October 19, 2018

Sydney Olympic Football Club is delighted to announce the re-signing of 16 players from its 2018 Championship winning squad for the 2019 season.

In 2018, the squad enjoyed a very successful season winning both the NSW NPL Premiership and Championship and to retain a large majority of the squad is a huge boost for the club and its fans.

Head Coach Abbas Saad stated;

“Our squad has a great mix of youth and experience and to be able to retain the core of our squad is testimony to how hungry we all are to maintain the momentum of last season and be better again”.

“The exceptional talent, effort and dedication these players demonstrated in 2018 made it a very easy decision to retain them”.

“We have celebrated the success of last season and understand this season is a fresh start and we need to work hard to ensure we do the very best for this great club and our fans”.

Club CEO John Boulous expressed;

“Our club has a very clear philosophy to develop and support players by creating an environment and culture for them to reach their potential. This is evident by the recent departure of Max Burgess to the Wellington Phoenix, as well as George Timotheou to Bundasliga giants FC Schalke 04 in July”.

“In the coming week we will be announcing some new signings that will compliment these retained players and round off our squad for the 2019 season”.

The squad will commence pre-season training in mid-November.

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September 24, 2018

23 September , 2018 By Football NSW

There was late, late drama in the NPL Finals Series 2018 Semi-Final clash between Campbelltown City SC and Sydney Olympic yesterday.

An early Sydney lead was scrubbed out before the half-time whistle, and a late Campbelltown penalty sealed things up and secured the South Australian side a 2-1 win.

It means that the National Premier Leagues 2018 Grand Final will be played between NPL QLD’s Lions FC and NPL SA’s Campbelltown City

Sydney Olympic hit the front in just the second minute of the match, with an outrageous goal from Max Burgess. He pinched the ball outside the area, and his left-footed strike beat the Campbelltown ‘keeper to give the visitors an early lead.

The first half was a bit of an arm-wrestle before Campbelltown managed to find themselves a goal through Marc Marino in the 43rd minute to level things up.

The home side came out of the sheds firing in the second half and nearly had a goal with a few chances in the opening ten minutes.

Olympic looked like they might have been in on goal in the 86th minute when Jason Madonis was in on goal, but Jake Halliday brought him down with a superb sliding tackle to send the ball out for a corner.

It came in and Sydney had the ball in the back of the net through Max Burgess, but no sooner had they wheeled away to celebrate had the flag gone up for offside and the score remained 1-1.

With the clock winding down and the scores locked it looked like the match might have been heading to extra-time, but there was late drama to come.

Campbelltown attacker Luigi Ditroia chased after the ball inside the penalty box and attempted to use his body to shield it, but was brought down by Jinya An and the referee pointed to the spot.

The captain, Iain Fyfe, stepped up to the spot for the penalty. The veteran defender made no mistake, and Campbelltown after having gone down 1-0 in the 2nd minute, won it in the 93rd

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September 21, 2018

20 September , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic and Campbelltown City are one step away from the National Premier Leagues 2018 Grand Final.

The NPL champions from New South Wales and South Australia respectively will face off on Saturday at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre, SA with kick off at 3.30pm (AEST).

They’ll be fighting it out to face NPL Queensland double-winners Lions FC, who defeated reigning champions Heidelberg on penalties on Tuesday night.

Campbelltown City arrive into the Semi Final in style after defeating Canberra FC 3-0 last Saturday.

The Adelaide-based side took the initiate against their ACT opposition when a first-half goal from Alex Mullen gave the Red Devils the advantage at the break.

The hosts battled hard to find a way back into the game but Lui Ditroia’s 78th-minute finish gave Campbelltown a cushion, before Ditroai doubled his tally in stoppage time to wrap up a convincing three-goal win.

Meanwhile, Sydney Olympic edged Perth SC 1-0 in a tight affair at Lambert Park to book their Semi Final appearance.

Jason Madonis’ sixth-minute penalty proved to be the winner for Abbas Saad’s side, who preserved their goal advantage despite several chances from the Western Australia side.

Having added both the premiership and championship to their trophy cabinet this season, the Blues enter the match in sensational nick and will be hoping the likes of star Spanish recruit Alex Sanchez can fire the side into the big dance.

The winner of the NPL 2018 Finals Series will receive automatic entry into the FFA Cup 2019 Final Rounds, providing an added incentive for the two clubs.

Every match in the NPL 2018 Finals Series will be streamed LIVE on www.nationalpremierleagues.com.au as well as via the official Hyundai A-League Facebook page www.facebook.com/aleague

-By Jacob Windon (nationalpremierleagues.com.au)

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September 17, 2018

16 September , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic will take on South Australian Champions Campbelltown City SC in the NPL Finals Series as the 2018 NPL NSW Men’s Premiers and Champions defeated Western Australian side Perth SC at Lambert Park on Sunday by one goal to nil.

A sixth minute penalty converted by club captain Jason Madonis was all that separated the two teams in what was a fiercely contested battle as both sides went hammer and tong for a place in the NPL Finals Series.

Campbelltown City powered in to the final four of the NPL Finals Series and were joined by Lions FC, who will play Heidelberg United in the Semi Finals.

The Adelaide-based side took the initiate against their ACT opposition when a first-half goal from Alex Mullen gave the Red Devils the advantage at the break.

The South Australian side battled hard to find a way back into the game but Lui Ditroia’s 78th-minute finish gave Campbelltown a cushion, before Ditroai doubled his tally in stoppage time to wrap up a convincing 3-0 win.

Based on the NPL Finals Series format, Olympic will travel to South Australia where the Blues hope they can bring back the victory next Saturday.

NPL Finals Series Semi-Finals

Match 5: Saturday 22 September 2018 Campbelltown City SC (SA) Vs Sydney Olympic FC (NSW) Steve Woodcock Sports Centre, Newton, SA 3:00pm

Match 6: Tuesday 18 September 2018 Lions FC (QLD) Vs Heidelberg United FC (VIC) Lions Stadium, Richlands, QLD 7:30pm

National Premier Leagues 2018 Grand Final

Match 7: 29/30 September 2018 Winner of Match 5 Vs Winner of Match 6 Host to be determined by points system

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September 10, 2018

9 September , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic has claimed a historic National Premier Leagues NSW premiership and championship double with an Alex Sanchez brace helping them to an emphatic 3-1 win against APIA Leichhardt Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

The win is Olympic’s first grand final win since 2011, when they also claimed the premiership and championship double, while for APIA it was their second consecutive grand final defeat.

