he gave Blacktown a 1-0 lead.

Olympic reacted well, yet left gaps at the back which they were lucky Blacktown were unable to capitalise on.

Matt Lewis should have put the result beyond doubt on the hour mark when pushed the ball wide from close range after a brilliant ghosting run to the front post.

Max Burgess fired narrowly wide of the mark in the 69th minute after taking a slight deflection.

Olympic wasn’t going down without a fight and had enough quality to trouble the Blacktown defence, but when substitute Brendan Hooper headed over from a free-kick it appeared the writing was on the wall.

The visitors almost pulled it out of the bag in the 79th minute when Alejandro Sanchez broke through the middle but fired a cross shot wide.

Versi should’ve iced the game with the goal gaping and Henderson exposed, however he somehow put the effort beyond the woodwork in yet another glaring missed opportunity.

He was subbed moments later for veteran defender Zac Cairncross as City looked to hold their slender lead and see out the match against a fast finishing Olympic.

A frustrated Abbas Saad’s appeals to the referee late on were not received well by the official who cautioned the Sydney Olympic coach as Blacktown clung on in the final minutes to secure the win.

Blacktown City coach Mark Crittenden was a relieved man at the final whistle.

“We were the better team today and deserved the win,” he said.

“I thought we had enough chances to win a couple of games today and probably created more in the opening 20-minutes than in our four previous matches.

That was the best first-half we’ve had in a long, long time and were unlucky to go into the break all square.

“Olympic are leading the competition because they are a good football team and you don’t get where they are without being so.””

A pragmatic Abbas Saad rued what was a tough result for the competition leaders.

“We were outplayed today,” he said.

“Blacktown were quicker than us, sharper than us, created more than us. They are probably the first team this season that has done that to us.

“We hung in there but it wasn’t our day today but credit to City, they deserves their win.”

Match Stats

Blacktown City: 1 (Joey Gibbs 51’)

Sydney Olympic: 0

Sunday, July 1 2018

Lily Homes Stadium, Blacktown

Referee: Ben Abrahams

Assistants: Matt McCorist and Amir Hosnani

Fourth Official: Sebastian Andrews

Blacktown City: 1.Tristan Prendergast, 3.Giorgio Speranza, 4.Roberto Speranza, 5.Grant Lynch, 6.Matt Lewis, 7.Devante Clut (16.Mark Rodic77’), 8.Daniel Araujo, 9.Joey Gibbs, 18.Mason Versi (19.Zac Cairncross 84’), 22.Yianni Spyrakis, 23.Daniel Bragg (10.Connor Evans 57’)

Substitutes not used: 20.Stevan Savicic, 21.Jack Stewart

Yellow Cards: Lynch 40’, R.Speranza 89’

Red Cards:

Sydney Olympic: 1.Paul Henderson, 2.Tom Whiteside, 6.Nicola Kuleski (19.Darcy Burgess 71), 7.William Angel, 8.Jason Madonis, 9.Radovan Pavicevic (33.Niko Tsattalios 66), 10.Max Burgess, 11.Jinya An, 12.Zachary Mackenzie, 14.Alejandro Sanchez,  23.Riley Woodcock (18.Brendan Hooper 59’)

Substitutes not used: 20.Ezequiel Consoni, 26.Billy Patramanis

Yellow Cards: Kuleski 53’, A.Saad 86’ (Coach),

Red Cards:

-By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Micky Brock

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June 29, 2018

Round 17 has arrived in the National Premier Leagues NSW competition and with only five weeks remaining in the regular season, the pressure is heating up.

Sydney Olympic lead the race for the Premiership by four points ahead of second placed APIA Leichhardt Tigers.

Sydney United 58 have moved into third spot ahead of a struggling Blacktown City FC.

While Wollongong Wolves enter this week in fifth, The battle for the last finals spot is an all out battle with five teams all within four points of potential finals football.

Blacktown City v Sydney Olympic, 3pm Sunday at Lilly Homes Stadium – Live streamed on facebook

Blacktown City will be driven to get out of their funk and return to the winners circle with victory when they host league leaders Sydney Olympic FC on Sunday.

Mark Crittenden’s City side haven’t had a win since May 19 and have slipped down the table to fourth position.

Against Olympic they will be out to prove their Championship credentials by stopping the Premiership favourites in their tracks.

Last round Blacktown’s struggles continued with a 1-1 draw on the road against Manly United.

Olympic come into the game after snatching a narrow win against Marconi Stallions at Lambert Park.

Right back Giorgio Speranza has been a consistent name on the Blacktown team sheet throughout all their successful seasons and he remains one of the first players picked.

Speranza offers an attacking outlet from the back line while also a solid presence in defence. He will make life difficult for Olympic’s wingers with his energetic performances.

Olympic striker Alejandro Sanchez netted his 11th goal of the season last round and is hitting peak form just before the business end of the season.

His movement with and without the ball will keep Blacktown’s defenders very busy all afternoon.

This is set to be a blockbuster clash between two of the competitions strongest teams.

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June 25, 2018

23 June , 2018 By Football NSW

An Alejandro Sanchez double has helped Sydney Olympic FC to a 2-1 victory against Marconi Stallions at Lambert Park on Saturday.

The Spaniard struck in both halves as Olympic held out a determined Stallions outfit to stretch their lead at the top of the table to seven points.

Olympic were rewarded for a positive start to the match when Sanchez fired a brilliant shot from the edge of the box into the net after 21 minutes to open the scoring.

Marconi snatched an equaliser on halftime as Sean O’Connell’s quick thinking helped him tap home Marko Jesic’s missed penalty after it rebounded off the cross bar.

However it wasn’t to be for the visitors as Sanchez found his second of the match to give Olympic the win and take him to the top of the Golden Boot standings with 11 for the season.

Both sides went on the attack from the opening whistle with neither having the upper hand.

Sydney Olympic had the first real chance of the match when Jason Madonis narrowly missed getting a foot to a dangerous cross into the box by Max Burgess.

Olympic had another great chance in the 15th minute as Riley Woodcock fired over after a slick counter attack from Sanchez.

Olympic began to take control of the match and took the lead mid way through the half after a moment of brilliance from Sanchez.

The Spaniard received the ball just outside the edge of the penalty area and unleashed a deadly shot which sailed into the goal to give Olympic a 1-0 lead.

Marconi were determined to fight back and Judah Cleur went close after 25 minutes when he cut inside and fired straight into the arms of Olympic keeper Henderson.

The game was an arm wrestle as the half progressed as the Stallions fought back and Olympic dug in.

At the cusp of halftime, the visitors had a breakthrough as Cleur won a penalty after being taken down in the box.

Jesic’s penalty cannoned off the cross bar but a quick thinking O’Connell was on hand to tap home and level the scores.

Olympic would not have expected to go into the break on level pegging.

Marconi returned from the interval determined to take the lead and Cleur missed a great chance 55 minutes in when he fired over the bar.

Brandon Vella pushed forward and unleashed a shot which was saved in the 57th minute.

After 61 minutes it was the home side who took the lead when Sanchez netted his second of the match after tapping home at the far post.

Marconi pushed for an equaliser and introduced striker Sean Rooney late in the contest to help their cause.

Olympic held tight as Rooney, new recruit and former Blacktown City striker Charles Mendy and Jesic all tried to break through the defence.

Rooney had one final chance in the 90th minute but his headed effort sailed wide as Olympic held on to claim all three points.

Olympic coach Abbas Saad was proud of the way his side stay composed when the pressure mounted.

“For the first time this season we were really pushed,” Saad said.

“It was a very hard game and credit to Marconi for really taking it too us.

“We got back into our groove as the match went on and found the goal we needed. It was a great win for us.”

“The league is now in our hands but their is six games to go so we have to work hard and not get complacent.”

Marconi coach Peter Tsekenis rued what could’ve been for his side after a inspired performance against the competition’s top side.

“I thought we deserved a least a draw. We played quite well but it came down to us not taking full advantage of our opportunities,” he said.

“Neither side had many chances and I thought we did very well to limit Olympic.

“Unfortunately we just couldn’t do enough tonight but I feel we can be proud of our efforts.

“There is no room for error as we close out the season but if we keep playing the way we have the last few weeks I’m sure we will be there in the finals. ”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic: 2 (Sanchez 21’ 62’)

Marconi Stallions: 1 (O’Connell 45’)

Saturday June 23, 2018

Lambert Park, Leichhardt

Referee: C Fisher

Assistant Referees: J Bell & E Kocbek

Fourth official: A Higgins

Sydney Olympic: 1. Paul Henderson 2. Thomas Whiteside, 6. Nikola Kuleski, 7.Will Angel, 8. Jason Madonis (18. Brendan Hooper), 9. Radovan Pavicevic (33. Nikolas Tsattalios) 10. Max Burgess, 11. Jinya An, 12. Zach Mackenzie 14. Alejandro Sanchez, 23. Riley Woodcock

Substitues not used: 19. Darcy Burgess, 20. Ezequiel Consoni, 21. Stephan Athanaseris 33. Nikolas Tsattalios

Yellow Cards: Madonis 31’ Pavicevic 70’ Sanchez 82′

Red Cards:

Marconi Stallions: 1. Nenad Vekic, 2. Marc Warren (38, Yianni Nicolaou), 5. Micheal Beauchamp, 6. Sean O’Connell (8. Sean Rooney), 10. Marko Jesic, 11. Judah Cleur, 12 James Andrew ( 9. Charles Mendy), 14. Peter Pelekanos 15. Mateo Poljak, 22.Brandon Vella, 23. Christopher Nunes.

Substitutes not used: 16. Hassan Jalloh, , 68 Luke Cukar

Yellow cards: O’Connell 27’ Nunes 60′

Red Cards:

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June 22, 2018

Photos by Loopii

Round 16 has arrived in the National Premier Leagues NSW competition and the pressure is building with only seven weeks left until the end of the regular season.

Sydney Olympic remain on top despite a minor hiccup last week with their draw against Hakoah Sydney City East.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers has cut the gap to the top of the table to four points and will still be hopeful of claiming back to back premiership titles.

Third placed Blacktown City is suffering through another major form slump and will be driven to reclaim their mantle as one of the competition’s strongest side’s.

This weekend will feature four matches on Saturday night kicking off with Bonnyrigg White Eagles hosting Sydney FC.

Round 16 wraps up on Sunday afternoon when APIA hosts Rockdale City Suns.

Sydney Olympic FC v Marconi Stallions FC, 7.45pm Saturday at Lambert Park – Streamed live on facebook

A bounce back performance is on the cards for Sydney Olympic as they host Marconi Stallions on Saturday night at Lamber Park.

Abbas Saad’s side would’ve thanked their lucky stars after avoiding defeat with a last second equaliser in their 2-2 draw with Hakoah Sydney City East last week.

Marconi come into the game off the back of a solid win after they defeated Manly United 3-2.

Max Burgess demonstrated the ability he brings to Olympic with last week’s last second equaliser.

His dribbling and creativity will be key if Olympic are to break down an improving Stallions outfit.

Marconi’s defence is sure to get a workout this round and makes the performance of former Socceroos centre back Michael Beauchamp even more important.

The towering defender has taken on some of the world’s best during his career and provides plenty of extra steel to the Marconi backline alongside Peter Pelekanos and Chris Nunes.

Playing at their home away from home of Lambert Park, Olympic will be without the benefit of playing at their traditional home of Belmore Sports Ground.

Marconi has had good results at Lambert Park this season and will be determined to improve on that run on Saturday.

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June 18, 2018

Sydney Olympic Football Club today announced the appointment of Olympic Hall of Fame Legend Ante Juric as their new General Manager – Football.

Juric is a former Socceroo, who played over 200 matches for Sydney Olympic in the National Soccer League (NSL) and was captain of the Championship winning Olympic team that won the NSL title in 2002.

Off the field Juric has held a number of key Technical and Coaching positions which include most recently: Women’s Technical Director at Football NSW and Assistant National Technical Director at Football Federation Australia. In addition to these roles, Ante has also held current assistant coach roles with the Matildas and Head Coach roles with the Young Matildas. Juric has also performed the role of Opponent/Analyst Scout for both the Socceroos and Matildas squads.

Juric is currently the Head Coach of the Sydney FC W-league squad and will continue to perform this role while employed as General Manager – Football at Sydney Olympic.

Sydney Olympic Chief Executive John Boulous was excited about Juric joining the club;

“The Club’s Directors are committed to a vision of making Olympic the club of choice for the most talented male and female players and coaches in the country. Ante’s appointment will help us achieve this.”

“We are creating a football environment that is unrivalled at National Premier League level and the appointment of Ante in this role, in addition to the recent confirmation of Club legend Abbas Saad to oversee our Men’s 1st team and Senior Program, gives both our own players and coaches the best opportunity to reach their potential”

“As a Club we are aiming for both success on the field at all levels and retaining and recruiting the very best players. The appointment of Ante and Abbas in full time capacities to drive our Football programs will support this intent” Boulous added.

Ante Juric was delighted to be joining Sydney Olympic;

“To hold such an important position at a Club that I am passionate about is a huge honour.”

“I am looking forward to overseeing and working with all Coaches and Players to create a high performance football program and environment that gives our male and female players the best possible chance to succeed.”

Juric will focus for the remainder of the season on actively coaching both the Under 18 and 20 squads, as well as supporting the Youth, Women’s and SAP programs. He will also focus on the Club’s planning of its football programs, coach appointments, player advancement, recruitment and retention for next season.

Juric will start in the role once his commitments with Football NSW finish later this month.

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June 18, 2018

17 June , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic’s Max Burgess broke Hakoah Sydney City East hearts firing home deep in injury time to snatch a 2-2 at Hensley Athletic Field on Saturday.

A quick-fire double from Hakoah winger Anthony Frangie looked to have given all three points to the home side, but they were unable to deny the league leaders from claiming a point.

Olympic were at their electric best during the first half. Alejandro Sanchez Lopez outpaced his defender before he slotted home after 15 minutes. The visitors could’ve piled on the score albeit for their wastefulness in front of goal.

It was a completely different story in the second half as Olympic’s performance tailed off in the second stanza and Hakoah took advantage with Frangie’s double seemingly enough for Gavin Rae’s side enough to claim a shock upset.

However, it wasn’t to be for Hakoah as Burgess struck in the 95th minute to ensure Olympic didn’t go home empty handed.

Fresh on his return from New Zealand national team duty, Andre De Jong buzzed around the field in the first minutes and snatched at the first shot that drifted wide.

Chances remained at a premium for the home side in the first 45 minutes. Olympic held the majority of possession and chances as they caught Hakoah in transition on several occasions.

In the seventh minute Anthony Bouzanis was called into action as he tipped an effort from Jason Madonis over the crossbar.

Sanchez has been lethal in front of goal this season, and the striker caught the defence on the hop in the 15th minute as he used his rapid pace to drive into the area. The Spaniard was cool in front of goal calmly slotting home for his ninth of the season to give Olympic a 1-0 lead.

The visitors had an eye for goal as Max Burgess and Sanchez continued to torment the Hakoah Sydney defence. Both attackers looked in imperious form as they peppered Bouzanis and his back line.

Hakoah sprung to life late in the half when Harry Jones connected well with a De Jong cross that he nodded over the bar. Moments later Frangie was gifted space as the forward crashed an effort against the crossbar and out.

Despite their improved form the home side headed to the break, down 1-0.

Coming out of the break both sides traded chances. Burgess and Frangie both went close with efforts as the tempo started to lift.

Luck deserted Olympic in the 54th minute. Jinya An had a set piece sail through the 18 yard box, without a touch, and brushed the post before it went out.

De Jong looked to spark an ailing Hakoah side as he forced Olympic keeper Paul Henderson into his first save of the match in the 55th minute.

The momentum paid off for the Eastern Suburbs side as theyfound their equaliser after 66 minutes.

Amaury Gauthier knocked down the ball into the path of Frangie. The striker fired a first time volley past a disparing Henderson to make it 1-1.

The home side doubled their delight three minutes later.

An angled free-kick from the left took an unfortunate touch from an Olympic defender and nestled into the net, suddenly it was 2-1 to Hakoah.

From there, the home side looked more lively. De Jong went close after some silky build up from Guathier and then Harry Jones angled one over as the hosts pressed for a third.

Time started to tick down, and it looked like Olympic were going to fall to another frustrating defeat, as Nikolas Tsattalios flicked an effort wide. Abbas Saad and his men appeared resigned to defeat.

Enter Burgess. In the final minute of time added on, Olympic FC swept forward for one final time. Burgess picked up the ball around the box, turned well and sent the traveling fans into raptures as he fired into the net to secure a 2-2 draw.

Hakoah coach Gavin Rae was a frustrated man at full-time but praised his side’s second half performance that he believed should’ve earnt them three points.

“It was very frustrating with how it ended,” he said.

“We didn’t play well in the first half but changed it in the second.

“We definitely worked hard in the second half but we gave away two points in the end.”

For Saad, he lamented another game where the ladder leaders failed to convert their chances and ultimately, were happy to snatch a point at the end.

“It should’ve been over in the first half hour. Credit to them they took it to us in the second half and really, we pinched a point,” he said.

“We’ve got to be consistent. You can’t stop playing in this competition. It’s a tough lesson and hopefully we learn from that.

“You’ve need to have that killer instinct in front of goal and we need to do better with that, as they weren’t hard chances tonight.”