Led by their Spanish striker, Olympic delivered an incredible performance where they were rarely troubled by APIA’s record setting attack.

Sanchez helped set the tone right from the outset creating Olympic’s opener only four minutes into the contest before finding the back of the net himself twice.

The early goal took the wind out of APIA’s sails and they struggled to regain their composure throughout the remainder of the match.

Despite their persistent efforts, the Tigers could not find their way though Olympic’s defence before claiming a late consolation goal courtesy of a Themba Muata-Marlow spot kick.

Sydney Olympic made a lightning start to the clash and landed an early blow against APIA thanks to a sublime counterattacking move to make it 1-0.

Sanchez found space in the south western corner, after a cutting pass from Max Burgess, before delivering a pinpoint ball into the box which found an unmarked Pavicevic who cooly headed home.

The goal was a scare APIA could ill afford and it shook them into action with any plan of slowly warming into the game now well and truly out the window.

Sekiya was proving to be a tricky customer for the Olympic defence as APIA pushed forward with intent.

A last ditch challenge from Will Angel stopped the Japanese striker in his tracks only metres out from goal

Howard Fondyke spurned a brilliant chance midway through the half when he fired a free-kick from the edge of the box high over the crossbar.

APIA were playing a dangerous game with their side pushed high up the park desperate for an equaliser.

It was a tactic which backfired 35 minutes into the half as Sanchez stung them with a blistering counter attack and fired into an empty net after dribbling around the keeper to make it 2-0.

A fortuitous pass into the box created a half chance for Tigers striker Sekiya in the 43rd minute but he was unable to hit the target.

Sean Symons had one final roll of the dice for APIA before the interval but he too was unable to score after his effort was denied by Olympic shot stopper Paul Henderson.

It was a sensational first half from the premiers and one to forget for APIA.

Just like the first half, Olympic started the second stanza with intent and should’ve made it 3-0 only seconds after the restart.

An incredible diving save from Necevski denied an stinging Sanchez volley from only six yards out.

APIA needed a moment of magic to get back into the contest and looked to a strict diet of route one football to help them find a much needed goal.

Olympic’s defence held strong as the Tiger’s sent wave after wave of attack their way but created few opportunities or note.

Henderson was finally called into action 61 minutes in as he jumped above the pack to punch away a dangerous ball into the box.

His opposite number had a challenge of his own moments later with necevski making a clutch reaction save to deny Sanchez his brace.

However, the former La Liga striker wasn’t going to be kept out for long and made it 3-0 75 minutes in with a skilful finish.

Deep into added time APIA finally had there chance as Nathan Millgate was brought down in the penalty area and referee Kurt Ams pointed to the penalty spot.

Muata-Marlow dispatched a perfect free-kick to put APIA on the board but it proved to be merely a consolation goal as Olympic held on to win the historic double with a 3-1 triumph.

A jubilant Olympic coach Abbas Saad was lost for words after the win but praised his players for their brilliant performance.

“This is a great moment for the players and I’m so happy for them,”

“This result is like a dream. When i joined this team as coach only four days out from the start of the season i could never imagine a result like this.

“Today we executed our gameplay to perfection and once we found the early goal we were able to truly take control of the match.

“Everyone played out of their skin and they all deserve their success.”

A sombre Billy McColl reflected on what he called a painful defeat.

“Wining the grand final this year was everything the boys were working towards and to lose this game for the second straight year has been very difficult for them.

“The boys played very hard but today Olympic were the better team.

“We will regroup and shift our focus to our FFA Cup clash against Adelaide United in a few weeks.

“This loss is by no means the end for this team. We can be proud of what we have achieved and come back stronger next year.

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic FC: 3 (Pavicevic 4’, Sanchez Lopez 35’ 76′)

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC: 1(Muata-Marlow 90+3’)

Sunday, September 9 2018

Leichhardt Oval, Lilyfield

Referee: Kurt Ams

Assistant Referes: Lance Greenshields & Kearny Robinson

Fourth Official: Craig Fisher

SYDNEY OLYMPIC: 1. Paul HENDERSON, 2. Tom WHITESIDE, 7. Will ANGEL (18. Brendan HOOPER 80’), 8. Jason MADONIS, 9. Radovan PAVICEVIC (33. Nikolas TSATTALIOS 76) , 10. Max BURGESS, 11. Jinya AN, 12. Zach MACKENZIE, 14. Alejandro SANCHEZ LOPEZ (5. James DEMETRIOU 87’), 19. Darcy BURGESS, 23. Riley WOODCOCK

Substitutes not used: 20. Ezequiel CONSONI, 24. Christopher GLIGOR

Yellow Cards: Sanchez 30’

Red Cards:

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC: 1. Ivan NECEVSKI, 2. Nathan MILLGATE, 3. Paul GALIMI (8. Corey BIZCO 71’), 4. Josh SYMONS, 7. Howard FONDYKE, 10. Franco PARISI (17. Sam GULISANO 80’), 13. David D’APUZZO, 15. Themba MUATA-MARLOW, 16. SEAN SYMONS, 18. Adrian UCCHINO, 20. Tasuku SEKIYA

Substitutes not used: 5. Stephan ADATTINI, , 12. Benjamin MCCARRON, , 22. Blake TUXFORD

Yellow cards: Glaimi 43’, Fondyke 49’, Ucchino 78′

Red cards:

Player Ratings

Sydney Olympic

Paul Henderson 6.5 Cleared with confidence when require but, on the whole, didn’t have much work to do as his side was clearly superior.

Jinya An 6. A reliable but quiet game. Played his part in the but generally flew under the radar.

Will Angel 8. A great defensive display. Determined and confident, he was rewarded by a great crowd applause late in the game when he was replaced.

Darcy Burgess 7.5 Resilient and confident throughout the game. Played a vital role in his side’s win.

Max Burgess 8. Found openings and played his heart out all day. A faultless performance on many levels.

Zachary Mackenzie 6.5 Not a memorable game but certainly he didn’t put a foot wrong. The quintessential team player with a solid display

Jason Madonis 8. Captain courageous who led the team well, penetrated through the middle and can definitely be very proud of his efforts.

Radovan Pavicevic 8. A very good performance and had defenders always guessing. Was replaced late in the game as a just reward

Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez 9. Many superlatives would be required to describe his performance. He created havoc on right flank, created the first goal, scored the second and the third and really could have scored even more if not for Necevski’s heroics

Thomas Whiteside 7. Reliable and confident. One of Sydney Olympic’s toilers who deserved to be a part of the winning team.

Riley Woodcock 7.5 Was often involved in nice work and created space when required. Played his part in Olympic’s well-oiled machine

APIA Leichhardt Tigers

Ivan Necevski 7. Pulled off some great saves and still has what it takes to mix it with the best. APIA would lost by more if not for some of his heroics

David D’Apuzzo 6. A quiet game but didn’t do anything wrong either. Knew his role and executed it without fuss

Howard Fondyke 6. A few glimpses here and there of his talent but, on the whole, not much else besides a close free-kick early on.

Paul Galimi 6. Puts his body on line when required and defended courageously. Gave away a yellow card though and was replaced midway through the second half.

Nathan Millgate 6.5 Played his part in a losing team but can hold his head up for always trying even though he showed his frustration at the end with a silly yellow card.

Themba Muata Marlow 7. A reliable performance from one of APIA’s best on the day. Tracked back when required and even got upfront occasionally to create havoc.

Franco Parisi 7. Great touch as always from the veteran and created confusion and doubt in the defenders’ mind when he had the ball. A fan favourite as always.

Tasuku Sekiya 7.5 Possibly APIA’s best with his creativity and nice touches throughout the contest. Would have appreciated some better service from his teammates.

Joshua Symons 6. Tried to get involved but it is always difficult in a team that was well beaten. Not a game that he will remember fondly.

Sean Symons 7. Dangerous upfront and certainly one of APIA’s go-to men, but still could have done better with some chances.

Adrian Ucchino 6. The general of the side but being a general in a losing team is always difficult.

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September 05, 2018

NPL NSW Men’s Grand Final 2018 Preview

5 September , 2018 By Football NSW

The biggest game of the National Premier Leagues NSW season has arrived and months of blood sweat and tears will culminate in a blockbuster clash of the titans.

Premiers Sydney Olympic FC will go head to head with APIA Leichhardt Tigers to see who will be crowned champion for the 2018 season.

Olympic and APIA finished the season in first and second place respectively and are fitting combatants for this year’s decider.

It has been historic seasons for both clubs with Olympic winning their first premiership in seven years, while APIA return to the decider for the second straight year breaking a number of goal scoring records on the way.

Adding a little extra flavour to the fixture is the fact Olympic pinched the title from APIA’s grasp on the final day of the regular season and are now playing for a league double.

This combined with the Tigers determination to atone for their heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Manly in last year’s grand final shows that neither side will be struggling to find inspiration for this marquee match-up.

With the pain of that grand final defeat in the back of their mind, APIA raced out of the blocks this season to deliver a season of thrilling attacking football.

No team in the NPL NSW has been as prolific as the Billy McColl coached APIA team with their haul of 62 goals in the regular season setting a new league record.

Olympic on the other hand has been an example of consistency with their impressive form helping them to a run of nine games unbeaten during the first half of the campaign. It was the longest streak of its type by any team this season.

Their 4-0 drubbing of Sydney United 58 in the major semi-final was a warning that they won’t be stopped on their endeavour to take home the premiership and championship double.

On the park both teams have squads bristling with talent.

Olympic have the best defence in the competition conceding only 19 goals. Their attack was also not to be sneezed at as they netted 40 goals – the second best tally in the league.

Spanish striker Alex Sanchez has been a revelation for the Abbas Saad coached Olympic scoring 17 goals in the regular season and followed it up with a hat trick in his one finals match.

Central defender Tom Whiteside has become a solid force in the heart of the Belmore based side’s back line and has only improved since the departure of established stopper George Timotheou mid way through the campaign.

While Olympic is prominently a team of young talent, established veterans Will Angel and Paul Henderson provide the team with experience and composure.

The fact APIA have made it through to the grand final is proof of the fluidity and flexibility of their squad.

The mid-year transfer window featured the departure of a number of players from Lambert Park, including Olympic midfielder Zach Mackenzie, while star striker Jordan Murray was snapped up by Central Coast Mariners after his haul of 22 goals broke the regular season scoring record.

It has meant plenty of shuffling the deck for McColl and the way his players have been able to step up into different roles in the team as well as play more minutes than usual has been a big part of their success.

APIA club legend Franco Parisi has been one of the biggest examples of this with the midfield maestro experiencing somewhat of a renaissance during the past two months as he has taken on a more central role in the Tigers attack.

Defensively APIA has struggled to keep their opposition scoreless, but on their day are tough to break down.

Themba Muata-Marlow is a monster in the heart of APIA’s back line with his athleticism and eye for the game making him a nightmare for strikers.

This game presents a number of key match-ups with some of the competition’s most talented players going head to head.

Can Olympic’s defence be able to stop APIA’s record setting attack?

Will Alex Sanchez be too much for APIA’s back line to handle?

Will the scars from last year’s grand final penalty shoot out loss and this year’s final day premiership capitulation weigh too heavily on APIA?

Does Olympic have the fortitude to beat Olympic on the biggest stage?

The two sides have faced off three times this season in all competition’s with APIA winning two and one match ending in a draw.

While Olympic will have the mental edge as premiers, APIA’s good results against their grand final opponents and recent comeback wins could give them a slight advantage.

Whatever the outcome this afternoon, goals, excitement and entertainment are sure to be on the menu.

However, when it’s all said and done, only one team can be crowned champion.