Match Stats

Hakoah Sydney City East 2 (Frangie 66’, 69’)

Sydney Olympic FC 2 (Sanchez 15′, Burgess 95’)

Saturday 16 June 2018

Hensley Athletic Field

Referee: K Griffiths-Jones

Assistant Referees: N Backo, P Teleki

Fourth Official: A Brett

Hakoah Sydney City East: 1. BOUZANIS Anthony, 3. KOUTA Michael, 5. STAMATELLIS Mitchell, 6. DRAPER Cameron (20. COMBES ’45), 8. GREEN Oliver (60. NOJI ’64), 10. DE JONG Andre, 13. EZEKIAL Robert, 14. FRANGIE Anthony, 17. JONES Harry, 19. COX Domenic, 21. GAUTHIER Amaury (7. J. GREEN ’88)

Substitutes not used: 11. CRIGHTON Jordan 40. FIGUERIA Michael

Yellow cards: Gauthier, Frangie

Red cards: nil

Sydney Olympic FC: 1. HENDERSON Paul, 2. WHITESIDE Thomas, 6. KULESKI Nicola (9. PAVICEVIC ’68), 7. ANGEL William, 8. MADONIS Jason (5. DEMETRIOU ’82), 10. BURGESS Max, 11. AN JINYA 12. MACKENZIE Zachary, 14. SANCHEZ LOPEZ Alejandro, 18. HOOPER Brendan (33. TSATTALIOS ’76), 23. WOODCOCK Riley

Substitutes not used: 19. BURGESS Darcy 20. CONSONI Ezequiel

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

–By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Justin Davies

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June 14, 2018

12 June , 2018 By Football NSW

Round 15 has arrived in the National Premier Leagues NSW competition and only eight games remain before the finals and what a weekend its come on with the FIFA World Cup kicking off this Friday.

Sydney Olympic has a vice grip on top spot with a six point lead ahead of second placed APIA Leichhardt Tigers.

This week Olympic goes east to take on Hakoah Sydney City East as they look to maintain their place at the ladder summit.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers will be out to make amends for last weeks defeat when they travel to Blacktown City on Sunday.

In the round’s other matches, Manly United plays host to Marconi Stallions, Sydney FC takes on Sydney United 58 and Sutherland Sharks travel south to face off against Wollongong Wolves.

Ilinden Sports Centre will be the site of the final match of Round 15 when the resurgent Rockdale City Suns clash with Bonnyrigg White Eagles on Sunday night.

Hakoah Sydney City East FC v Sydney Olympic FC, 4.30pm Saturday at Hensley Athletic Field

A gritty win last round was a big confidence booster for Hakoah Sydney City East and they will be out to add another three points to their tally on Saturday when they host Sydney Olympic FC.

The 2-0 win against Sutherland Sharks in Round 14 was a solid result for Hakoah with new striker Amaury Gauthier displaying all his class to net his second goal in three games.

The result moved Hakoah into the top five for the first time this season and they will be determined to hold onto their finals place over the remaining rounds of the competition.

Hensley Athletic Field is never an easy place to come to and the Blues will be in for a fight come Saturday afternoon.

Sydney Olympic were also winners last round as they snatched a late winner against Manly United FC.

Now with a six point lead at the top of the competition, Olympic are in the drivers seat in the race for the Premiership title.

Thomas Whiteside has been a breakout player this season for Abbas Saad’s side with the centre back displaying calm and composure beyond his years.

The return of Andre de Jong from international duty with the New Zealand All Whites will be a massive boost for Gavin Rae’s young side giving them a formidable attacking threat.

Sydney Olympic will go into the match as favourites but Hakoah are by no means easy beats and will push the league leaders for the full 90 minutes.

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June 12, 2018

10 June , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic snatched all three points late against a gallant Manly United in a 2-1 victory at Cromer Park on Saturday night.

The sides were separated by an 87th minute winner from Max Burgess.

The competition front-runners had been quick off the blocks, taking the lead through Radovan Pavicevic inside ten minutes.

However while it initially appeared that Olympic would comfortably dictate proceedings, Manly struck back in the 28th minute through Sam Wilson.

Both sides experienced periods of dominance throughout the second half, however the visitors’ class eventually shone through, as they punished a wasteful Manly performance.

The opening exchanges belonged to Olympic.

Max Burgess was the first to find the target, as his 5th minute shot was palmed outwards by Shaun Catlin.

However Abbas Saad’s men would not have to wait much longer for the opener.

Radovan Pavicevic capitalised on a wayward pass to find himself through on goal, confidently driving the ball into the bottom left corner.

Opportunities continued to flow through headers from Alejandro Sanchez and Jinya An inside 15 minutes.

However the Champions slowly but surely re-entered the contest.

And with one of their first clear sights on goal, Manly were level.

Sam Wilson on his return from injury, was greeted with an almighty roar as he beat Paul Henderson with a precise finish after 28 minutes.

Manly pressed on and finished the half stronger, but failed to convert from set-pieces and a three-on-two counter attack which fell to Scott Balderson.

Despite this, the host continued where they left off in the second half, creating a raft of half chances which left the Olympic shaken.

However as Manly failed to enforce an advantage, the tide of momentum began to shift back to Olympic.

Saad introduced Nikola Kuleski and Jason Madonis on the hour, and their fresh legs injected new energy into the visitors.

All of a sudden Manly found themselves pinned in their own half, as Pavicevic’s cross-cum-shot floated narrowly wide of the far post on 71 minutes.

The corners began to stack up for Olympic, and Riley Woodcock stabbed one wide following a goal-box scramble.

The breakthrough finally arrived with less than five minutes to play.

The ball was fizzed in hard to the feet of Max Burgess, who in a single motion swivelled and thumped the ball into the back of the net.

Manly coach Paul Dee was disappointed with elements of his side’s performance:

“We fought hard for the game but our execution wasn’t good throughout.

“Considering the way that we fought, I thought it was deserving we at least came away with a point but we gave away a silly goal late.

“It wasn’t a good way to finish the game for us.

“That was uncharacteristic of us, we need to address a few things at training and look forward to a couple of home games and a better showing from the team.”

Olympic boss Abbas Saad was rightfully elated with the three points:

“I thought we were the better team.

“(It was) a hard fought match, it is always is difficult to play here (Cromer).

“We knew there wasn’t going to be a lot of chances created as they are very well disciplined.

“We played our football, and I thought the pressure payed off.

“Full credit to the boys, every week they give it their best.

“Most importantly is the way we play our game, and we are really enjoying it at the moment.”

Match Stats

Manly United FC 1 (Wilson 28’)

Sydney Olympic FC 2 (Pavicevic 9’, Burgess 87’)

Saturday June 9, 2018

Cromer Park, Dee Why

Referee: R. Mattei

Assistant Referees: L. Greenshields, A. Hosnani Fourth Official: H. Carwardine

Manly United: 20. Shaun Catlin, 2. Kieren Paull, 3. Jamie Lobb, 4. Travis Oughtred, 5. Sam Wilson (7. Braden Cheng 45’), 6. Dominic Ferguson, 9. Dylan Macallister (11. Nikola Taneski 64’), 10. Brendan Cholakian, 13. Scott Balderson (14. Mitchell Rooke 72’), 21. Joseph Fox, 23. Daniel Alessi

Substitutes Not Used: 1. Dylan Mitchell, 12. Leigh Egger

Yellow Cards: Kieran Paull 85’

Red Cards: Nil

Sydney Olympic: 1. Paul Henderson, 2. Thomas Whiteside, 4. George Timotheou, 7. William Angel, 9. Radovan Pavicevic (18. Brendan Hooper 89’), 10. Max Burgess, 11. Jinya An, 12. Zach Mackenzie (6. Nikola Kuleski 62’), 14. Alejandro Sanchez, 19. Darcy Burgess (8. Jason Madonis 62’), 23. Riley Woodcock

Substitutes Not Used: 20. Ezequiel Consoni, 21. Stephen Athanaseris

Yellow Cards: Radovan Pavicevic 32’, Zachary Mackenzie 56’, William Angel 66’

Red Cards: Nil

-By National Premier Leagues NSW Reporter Chris Curulli

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June 08, 2018

Manly United v Sydney Olympic, 7pm Saturday at Cromer Park

Sixth placed Manly United are in touching distance of a finals spot but they must defeat league leaders Sydney Olympic on Saturday Night to break into the top five.

There was a shortage of goals last week as Manly settled for a scoreless draw at home against Hakoah Sydney City East.

Olympic were also forced to share the spoils as they failed to kill off a 10-man APIA Leichhardt side in a 1-1 draw in Round 13.

Manly Captain Brendan Cholakian was one player missing his shooting boots in round 13 but he will be fired up to lead his side to victory this time around. Cholakian is one of Manly’s most dynamic players and he has the return of Scott Balderson to help share the load in attack.

Sydney Olympic striker Alejandro Sanchez has been an incredible addition to the side this season, but last week was one to forget for the Spaniard.

He will be fired up to deliver a bounce back performance and add to his season tally of eight goals.

Sydney Olympic will be favourites for the match but Manly at Cromer Park should never be written off.

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June 05, 2018

Sydney Olympic FC are delighted to announce the signing of James Demetriou for the remainder of the season.

 

James made his debut for the Sydney Olympic First grade team at the age of 16, before signing for Nottingham Forest on a professional contract at the age of 17.

 

James has represented both the Australian Under 20 and Cyprus Under 21 National teams in its Euro campaign where he played every match scoring 2 crucial goals in their push for qualification.

 

James was identified and recruited by Swansea City, signing a 2 year deal playing for the Under 23 side who won the 2014/15 Under 23 Premier League.

 

After leaving Swansea City, James played for Karmiotissa FC in the Cypriot top flight making his Professional debut against AEK, before returning to the UK to sign for Europa league side Bangor City in the Welsh Premier League, scoring on his debut against Bala Town.

 

Midway through the season, he was transferred to Barry Town to aid their push for Europa League qualification – unfortunately just missing qualification by losing the final of their campaign.

 

Sydney Olympic Coach Abbas Saad was excited to have Demetriou join the squad saying;

 

“James is an attacking player, who will bring strong overseas experience with some excellent clubs and a passion for Sydney Olympic having made his senior debut here many years ago as youngster”.

 

Saad added “James knows many of the boys in our squad, understands and respects the culture we have built this season and we feel he will be a great fit and make a positive impact to our squad for the back half of the season and beyond’.

 

Demetriou has recently returned from overseas and will commence a full training week with Olympic today where it is anticipated his paperwork will be cleared and be eligible for selection for this Saturday night’s away trip against last season’s Champions Manly United FC.

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June 04, 2018

3 June , 2018 By Football NSW

A last gasp Nathan Millgate header has helped a 10-man APIA Leichhardt Tigers snatch a 1-1 daw against Sydney Olympic at Belmore Sportsground on Sunday.

It was a heartbreaking result for Sydney Olympic who dominated the majority of the match and should’ve taken a six point lead at the top of the National Premier Leagues NSW competition ladder.

Jinya An gave the home side the lead in the 35th minute with a cool finish from inside the penalty area after a scrap for possession from a looping corner kick.

APIA were determined to fight back but were reduced to 10-men when Brandon Lundy was shown a second yellow and sent off in the 68th minute.

However, the visitors would find the equaliser they were ever so desperate for as Millgate jumped above two markers to nod home the equaliser and his 12th goal of the season.

The result means Olympic stay at the top of the competition with a three point lead over the second placed Tigers.

Both sides were like a bull at a gate from the opening whistle, launching into action with intent.

The game was end to end as Olympic and APIA refused to give their opponent an inch.

Despite the high octane start it took until the 10th minute for the first true chance of the game when a powerful drive from George Timotheou was cleared off the line by Lundy.

In the 15th minute APIA had a chance of their own, when Themba Muata-Marlow headed over the bar.

Sanchez was unlucky not to have found the net in the 24th minute when he slipped after cleaning up a sloppy save from Necevski.

Finally the home side’s dominance paid off in the 35th minute when they took a 1-0 lead.

Jinya An was in the right spot to volley home from eight yards out after an attempted APIA clearance from a corner.

Spaniard Sanchez continued his struggles with traction in the 39th minute when he slipped while one on one with the keeper and sent his shot sailing inches past the woodwork.

Olympic had the upper hand in the opening stanza and deserved more than their 1-0 lead at the break.

APIA came out of the interval determined to nab an equaliser.

Henderson denied the Tigers with a brilliant save in the 53rd minute from a Tasuku Sekiya shot.

The veteran shot stopper was at it again with another brilliant diving save to stop what appeared a certain goal from Japanese import Sekiya.

APIA were pushing for a goal and had the momentum on their side, all until a mindless challenge from Brandon Lundy in the 68th minute.

Already on a yellow card, the former Newcastle Jets winger was given a second yellow and sent for an early shower by referee Kurt Ams for a lazy tackle from behind on An.

Despite creating multiple headaches for the APIA defence, Olympic striker Sanchez was struggling to find the back of the net and spurned another golden chance in the 76th minute.

Henderson was putting in a mammoth perform for Olympic and denied Jordan Murray an equaliser in the 76th minute with yet another brilliant diving save.

With six minutes left on the clock, APIA finally found a breakthrough.

A brilliant lofted ball into the box from Adrian Ucchino found Millgate who had left above two markers to head past Henderson and level the scores a 1-1.

Determined to take home a point, APIA brought on an extra defender and took off goalscorer Murray for the final five minutes.

Olympic weren’t ready to keel over and accept a draw that easily and should’ve taken the lead in the 89th minute.

A poor goal kick from Necevski fell at the feet of Sanchez who sprinted towards goal unmarked with only the keeper to beat.

However, Sanchez’s poor night in front of goal didn’t have a happy ending with the his finish hitting the cross bar.

Max Burgess had a chance to snatch victory with the final play of the game, but he to couldn’t find the target as APIA clung on for a hard earned point.

Olympic coach Abbas Saad rued what could’ve been a season defining win for his side as they were forced to settle for a draw.

“It is a very frustrating result for us. We dominated for the majority of the match but just couldn’t take our chances when it mattered most,” he said.

“The boys put in a very good shift today against an experienced opposition but we failed to make the most of our opportunities and that’s really all it comes down to.

“It feels like a defeat which is shame because we played very well.

“Hopefully we can take something away from this game which makes us stronger moving forward.”

APIA coach Billy McColl was a relieved man at full time.

“I am very happy to take a point away from the match,” he said

“We didn’t play very well in the first half and it took us to go down to 10-men to really lift and fight our way back into the contest.

“We did well to get an equaliser and had a chance to possibly even get a winner.

“I’m happy with a draw. It is a long season and we still have plenty of chances to reclaim top spot before the season is out.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic FC: 1 (An 35’)

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC: 1 (Millgate 84)

Sunday, June 3 2018

Belmore Sportsground, Belmore

Referee: Kurt Ams

Assistant referee: K Robinson & H White

Fourth official: M Riedy

Sydney Olympic: 1. Paul HENDERSON, 2. Thomas WHITESIDE, 4. George TIMOTHEOU, 6. Nikola KULESKI (33. Nikolas TSATTALLIOS), 7. William ANGEL, 8. Jason MADONIS(9. Radovan PAVICEVIC), 10. Max BURGESS, 11. Jinya AN, 12. Zach MACKENZIE, 14. Alejandro SANCHEZ, 23. Riley WOODCOCK

Substitutes not used:18. Brendan HOOPER, 19. Darcy BURGESS, 20. Ezequiel CONSONI,

Yellow cards:

Red cards:

APIA Leichhardt Tigers: 1. Ivan NECEVSKI, 2. Nathan MILLGATE, 4. Joshua SYMONS, 7. Howard FONDYKE (10. Franco PARISI), 8. Corey BIZCO, 11. Jordan MURRAY (Paul GALIMI), 15. Themba MUATA-MARLOW, 16. Sean SYMONS, 18. Adrian UCCHINO, 19. Brandon LUNDY, 20. Tasuku SEKIYA.

Substitutes not used: Stephan ADATINNI, Sam GUILISANO, 22. Blake TUXFORD

Yellow cards: Lundy 12’,68′ Millgate 33′

Red cards: Lundy 68′

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May 31, 2018

It is Round 13 in the National Premier Leagues NSW competition and if last week’s action is anything to go by there could be plenty of surprises ahead this weekend’s fixtures.

Sydney Olympic cling on to top spot after a shock loss to Bonnyrigg White Eagles. They play potentially one of the most important games of their regular season on Sunday when they host second placed APIA Leichhardt Tigers.

Blacktown City are at home for the second straight week and face off against rivals Sydney United 58 who have finally made an appointment for their head coach with Miro Vlastelica stepping in.

The round kicks off on Saturday night with three big games as Manly United hosts Hakoah Sydney City East, Bonnyrigg White Eagles travel to Marconi Stadium to play Marconi Stallions, while Sydney FC return home to Lambert Park to take on Sutherland Sharks.

Rockdale City Suns will be hoping to make it two wins from two games when they face off against Wollongong Wolves in the final match of the round on Sunday night.

Sydney Olympic v APIA Leichhardt Tigers, 3pm Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground

When Sydney Olympic host APIA Leichhardt Tigers on Sunday afternoon, both teams will take to the pitch with the knowledge the result of this match could very well decide the Premiership.

First placed Sydney Olympic hold a three point buffer ahead of second placed APIA but could’ve very easily been locked on 28 points after Olympic suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Bonnyrigg last round.

However, APIA were unable to take their opportunity to cut into the lead of their Premiership rivals as they too suffered a 1-0 upset loss to Manly United.

Left back Riley Woodcock has provided a new weapon to Olympic’s fast paced attack in recent weeks shining dangerous crosses in from the flanks for prolific front man Alejandro Sanchez.