Probable Starting Line-ups

Sydney Olympic: Henderson, Whiteside, Mackenzie, Woodcock, An, Angel, D Burgess, M Burgess, Madonis, Pavicevic, Sanchez

APIA Leichhardt Tigers: Necevski, Muata-Marlow, Millgate, Galimi, Ucchino, J Symons, S Symons, Parisi, Sekiya, Fondyke, Lundy

Don’t Forget

Tickets are on sale for the 2018 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s Grand Final between Premiers Sydney Olympic v APIA Leichhardt Tigers.

The pinnacle event will be held on Sunday September 9th at Leichhardt Oval, Leichhardt.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online to avoid queues at the gate.

Gates will open for the U18’s Grand Final at 9am while sales for tickets will commence at 10:30am.

Get in early for the Adults Early Bird Special of $10 with the offer ending on Wednesday 5th of September at 11:45pm.

Purchase tickets to the NPL NSW Men’s Grand Final

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September 04, 2018

3 September , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic FC put the cherry on top of their 2018 season as the Blues ran out 3-1 winners over Central Coast Mariners in Sunday’s twilight National Premier Leagues NSW 2 NSW Womens Grand Final at Valentine Sports Park.

A first half strike to Lieke De Bever opened the proceedings for the Premiers then Lily Chen turned home the ball from close range to put Olympic in a dominant position at half-time. Chen added a second to snuff out the contest. The trophy rounded out a perfect season from Sydney Olympic as they were crowned back-to-back premiers and collected the Champions in a massive year for the club.

For Central Coast Mariners, they had their chances.

Iona Snape grew into the contest and drilled home a late consolation goal in the 88th minute.

Jordan Evans earlier had a chance from the spot but a superb double save denied her as Central Coast couldn’t crown their season.

Mariners coach Dan Barrett did concede that this was a learning experience that the squad will take in line for the 2019 season.

On a crisp evening both teams looked to assert themselves early in the contest.

Melissa Swinfield almost carved out a shot before Olympic stopper Amanda Horafios gathered then Madelaine Costanzo tried to direct a header that bounced wide.

It was almost set to script.

The first goal fell to Sydney Olympic’s main striker, Dutch born Lieke De Bever, who found enough space at the edge of the area to fire a powerful effort that sailed past Mariners keeper Rhiannon Hines, making it 1-nil.

Sydney Olympic looked to make the most of the early running, another precise ball found De Bever in space but the striker couldn’t find the target.

It was quickly followed by another De Bever effort from some neat interplay with Madelaine Costanzo then Madeleine Mirkovic nodded a header wide.

The Mariners woke up from their slumber as Jordan Evans thrashed wide then they were denied by the crossbar as frustration started to set in. Although the Mariners did start to find both Iona Snape and Evans more space on the ball.

Just before the break, Sydney Olympic doubled their advantage.

A delightful cross from the right was turned home by Lily Chen in stride, as the premiers took a 2-nil lead into the break.

Central Coast started brighter in the second half.

They started to find more urgency on the ball, racking up the corners and delivering some dangerous crosses but they continued to sweep the ball wide of the goal-frame.

Chen buoyed by her earlier goal, dribbled into the area before she smashed an effort into the net and it was 3-nil for Olympic.

Football seems to throw up surprises when you least expect them though.

Snape was fouled in the box which gave them a route into the contest.

Mariners’ Evans stepped up, and was denied twice by Horafios as Olympic looked hungrier to avenge their previous Grand Final defeats.

Deflated but not defeated, the Mariners continued to find some late joy. Snape continued to bustle down the wing, created a chance for Gabrielle Blanch, the player slide her effort wide.

Olympic continued to look for some insurance as Danielle Calvi shot wide from a slick one-two with De Bever then Snape got some reward for her energy late in the piece. She rallied past a pair of defenders before slotting home calmly to make it 3-1. Her goal brought a late flurry of chances for Mariners but their woes in front of goal continued.

Afterwards Sydney Olympic coach George Beltsos was lost for words in his excitement for finally getting the Grand Final victory he savored but commended his side on their professional effort.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. I can’t explain it. We’ve finally won the Championship. With the team I have, and the effort they have put together all season, I wasn’t worried, even before kick-off.

“I also am happy for the girls who have been in the club for a long time to finally taste success. We got unlucky last year but finally delivered this season.”

Star striker Lieke De Bever echoed Beltsos’ sentiments.

“It’s what we’ve all been hoping for.

“It was good to score early then add some more goals.”

She added that she didn’t expect to receive the player of the match but was overjoyed to finish a magnificent season with the award.

For Central Coast Mariners Barrett stated that Sydney Olympic were more clinical but it will serve as an important lesson for his side heading into the future.

“We had some really good chances but we couldn’t find the back of the net. We got beat by three clinical strikes from Olympic and that was the difference tonight.

“It wasn’t the prettiest of games and Grand Finals never are. It was a good contest but their clinical nature was the difference.

“We’ll get better for this. The girls will come back bigger and better, hopefully next season we’re having a different conversation.” finished Barrett.

Match Stats

Sunday 2 September 2018

Valentine Sports Park #1, Glenwood

Sydney Olympic FC 3

Central Coast Mariners 1

Sydney Olympic FC: 3. MIRKOVIC Madeleine (43. DOWSE ‘57), 4. BARHAM Deidre (15. TSOUPIS ‘61), 6. HALASKA Kate, 7. CALVI Danielle, 9. COSTANZO Madelaine, 10. DE BEVER Lieke, 11. ROHRER Kristy, 12. CHEN Lily (21. HOWARD ‘86), 14. AMBERG Amanda, 18. KUNOVSKI Kristy, 20. HORAFIOS Amanda,

Unused subs: 17. KHOURY Hanna Lee, 36. SAADE Sihaem

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

Central Coast Mariners: 1. HINES Rhiannon, 2. BLANCH Gabrielle, 3. SWINFIELD Melissa, 7. EVANS Jordan, 8. LITTERICK Kirby, 9. EYERS Haylie (5. OLIVEIRA ‘72), 10. MCATEMNEY Jade, 11. SHORTER Elizabeth, 13. MURPHY Kaitlin (32. BRYANT ‘60), 25. SNAPE Iona, 35. DAVIS Georgia

Unused subs: 21. TUCKER Mikala, 23. DEARIE Cheyenne, 50. BRADBURY Maddison

Yellow cards: Swinfield ‘85

Red cards: nil

-By Justin Davies

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August 31, 2018

29 August , 2018 By Football NSW

It’s time for the big dance! The final two teams left in NPL2 Womens clash, as Premiers Sydney Olympic FC look to avenge their loss last year against fellow heavyweight, Central Coast Mariners Sunday evening at Valentine Sports Park.