For APIA, the man will once again be Jordan Murray. The league’s leading scorer failed to add to his 11 goals last match and will be hungry to add to his tally.

This game has the potential to be one of the matches of the season with both teams playing a free flowing and attacking brand of football.

After their unlikely defeats in round 12 they will both come into the game with a renewed focus and drive. The pressure and importance of winning this clash adds even more intrigue for what is set to be a blockbuster contest.

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May 30, 2018

31 May , 2018 By Football NSW

It was drama at the highest level as Football NSW officially announced its five teams set to represent the state in the 2018 FFA Cup Round of 32 as APIA Leichhardt Tigers, Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Hakoah Sydney City East, Marconi Stallions and the Rockdale City Suns will all find out their fate on Tuesday 26th June when the FFA conducts its annual live draw on Fox Sports after recording victories on Wednesday evening.

In an amazing statistic, all five National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s teams have taken part in a round of 32 spot prior to Wednesday evening’s fixtures since the introduction of the FFA Cup in 2014.

Belmore Sports Ground played host to a mammoth NPL top of the table clash as APIA Leichhardt Tigers came home with the coveted spot disposing of injury hit league leaders Sydney Olympic 3-0 to qualify for its second successive Round of 32 qualifier.

It didn’t take long for the NPL NSW Men’s leading goalscorer Jordan Murray to put his mark on the game as he opened the scoring in the 13th minute.

The Blues were left stunned and coach Abbas Saad did all that he could to push his chargers for that elusive equaliser only to see his side slip further behind as Japanese import Tasuku Sekiya joined in on the act in the 73rd minute.

The game was all but over right on the ninety-minute mark when Corey Biczo rubbed salt into the wounds of the Blues as Billy McColls’ men celebrated a memorable victory.

Olympic will now need to dust off this result as the pair meet again at the same venue on Sunday for their Round 13 NPL NSW Men’s clash.

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May 28, 2018

Bonnyrigg White Eagles have stunned league leaders Sydney Olympic with a shock 1-0 upset at Bonnyrigg Sports Ground on Saturday.

A 77th minute strike by Bonnyrigg fan favourite Tynan Diaz in his first game back after a two month injury layoff helped snatch the surprise win and inflict Olympic’s first defeat in 10 weeks.

Olympic struggled to get into gear on a difficult Bonnyrigg pitch and the home side took full advantage.

Both sides had their fair share of chances but it was the fast finishing White Eagles who had too much momentum to stop.

The result opens the door for APIA Leichhardt Tigers to cut Olympic’s three point lead at the top of the standings while it has also brought Bonnyrigg back into finals contention.

Dean Bereveskos had the first chance of the game for Bonnyrigg, stinging the palms of Henderson with a powerful effort.

The home side went forward again, this time Ray Miller crossing for James McKenzie who should’ve hit the target with his header.

On 12 minutes James Chronopolous was called into action, saving well from a George Timotheu free kick.

A minute later and Olympic should’ve hit the front.

Riley Woodcock crossed early for Alejandro Sanchez whose header went inches wide of the White Eagles’ goal.

It was the end of the night for Olympic’s star man Sanchez as he went off with an injury on the half hour mark.

The tense game was almost broken in the 63rd minute by Nick Tsattalios and despite hitting the back of the net, his effort was chalked off for an off side.

Only a minute later and the home side should’ve had the lead.

After a long lay off, Diaz was back in Bonnyrigg colours, crossing in a free kick to the far post.

Four Bonnyrigg players rushed at the ball with David Vrankovic not able to connect with what would’ve been a certain goal.

Tsattalios had another chance getting up at the far post but he couldn’t head the ball on target.

White Eagles’ captain Ray Miller played a fantastic ball through for Diaz who tried to beat his defender before shooting wide of Henderson’s goal.

Diaz was in the mood and went close again in the 76th minute after a head down by Jae Wook Woo, only for his left footed strike to go wide.

The White Eagles winger was rewarded for his efforts in the 77th minute with a well-placed header.

Korean import Woo rose well again as Diaz ran onto the ball and headed beyond Henderson to send the home fans into hysterics.

Olympic pushed everyone forward for the final kick of the game from the corner but to no avail as the White Eagles celebrated a vital win.

Brian Brown couldn’t be happier with his team’s victory.

“It was a must-do, playing the team on the top of the table wasn’t going to be easy but I think we just battled and worked hard,” Brown said.

“In the second half we had a couple other chances that would’ve made it easier but I’m just happy with the win.”

The White Eagles move just outside the finals places but Brown is focused on the next job at hand.

“I just want to have a nice glass of red wine tonight, think about Wednesday’s FFA Cup clash and then get ready for next week’s game,” he said.

Abbas Saad was disappointed with the surface at Bonnyrigg Sports Ground.

“What else can you do on this pitch but battle, you can’t play football,” Saad said.

“I’m proud of my boys, they fought hard and tried to play football.

“The surface was unplayable.”

He also praised the opposition on their performance.

“Credit to Bonnyrigg, their will power. They’re desperate and they gave everything,” he said.

Match Stats

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1 (Diaz 77’)

Sydney Olympic 0

Bonnyrigg Sports Ground, Bonnyrigg

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Referee: T. Danaskos

Assistant referees: A. Giev, N. Wotton

Fourth Official: J. Mcfarlane

Bonnyrigg White Eagles: 1. Chronopolous, 10. Adeli (3. Vrankovic 57’), 12. Bereveskos, 13. Mckenzie, 14. Smith, 15. Miller (2. Avery 83’), 16. Gallaway, 17. O’Rourke, 18. Gil, 20. Tosi (7. Diaz 58’), Woo.

Substitutes not used: 21. Bradasevic, 11. Kadric.

Yellow card: McKenzie, Gallaway, O’Rourke

Red card:

Sydney Olympic: 1. Henderson, 2. Whiteside, 4. Timotheu, 6. Kuleski, 7. Angel, 8. Madonis, 9. Pavicevic (19. D. Burgess 53’), 10. M. Burgess, 11. An, 14. Sanchez (33. Tsattalios 31’), 23. Woodcock.

Substitutes not used: 20. Consoni, 18. Hooper, 21. Athanastris.

Yellow cards: Angel, Whiteside

Red card:

Player Ratings have now been hidden due to the second half of the season commencing.

-By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Nikola Pozder

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May 24, 2018

22 May , 2018 By Football NSW

The second half of the National Premier Leagues NSW season is upon us starting with this week’s Round 12 fixtures.

Sydney Olympic reached the half way mark of the competition in top spot and have a three point lead ahead of second placed APIA Leichhardt Tigers.

Third placed Blacktown City remain in touch with the top two trailing Olympic by five points.

There is a log jam in the middle of the table with only five points separating fourth to tenth spot on the table.

With eleven weeks to go until the finals, time is running out for teams to find form and every competition point will be vital.

Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC v Sydney Olympic, 7pm Saturday at Bonnyrigg Sports Club

Three points off the bottom of the table but still in sight of finals football, Bonnyrigg White Eagles will be desperate to turn their season around starting with Saturday night’s clash against. Sydney Olympic.

Bonnyrigg has struggled this season but are high on confidence after a impressive win against last season’s grand final winners Manly United in Round 11.

This week they take on the league leaders Sydney Olympic and will need to bring nothing short of their best performance if they are to stand any chance of claiming an upset.

Olympic come into the game off a solid victory against Sydney United 58 and hold a three point lead at the top of the table.

White Eagles off-season recruit Dean Bereveskos finally hit the target for 2018 after slotting one home against Manly United last Saturday. The skilful attacker could prove to be a key contributor for Bonnyrigg over the second half of the season starting with the clash against Olympic.

He alongside Shervin Adeli could slowly form a deadly partnership should the two continue to work together with the absence of striker Aaron Peterson.

The White Eagles will need to back up from its round 6 FFA Cup clash against St George FA on Wednesday so Brian Brown’s men will be certainly put through the litmus test.

Thomas Whiteside has been the breakout star for Olympic this campaign with the defender in incredible form. He scored his second goal in as many weeks in round 11 and will be looking to make it three from three against Bonnyrigg.

Nothing more can be said about the club’s Spanish star Alejandro Sanchez. The former La Liga player has been in fine form for the Blues and it his link-up play with Max Burgess that has been a sight to see for the Blues.

While the odds will be stacked against Bonnyrigg this week, they should not be written off especially at their cauldron.

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May 21, 2018

20 May , 2018 By Football NSW

NPL NSW Men’s competition leaders Sydney Olympic underlined their Premiership credentials with a commanding 2-0 victory over 10-man Sydney United 58 at Sydney United Sports Centre on Saturday evening.

Abbas Saad’s side entered the encounter riding the crest of an eight-match unbeaten run and extended their advantage at the top of the table after cruising to another three points in what was a heated clash with their fellow competition heavyweights at Edensor Park.

The damage was done in a sensational opening half cameo from the Blues who opened the scoring through Spanish star Alejandro Sanchez before Thomas Whiteside’s volley gave the visitors breathing space on the cusp of half time.

Peter Markovic’s dismissal early in the second half for an altercation with Sanchez ignited a savagely fought second half between the two former NSL rivals, and although the home side matched Olympic in the battle the visitors proved too streetwise and trotted to their ninth win of the season.

The result ensures the Blues will finish the first half of the regular season in pole position while opening up a 12-point gap over United 58 on the table.

United 58 had won four of the previous six encounters with Olympic but the coach-less outfit were unable to match the speed and intensity of the league leaders and will lament their poor opening half showing in which the likes of Sanchez, Max Burgess and Jinya An controlled proceedings for the visitors.

Sanchez, who had already flashed a warning shot across goal in the match’s fledgling moments, made no mistake with his next opportunity in the 19th minute, dinking the ball past Thomas Manos for his eighth goal of the campaign after Radovan Pavicevic had robbed Yianni Fragogiannis on the edge of the box and slipped the forward through on goal.

The Spaniard’s effort established a foothold for the league leaders who drew several good stops from Manos before doubling their advantage shortly before half time through Whiteside, who fired home a superb left-footed volley at the back post after a poor headed clearance from Adrian Vlastelica.

It was Whiteside’s second goal in successive weeks as the defender stole the headlines in round 10 for scoring a memorable ‘scorpion goal’ that awarded the Ultra Football Goal of the Week.

The uphill battle facing the Reds prior to the second half was complicated further five minutes into the second stanza when defender Markovic received his marching orders following a dispute with Sanchez. It was an uncharacteristic response from the defender as the match seemed to slip after the experienced campaigners dismal.

Markovic’s send-off provoked the Reds’ best spell of the match but despite the aggression and intensity on show from the hosts, Olympic showed excellent control to weather the storm and grind out a hugely valuable away victory.

In a tactical switch Patrick Antelmi was sacrificed for Jordan Roberts to keep the score-line down as United 58 battled hard in the second stanza which to their credit held their own keeping the Blues at bay.

Panni Nikas made his return to the NPL NSW Men’s competition after missing three weeks and he tried to spark a Reds revival but the Blues defended in numbers as they rolled on to a deserved victory.

Having overseen his side’s latest masterclass, Olympic coach Abbas Saad was glowing following the match and eagerly highlighted the caliber of football the competition leaders are currently playing.

“I thought we were absolutely superb,” said the Blues coach.

“In the first half we played them off the park and it should’ve been all over in the first 45, we had enough chances to win two games.

“The boys are so confident – I’ve told them that if you want to be a good footballer, you have to go out there and express yourself. You can’t play football with handcuffs, you have to let them play in a system and that system suits them well.

“There’s a great togetherness in the team.”

Match Stats

Sydney United 58 0

Sydney Olympic 2 (Sanchez 19’, Whiteside 38’)

Saturday 19th of May 2018

Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park

Sydney United 58: 9. Patrick Antelmi (3. Jordan Roberts 50’), 22. Yianni Fragogiannis, 2. Cristian Gonzalez, 21. Thomas Manos, 20. Peter Markovic, 6. Christopher Payne, 11. Yianni Perkatis, 8. Matthew Sim, 14. Nicholas Stavroulakis (23. Panagiotis Nikas 55’), 18. Glen Trifiro, 4. Adrian Vlastelica

Substitutes not used: 17. Kyle Cimenti, 13. Sam Perre, 1. John Hall

Yellow cards: Roberts 57’

Red cards: Markovic 50’

Sydney Olympic: 11. Jinya An, 7. William Angel, 10. Max Burgess, 1. Paul Henderson, 6. Nikola Kuleski (19. Darcy Burgess 75’), 8. Jason Madonis, 9. Radovan Pavicevic (27. Taewoo Jung 83’), 14. Alejandro Sanchez Lopez (33. Nikolas Tsattalios 54’), 4. George Timotheou, 2. Thomas Whiteside, 23. Riley Woodcock

Substitutes not used: 20. Ezequiel Consoni, 26. Billy Patramanis

Yellow cards: Kuleski 26’, Woodcock 67’

Red cards: N/A

Player Ratings

3 – Max Burgess (OLY)

2 – George Timotheou (OLY)

1 – Thomas Whiteside (OLY)

-By Jacob Windon

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May 18, 2018

The National Premier Leagues NSW season is at the halfway mark and Round 11 is sure to be another big week of action around the grounds.

Sydney Olympic furthered their claim to top spot last week and will be out to continue their dominance when they travel to take on Sydney United 58 on Saturday night.

Former Socceroos and A-League Premiership winner Luke WIlkshire will make his Wollongong Wolves home debut this week against Marconi. The game will be a chance for Wilkshire and his Wollongong team mates to make up for their 5-1 defeat last round.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers travel to Hakoah Sydney City East on Sunday, while Blacktown City will be out to make up ground on the league leaders when they travel to Sutherland Sharks.

The round will get underway on Saturday afternoon with Rockdale City Suns travelling to Lambert Park to take on Sydney FC.

Sydney United 58 v Sydney Olympic, 7.30pm Saturday at Sydney United Sports Centre – Live Streamed on Facebook

The absence of a manager has not spoiled Sydney United 58’s form and the Reds will be out to upset league leaders Sydney Olympic at Sydney United Sports Centre on Saturday night.

Fourth placed United 58 are nine points behind first placed Olympic but the pressure to win is no different with the battle for positions at fever pitch coming into the halfway point of the season.

Glen Trifiro rescued United 58 from defeat against Manly United last week with a late goal, however it will take much more if they are to taste success against this week’s opponents.

Thomas Manos has been great between the sticks and he is sure to get plenty of action on Saturday while the return of Yianni Fragogiannis has steadied the ship slightly in defence.

The key to victory for Sydney United will be closing down Olympic’s lightning fast transitions from defence to attack.

Olympic comes into the game on the back a 5-1 domination of Bonnyrigg White Eagles and their confidence will be sky high.

It’s a daunting proposition especially looking back on the world class strikes Olympic netted in the win.

Thomas Whiteside may have scored the goal of the season with his audacious scorpion kick last week, but it is the young defender’s consistency and hard work which has been the real standout.

Olympic will come into the game as short priced favourites, but United 58 has the fire power and the big game experience to get a result.

 

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May 14, 2018

13 May , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic kept their three point lead at the top of the National Premier Leagues NSW competition with a brutal 5-1 domination of Wollongong Wolves at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday which also overshadowed Luke Wilkshire’s debut for the visitors.

It was an impressive performance from Olympic highlighted by three incredible goals which all could be contenders for goal of the season.

The hosts went ahead early through Radovan Pavicevic before extending their advantage with a stunning scorpion flick from Thomas Whiteside.

Wollongong pulled one back on halftime to go into the break with real hope of overturning the deficit, but were finished off by Alejandro Sanchez Lopez, who scored twice and set up another for Pavicevic as Olympic ran out 5-1 winners.

Making his return to the club he left as a youth player nearly two decades ago, Wilkshire took little time to get into his rhythm, striding up the right flank and swinging a promising ball into the box for Olympic to clear.

His teammate Yuzo Tashiro had an early chance when he broke through on goal, but had his shot blocked away.

Sydney Olympic might have been on the back foot in the opening exchanges, but their ability to make their chances count would prove to be the difference all afternoon. Pavicevic opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a well-taken strike from the left side of the box as the rain started to come down in sheets at Belmore, threatening to disrupt the flow of the match.

If anyone had been worried that the weather might have ruined the spectacle, they needn’t have worried. A corner floated in from the right dropped just behind Whiteside, who flicked his heel out and sent the ball over his head and looping into the far top corner of the net, a truly world class finish to give Olympic a 2-0 lead.

Wollongong refused to be rocked by the goal, and went chasing one to pull them back into the game at halftime. After a sustained period of pressure following a free kick, the ball fell to Nicholas Montgomery charging in at the top of the box, the Wollongong player burying his first-time drive past Paul Henderson to give the visitors hope of a comeback in the second half.

Still, OIympic came out of the sheds looking the more likely of the two sides to add to their lead, and very nearly did when Jinya An played a one-two with Nikolas Tsattalios on the edge of the box before dragging his shot wide.

Pulling the strings behind the striker, Alejandro Sanchez Lopez shifted up a gear as the match entered the final half hour, and won a free-kick at the edge of the area after a strong run through the midfield.

Stepping up to take the set piece, he whipped a fierce shot across the goalkeeper and into the top right corner – a goal that might’ve been the outstanding highlight of any game if not for Whiteside’s earlier effort.

Wollongong had two fantastic chances to make it 3-2 and put real pressure on the hosts in the final stages of the match, but were perhaps unfortunate to come up against an Olympic side for whom everything seemed to be going right. Sanchez Lopez broke down the left after being played through near the halfway line, squaring for Pavicevic who let the ball run into his stride as he shot into an unguarded net.