Grand Final: Sydney Olympic FC vs Central Coast Mariners, Sunday 2 September, 5:15pm, Valentine Sports Park #1

In the left corner, we have Sydney Olympic FC. The back-to-back premiers has swept all eleven sides aside across the season, including a dynamic 5-2 success against Central Coast back in round six, in the middle of their long unbeaten streak.

Much of the success for the Olympic side came from their prolific front three. Lieke De Bever topped the charts for the side with a phenomenal 38 goals in the season, with some assistance from last year’s golden boot, Madelaine Costanzo and the talismanic Danielle Calvi.

Olympic will be seeking the one thing they have been failing to achieve within recent times, despite their burgeoning cabinet the illusive Championship trophy is yet to be obtained by the side. They were pipped 1-nil against Bankstown City last year, but are now back with vengeance to whisk themselves off to NPL1 with the cpmpleted set.

Add to that the return of Kalista Tsoupis, who retired last season after their Grand Final defeat. She has helped to defensively solidify the Olympic FC backline. Although Amanda Horafios may be in for a busy afternoon, having pulled off some superb saves this season.

Player to watch: It might be simplistic to single out De Bever but the striker has been the heartbeat of the Sydney Olympic FC side. Scoring 38 goals is an impressive feat and the attacker has all the qualities to succeed at higher levels, including impressive speed and shot that makes her the key target for Mariners to subdue.

Swinging over the right corner of the battle. Here lies Central Coast Mariners, they have battled through the crucible of the NPL2 finals series – beating both APIA Leichhardt Tigers and SD Raiders (who triumphed 2-1 in the first weekend of the finals) to get to this weekend.

Coach Dan Barrett has been quietly confident throughout the season in his squad. They responded well to that with score lines of 10 and eight in the first five weeks, that fired them to a top two spot where the Mariners remained the rest of the season as the yellow and navy picked up the scalp of Sunday’s opponent’s Sydney Olympic, 4-nil, ending their undefeated streak as well.

The Mariners have been shown to be adaptable in their approach. Their style has evolved across the season, especially since star striker Candice Phelan fell victim to injury – who fired in 44 goals – in their dramatic 3-2 victory against APIA Leichhardt in week two of the finals. Youngster Iona Snape has filled her void with aplomb topped with her bomb to down SD Raiders last week.

Snape scored 13 goals in her 16 appearances this season, her strength on the ball against larger opponents will hold her in good stead against an experienced Olympic FC defense. Alongside pacey winger Jordan Evans (14 goals) Mariners have a dual threat to combat the artillery that the Premiers possess.

Looking at the key battle though, it will be the Mariners defense marshalled by goalkeeper Rhiannon Hines. The coastal side were rock solid, winning the aerial duels against SD Raiders, and they need to repeat the dose against Olympic FC.

Player to watch: Along the same vein, Olympic FC have their own jet-heeled attacker, Jordan Evans. The second string to Candice Phelan’s orchestra most of the season, but she came into her own late in the piece, including a four-goal performance against APIA. Flying down the flanks, Evans brings spark and energy to the Mariners unit and is prepared for a huge performance on Sunday evening.

Taking all those ingredients into account, Sunday sets up to be a classic encounter between two heavyweights of the NPL2 Womens and be a fitting finale to what has been a wonderful season of football.

Tale of the tape:

Round 6: Sydney Olympic FC 5 defeated Central Coast Mariners 2

Round 17: Central Coast Mariners 4 defeated Sydney Olympic FC 0

Click here to view the NPL 2 NSW Women’s Grand Final Match Day Program

-By Justin Davies

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August 27, 2018

26 August , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic is one game away from securing a historic National Premier Leagues NSW Championship double after defeating Sydney United 58 FC 4-0 in the Major-Semi final at Lambert Park on Sunday.

A hat-trick to Spanish import Alex Sanchez, along with one goal to Olympic skipper Jason Madonissecured the win for the blues, with their robust defence keeping Sydney United 58 off the scoreboard.

The victory for Olympic was their third consecutive win over Sydney United 58 and capped off their Premiership winning season with a direct run to the Grand Final.

Sydney United 58 were determined to make a positive start to the game, sending three shots towards goal in the first 12 minutes, but Paul Henderson proved staunch in defending the sticks.

Chris Payne created the first chance for United 58 in the 6th minute but sent the ball flying over the bar.

The visitors had another opportunity in the 10th minute, with Payne making a promising forward run, which was cleaned up by the Olympic custodian.

Max Burgess looked for the first for Olympic in the 15th minute, sending a shot blazing towards goal, but Thomas Manos managed to deny Burgess the opener.

Sanchez would be the first on the scoreboard in the 20th minute, heading home a goal.

Max Burgess sent a shot towards the sticks which was deflected to Radovan Pavicevic.

Pavicevic then sent a header to Manos, who deflected the ball back out to Sanchez, who was able to knock the ball to the back of the net.

Madonis doubled the lead for Olympic only ten minutes later, capitalising on a clearance from Sydney United 58 which saw the ball fall to his feet outside the box.

The skipper fired a powerful shot into the back of the net to take the lead to two.

Sanchez didn’t wait long to further extend the lead, landing a ball in the back of the net just two minutes later.

Some brilliant teamwork from Olympic saw the ball work its way from Henderson to Pavicevic on the wing, who slid the ball to Sanchez.

The striker sent the ball over Manos into the back of the net to score his second of the night.

Despite some promising opportunities from the visitors, Sydney United were unable to get on the scoreboard, hitting the sheds for the break without a goal.

Max Burgess kicked off the second half with promise, making a run towards goal, but sent his shot to the hands of Manos.

Sanchez landed the trifecta in the 63th minute, working his way through United 58’s defence to score.