Two minutes later, Sanchez Lopez had his second of the afternoon, scrambling the ball over the line from close range after a difficult ball dropped in an awkward area for Justin Pasfield. The Spaniard rounded out the win for the league leaders, a result that appears more comfortable on paper than it was on the pitch.

Eager to get out of the rain and enjoy his side’s win, Abbas Saad said that Olympic’s clinical finishing was the difference between the two sides at the end of the day. He also pointed to Alejandro Sanchez Lopez, who turned in a man of the match performance in difficult conditions.

“Sanchez Lopez is on a different level,” he said.

“His workrate, his appetite, he’s a great team player but he’s also a great individual, and you saw all of that today.”

Wollongong Wolves coach Jacob Timpano could only agree with his counterpart after a second half which saw the visitors let in three quick goals against the run of play.

“To be honest, in the second half they were just more clinical than us. They caught us on the counter three times and we conceded three goals.

“When you cop a couple of world class goals like they scored, it makes it difficult. It’d be nice if they went in for us. It’s a hard one – we lost 5-1 but to be totally honest I think we outplayed them for the best part of the match.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic FC 5 (Radovan Pavicevic 12,’ 84’, Thomas Whiteside 22’, Alejandro Lopez Sanchez 65’, 86’)

Wollongong Wolves FC 1 (Nicholas Montgomery 45’)

Sunday May 13 2018

Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore

Referee: K. Ams

Assistant Referees: S. Edeling, J. Adabjou

Fourth Official: S. Kelly

Sydney Olympic FC: 1. HENDERSON Paul, 11. AN Jinya, 7. ANGEL William, 19. BURGESS Darcy (27. JUNG Taewoo), 8. MADONIS Jason, 9. PAVICEVIC Radovan, 14. SANCHEZ LOPEZ Alejandro, 4. TIMOTHEOU George, 33. TSATTALIOS Nikolas (20. CONSONI Ezequiel), 2. WHITESIDE Thomas, 23. WOODCOCK Riley

Substitutes Not Used: 25. FITZPATRICK Callum, 21. ATHANASERIS Stephen, 32. HRISTODOULOU Adam

Yellow Cards: Timotheou, Lopez.

Red Cards: Nil

Wollongong Wolves FC: 1. PASFIELD Justin, 5. BALDACCHINO James, 8. GRIFFIN Brendan (3. MADDEN Darcy), 10. MACDONALD Joshua (17. ENSOR Ryan), 6. MONTGOMERY Nicholas, 40. NOZAWA Takuya, 4. ROBINSON Michael, 30. TASHIRO Yuzo, 7. PRICE Christopher, 28. STOJANOVSKI Michael, 26. WILKSHIRE Luke

Substitutes Not Used: 23. HAYES Steven, 16. KAIRIES LukE, 12. NIKLOVSKI Jordan

Yellow Cards:

Red Cards: Nil

Player Ratings

3 – Alejandro SANCHEZ LOPEZ (SO)

2 – Radovan PAVICEVIC (SO)

1 – Thomas WHITESIDE (SO)

-By National Premier Leagues NSW Reporter Max Grieve

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May 10, 2018

Round 10 in the National Premier Leagues NSW season has arrived and pressure is starting to mount on all sides battling to lock down a spot in the top five.

Sydney Olympic go into this round on top of the table for the first time this season and they will need to continue their winning ways with APIA Leichhardt Tigers determined to overtake them and reclaim first position.

Blacktown City are back to their winning ways after a three week slump. This week they are at home against cellar dwellers Sydney FC with a win vital if they are to keep up with Olympic and APIA.

Manly United have slowly been rediscovering the form which helped them take out last year’s grand final and they will need to put that on display when they host Sydney United 58.

Round ten will feature four games on Saturday night before two big matches on Sunday to close out another big weekend of action.

Sydney Olympic FC v Wollongong Wolves, 3pm Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground

League leaders Sydney Olympic have a chance to stretch their advantage at the top when they take on Wollongong Wolves on Sunday.

Olympic’s impressive performances this season have helped them to rise to the top of the pile, which has been made more impressive when considering they lost their coach on the cusp of the season.

New boss Abbas Saad has Olympic playing an exciting brand of football lead by captain and midfield dynamo Max Burgess.

A 3-0 win against Sutherland last round was another huge victory for Olympic and they appear to be going from strength to strength.

Their opponents this week are a Wollongong Wolves side who are desperate to provide a better return on investment for their star studded lineup.

Wollongong has hit a mid season slump with their early season winning form seemingly long gone.

Yuzo Tashiro rescued a 1-1 draw last round against Manly but they will need a much better showing if they are going to get the win this week.

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May 07, 2018

6 May , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic has moved to top spot in the National Premier Leagues NSW competition after thrashing Sutherland Sharks 3-0 at Seymour Shaw on Saturday.

A screamer from Radovan Pavicevic and a double from Jason Madonis did the damage for Olympic as they cruised to a comprehensive win on the back of an impressive second half performance.

It wasn’t all one way traffic with the Sharks holding firm for the opening 45 minutes as both teams went into the interval scoreless.

However, Olympic were in too good form to be denied and Pavicevic’s 55th minute strike opened the floodgates as the visitors raced away to secure a vital three competition points and top spot on the ladder.

Olympic started the game in fine fettle with a quality chance after only two minutes. Riley Woodcock chased down the ball before he beat his marker inside the box and put in a teasing cross that no Olympic player was able to pounce on for a tap in.

The early signs were good for the visitors particularly when skipper Max Burgess put Woodcock through again moments later but again another delightful ball into the box went unrewarded.

Jacob Tratt needed to be sharp to break up Olympic attacks twice in the heart of the Sharks defence as they found themselves slightly under the pump inside the opening ten minutes.

William Angel fired wide after some good interchanges between Burgess and Radovan Pavicevic moments later, but it was Alejandro Sanchez who should have put Olympic ahead in the 14th minute.

Brave ‘keeping from Ryan Norval kept the Sharks in the game when he dived at Sanchez’s feet to deny a golden opportunity.

The Sharks finally had a chance of their own when Leroy Jennings had a shot blocked before Olympic keeper Paul Henderson was required moments later to deny Adrian Vranic with an acrobatic save.

Madonis produced another excellent save from Norval in the 23rd minute when he unleashed a stinging shot from distance which was pushed over the crossbar.

Sutherland were hanging at the interval on but Olympic must have gone into the sheds wondering how they were not in front at this stage however the game.

The game continued to go all Olympic’s way as Pavicevic almost caught Norval out off his line with a cross-cum-shot in the opening minute of the second stanza.

In the 55th minute it was that man Pavicevic who finally found the breakthrough for Olympic.

The former Newcastle Jets youth product unleashed an incredible curling strike from the edge of the penalty area which Norval had no chance of stopping.

The strike will certainly be a solid contender for Goal of the Week, but more importantly for Olympic it gave them a 1-0 lead.

After Pavicevic’s goal, the floodgates opened for Olympic and they were awarded a penalty in the 65th minute which Madonis duly converted to make it 2-0.

Olympic were awarded a penalty when Madonis was upended in the box. Picking himself up he took the spot kick himself and netted in the 65’ minute to give the visitors a two goal lead.

Madonis claimed a second goal only five minutes later when he finished a slick passing move to stretch their advantage to 3-0.

Sharks coach, Grant Lee, rang the changes by bringing on Nick Littler and James Temelkovski with 15-minutes to go but it was too little, too late for Sutherland.

Both Tratt and Bartels tried their luck from distance but were wide of the mark and, in truth, Henderson was never tested greatly throughout the 90 minutes.

An injury to skipper Max Burgess in the dying stages was the only damper on what was an impressive night for Olympic.

Sutherland and former Olympic coach Grant Lee rued defensive lapses after the final whistle.

“I felt we did quite well early on, we stayed in the game and had a couple of opportunities,” he said.

“Olympic had chances and we were hanging in there, but silly mistakes again has cost us in a match.

“We were forced to change formation and suddenly we’re chasing the game before it’s put out of reach. It appeared to me only then that we decided we wanted to turn up and start playing. You have to think to yourself, where was that intensity at the start? What were we thinking?

“The players are old enough to know better and Olympic were just too smart for us and too well organised. Sadly it took until the final 15 minutes for us to get going.

“It was a match in which we were dominated but shouldn’t have been because we could match their intensity so that was disappointing.”

Olympic coach Abbas Saad was all smiles post game praising his side’s performance and determination.

“Our instruction tonight was that we had to be dominant from the start against a very good Sharks team,” he said.

“Sutherland are a young team and we didn’t want to be complacent. We know we are a good side and we want to play football, but technique alone without some bite and determination won’t win you games.

“You have to respect the opposition in all games in this league and Grant (Lee) has got his side full of running and ability.

“I said to the boys that we have to be on the front foot and we have to dominate them right from the start. I felt that we did that tonight and I have to be pleased with the performance and the points.”

Match Stats

Seymour Shaw Park, Miranda

Saturday, 5th May 2018

Referee: Michael Weiner

Assistants: Scott Edeling & Joon park

Fourth Official: Jack Casey

Sutherland Sharks 0

Sydney Olympic 3 (Pavicevic 55’, Madonis 65’pen, 70’

Sutherland Sharks: 1.Ryan Norval, 2.Jacob Tratt, 4.Hayden Morton, 5.Bradley Bartels (13.Robert Watson 89’), 6.Lachlan Everett, 9.Adrian Vranic, 10.Joshua Da Silva (15.Nick Littler 75’), 12.Blair Brown, 16.Ryoga Suyama (32.James Temelkovski 75’), 17.Leroy Jennings, 20.Keisuke Hayashi

Substitues not used: 11.Hristijan Tanoski, 21.Nikola Loe

Yellow Cards: Tratt 43’, Brown 80’

Red Cards:

Sydney Olympic: 1.Paul Henderson, 2.Tom Whiteside, 4.George Timotheo, 6.Nicola Kuleski (19.Darcy Burgess 81’), 7.William Angel, 8.Jason Madonis (5.Rafael Jimenez 87’), 9.Radovan Pavicevic (33.Niko Tsattalios 73’), 10.Max Burgess, 11.Jinya An, 14.Alejandro Sanchez, 23.Riley Woodcock

Substitutes not used: 20.Ezequiel Consoni, 26.Billy Patramanis

Yellow Cards: Pavicevic 39’, Kuleski 45’, Woodcock 50’

Red Cards:

Player Ratings

3 – Jason Madonis (SO)

2 – Jinya An(SO)

1 – Riley Woodcock (SO)

-By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Micky Brock

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May 04, 2018

It is Round 9 in the National Premier Leagues NSW competition and with the season edging closer to the halfway point the battle for positions in the top five is really heating up.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers and Sydney Olympic remain locked in a two-way battle for top spot with goal difference the only thing splitting them.

 

Sutherland Sharks FC v Sydney Olympic FC, 6.30 pm Saturday at Seymour Shaw -Live streamed on Facebook

Grant Lee will have something to prove on Saturday night as his Sutherland Sharks outfit come up against his former team Sydney Olympic at Seymour Shaw.

The Sharks have been solid performers this season and coach Lee has the side playing great football.

However, the boys from the Shire will need to bring nothing short of their best as they take on one of the competition front runners.

Sutherland went down 2-1 last week to reigning NPL NSW champions Manly United courtesy of a Travis Oughtred header in the dying stages.

They will be desperate to not have a repeat result against an Olympic side renowned for swift counter attacks.

Leroy Jennings was the Sharks best in the loss and the tricky attacker will be out to back his previous performance up with another great showing.

Sydney Olympic snatched a 1-0 victory against Sydney FC in round 8 and will be determined to keep pace with APIA Leichhardt Tigers who they trail on the ladder by mere goal difference.

Radovan Pavicevic took advantage of his time on the park last week to head the winner. This former A-League rising star is a talented player and could prove to be quite a difficult operator for Sutherland.

Sutherland traditionally have a good record at home but there is a good reason Sydney Olympic are tied for top spot on the ladder.

It’s sure to be an exciting contest.

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April 30, 2018

A determined Sydney Olympic have kept themselves level at the top of the National Premier Leagues NSW table courtesy of a slender 1-0 victory over Sydney FC at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday afternoon.

A second half header from Radovan Pavicevic decided the match for the hosts who were made to sweat for their result by their youthful and energetic opponents.

The Young Sky Blues played beyond their years as they proved difficult to break down, yet experience prevailed on the afternoon as Olympic claimed a valuable three points to keep their title charge on track.

The hosts were keen to stamp their authority on the match early on as they dominated possession during the opening period.

As per usual, Max Burgess looked threatening from the outset; the graceful playmaker had a point to prove against his former club as he continuously sought to create opportunities for his side.

The Young Sky Blues successfully absorbed the early pressure and soon proceeded to carve out chances at the other end with Jeremy Cox, Sam McIllhaton, and Luke Ivanovic drawing saves from Paul Henderson, albeit fairly comfortable ones.

While Olympic soon forced momentum back in their favour their hard work was almost calamitously undone by a moment of sloppy play at the back from George Timotheou midway through the opening half.

The defender dwelled on the ball, allowing the visitors to pounce and win possession with Olympic exposed at the back, however Timotheou did quickly made amends for his error as he recovered to pressure Cox into missing what appeared to almost certainly be the opening goal.

The hosts shrugged the lapse off and continued to go about their business while Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez saw an awkward and unpredictable volley tipped wide by Duro Dragicevic.

Thomas Whiteside impressed in defence with the hosts, using his superior strength and positioning to break up Sydney FC’s fast and opportunistic counterattacks.

The pace of Hassan Jalloh and Cox did raise cause for concern for Abbas Saad’s side; the latter went close after the half hour mark yet lifted his finish just over the crossbar.

The final attack of the half saw Sanchez-Lopez poke the ball in the back of the net for Olympic, however the effort to be ruled out by the linesman’s flag as the sides went into the interval scoreless.

It was apparent that Saad had given his side greater licence to attack in the second half as his wingers pushed higher up the pitch from the restart.

The increased attacking intent was quickly rewarded as they soon broke the deadlock from a corner with Pavicevic’s glanced header sneaking through a maze of players and into the back of the net.

Olympic perhaps should have doubled their lead moments later after some excellent build up play on the right culminated in a golden opportunity for Riley Woodcock, however the ball glanced skewed harmlessly wide of goal from the fullback’s boot.

As the player’s shadows lengthened in the lowering afternoon sun the chances progressively dried up as Olympic slowed the tempo to keep their enthusiastic young opponents at bay.

The Young Sky Blues did manage to go close in the dying minutes as a late Jerry Skotadis free kick found the head of Cox, yet Henderson was well positioned to block the header as his side successfully saw out the final minutes.

After the full time whistle Olympic coach Abbas Saad was happy to get the three points, yet would have been much happier had they killed off the game with a second.

“It was a great game and they (Sydney FC) were great value,” said Saad.

“They’re young and have nothing to lose and are very fit and we knew we just had to absorb.

“We knew we had to try and put them away early because the longer the game goes, if we don’t take our chances, they’re going to stay alive and continue to knock on the door, which they did.

“We put one away but really needed a second, we had our chances, but our final delivery really let us down today and kept them in the game.”

Despite falling short of the desired second goal, Saad was content with the way his side managed the game and was confident their ability would get them over the line.

“It was a good game but on the power of play you have to say we deserved to win,” said Saad.

“I’ve got to credit the boys, it’s not easy to play against the young and fearless.

“They’re well coached by Robbie (Stanton) and they keep going, they play good football with very good intensity.

“We had to stay with them, and we did with our class – I told the boys our class with come through if we stay with them.

“We had to fight the fight to get the points and we did that very well.”

In the other dressing room Robbie Stanton felt his boys did themselves justice against their strong opposition.

“I was pleased with the boys, but disappointed we switched off and conceded the goal,” said Stanton.

“We were saying at half time that we defended, scrambled when we needed to, were prepared to put the ball on the deck and play through the lines and then to also sit and press and create opportunity out of winning possession.

“We had everything covered well and we’re just picking our moments.”

Stanton’s developing young squad has come a long way in recent weeks, showing considerable improvement from their exposure to this level of football.

“It’s a learning experience at the same time with an emphasis to try and win with a winning style and a good footballing attitude to develop players,” explained Stanton.

“We’ve got a strong mentality and they’re only going to become better players by experiencing these moments in an aggressive environment against a strong team who will probably be as a minimum in the top five this year.

“This is what is going to help develop the players and we have to develop players, as if we don’t then we don’t develop as a nation and press forward.

“So it’s an interesting thing to do and I really enjoy working with these players.

“I couldn’t be happier with their effort and commitment – you have to remember this is an Under 20s team playing in the highest men’s competition outside of the A-League so for us it’s great to be here.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic: 1 (Radovan Pavicevic 53’)

Sydney FC 0

Sunday 29th April, 2018

Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore

Referee: C. Fisher
Assistants: M. McOrist, J. Park
Fourth Official: H. Sappey

Sydney Olympic FC: 1. Paul Henderson; 2. Thomas Whiteside, 4. George Timotheou, 6. Nicola Kuleski (33. Nikolas Tsattalios 81’), 7. William Angel (27. Taewoo Jung 90+1’), 8. Jason Madonis, 9. Radovan Pavicevic (19. Darcy Burgess 86’), 10. Max Burgess, 11. Jinya An, 14. Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, 23. Riley Woodcock
Substitutes Not Used: 20. Ezequiel Consoni, 26. Billy Patramanis

Yellow Cards: Nicola Kuleski 69’
Red Cards: nil

Sydney FC: 30. Duro Dragicevic; 2. Brendan Curtis (12. Jackson Bandiera 46’), 3. Patrick Flottmann, 4. Liam McGing, 6. Andreas Agamemnonos, 7. Jerry Skotadis, 8. Sam McIllhatton, 9. Hassan Jalloh (18. Hamish Lamberton 76’), 11. Luke Ivanovic (29. Patrick Scibilio 76’), 15. Jeremy Cox, 16. William Mutch
Substitutes Not Used: 1. Mitchell Evans, 10. Harry van der Jaag

Yellow Cards: Jackson Bandiera 60’
Red Cards: nil

Player Ratings

3 – Thomas Whiteside (SO)
2 – Sam McIllhatton (SFC)
1 – Max Burgess (SO)

-By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Michael Shoolman

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April 27, 2018

Sydney Olympic FC v Sydney FC, 3pm Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground

Sydney Olympic have their eyes on top spot of the National Premier Leagues NSW competition and will be out to collect all three points when the host Sydney FC on Sunday.

Olympic were forced to settle for a point last week after spurning a 2-0 halftime lead against Rockdale City Suns.

Coach Abbas Saad would have stressed the importance of staying focused for 90 minutes ahead of this match with Sydney FC proving to be a tough challenge for their opponents this campaign.

Max Burgess has been a shining light for Olympic with the number ten excelling in the playmaking role since returning from his stint playing in Portugal.

However one player that has stood out from the rest of the pack has been their Spanish import Alejandro Sanchez.

The former La Liga player has been in scintillating form and does provide that X-Factor in the squad.

Sydney FC come into the game on the back of a tight 2-1 loss to Manly United.

Rob Stanton’s young side has shown flashes of brilliance this campaign but have lacked the clinical edge to close out matches.

Patrick Flottman will be hoping to repeat his star showing from the Manly clash while captain Sam McIllhatton’s leadership and impressive form is sure to once again be a feature.

McIllhatton’s performances have been outstanding to say the least this year and one must think that this youngster does have the potential to go onto bigger things capturing a senior Sky Blues contract in the not too distant future.

At home, Sydney Olympic will be favourites to win this match but anything can happen especially against an energetic and determined Young Sky Blues.

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April 23, 2018

An incredible second half fightback has helped Rockdale City Suns snatch a 2-2 draw with Sydney Olympic at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday.

Olympic had the chance to move three points clear at the top of the ladder at the end of Round 7 after APIA Leichhardt’s draw on Saturday.

The Blues looked to be making the most of the opportunity as they went into the halftime break up 2-0 thanks to Max Burgess and Alejandro Sanchez.

Yet a spirited fightback from the visitors saw Olympic clinging on for a point at the final whistle, as Jordan Figon and Alec Urosevski drew Rockdale level before pushing for a win.

Olympic threatened first as they drove at the Rockdale backline from kickoff, with Radovan Pavicevic sliding an effort wide after stretching to reach a skewed shot from Max Burgess.

Alejandro Sanchez was next to try his luck for the hosts and might have scored one of the goals of the season when he flicked the ball over his head and towards the goal with his back to the keeper, but Ante Covic was alive to the danger and scrambled back to touch the shot over the bar for a corner.

The Spaniard was in on goal again shortly after, this time shooting under Covic who couldn’t get down in time to stop the ball from dribbling through to Max Burgess in front of an empty net.

Olympic were emboldened by a deserved opener, and continued to roll forward in numbers in search of a second. Sanchez was given an opportunity to double his side’s lead five minutes after Burgess’ goal, but swung at the bouncing ball in the penalty area and completely failed to make contact.

He would soon make sure that it was a miss of little consequence, pushing his way through on the edge of the box and scuffing a shot inside Ante Covic’s far post to give Olympic a two-goal cushion as halftime approached.

Having offered little more than a few frustrated swipes at goal in the first half, Rockdale came out of the sheds with a new determination to get themselves back into the game. Bai Antoniou had a marvelous chance to pull one back for the visitors when he streaked down the left and drew Paul Henderson off his line, but the goalkeeper did enough to put the striker off his shot and the ball rolled agonisingly wide of the far post.

Rockdale continued to push forward and were rewarded just after the hour mark when Jordan Figon slid in to claim the final touch on a dipping ball from the left flank, diverting the ball past the keeper and giving the visitors a lifeline. They very nearly had a second immediately as Figon rolled a ball on for Jonathan Grozdanovski at the top of the box, but the young striker could only fire his shot wide.

A shellshocked Olympic struggled to regain their composure as Rockdale sensed blood in the water and pushed for an equaliser. Alec Urosevski was the man to deliver; picking up on a rebound after Covic spilled a shot on the edge of the six yard box and slamming the ball home to level the scores at 2-2.

Both sides went forward in search of a winner but there was little quality in the final third as the final whistle approached; a draw the most appropriate result in a game of two very distinct halves.

Sydney Olympic’s Abbas Saad said that while he was disappointed in the way his side fell away in the second half, there were plenty of positives to be drawn from their performance in the first.

“We played World Cup football in the first half and park football in the second,” he joked.

“We have to give credit to Rockdale, who really put us on the back foot in the second half and deserved a draw in the end.

“The game should’ve been over in the first half. We should’ve put them away in the first half, but they’re a good team.”

Rockdale’s Paul Reid maintained a draw was the least his side deserved after pulling back a two-goal deficit against one of the top teams in the competition.

“First half they were in our faces but we changed a few things up at halftime and from then on I think there was only really one team in it,” he said.”

“Credit to the boys – it was a great fightback, and a great result for us and the club.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic FC 2 (Max Burgess 19’, Alejandro Sanchez 36’)

Rockdale City Suns FC 2 (Jordan Figon 61’, Alec Urosevski 67’)

Sunday April 22, 2018

Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore

Referee: K. Griffiths-Jones,

Assistant Referees: N. Backo, K. Robinson

Fourth Official: C. Wright

Sydney Olympic FC: 11. AN Jinya, 10. BURGESS Max, 1. HENDERSON Paul, 6. KULESKI Nicola, 8. MADONIS Jason, 9. PAVICEVIC Radovan, 14. SANCHEZ LOPEZ Alejandro, 4. TIMOTHEOU George, 33. TSATTALIOS Nikolas, 2. WHITESIDE Thomas, 23. WOODCOCK Riley

Substitutes: 19. BURGESS Darcy, 20. CONSONI Ezequeil, 5. JIMENEZ Rafael, 26. PATRAMANIS Billy, 27. JUNG Taewoo

Yellow Cards: Madonis 55’

Red Cards: Nil

Rockdale City Suns FC: 17. ADAMEDDINE Toufic, 9. ANTONIOU Bai, 1. COVIC Ante, 23. FIGON Jordan, 4. MCCLENAHAN Trent, 21. NEILL Michael, 2. PETKOVSKI Daniel, 5. REID Paul, 6. RICCIUTO Blake, 19. SAVOR Patrick, 7. UROSEVSKI Alec

Substitutes: 12. EL HAFIANE Idriss, 3. HESKETH Steven, 22. SORRAS Nicholas, 10. GAITATZIS Harris, 11. GROZDANOVSKI Jonathan

Yellow Cards: Antoniou 22’, Petkovski 40’

Red Cards: Nil

Player Ratings

3 – Sanchez (OLY)

2 – Antoniou (RCS)

1 – Woodcock (OLY)

By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Max Grieve

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April 19, 2018

18 April , 2018 by Football NSW

 

The Premiership battle is in full flight in the National Premier Leagues NSW 2018 season and Round 7 is set to be another huge weekend of fixtures.APIA Leichhardt Tigers remain at the top of the competition ladder but will have a tough battle to stay ahead of the chasing pack lead by Sydney Olympic and Sydney United 58 FC.

Two off weeks has meant Blacktown City has dropped down the standings to fourth but they should never be written off. This week they host Marconi Stallions.

Reigning Champions Manly United is slowly getting its season back on track after a slow start and go on the road once again as they take on Sydney FC.

Sydney Olympic FC v Rockdale City Suns FC, 3pm Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground – Live streamed on Facebook

Sydney Olympic proved they are serious National Premier Leagues NSW contenders last round with a hard fought 1-0 win against Blacktown City FC.

This week they will be out to take top spot on the ladder when they host Rockdale City Suns on Sunday at 3pm.

Many thought the departure of Gorka Etxeberria in preseason was enough to derail the Belmore based club, but new gaffer Abbas Saad has the team playing the best it has in recent seasons.

Boasting a strong midfield, composed defence and clinical strikers, Sydney Olympic have the squad to make a serious mark on the competition in 2018.

Look for Max Burgess to go to new heights again this week on the back of his match winning performance against Blacktown.

Olympic will need to deal with the season ending injury to Captain Hagi Gligor and Will Angel will be missed by Olympic as he serves his one match ban after seeing red last round. Saad has plenty of players on his bench able to fill the void for this match.

This week they will be out to add further woe to a spluttering Rockdale outfit who will still be hurting after coming away with only a draw with Manly United last week despite leading 3-0 after 30 minutes.

Paul Reid’s side has the fire power and quality on the park to beat anyone, but poor discipline and lapses in concentration have cost them this season.

Alec Urosevski remains the Suns biggest threat in attack with the pacy midfielder a challenging prospect for any opposition defence.

If Rockdale plays to its ability and can keep it together for 90 minutes than they have the stock to cause an upset, in saying that Olympic will start as favourites and will be expected to carry on their winning run.

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April 16, 2018

15 April , 2018 

Sydney Olympic has ended Blacktown City’s unbeaten record with a 1-0 win in a drama filled match at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday. 

There was no love lost between both National Premier Leagues NSW Premiership contenders during a fierce contest which featured two red cards.

Sydney Olympic maintained their unbeaten home record with a solitary headed strike from skipper Max Burgess the difference.

It was only the second goal conceded by Blacktown City this season as Mark Crittenden’s side dropped points for the second straight week after they was unable to find an equaliser despite a late flurry.

Olympic pressured Blacktown early but lost key midfielder Hagi Gligor after only five minutes when he succumbed to a knee injury.

Blacktown made the better usage of possession when they had the ball but Olympic were determined in defence. Poor finishing and ill-discipline costing both sides in the first half.

It was the home side who had the first meaningful effort when Burgess tried his luck in the 12th minute firing a shot from the edge of the box which went wide.

An had a volley comfortably saved by City’s Stevan Savicic as Olympic began to find gaps in their opponents defence.

The match turned in the 20th minute when Blacktown City was reduced to 10 men early in the contest.

City captain Matt Lewis was shown a straight red after a robust challenge on Jinya An.

Olympic, had the bulk of possession but failed to truly threaten during a first half that featured everything but a goal.

If the animosity that was brewing during the opening period subsided during the break it was quickly dispelled when Charles Mendy was unceremoniously clattered seconds after the kick-off.

Olympic coach, Abbas Saad, retained the rigid starting formation with a flat back four but they had only to deal with Mendy acting in the lone striking role.

Both Burgess and Jason Madonis had shots from the edge of the 18-yard box with similar results, both going well wide of the target.

Olympic were forced into long range efforts with Blacktown’s defence holding shape despite the earlier send-off.

It all changed when An sent over a curling corner that Burgess cooly headed home after shot stopper Savicic was unable to intercept.

Angel was shown a second yellow card in the 74’ minute when tugging back former Olympic skipper Yianni Spyrakis to earn himself an early send-off and restore parity in playing numbers.

The intensity of Blacktown immediately lifted forcing a good save out of Paul Henderson as the pendulum lurched back and forth.

Joey Gibbs should have equalised when Mallia failed to convert after a sick passing combination with Giorgio Speranza.

Henderson was called into action to deny an accurate Mallia free kick which beat the wall but not the keeper.

Blacktown came home the stronger side but were unable to break down Olympic and suffered their first defeat of the season.

A delighted Abbas Saad was impressed with his side’s performance but felt they are still a work in progress.

“The only thing that disappointed me today was our execution in front of goal,” he said.

“We had a lot of possession and got ourselves into some really good positions but the final pass just let us down.

“Blacktown are a very good team,  but I felt some of my players may have taken it for granted when they went down to 10-men.

“We cannot allow ourselves to do that but that comes down to a little lack of experience and naivety.

“Second-half we looked much better and created chances but we’ve got to do better.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic 1 (M.Burgess 61’)

Blacktown City 0

Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore

Sunday, 15th March 2018

Referee: Adrian Arndt

Asst. Refs: Ray Osborne & Kearney Robinson

Fourth Official: Brandon Lovric

Sydney Olympic: 1.Paul Henderson, 2.Thomas Whiteside, 4.George Timitheo, 6.Nicola Kuleski, 7.William Angel, 8.Jason Madonis, 9.Radovan Pavicevic (33.Niko Tsattalios 77’), 10.Max Burgess, 14.Alejandro Sanchez, 24.Christopher Gligor  (23.Riley Woodcock 5’)

Substitutes not used: 5.Rafael Jimenez, 19.Darcy Burgess, 20.Ezequiel Consoni

Yellow Cards: 10.Max Burgess 35’, (7.William Angel 45 + 74’), 14.Alejandro Sanchez 77’, 6.Nikola Kuleski 90’

Red Cards: 7.William Angel 74’

Blacktown City: 20.Stevan Savicic, 3.Giorgio Speranza, 4.Roberto Speranza (18.Mason Versi), 5.Grant Lynch, 6.Matt Lewis, 7.Devante Clut, 9.Joey Gibbs, 10.Conner Evans, 12.Charles Mendy (19.Zach Cairncross 60’), 14.Mitchell Mallia, 22.Yianni Spyrakis (21.Jack Stewart 90’)

Substitutes not used: 1.Dylan Niski, 16.Mark Rodic,

Yellow Cards: 14.Mitchell Mallia 56’, 18.Mason Versi 90’

Red Cards: 6.Matt Lewis 20’

Player Ratings

3 – Max Burgess (SO)

2 – Mitchell Mallia (BC)

1 – Jinya An (SO)

-By National Premier Leagues NSW Reporter Micky Brock

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April 13, 2018

Sydney Olympic FC v Blacktown City FC, 3pm Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground

Sydney Olympic has quietly emerged as a National Premier Leagues NSW Premiership contender during the opening weeks of the campaign but a clash against Blacktown City on Sunday afternoon could prove a true litmus test of their winning credentials.

Spanish striker Alejandro Sanchez has given the Abbas Saad coached side a truly dangerous front man and combined with the talented playmaking skills of Max Burgess makes Olympic a side which will challenge opposition defences.

Experienced shot stopper Paul Henderson has maintained his usual high standards this season behind a rapidly improving defensive unit.

Last week was a warning for their opponents Blacktown who conceded an added time goal which forced them to settle for a 1-1 draw with Manly United.

It was the first goal Blacktown had conceded all season underpinning their quality at both ends of the park.

Much is spoken about Blacktown’s incredible talent in attack, but their often overlooked defence, marshalled by former Olympic man Yianni Spyrakis who will face his former side for the first time this week, which has been the secret formula to their success.

Along with Spyrakis, the Speranza boys Giorgio and Roberto have also had great starts to the season as has Grant Lynch.

The Mark Crittenden coached side will be disappointed with their performance last week which could mean a huge showing on the road at Belmore.

This is sure to be one of the matches of the round and could have major implications on the premiership race.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers v Sydney FC, 4.15pm Sunday at Lambert Park

It’s the Lambert Park derby this week with APIA Leichhardt Tigers hosting Sydney FC on Sunday afternoon at the ground both sides call home.

After a minor blip in form against Blacktown City two weeks ago, APIA is back firing on full cylinders and sit out in front on top of the National Premier Leagues NSW standings.

Billy McColl’s side will be out to consolidate their position at number one with victory against the Young Sky Blues.

Tasuku Sekiya reiterated his talents and importance for the Tigers with a double in their 5-0 rout of Rockdale in Round 5.

Sekiya’s explosive acceleration and ability on the ball makes him a tough customer for opposition defences. He will be looking to build on last week’s display and further cement his role as APIA’s chief playmaker through the middle of the park.

Sydney FC come into the game full of confidence after an incredible 3-3 draw with Bonnyrigg White Eagles which required Rob Stanton’s side equalise three times.

Hassan Jalloh had a breakout season last year when he made his debut for Bonnyrigg and this year in a Sydney FC jersey he will be hoping to continue his development as a future star.

A tricky attacking player, Jalloh will be full of confidence after netting in last week’s match and will be determined to keep his scoring run going.

APIA will be an almighty test for Sydney, but memories of the Young Sky Blues 5-3 upset win from last season are sure to linger in the back of the Tiger’s minds.

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April 09, 2018

8 April , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic’s has notched their fourth straight win after defeating Marconi Stallions 2-0 at Marconi Stadium on Saturday.

It wasn’t Marconi’s night with injuries and missed chances costing the Stallions the game in what ended with the exact same scoreline as the famous 1990 NSL Grand Final between these two great clubs.

Goals to Spanish sensation Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez and Jason Madonis were the difference as Olympic’s impressive run of form continued.

The defeat was Marconi’s second of the week with the newly promoted side desperate to break free of their early season struggles.

The game was hardly a minute old when a cross from the right completely bamboozled the Marconi defence and Sanchez-Lopez put the ball into the back of the net.

It was a gift from the Stallions to the former La Liga player and one that would have had Marconi coach Peter Tsekenis, himself a former legend at Sydney Olympic, very disappointed indeed.
In the 10th minute though Marconi came very close to equalising.

A long ball forward was perfect for Judah Cleur who hit a beautiful volley that sailed just over the crossbar.