The Spaniard was met with a standing ovation from Olympic when he made his way off the field in the 77th minute, after a sensational performance.

Sydney United 58 coach, Miro Vlastelica, explained that despite another loss to Olympic, his team would move forward and prepare to take on APIA for a second time in finals next weekend.

“I thought the first 20 minutes we were definitely in the game and there were a few lapses in concentration and they punished us.”

“A good side like Olympic is going to do that.

“Once you concede in finals football it’s always hard.

“We just move on now, work hard through the week and prepare for APIA.”

Olympic coach, Abbas Saad, was very pleased his team took the simplest road to the Grand Final.

“I’m very happy, excited obviously for the boys.”

“We didn’t want to fall at this stage and that was the message throughout the week.”

Looking toward the Grand Final, Saad explained he would prepare for either opponent.

“We’ve just got to worry about ourselves, we’ll prepare for United or APIA.

“The Grand Final is just a special day and it’s a one-off game and I think the team that’s going to turn up and play the better football will probably win, and that’s what we’re preparing for.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic 4 (Alejandro Sanchez 20’, 32’, 63’, Jason Madonis 30’)

Sydney United 58 0

Sunday August 26, 2018

Lambert Park, Leichardt

Referee: M Weiner

Assistant referees: N Backo & J Adabjou

Fourth offical: D Stack

Sydney Olympic: 1. Paul Henderson, 2. Tom Whiteside, 7. William Angel (33. Niko Tsattalios), 8. Jason Madonis, 9. Radovan Pavicevic (18. Brendan Hooper), 10. Max Burgess, 11. Jinya An, 12. Zachary Mackenzie, 14. Alejandro Sanchez Lopez (5. James Demetriou), 19. Darcy Burgess, 23. Riley Woodcock

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

Yellow Cards: Will Angel 53’

Red Cards: Nil

Sydney United 58: 2. Christian Gonzales (7. NaimRahimi), 3. Jordan Roberts, 6. Christopher Payne, 8. Matthew Sim, 11. Yianni Perkatis (4. Luke Vlastelica), 12. Shannon Cole, 14. Nick Stavroulakis (5. Anthony Vrlic), 15. Tariq Maia, 18. Glen Trifiro, 21. Thomas Manos, 22. Yianni Fragogiannis

Substitutes Not Used: 13. Sam Perre, 40. John Hall

Yellow Cards: Christopher Payne 65’, Nick Stavroulakis 65’, Luke Vlastelica 83’

Red Cards: Nil

By National Premier Leagues reporter Madeline Reilly

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August 24, 2018

Sydney Olympic Football Club is committed to offering a technical and coaching structure that provides a football development program ensuring players and coaches reach their potential.
After a very successful 2018 which featured a Men’s 1st grade NPL1 premiership, as well as a Women’s 1st and Reserve Grade NPL 2 Premiership, Sydney Olympic will now be one of only two club’s in NSW with their Men and Women’s football program in the NPL 1 competition.

As demonstrated in 2018, Sydney Olympic provided several opportunities for identified players in our program to participate in talented player sessions, programs and overseas trials. Through the partnership with Bundesliga giants FC Schalke 04, senior player George Timotheou signed a professional contract with FC Schalke 04 last month. For the 2019 season and beyond we will be increasing these development opportunities for players and coaches as the partnership strengthens.

For the 2019 season our coaching structure will involve a combination of full-time and part-time coaches which will work together to ensure a football program that not only focuses on the development of all our squads but also identified player’s through additional personalised and specific sessions.

The Club is excited to confirm that Ante Juric in his capacity as General Manager – Football will work with coaches in our SAP, Youth and Senior Women’s programs to create an environment of football excellence around retention, recruitment, player management and development.

In addition to this role, Ante will coach the Under 18 squad. This squad will retain some of our best existing talent as well as seek to recruit talented players looking to progress into senior football at Olympic.

Abbas Saad will continue to undertake the role of 1st Grade Coach as well manage the Men’s senior football program in a full time capacity, importantly ensuring alignment of the Under 18 and 20 squads with 1st Grade.

George and Arthur Beltsos, on the back of a successful 2018 to date will continue to oversee our Senior women program as it moves into NPL 1 for 2019.

Club CEO John Boulous stated:
“To have not only two exceptional coaches, but Olympic legends like Ante and Abbas, in conjunction with an exceptional line-up of experienced coaches driving the Club’s football program is a huge boost for players and coaches in our program”.

“We are focused on development and we believe the football program and opportunities we can offer players currently, at our club and those wanting to join our club is second to none”.
“Importantly, our coaches have been involved with Olympic for many years and are committed to ensuring our football program continues to strengthen”
“To have youth coaches as experienced as Ivan Petkovic and Eric Hristodoulou who have a proven track record of developing youth players, combined with Kerim Baba who has come to Olympic from the FC Schalke 04 set-up highlights our football program as a clear destination for talented players looking to progress and reach their potential’.
“Our Women’s program will move into NPL 1 this season and our coaching staff have been involved in our women’s program for several years and are committed to retaining, developing and recruiting the best talent”.
“There is a real opportunity for talented female players to join a traditional and iconic club like Sydney Olympic FC who will be playing in the highest level of football in NSW.”

Below is the line-up of Coaches for the Youth and SAP male and female squads for the 2019 season;

Men’s Youth Program
Under 16 – Eric Hristodoulou
Under 15 – Kerim Baba
Under 14 – Ivan Petkovic
Under 13 – Kerim Baba

Women’s Youth Program
Under 17 – Nick Scott
Under 15 – Yanake Tennant
Under 14 – John Pladas

Boys SAP
Under 12 – Max Andriotti
Under 11 – Paul Lombardo
Under 10 – Leon Alexiou
Under 9 – Leon Alexiou (Interim)

Girls SAP
Under 13 – Sean Maloney
Under 12 – Musie Elongo
Under 11 – Raff Cuomo
Under 10 – Harry Kouklidis

With positions available in all squads players wishing to trial at Olympic should submit an expression of interest to trial ASAP by clicking   https://form.jotform.co/81898115715869
We will communicate trial registration details directly to you.

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August 24, 2018

Only four teams remain in the battle for the National Premier Leagues NSW Championship and the pressure is heating up.