Two minutes later Marconi went very close again. Marko Jesic galloped through the middle and delightfully beat his opponents until reaching a point where he fired in a low shot that was well saved by Paul Henderson down to his right. What more can be said of Henderson – a goalkeeper of true quality who never seems to age.

In the 26th minute a very accurate free-kick from Sean Rooney beat all and sundry except for Henderson who managed to gather the ball in two attempts. Marconi were pressing but without luck.

In the 32nd minute Sydney Olympic came roaring back with an attempt of their own. A delightful cross from the left by Radovan Pavicevic was met by a Max Burgess drive that most definitely would have hit the intended target, except for a neat save by Nenad Vekic to deny him.

The game didn’t offer much more in the first stanza of play as that early goal divided the two teams heading into the break.

Early in the second half there was a double for Sydney Olympic in the 52nd minute when a beautiful header by Pavicevic on the left brought out a great save by ‘keeper Vekic; as the ball made its way out to Burgess he decided to curl one back towards goal only to just shave the post.

Sydney Olympic didn’t have to wait too long though to score again because in the 60th minute Jason Madonis made it two for the visitors. A long cross from the left reached him unmarked in the centre of the field and, from just outside the box, he unleashed a shot that gave ‘keeper Vekic no chance. It was enough to break Marconi’s heart but no without some merit from the visitors though.

In the 82nd minute Marconi should really have had one back themselves when the ball bobbled into the box but substitute Braden Cheng hit a weak volley that didn’t end up where it perhaps should have.
After the game coach Abbas Saad, a former Sydney Olympic player of the highest quality himself, was delighted with his team’s performance.

“I was very pleased with the performance,” he said. “We won every battle on the field, created so many chances and we should have won by about four goals clear today.

“It was all down to the mindset and our belief. That’s now our fourth win in a row, including the cup, and it breeds confidence. That’s what is getting the boys over the line at the moment.

“We have been fairly consistent this year but this tonight was our biggest test and our best performance because we played well for the full 90 minutes.”

Meanwhile over in the Marconi dressing room Peter Tsekenis was putting the loss into perspective.

“We lost two games leading into tonight and we were a bit down,” he said. “We had a very physical game midweek and we are also down on troops at the moment.

“We conceded a goal in the first 30 seconds and things like that happen when you are down, but when you are up those things go for you.

“We have a tough schedule coming up and it’s going to be difficult, but we will re-group, re-focus and come through this period because I really believe in this group. Once that happens we will be tough to beat.”

Match Stats

Marconi Stallions 0

Sydney Olympic FC 2
(Sanchez-Lopez 1’, Madonis 60’)

Saturday, April 7th 2018

Marconi Stadium, Bossley Park

Referee: M. Weiner
Assistant Referees: J. Park, H. Carwardine
Fourth Official: V. Vine

MARCONI STALLIONS: 1. Nenad Vekic, 4. Troy Danaskos (38. Yianni Nicolau 68’), 5. Michael Beauchamp, 6. Sean O’Connell, 8. Sean Rooney, 9. Shane Webb (2. Braden Cheng 58’), 10. Marko Jesic, 11. Judah Cleur (25. Emanuel Ponce 65’), 14. Peter Pelekanos, 22. Brandon Vella, 23. Chris Nunes
Substitutes not used: 16. Martin Lo, 21. Kristian Sekutkoski
Yellow Cards: Webb 16’, Danaskos 66’

Red Cards: Nil

SYDNEY OLYMPIC FC: 1. Paul Henderson, 2. Thomas Whiteside, 4. George Timotheou, 6. Nikola Kuleski, 7. William Angel, 8. Jason Madonis (33. Niko Tsattalios 83’), 9. Radovan Pavicevic (23. Riley Woodcock 69’), 10. Max Burgess (19. Darcy Burgess 87’), 11. Jinya An, 14. Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, 24. Christopher Gligor.
Substitutes not used: 20. Ezequiel Consoni, 26. Billy Patramanis

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Card: Nil

Player Ratings

3- Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez (SO)
2 – Max Burgess (SO)
1 – Sean Rooney (MS)
-By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Joe Russo

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April 05, 2018

Marconi Stallions v Sydney Olympic FC, 7pm Saturday at Marconi Stadium – Live streamed on Facebook

Round 5 of the National Premier Leagues NSW season is all about bouncing back for Marconi Stallions.

A 4-2 loss at the hands of Manly United last week was Marconi’s first loss of the campaign and how they respond to their first major hurdle will be telling as to where this team is at.

The Stallions will be ruing the defeat especially as they lead twice in the match but conceded easy goals against a fired up opposition.

Mateo Poljak’s expereince in the heart of midfield has been influential for Marconi while fellow A-League alumni Michael Beauchamp, Marko Jesic and Sean Rooney all give Peter Tsekenis’ side experience and star power their rivals would envy.

Their opponents this week is an in-form Sydney Olympic outfit riding high on the back of three consecutive home wins.

Olympic looked as if they were set to struggle at the start of the season when coach Gorka Etxeberria departed the Belmore club.

However, it has been anything but bad times at Olympic with new coach Abbas Saad employing an entertaining style which encourages his players to attack and show off their individual flair.

Jason Madonis and Will Angel provide great width to Olympic’s attack, while club captain Hagi Gligor in midfield is one of the side’s unheralded stars.

While no one can fault their Spanish sensation, Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, who has been the in-form player of the NPL NSW Men’s quickly establishing himself as one of the finest imports to kick off the 2018 season.

Olympic are scoring freely and testing opposition defences which will surely have Marconi on the back foot on Saturday night.

But if Marconi’s big name attacking stars can fire this game could go any direction.

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April 02, 2018

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Sydney Olympic fought their way to a hard earned 2-1 Round 4 victory over Hakoah Sydney City East at Belmore Sports ground on Good Friday.

All three of the afternoon’s goals came as a result of set pieces with George Timotheou and Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez scoring either side of Oliver Green’s equaliser to give Olympic their third consecutive home win of the season.

Play was often scrappy throughout the match as the bobbly pitch made it difficult for both sides to generate continuity and create chances, allowing dead ball situations to take centre stage and inevitably decide the result.

With the win, Olympic continues their bright start to their 2018 National Premier Leagues NSW campaign with three victories from their opening four matches under new head coach Abbas Saad.

Hakoah came into the match keen to bury the memory of last Saturday’s late collapse against Sutherland Sharks, and they went about things the right way as they came flying out of the blocks during the opening minutes.

In doing so they created the first chance of the game as captain Bradley Walker put Green into Olympic’s box with a masterfully lobbed through-ball from his own half. Paul Henderson, confident as ever in between the sticks, spread his frame to block Green’s attempted finish from point blank.

Mitchell Stamatellis, on his first return to Belmore Sports Ground since his off-season move East, impressed with his defensive work and distribution throughout the match. He was next to threaten from range but to no avail as Olympic weathered the early storm.

By the quarter hour mark the hosts had well and truly found their feet to pull momentum in their favour. They continually sought to get the majestic Max Burgess on the ball, and the playmaker did not disappoint as he expertly dictated the tempo and put the likes of William Angel and Spanish sensation Sanchez-Lopez into threatening positions.

Burgess and Angel combined for a well-worked corner which appeared dangerous until the linesman’s flag indicated offside to rule out Sanchez-Lopez’s shot which hit the bar.

A poorly timed challenge from another former Sydney Olympic player, ex-Blues youth defenderJames Coombes handed Olympic a golden opportunity from the dead ball on the edge of Hakoah’s box. Burgess drove his free kick into the wall before Jinya An sliced the rebound well wide to let Coombes off the hook.

The visitor’s defensive line took an organisational blow moments later when Walker succumbed to injury and was replaced by Cameron Draper.

The armband was handed to Stamatellis who threatened his former employer’s goal once again with a powerful shot from the edge of the box following a Hakoah corner. The veteran’s strike flashed high and wide of goal as the home fans breathed a huge sigh of relief.

With half time looming Sanchez-Lopez appeared through on goal after charging onto another Burgess throughball, yet Connor Shaddock recovered well to scramble the ball away to safety.

The ensuing corner would be Hakoah’s undoing. An’s delivery wreaked havoc in the box as a brief moment of pinball culminated in Timotheou’s right boot sticking the ball between a maze of players and into the net to break the deadlock.

Olympic took their hard earned lead into the interval and would emerge from the sheds seeking more of the same in the second half.

Hakoah were not going to make it easy for them as they began the second half as lively as they did the first. Their direct running looked particularly threatening, especially from Kiwi international Andre De Jong who was a continual thorn in Olympic’s side.

De Jong’s run into the box was cut down by Rafael Jiminez just before the hour mark. The fullback was perhaps lucky to still be on the pitch having already been booked in the opening minutes and was necessarily subbed by Saad moments later in the interest of keeping eleven men on the pitch.

Hakoah were inching closer as Timotheou’s expert block was needed to deny De Jong before Henderson produced a brilliant save to deny Green following the striker’s magical turn in the 18-yard box.

The striker was left with his head in his hands but would not to be denied much longer as the following corner eventually fell for Green who leapt to turn the ball in and restore parity on the scoreboard.

The equaliser opened the match right up as both sides drove forward in search of the winner.

Burgess dragged a shot wide after a fine dart inside from the right flank before yet another set piece proved decisive.

A crisply delivered free kick from Burgess on the left was headed back toward the near post for Sanchez-Lopez to nod home and draw wild celebrations from the delighted Olympic faithful. It was the Spanish stars third goal in four games.

Hakoah came close to sharing the points with Green glancing a shot wide before a recycled corner led to Timotheou turning the ball onto his own post. The ball bounced into Henderson’s safe hands as Olympic saw out a lengthy extra time period to hold onto the win.

Sydney Olympic playmaker Max Burgess was delighted with the result after running the show in midfield for much of the encounter.

“It was a great three points,” said Burgess.

“Hakoah are a strong side, very physical, they’ll beat a lot of teams this season so we’re very happy to get the three points.

“It’s now three wins from three at home so we’re building a fortress here and the boys are starting to gel so things are looking positive.

“We’re starting to build that winning mentality and the vibe is really good in the changing room so the sky’s the limit for us this season.”

Hakoah Sydney City East coach Gavin Rae was understandably disappointed by the result which could well have seen spoils shared had the late drama gone their way.

“It was a bit scrappy from both teams,” remarked Rae.

“It’s obviously absolutely frustrating to lose it as it was the kind of game that both teams don’t play well and you just take a draw and moved on to the next game so to lose it is gutting.

“At set pieces you’ve always got to defend well and we didn’t today.

“We’ll not make changes in terms of the way we want to play, we just need to cut out the silly mistakes but we’re not far off.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic 2 (Timotheou 43’, Sanchez-Lopez 80’)

Hakoah Sydney City East 1 (Green 68’)

Friday 30th March, 2018

Belmore Sports Park, Belmore

Referee: K. Patterson

Assistants: J. Bell, K. Robinson

4th Official: H. Carwardine

Sydney Olympic: 1. Paul HENDERSON, 2. Thomas WHITESIDE, 4. George TIMOTHEOU, 5. Rafael JIMINEZ (33. Nik TSATTALLIOS 58’), 6. Nikola KULESKI, 7. William ANGEL, 8. Jason MADONIS (19. Darcy BURGESS 90+2’), 10. Max BURGESS, 11. Jinya AN, 14. Alejandro SANCHEZ-LOPEZ, 24. Hagi GLIGOR

Substitutes not used: 9. Radovan PAVICEVIC, 23. Riley WOODCOCK, 30. Lachlan WATSON

Yellow Cards: Rafael Jiminez 4’

Red Cards: nil

Hakoah Sydney City East: 1. Anthony BOUZANIS, 2. Connor SHADDOCK, 3. Michael KOUTA, 4. Bradley WALKER (6. Cameron DRAPER 39’), 5. Mitchell STAMATELLIS, 8. Oliver GREEN, 10. Andre DE JONG, 14. Anthony FRANGIE (21. Stewart DUNCAN 61’), 17. Harry JONES (7. Jack GREEN 85’), 20. James COMBES, 60. Takayuki NOJI

Substitutes Not Used: 13. Robert EZEKIEL, 25. Max EPHRAIM

Yellow Cards: Connor Shaddock 86’

Red Cards: nil

Player Ratings

3 – Max Burgess (SO)

2 – Mitchell Stamatellis (HSCE)

1 – George Timotheou (SO)

-By National Premier Leagues NSW Mens reporter Michael Shoolman

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March 29, 2018

Sydney Olympic will be out to get their Easter off to the right start with victory against Hakoah Sydney City East at Belmore this Good Friday.

Abbas Saad’s side have had a solid start over the opening three rounds and will be determined to make it two wins on the trot.

Max Burgess has hit the ground running since returning to the club this season and last week was a stand out performer in the win against Manly United.

His playmaking skills will be put to the test against a young and energetic Hakoah outfit.

The match will also be a homecoming of sorts for Hakoah’s veteran defender Mitchell Stamatellis who returns to his former club for the first time since making the move east in the offseason.

Hakoah were unlucky in round 3 after they conceded two late goals to succumb to a 2-2 draw with Sutherland Sharks.

Gavin Rae’s men have shown glimpses of their talent and will be out to snatch their second win of the campaign.

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March 26, 2018

25 March , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic have added to Manly United’s horror National Premier Leagues NSW Championship defence toppling the Northern Beaches side 2-1 at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday.

Goals to Jason Madonis and Spanish sensation Alejandro Sanchez in the opening 15 minutes had Olympic in control for the majority of the match before Brendan Cholakian gave the visitors fleeting hope with a converted penalty in the closing stages of the match.

The defeat was Manly’s third consecutive loss to start the season as Paul Dee’s side struggle to get back to the form which led them to the title in 2017.

For Olympic it was a return to form after defeat at APIA Leichhardt Tigers seven days earlier.

Manly had the best of the chances early on with Nikola Taneski’s pace proving too much for Olympic’s Jinya An. However, the lighting quick winger’s finishing touch was lacking as he blasted wide of the net in the second minute

Manly’s wasted chance proved to be a wake up call for Olympic with the home team firing straight into action as Burgess’ silky dribbling skills created a brilliant chance for the midfielder but he too couldn’t hit the back of the net.

While the visitors avoided that salvo, Manly couldn’t stop the rampaging run from Thomas Whiteside moments later who delivered a sumptuous cross into the box which was finished by Sanchez as he pounced on Dylan Mitchell fumble.

Before Manly could regroup Olympic had stretched their lead to 2-0.

Burgess made a mazy run into the penalty area before unleashing a curling shot which cannoned off the cross bar and into the path of Jason Madonis who fired into the back of the net.

Olympic found the back of the net for the third time in the 20th minute but the linesman’s flag proved Manly’s saving grace.

Scott Balderson tried to breathe life into Manly’s chances and appeared to be their best chance but was forced from the field after succumbing to injury.

The home side had a vice grip on proceedings going into the interval as Manly’s desperate attempts to fight back into the game proved

Sydney Olympic started the second stanza with the same ferocity they displayed in the first and an incredible effort from Hagi Gligor narrowly missed stretching their advantage.

Manly striker Dylan Macallister thought he had found himself on the scoresheet in the 51st minute but was ruled to be offside.

Cholakian’s industry in midfield was giving the visitors hope and was unlucky not to have scored in the 65th minute when his curling effort from inside the penalty area struck the post after completely bamboozling Olympic shot stopper Paul Henderson.

The persistence of Cholakian paid off with Manly’s captain awarded a penalty in the 81st minute which he coolly converted.

Olympic were in no mood to suffer a last minute defeat and frustrated Manly in the design stages as they earned a well deserved three competition points

Abbas Saad praised the scintillating football his Olympic team played in the first half but felt his team needs to work on their fitness to avoid another second half lapse.

“Fatigue got the better of us in the end. We were great for 60 minutes and the really faded towards the end of the match.

“If you can’t play the full 90 minutes in this competition you won’t be able to do well let alone survive.

“But in saying that when we played well early on I was very impressed with the performance. we are still underdone and to bounce back this week after defeat at APIA is very reassuring.

Manly boss Paul Dee was confident his side could bounce back despite three consecutive defeats.

“Two defensive errors was the difference today,” Dee said.

“We aren’t far away from where we need to be. There were glimpses of that today.

“We have players coming back from injury and there is still plenty of confidence at the club. it is only round three so we aren’t writing anything off just yet.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic: 2 (Sanchez 14’ Madonis 15’)

Manly United: 1 (Cholakian 84’)

Sunday, March 25 2018

Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore

Referee: R Mattei
Assistant Referees: R Osbourne, A Verma
Fourth Official: D Horstead

Sydney Olympic: 1. Paul HENDERSON, 2. Thomas WHITESIDE, 4. George TIMOTHEOU, 5. Rafael Jiminez, 6. Nikola KULESKI, 7. William ANGEL (33. Nik TSATTALLIOS 69′) 8. Jason MADONIS (19. Darcy BURGESS 81’), 10. Max BURGESS (21. Stephen ATHANASERIS), 11. Jinya AN, 14. Alejandro SANCHEZ-LOPEZ, 24. Hagi GLIGOR
Substitutes not used: 9. Radovan PAVICEVIC, , 20. Ezequiel CONSONI, ,

Yellow Cards: Kuleski, Timotheu

Red Cards:

Manly United: 1. Dylan MITCHELL,2. Kieran Paull, 3. Jamie LOBB, 4.Travis OUGHTRED, 6. Dominic FERGUSON (14. Mitchell ROOKE 79’) 8. Sasa MACURA, 9. Dylan MACALLISTER (7. Marco SAMA 61′), 10 Brendan CHOLAKIAN, 11. Nikola TANESKI, 13. Scott BALDERSON (22. George FIRTH 40’), 23. Daniel ALESSI
Substitutes not used: 20. Shaun CATLIN, , 12. Leigh EGGER

Yellow Cards: Macallister, Oughtred

Red Cards:

Player Ratings
3- Max Burgess (OLY)
2 – Tom Whiteside (OLY)
1- Brendan Cholakian (MU)

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March 23, 2018

Sydney Olympic FC v Manly United FC, 3pm Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground – Live streamed on Facebook.