The first week of the finals delivered plenty of excitement and a heap of twists and turns as favourites Blacktown City and APiA Leichhardt Tigers were both defeated.

While the loss meant Blacktown was eliminated, it was a serious warning for APIA who stay alive and will this week take on Rockdale City Suns at Lambert Park.

In the weekend’s other match, a grand final berth is on the line as Premiers Sydney Olympic host Sydney United 58 at Lambert park on Sunday.

With only two weeks to go until the grand final the stakes are high and both matches are sure to go down to the wire.

Major Semi-Final

Sydney Olympic FC v Sydney United 58 FC, 5pm Sunday at Lambert Park 

Newly crowned NPL NSW Premiers Sydney Olympic will be looking to the Grand Final express lane as they set out to book their ticket to the decider in their first finals game.

The Abbas Saad coached side is full of confidence and inspired to make this season one for the history books by claiming the Premiership and Championship double.

Standing in their way will be Sydney United 58 who shocked competition favourites APIA Leichhardt Tigers last week in a game littered with twists and turns.

Despite having the week off, Olympic used their week off for a tune-up game against A-League side Central Coast Mariners and will be firing on all cylinders this Sunday.

Saad has his team playing an exciting brand of football with attacking weapons Max Burgess, Radovan Pavicevic and lead goal scorer Alejandro Sanchez the ones to watch.

Olympic is not all out attack with their defence marshalled by breakout star Tom Whiteside in central defence as well as veteran shot stopper Paul Henderson.

They will need to be at their best to hold out United 58 who proved last week that their attack doesn’t just start and finish with injured star Panny Nikas.

Patrick Antelmi fulfilled his promise pregame of being an x-factor for his side and was in everything against APIA.

Thomas Manos in goals had a herculean performance between the sticks for The Reds and will once again be a tough man to beat.

in their previous two meetings this season, Sydney Olympic has been victorious both times.

in round 11 Olympic played out a 2-0 win at Sydney United Sports Centre while in Round 22 Olympic clung on for a 1-0 win at Belmore Sports Ground to be crowned Premiers.

While the loser will have a second chance at making the grand final, both teams will be focused on securing their spot in this season’s decider.

The stakes are high and this match is not one to be missed.

 

 

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August 13, 2018

12 August , 2018 By Football NSW

Hakoah Sydney City East has stunned the National Premier League NSW competition with a final day 2-1 victory against APIA Leichhardt Tigers denying the Lambert Park side a second consecutive Premiership title.

The visitors took the lead in the first half before APIA pegged their opponents back with a goal from Tasuku Sekiya ten minutes after the break.

Adrian Ucchino might’ve won the game – and the title – for his side with a penalty but could only blast his spot kick over the crossbar.

With two minutes left on the clock, Robert Ezekiel popped up to seal a stunning win for Hakoah and deliver heartbreak for APIA and their fans.

It was an incredible result to finish the season and one which is sure to cut deep for a long time to come for the Tigers.

With little but pride to play for, Hakoah came out strong; Andre De Jong’s wayward shot from distance a warning of the visitors intent to win.

They went close again a few minutes later when Amaury Gauthier rose in the middle to meet a corner, but the header lacked conviction and sailed wide of the target.

Shaken from their early stupor, APIA drove forward through Tasuku Sekiya, who blasted a shot against the goalkeeper only for Sean Symons to collect the ball and graze the crossbar with a shot of his own a few moments later.

Nathan Millgate took a bouncing ball on the run before swiping a volley wide of the near post, while Sekiya won a corner which Adrian Uccinho swung in for Anthony Bouzanis to swipe clear.

APIA appeared to be knocking on the door after an indifferent start, but pushed forward at the expense of their defensive line. They were left hopelessly exposed as Andre De Dong streaked clean through the middle on the break, with Ivan Necevski left to make a terrific save in the one-on-one to keep the game scoreless.

There was little Necevski could do about Hakoah’s next attack, as a ball dropped into the box from the left flank for Amaury Gauthier to smash home past the stranded keeper with minutes to go until halftime.

The situation became even more dire at the break as news filtered through that Sydney Olympic had taken a lead at Belmore. Still, APIA picked themselves up to equalise just six minutes after the restart, as Sekiya took a loose ball on the left before picking his spot and guiding the ball perfectly across the goalkeeper and into the top right corner.

APIA looked to lack control in the midfield despite their goal, with Sekiya and Parisi pushing forward to leave a gap behind them. Themba Muata-Marlow saw a weak header gathered easily by Bouzanis, while up the other end Andre De Jong fell to deflect a shot past the post as Hakoah looked for the killer blow.

Corey Biczo came on as a substitute to have a shot saved at point blank range; the ball coming to him at a near-impossible angle at the back post.

With scores level heading into the final ten minutes, APIA might’ve felt they had one hand on the Premiership when Sean Symons won a penalty in the 83rd minute; jinking behind his man before going down to give his side a golden chance to take the lead for the first time in the match.

Adrian Ucchino took responsibility for the spot kick, and succumbed to the pressure of the moment as he drilled his penalty over the crossbar .

Ucchino’s miss served as a turning point in the match – and the title race – as Hakoah drove forward to grab a second, with Andre De Jong holding the ball up for Robert Ezekiel to sweep in a second for the visitors.

APIA had chances to snatch a draw, but by now the players looked exhausted. Howard Fondyke drilled a low shot just past the near post, before Nathan Millgate popped up at the back post to glance a cross from Franco Parisi wide of the goal.

One late goal seemed possible for the Tigers, but two in the final few minutes proved too much. In first place heading into Round 22, APIA Leichhardt must settle for second ahead of their first finals clash next weekend.

APIA’s Billy McColl remained proud of his team’s effort over the course of the season as they look towards the finals, regardless of the result on a bitterly disappointing final day.

“We were still positive at halftime. We were controlling the game and we’re a footballing team, so we knew we were going to create chances and we did create chances – today they didn’t go in,” he said.

“It’s been a great year and we’re disappointed not to win the title, but if you can’t put your shots away then you don’t win. Hakoah took their chances and they’ll take the points.”