It is week 3 of the National Premier Leagues NSW season and all sides are starting to find their groove.

Sydney Olympic will be driven to return to the winners circle when they host reigning National Premier Leagues NSW Champions Manly United on Sunday.

Defeat at the hands of APIA Leichhardt Tigers undid the good work from their round one victory but Olympic coach Abbas Saad believes his players have the strength to bounce back.

Jinya An has been their best threat upfront while Spanish import Alejandro Lopez has also performed well.

For Manly the season couldn’t have started any worse with two straight defeats conceding five goals in the process.

Defensive structure was singled out by coach Paul Dee as a major area of improvement and the pressure will be on the backline of Travis Oughtred, Jamie Lobb and Daniel Alessi to keep it together on Saturday.

It is a must win game for Manly but it won’t be easy with Olympic no easy beats.

Also, next week’s Good Friday showdown between Olympic and Hakoah at Belmore Oval will move to the earlier kick off time of 4pm to facilitate a request from Hakoah FC due to planned evening celebrations.

By Football NSW, 21 March 2018

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March 19, 2018

APIA Leichhardt Tiger has continued it’s flawless start to the season with a 2-0 win against Sydney Olympic at Lambert Park on Sunday.

A first half George Howard penalty broke the deadlock and Sean Symons doubled the score in the second stanza as the home side claimed all three points despite stifling heat against a tough Sydney Olympic outfit.

The win was APIA’s first home win of the season and builds on their opening round victory against Manly United.

For Sydney Olympic the result was a reality check after their opening week win but coach Abbas Saad will be able to take away plenty of positives from a performance which could’ve been very different if his side had more luck in front of goal.

Olympic were the first side with an attempt on goal when in the 5th minute a slow moving Ivan Necevski allowed Jinya An to get in behind the ball but his shot lacked power and was cleared off the line.

APIA replied two minutes later when Adrian Ucchino crossed from the right only to see the veteran Paul Henderson punch the ball away.

In the 17th minute the ball fell nicely to Jordan Murray who volleyed straight at Henderson who made the comfortable save.

The heat was certainly taking its toll and the players really appreciated the drinks break midway through the first half.

In the 33rd minute the best chance of the game so far favoured APIA Leichhardt when Tasuku Sekiya laid the ball on from the left for George Howard who fired a rocket in Henderson’s direction, but the veteran gloves-man saved with aplomb.

However, APIA didn’t have to wait too long to score because in the 39th minute Jason Madonis brought Sekiya down in the box and a penalty was duly awarded. Howard, the former Melbourne Victory player, made no mistake from the spot despite Henderson diving the correct way.

Right on the stroke of halftime Sydney Olympic were nearly back even thanks to a Nikola Kuleski shot, after some scrappy defending from a corner, but Necevski pulled off a great reflex to deny the visitors.

In the second half the first chance was APIA’s when Sean Symons in the 55th minute on the turn fired over the crossbar from close range.

Sydney Olympic replied in the 57th minute when a lovely ball forward found Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez who only just missed the intended target with his shot.

A few minutes later Nikolas Tsattalios with a header from close range forced Necevski into a good save but APIA replied on the counter-attack in the 63rd minute when Murray dazzled his way into the box, sidestepping two defenders before seeing his shot well blocked by an ever alert Henderson.

APIA doubled their lead in the 70th minute when a delightful and accurate cross from Murray reached Sean Symons in the box and his glancing header ended up in the back of the net.

In the 78th minute the ball fell nicely to Murray who fired from outside the box but Henderson, winding back the years, got down well to turn the ball away. Both sides had their fair share of chances in what was a really entertaining and high-quality game of football.

APIA Leichhardt’s affable coach Billy McColl was after the game was justifiably delighted.

“That was a great game and we played very well,” he said.

“We took our chances and both goalkeepers had great games.

“We are well-organised, we are disciplined and we are fit but today also we had luck on our side and that’s a reward because of all of our hard training.”

Meanwhile over in the Sydney Olympic dressing room coach Abbas Saad was upbeat but still trying to work out how his side didn’t manage at least a point.

“APIA had five chances and they scored two and we had about six chances from inside the five yards and the ‘keeper saved them all,” he said.

“In football you need to take your chances and the penalty made a difference as we were unlucky.

“In the first half we were comfortable but got caught on a long-ball [for the penalty] but we have some young boys – not in a footballing sense because they have been playing a while but in years of age – so we will get better, we will get fitter and we’ll definitely improve.”

The Under 18 and 20 fixtures were postponed due to the APIA squads being on an approved overseas tour.

Match Stats

APIA Leichhardt Tigers 2 (Howard 39’, S.Symons 72’)

Sydney Olympic FC 0

Sunday 18th March, 2018
Lambert Park, Leichhardt

Referee: T. Danaskos
Assistant Referees: D. Stack, P.Teleki
Fourth Official: T. Plasto

APIA LEICHHARDT TIGERS: 1. Ivan Necevski, 2. Nathan Millgate, 4. Joshua Symons, 7. Howard Fondyke (6. Zachary Mackenzie 60’), 9. George Howard (8. Corey Biczo 77’), 11. Jordan Murray, 15. Themba Marta-Marlow, 16. Sean Symons, 18. Adrian Ucchino, 19. Brandon Lundy, 20. Tasuku Sekiya.
Substitutes not used: 3. Paul Galimi, 10. Franco Parisi, 22. Blake Tuxford
Yellow Cards: Millgate 52’
Red Cards: Nil

SYDNEY OLYMPIC FC: 1. Paul Henderson, 2. Thomas Whiteside, 4. George Timotheou, 6. Nikola Kuleski, 7. William Angel (9. Radovan Pavicevic 76’), 8. Jason Madonis (5. Rafael Jimenez 70’), 10. Max Burgess, 11. Jinya An, 19. Darcy Burgess (33. Nikolas Tsattalios 54’), 14. Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, 24. Christopher Gligor.
Substitutes not used: 20. Ezequiel Consoni, 21. Stephen Athanaseris.
Yellow Cards: Whiteside 26’, Madonis 37’, Kuleski 75’
Red Card: Nil

Player Ratings
3 – Jordan Murray (ALT)
2 – Sean Symons (ALT)
1 – Paul Henderson (SO)

-By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Joe Russo

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March 16, 2018

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC v Sydney Olympic FC, 5.30pm Sunday at Lambert Park

APIA Leichhardt Tigers had a perfect start to the season and a return to their home ground Lambert Park is sure to inspire them to another great performance.

Striker Jordan Murray and midfielder Tasuku Sekiya were the main stars for APIA in last round’s comeback win and will be tasked with doing the same against their inner-west rivals.

After conceding an early goal against Manly, APIA had to get their game on track. They will be focused on firing from the opening whistle this time around.

Sydney Olympic were also round 1 winners with the departure of their coach ahead of the season proving to have limited impact on their form.

The club’s new Spanish import, former La Liga player Alejandro Sanchez Lopez caught the attention of many at Belmore, and will be one to watch at Lambert Park.

New Olympic boss Abbas Saad had the Belmore based team firing on all cylinders in their victory over Bonnyrigg White Eagles.

APIA will be a bigger challenge for Olympic but neither side will be making it easy for their opposition.

Olympic are urging all fans to attend and support the boys in action. APIA have provided a special family ticket that you can purchase online to save money.
The match ticketing offer via Eventbrite –

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/npl-1-round-2-apia-leichhardt-tigers-fc-vs-sydney-olympic-fc-sunday-18-march-530pm-revised-time-tickets-44170051814

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March 12, 2018

Spanish import Alejandro Lopez scored a debut goal to give Sydney Olympic a hard fought 2-1 victory over Bonnyrigg White Eagles in their National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s opening round clash at Belmore Sportsground on Sunday afternoon.

The Spanish recruit struck ten minutes from full time to gift new head coach Abbas Saad the first triumph of his managerial tenure and ensure the Belmore club continue their strong recent form over the White Eagles.

Having gone ahead early on through a Jason Madonis penalty Olympic were on the receiving end of large periods of Bonnyrigg pressure and eventually cracked when Jewook Woo planted a header past Paul Henderson midway through the second half.

But while Olympic lived dangerously at times Bonnyrigg were unable to capitalise on their dominance and the Blues eventually nicked the winner through Lopez late on.

The former Zaragoza youth product was heavily involved on the day for the Blues and helped the hosts take an early lead after he was felled in the box by Bonnyrigg goalkeeper David Bradasevic, leaving Madonis to coolly stroke the hosts into the lead.

But despite the Blues’ early liveliness Bonnyrigg rallied strongly and started mounting efforts on the Olympic goal with goalkeeper Paul Henderson twice denying Mun-Soo while also making a strong block from Jewook Woo in the first half.

Bonnyrigg continued their momentum in the second half when a Mun-Soo header was parried away off the line while Henderson produced the save of the match to deny a fantastic curling strike from Raymond Miller.

New South Korean import Jewook Woo planted the resulting corner in the back of the net to deservedly restore parity for the visitors and the White Eagles midfielder thought he’d prodded his side in front minutes later after turning the ball home from a goalmouth scramble only for the effort to be called offside.

Brian Brown’s side will lament that occasion and numerous others in hindsight and were dealt a crushing blow when Lopez darted in behind the Bonnyrigg defence and swept the ball underneath Bradasevic to mark a debut victory at home.

Olympic coach Abbas Saad admitted his side dodged several bullets throughout the match but was pleased to mark the new season with a victory.

“I think we’re a little bit underdone fitness wise, Bonnyrigg pretty much ran all over us with their fitness but we hung in there and it was a great effort,” he said.

“I needed to put some confidence back into their hands, obviously in pre-season results weren’t great and there were a lot of despondent players there questioning their own ability.

“Defensively as a team we have to improve and we rode our luck at times but we just need to get to peak fitness and let our football do the talking.”

Brian Brown was disappointed not to have come away with at least a point from the affair but said he was extremely proud of his side’s performance.

“I think if we’re looking for positives to take away from the match the effort from the guys today was fantastic,” he said.

“We haven’t had an ideal first week with players suffering from a few niggling injuries and others from suspension.

“But I think if we play like that for the rest of the year we’ll be happy.”

Football NSW would like to take the time to pass on its deepest condolences to White Eagles skipper Ray Miller after the unfortunate passing of his father. Whiz played the full ninety minutes as his fellow teammates donned black armbands for the match, our thoughts are with Ray and his family at this tough time.

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic 2 (Madonis 8’ pen, Lopez 82’)

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1 (Jewook Woo 59’)

Sunday 11th March, 2018

Belmore Sportsground, Belmore

Referee: C Fisher 

Assistant Referees: N Backo, A Hosnani

Fourth Official: B Wright

Sydney Olympic: 11. Jinya An, 7. William Angel, 19. Darcy Burgess (33. Nikolas Tsattalios 61’), 10. Max Burgess (23. Riley Woodcock 77’), 24. Christopher Gligor, 1. Paul Henderson, 6. Nikola Kuleski, 14. Alejandro Sanchez Lopez, 4. George Timotheou, 2. Thomas Whiteside, 8. Jason Madonis

Substitutes not used: 5. Rafael Jimenez, 9. Radovan Pavicevic, 30. Lachlan Watson

Yellow Cards: N/A

Red Cards: N/A

Bonnyrigg White Eagles:  2. Aaron Avery (19. Gregory Kondek 70’), 21. David Bradasevic, 16. Samuel Gallaway, 15. Raymond Miller, 8. Jacob Ott, 9. Aaron Peterson, 3. David Vrankovic (20. Benjamin Tosi 66’), 22. Jewook Woo, 6. Nikola Zonjic, 13. James Mckenzie, 18. Gil Mun-Soo

Substitutes not used: 10. Shervin Adeli, 1. James Chronopoulos

Yellow Cards: Bradasevic 8’, Mckenzie 38’

Red Card: N/A

Player Ratings

3 – Paul Henderson (SO)

2 – Gil Mun-Soo (BWE)

1 – Alejandro Lopez (SO)

-By National Premier Leagues NSW Mens reporter Jacob Windon

photos by Loopii

 

Round 1 Review – NPL NSW Men’s 20s

12 March , 2018 By Football NSW

The rising stars of the NPL NSW Men’s competition kicked off over the weekend as round 1 of the NPL NSW Men’s 20’s took place with the Match of the Round taking centre stage at Belmore Sports Ground between Sydney Olympic and the Bonnyrigg White Eagles on Sunday.

Match of the Round

Sydney Olympic v Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Sunday 12.40pm at Belmore Sports Ground
Milan Parenta’s first half penalty gave Bonnyrigg White Eagles a 1-0 victory over Sydney Olympic in a tight contest at Belmore Sportsground on Sunday afternoon.
The Bonnyrigg forward converted from the penalty spot after Stephen Athanaseris fouled Daniel Krkovski inside the box shortly before half time following a dominant opening stanza from the visitors.
Despite Olympic mustering an impressive second half display in which the Blues will lament a series of missed chances Bonnyrigg bravely held on to notch their first win of the season.
It could’ve been a lot more comfortable for the visitors who after a disjointed opening to the match began to dominate with Parenta enjoying a handful of chances to score before eventually breaking the deadlock.

The White Eagles forward saw a low drive and a near post header parried by Olympic gloveman Ezequiel Consoni while the goalkeeper was also on hand to bail out Yahya Elhindi whose poor backpass sent Parenta through on goal.

Parenta was gifted another opportunity when Olympic defender Stephen Athanaseris fouled Daniel Krkovski inside the box and coolly sent Consoni the wrong way to put the visitors ahead.
Olympic ended the first half in mild disarray but started the second stanza with admirable determination and were inspired by the substitution of attacker Dylan Woznicka who took the game by the scruff of the neck for the hosts.

After claims for a penalty were waved away the match’s best opportunity arrived after more exciting wingplay from Woznicka whose cutback from the byline was missed by Taewoo Jung from in front.
Another gilt edged opportunity fell to Brian Sutomo following more enterprise from Woznicka who saw a shot from close range blocked before Sutomo blazed over the rebound.
Olympic continued to press for an equalizer with Bonnyrigg players firmly on the back foot but visitors held steadfast for a vital away victory.

The Blues face a tricky test at APIA Leichhardt next Sunday afternoon while Bonnyrigg will be eyeing off consecutive wins when they host Marconi on the same day.

Match Stats
Sydney Olympic 0
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1 (Parenta 38’)

Sunday 11th of March 2018

Belmore Sportsground, Belmore

Sydney Olympic: 21. Stephen Athanaseris, 28. Ali Dulleh, 29. Ericson Ehiozee, 13. Yahya Elhindi, 32. Adam Histodoulou, 27. Taewoo Jung, 17. Benjamin Morrison (40. Dylan Wozniczka 53’), 26. Billy Patramanis, 37. Ahmad Safdari (38. Brian Sutomo 45’), 41. Louie Zacharapoulos, 20. Ezequiel Consoni
Substitutes not used: 31. Liam Flack, 34. Joshua Hronopoulos, 43. Kamran Qayumi

Yellow cards: N/A
Red cards: N/A

Bonnyrigg White Eagles: 23. Amar Adilovic, 24. Michael Borg, 25. Taylor Cambaz (37. Mohammed Shah 86’), 26. Jordan Cracknell, 27. Damian Cupac (28. Peter Kim 72’), 30. Daniel Krkovski, 31. Dean Krkovski (29. Nikola Kremenovic 88’), 4. Nikola Krljar, 35. Milan Parenta, 40. Max Rowston, 34. Alexander Zarafetas
Substitutes not used: 33. Francesco Terranova, 73. Connor Evans

Yellow cards: N/A
Red cards: N/A

 

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March 06, 2018

Sydney Olympic Football Club at tonight’s Season launch had the pleasure of inducting Club legend Peter Raskopoulos into the Hall of Fame.

On the night Simon Hill, Chief Football Commentator at Fox Sports provided the following introduction;

Peter Raskopoulos had a long and successful career, which began with him making his senior debut for Olympic at just 15. At 18, he was part of the Socceroos team that won their first Oceania Nations Cup title, and twelve months later, he captained the Young Socceroos at the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championships.  He played in two NSL Grand Finals for Olympic in the mid-80’s, sadly losing on both occasions to South Melbourne and Adelaide City, but finally got his hands on the trophy as CEO of the club in 2001/02, with the Premiership arriving a year later.  He won 15 full caps for Australia, and although he now devotes most of his time to his business interests, he remains a keen student of the game, and youth football in particular…he was elected into the FFA Hall of Fame in 2016.

Congratulations Peter on the wonderful contribution you have made to Sydney Olympic Football Club, both on and off the field.

Peter now joins a distinguished list of Olympic Hall of Fame Members which includes;

  • Mark Bosnich
  • Nick Carle
  • Pablo Cardozo
  • Graham Jennings
  • Ante Juric
  • Chris Kalantzis
  • Peter Katholos
  • Grant Lee
  • Gary Meier
  • Les Murray AM
  • Jim Patikas
  • Abbas Saad

 

Sydney Olympic Football Club also presented their First Grade Men and Women squads with their home jersey for the 2018 season, as well as hearing from Damon Hanlin on behalf of the Board, CEO John Boulous, Coaches and Captains ahead of what is shaping as an exciting season ahead on and off the field.

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March 02, 2018

Sydney Olympic Football Club wishes to advise that it has decided to part ways with Club First Grade Coach Gorka Etxeberria effective immediately.

Sydney Olympic Football Club President Bill Papas stated:

“The club would like to thank Gorka for his contribution in both building and developing our squad and the experience and mentoring he has provided our coaching staff throughout the club in his time here. We wish him the very best for his future endeavours.”

“It’s always important to transition quickly when making a decision like this and we are delighted to announce that Olympic Hall of Fame member Abbas Saad has been appointed to the role of First Grade Coach for the 2018 season.”

Saad has represented the National team on four occasions and in 1990, he was awarded the Joe Marston Medal for the being the Player of the Match in the NSL final in which Sydney Olympic beat the Marconi Stallions 2-0. Saad also has extensive coaching experience both in Malaysia and in the NSW Premier League, as well as serving as Technical Youth Director at Sydney Olympic FC.”

Saad said he was excited to accept the opportunity of guiding the team into the 2018 season.

“It will be a great honour to lead and set the same standards within the Squad and Club that I did as a player with passion and success,” he said.

Saad will commence in the role on Tuesday, which will give him three training sessions to work with the squad ahead of the Round 1 fixture against Bonnyrigg White Eagles at Belmore Oval on Sunday 11 March at 3pm.

Assistant Coach Kerim Baba and the coaching staff will manage the team in the final trial against Blacktown City FC on Sunday.

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February 13, 2018

Australian based ORCA Enviro Systems sponsorship of leading European football club, Schalke 04 is kicking goals for Sydney Olympic FC through unprecedented access to a variety of programs to lift the Club to new heights.

“We’d developed an informal relationship between Sydney Olympic FC and Schalke 04 over the last couple of years and have recently gotten to know the Schalke 04 senior management team” said Bill Papas, Sydney Olympic FC President and ORCA Enviro Systems Managing Director. “This opened the door for discussions on business opportunities as well, and it soon became evident that Schalke and their VELTINS-Arena could benefit from ORCA’s leading waste management technology”.

Schalke 04 Head of Marketing, Alexander Jobst explains why the partnership with ORCA fits the Blue-Whites’ overall strategy so well: “Our club has a very distinct social responsibility due to the club’s high importance in the area as well as for our fans and members. In terms of environmental protection, the future cooperation is made all the more interesting for us by the fact that, with the help of their products, ORCA can now extract water from biological waste in the VELTINS-Arena.”

“With ORCA, we’re not only supporting Schalke 04’s environmental goals, we’re also saving them money on their food waste disposal cost” said Papas. “In return, we have the opportunity to showcase ORCA’s technology and promote it to a large European audience as we expand into Europe. And as part of the deal, we have been able to formalise a program that delivers significant benefits to Sydney Olympic FC”

These include:

  • A train the trainer program. SOFC coaches will participate in Schalke 04 coaching trips, with Professional S04 your coaches teaching their skills and providing valuable insights into German football education
  • Sports Management workshops conducted in Germany for SOFC management, covering sports marketing, sports entrepreneurship and operative sports management
  • S04 youth coaches travelling to Australia, coaching Sydney’s youth players, training the S04 concept, training the trainers and supporting scouting opportunities.

Negotiated as part of the strategic partnership by Bill Papas, SOFC will benefit under this arrangement for 3 years until 2021.

Commenting on this unique opportunity, Sydney Olympic FC, CEO, John Boulous said “It’s fantastic when corporate connections can deliver opportunities that might otherwise be unavailable to clubs like ours”. “We’re extremely fortunate that our President, Bill Papas negotiated this outcome for us – our stars of tomorrow are the very lucky beneficiaries”

ORCA Enviro Systems is an Australian Company with operations across Australia, North America, Europe and the Middle East producing solutions for the environmentally friendly disposal of food waste.

Media Contact

Suzi Phillips

+61 420 390 738

sphillips@forumgroup.com.au

 

About ORCA Enviro Systems

ORCA Enviro Systems is an Australian Company with operations across Australia, North America, Europe and the Middle East producing solutions for the environmentally friendly disposal of food waste.

feedtheorca.com.au

About Sydney Olympic Football Club

 Sydney Olympic Football Club is based in Belmore, Sydney, New South Wales and plays in the PS4 National Premier League (NSW). Founded as Pan-Hellenic Soccer Club in 1957 by Greek immigrants, the club changed its name to Sydney Olympic in 1977.

Sydney Olympic FC have won many trophies in Australian football, including two National Soccer League Championships, two National Soccer League Cups, the National Soccer League Minor Premiership and two NSW Premier League Championships. The club has also won the Johnny Warren Cup, the Brett Emerton Cup, the National Youth League Championship, the National Youth League Minor Premiership and the NSW Premier League Club Championship.

 

www.sydneyolympicfc.com.au

 

About Schalke 04

 

Commonly known as FC Schalke 04, Schalke or abbreviated as S04  is a professional German association-football club and multi-sports club originally from the Schalke district of GelsenkirchenNorth Rhine-Westphalia. The “04” in the club’s name derives from its formation in 1904.

Schalke has long been one of the most popular professional football teams and multi-sports club in Germany. Schalke play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. As of December 2015, the club has 140,000 members, making it the second-largest sports club in Germany and the sixth-largest sports club in the world in terms of membership.[4] Other activities offered by the club include athletics (track and field)basketballhandballtable tenniswinter sports and eSports.

Founded in 1904, Schalke has won seven German championships, five DFB-Pokals, one DFL-Supercup and one UEFA Cup.

 

Link to Schalke 04 Press Release Here.

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February 07, 2018

This Sunday our Special K Women’s program takes the field for trial matches against University of NSW in the Women’s Youth and Senior squads and Southern Districts Football Association in the SAP age groups.

We welcome back Special K for their second season as major sponsor of the program and also welcome this year Talos Insurance and Risk Solutions as a supporting partner of the Women’s program.

In 2018, we will be aiming to build on last year’s strong season, that saw our First Grade squad win the Premiership, Reserve Grade win the Championship and Under 15 squad make the Grand Final.

This year we welcome Bill Papas as 1st Grade coach who has taken the place of George Beltsos who is undertaking a technical role in the program

Our coaching appointments throughout the program are as follows;

1st Grade – Bill Papas
Reserve Grade – Arthur Beltsos
Under 17 – Nick Scott
Under 15 – Phil Youldon
Under 14 – Yanake Tennant
Under 13 – John Pladas
Under 12 – Sean Maloney
Under 11 – Musie Elongo
Under 10 – Raff Cuomo

Our first grade squad will be headlined by last season’s NPL 2 Player of the Year Kate Halaska and Golden Boot winner Maddie Costanzo. We are excited to be able to retain a large majority of the squads from last season. They will be joined by a host of impressive new recruits that will be on display in our trial matches. Some of these players that will feature in our First Grade squad include; Siahn Bozanic, Kristy Rohrer, Lieke De Bever and Amanda Horafios.

In the coming weeks leading into the season our Senior Squad will play trial matches against North West Koalas, Gladesville Ravens and finish with an internal trial, while our Youth teams play in the Proctor Cup the week before the regular season commences.

Olympic CEO John Boulous said “We are extremely pleased with both the Coaching line-up we have assembled and the players we have both retained and recruited across the program. Importantly all are committed in strengthening our program and bring enthusiasm and experience”.

“We will continue to strengthen our Women’s program both on and off the field to ensure our players and squads have the best opportunity to reach their potential” Boulous added.

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January 17, 2018

Sydney Olympic Football Club would like to announce the signing of Spanish born striker Alex Sanchez.

Alex has played his football in Spain and most notably in the first team for Real Zaragoza in La Liga (First Division) in 2009-10 and Osasuna in 2nd division in the season of 2015-16. Most recently Alex played for Tudelano in 2nd B division, where he has had a number of stints in his playing career.

Gorka Etxeberria was excited by the signing and said,

“Alex is a striker who not only will score goals but is also able to help the team in the creative phase of play. Alex has committed to the club for two seasons and is excited by the squad the club has assembled”.

“Alex was exactly the player we were looking for and will bring skill and experience to our squad. Our Senior squad is now complete and it’s now time to commence the second segment of pre-season training ahead of our first trial match against Manly on Sunday 28 January 2018 at Cromer Park”. Etxeberria added

Alex Sanchez was extremely happy to arrive in Australia and commence training with the squad immediately.

“I’m really glad to join Sydney Olympic FC in what I am sure will be an amazing season”.

“I’m hoping I can contribute in helping the club achieve its objective’s by scoring lots of goals in my new jersey” Sanchez expressed.

“Opportunities to play in Australia and at Sydney Olympic FC, a club with lots of great tradition and where many National team players have played previously don’t come around very often so I am excited to take this opportunity and make the most of it. I look forward to seeing all our fans supporting the team at our matches” Sanchez added.

 

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December 21, 2017

Sydney Olympic Football Club are giving our many supporters the opportunity to purchase a season pass to all home games for the 2018 season.

Our club cannot exist without the support of our season pass holders and I encourage you to commit now and be part of the team!

2018 will be an exciting year, with a number of new signings on board, we are aiming to go further than the squad’s NSW NPL final’s appearance last season and we need your support.

The team started training in early November and will resume training on Monday 15 January 2018, ahead of our first trial match of the New Year against Manly United FC at Cromer Park at 6pm on Sunday 28 January.

The support of our membership base is very important, both on game day and in building the support of our club.

We have two option’s available this season;

The social membership, for those that cannot attend matches, but wish to be part of the Olympic family, contribute and stay in touch with the club.

The season pass, for those that wish to attend home matches and attend a season pass holder BBQ at a club training session throughout the season with the players.

More details of what is included with each option and how to purchase are on the attached flyer. To apply online please click on the following link https://form.jotform.co/73527249115861

In 2018, we start the season with a home match against Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC on Sunday 11 March at 3pm. We have seven home matches in the first ten rounds of the competitions, including a first night fixture on Good Friday.

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December 19, 2017

Sydney Olympic Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Max Burgess for the 2018 National Premier Leagues NSW Competition.

An exceptional talent, Max made a great impact both on and off the field in the first half of last season and returns to Olympic after a stint overseas with Portuguese LigaPro side União.

Burgess expressed his excitement at re-joining Olympic.

“I’m excited to be back at Sydney Olympic FC.

“It’s a talented squad and a great group of boys lead by an experienced coach in Gorka, there is a special feel around the club.

“I’m looking forward to being part of a team which will make the many Sydney Olympic fans proud in 2018” he explained.

Sydney Olympic Football Club 1st grade Coach Gorka Etxeberria was impressed with what Burgess would bring to the squad.

“I’m very happy with having Max back in the team.

“He is exactly the player profile that we were looking for to finalise the squad. In all the chats that we had I could notice that he is really focused on playing for the team and after his European experience is going to be an important player for the team to play the way that we want to play”.

“With Max, we complete our squad and everything is ready to start building a team who can make Sydney Olympic FC supporters proud in the 2018 season” said Etxeberria.

Max will join the squad when they return to training after the Christmas break on Monday 15 January 2018. The club’s first trial match for the New Year will be on Sunday 28 January at Cromer Park against last season’s NPL NSW Champions Manly United FC, with kick off at 6pm.

 

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November 30, 2017

Men’s First Grade Trial Match Schedule Announced

Sydney Olympic Football Club would like to provide an update for our members and fans on our Senior Men’s First Grade squad training and trial match schedule.

The squad commenced training on Monday 6 November and will wrap up its first pre-season training block on Friday 15 December to break for Christmas. Training will resume on Monday 15 January 2018.

The squad has a strong schedule of trial matches planned to compliment the pre-season training schedule in the lead up to the Season start.

Below is an outline of trial match schedule

 

Saturday 17 February 2018

Bonnyrigg White Eagles at Valentine Sports Park (FNSW) 1st grade kick off 5.00 pm

Sunday 25 February 2018

Sutherland Sharks Seymour Shaw 1st grade kick off 6.30pm – Under 13’s from 8.30am through to Under 20’s at 4.30pm

Sunday 4 March 2018

Blacktown City Lily Homes Stadium first grade kick off 6.00pm – Under 13’s from 8.00am through to Under 20’s at 4.00pm

 

The regular season commences on Sunday 11 March at Belmore Oval, where we take on Bonnyrigg White Eagles at 3.00pm.

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November 10, 2017

Sydney Olympic FC are excited to announce the retention of Radovan Pavicevic for the 2018 season.

Pavicevic joined Olympic for the 2017 season after spending three years with the Newcastle Jets in their National Youth League and A-League campaigns.

Radovan becomes the twelfth player from the 2017 squad to return to Olympic for 2018 and will add valuable attacking prowess to the current line-up.

“I can’t wait for the start of the new season, the mood in the camp is very good,” Pavicevic said.

“We retained quite a few players from last year and made some great signings too, so we are looking very strong for 2018.”

Head Coach, Gorka Exteberria, expressed his pleasure in keeping Radovan in blue and white for the coming season.

“We are excited to have Radovan back at Olympic for the 2018 season,” Gorka explained.

“He is a talented attacking player and I’m hoping he will meet his full potential in the coming season.

“He will be a valuable addition to our 2018 campaign and we’re very happy to have him on board.”

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November 01, 2017

Sydney Olympic Football Club is excited to announce the first two players from our First Grade Women’s squad that will be returning for the 2018 season.

NSW NPL2 Women’s Player of the Year, Kate Halaska will be returning to Olympic in 2018, along with NSW NPL2 Women’s Golden Boot, Maddi Costanzo.

Both Halaska and Costanzo proved invaluable to Olympic’s 2017 Premiership winning campaign, in which the First Grade Women celebrated 14 games unbeaten heading into the Grand Final.

After an incredible season, both Kate and Maddi were recognised with awards at both the Football NSW Silver Medal Dinner and the Sydney Olympic FC Presentation Night.

Halaska has been with Olympic since the inception of its Women’s program and co-captained the First Grade squad alongside Kalista Tsoupis in 2017.

Her return to Olympic in 2018 shows her immense loyalty and secures a talented player and excellent leader for the squad.

“I’m really excited to be back with Olympic for the 2018 season,” Kate explained.

“I’ve been with Sydney Olympic since the Women’s program started and I’m looking forward to a great 2018 season to build on last season’s success”

Costanzo had a stand out season in 2017 and is looking forward to another season with Olympic.

At only 22-years old, Maddi managed 19 goals over the season to take out the Golden Boot and will be looking to top it in 2018.

“I’m really excited to stay for my fourth season with Sydney Olympic and I’m hoping to have another strong season alongside some great players,” Costanzo said.

“I like to stay committed to a club for as long as I can and Olympic are very supportive and accommodating with their players well.

“I’ve also built strong friendships that make playing alongside each other better as we connect well out on the field.”

2018 Women’s First Grade Head Coach, Bill Papas, expressed his excitement with retaining two incredibly valuable players for the season ahead.

“I’m very happy that we’ve re-signed two of the biggest names in the league who will help Sydney Olympic as we work to achieve NPL1 status.”

“We’re looking forward to having Kate and Maddi back on board in 2018 to build a strong team.

“Kate has amazing defensive qualities and leadership skills that will help us build our defensive foundation and can help us guide the team around the park.

“Maddi’s attacking prowess and her ability to create and convert incredible goal scoring opportunities helped her to become the top goal scorer in 2017 and is the start of a great foundation to be successful in 2018.

“We are building a team for next season that’s going to fight for promotion and that demonstrates passion and determination and we’re very pleased to have Kate and Maddi leading the campaign.

“I’m looking forward to working with elite players like Kate and Maddi as we work to build on the success Sydney Olympic FC enjoyed in 2017.

Trials for our Women’s program will be held this Sunday, 5th November at Strathfield Park. You can see all the details and sign up to attend here: https://form.jotform.co/72147897215868

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October 18, 2017

Sydney Olympic are excited to announce the acquisition of Rafael Jimenez for the 2018 season.

Jimenez has represented the Australian U19 squad on several occasions and has enjoyed very impressive experience, including captaining and winning the U16 Championship with Athletico Madrid and winning the Spanish Cup Championship with the Villareal FC U19 squad.

The young-gun will be sure to add some talent to our defensive line in the upcoming season and is excited to come to Australia and get involved in the National Premier League competition.

“I know from my dad that Sydney Olympic has a strong heritage with strong traditional values where great Australian players have been developed,” Jimenez said

“I’m excited and really looking forward to working with Gorka [Etxeberria]. He has a lot of experience with Spanish football and is very knowledgeable with the style I have grown up with.

“I’m looking forward to playing in a great club in a new country.

“I hope that through my expericence I can contribute to Olympic’s success.”

Head coach, Gorka Etxeberria, expressed his excitement in Jimenez joining Olympic for 2018 naming his experience in professional environments and leading Clubs as one of his strongest qualities.

“He has some excellent experience in some of the biggest Clubs in Spain, and he’s developed and progressed through his junior years with Clubs like Athletico Madrid and Villareal, which is very impressive.”

“He is very hungry to grow and develop as a footballer and restart his career after taking a break to focus on his studies and play college football in America.

“Having a defender who has a first-hand understanding of Spanish football will be very beneficial for myself and the rest of the team and will help me implement the systems of football I will be introducing to Olympic in 2018.

“Because he is a dual citizen, he also doesn’t take up a visa position which is valuable to the Club and helps us build a stronger squad.

“He’s a very passionate footballer and is excited to join us at Olympic and we’re very excited to have him on board.”

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