“To finish the season with three wins is great for us,” said Hakoah’s Gavin Rae.

“APIA have been a difficult opponent for us recently – at least over the last couple of seasons – so to get a result against them is great as well. We went and nicked it at the end, but that’s football. Fortunately for us we got the win.”

Match Stats

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC 1 (Sekiya 51’)
Hakoah Sydney City East FC 2 (Gauthier 34’, Ezekiel 88’)
Sunday August 12, 2018
Lambert Park, Leichhardt
Referee: B. Abraham
Assistant Referees: M. Mcorist, D. Horstead
Fourth official: T. Plasto

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC: 7. FONDYKE Howard, 3. GALIMI Paul, 19. LUNDY Brandon (8. BICZO Corey), 2. MILLGATE Nathan, 15. MUATA-MARLOW Themba, 1. NECEVSKI Ivan, 10. PARISI Franco, 20. SEKIYA Tasuku, 4. SYMONS Joshua, 16. SYMONS Sean, 18. UCCHINO Adrian

Substitutes not used: 13. D’APUZZO David, 38. GULISANO Samuel, 22. TUXFORD Blake, 5. ADATTINI Stephan

Yellow cards: N/A
Red cards: N/A

Hakoah Sydney City East FC: 1. BOUZANIS Anthony, 20. COMBES James, 19. COX Dominic, 10. DE JONG Andre, 6. DRAPER Cameron (12. EZEKIEL Robert), 21. GAUTHIER Amaury (31. KOLT Satchel), 8. GREEN Oliver, 3. KOUTA Michael, 60 NOJI Takayuki (11. CRIGHTON Jordan)i, 5. STAMATELLIS Mitchell, 4. WALKER Bradley

Substitutes not used: 40. FIGUEIRA Michael, 17. JONES Harry

Yellow cards: N/A
Red cards: N/A
By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Max Grieve

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August 10, 2018

The Premiership race all comes down to 90 minutes with this week’s Round 22 fixtures set to be a scintillating end to the National Premier Leagues NSW regular season.

All 12 matches will take place simultaneously making for a huge afternoon of action this Sunday.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers and Sydney Olympic FC go into the final game locked on 45 points a piece but with APIA’s superior goal difference giving them the upper hand in the race for the Premiership trophy.

A win for the Tigers on Sunday will be enough for them to take home the title for the second straight year, however if they slip up the door will be wide open for Olympic to pip them to the finish line in first place.

The last finals spot is also on the line with Rockdale City Suns and Marconi Stallions fighting to keep their season alive.

The two teams are locked on 30 points but Marconi has a narrow goal difference advantage of three goals.

A win for Marconi against Wollongong Wolves should be enough for them to snap up fifth spot but Rockdale will be out to put as many goals as they can past bottom side Sydney FC to ensure their place in the playoffs.

Sydney Olympic v Sydney United 58, 3pm Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground – Live streamed on Facebook.

It all comes down to this for Sydney Olympic with their hopes of premiership glory on the line as they host Sydney United 58 FC on Sunday.

While their fate is not entirely in their hands, Olympic will be doing everything they can to secure a historic premiership win for the club.

They come into the game on the back of a comprehensive 4-0 thrashing of Wollongong Wolves and will be more determined than before to secure all three points.

Their opponents Sydney United 58 were also victorious in Round 21 with a 1-0 triumph against reigning Championship holders Manly United FC.

United 58 have tied up third place and a spot in the finals with the result in Sunday’s game making no impact on their final placing.

Alejandro Sanchez has scored 17 goals this season for Olympic and once again the responsibility will be on the shoulders of the Spaniard to find the back of the net for his side.

Despite a brief slump towards the back end of the season, Olympic have been the pace setters this year and willl be hurting that they are not in complete control of their Premiership title chances.

United 58 have little to play for in this game but that doesn’t mean they are going to take it easy against one of their biggest rivals.

It would be no surprise to see coach Miro Valstelica rest one or two of his main stars for this match and potentially blood young talent from United 58’s Under 20’s squad.

Nevertheless they are sure to put up a fight and will be looking to go into the finals with momentum.

This game could be a historic moment for Olympic fans and is sure to be an exciting contest.

 

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August 08, 2018

Sydney Olympic Football Club are continuing to build on its commitment to not only retain, attract and develop talented and identified footballers but provide unrivalled opportunities to enhance their development and reach their potential.

Kerim Baba is now into his third season at Sydney Olympic Football Club as a full time coach after arriving from Bundesliga giants, FC Schalke 04 in 2016. Kerim is critical in strengthening the Club’s football partnership with FC Schalke 04 and work in consultation with key persons like Sam Farokhi from Schalke 04.

Kerim continues to work closely with our recently appointed General Manager, Football Ante Juric and Men’s First Grade coach Abbas Saad to ensure identified players within our program have the opportunity to experience the football benefits a relationship with FC Schalke 04 has to offer.

Most recently the successful placement of George Timotheou at FC Schalke 04 highlights the great opportunity and environment at Sydney Olympic. Kerim’s dedication and personal time spent training various players 1on1 to prepare for such opportunities is integral to the future success of the Club and the players.

In his time here Kerim, has coached squads across all levels of our football program, including SAP, Youth, 18’s and 20’s of our Senior Men’s.

In 2018, Kerim has looked after our Under 12 and 13 football programs playing an important role in transitioning these players from SAP into 11 v 11 football. He is also currently serving as Assistant Coach in our Men’s First Grade squad.

Earlier this year, Kerim facilitated the successful Under 12 and 14 squads participation in the MIC Cup in Spain and a training camp at FC Schalke 04 where our squads undertook a football experience like no other.

Highlighting the success of football style and philosophy born from Schalke 04, in Kerim’s second season, the U12s squad narrowly missed out on the finals of the MIC tournament (one of Europe’s toughest) on goal difference but then went on to become runners up in the conciliation section of the Tournament.

Whilst in Germany the football experience was a unique insight into professional football life for the boys. The experience also included mini tournament games against Schalke04, Fortuna Dusseldorf, SC Bayer 05 Uerdingen and SSV Buer which resulted in a narrow 1-0 loss in the final minute against the hosts and subsequent wins against all other teams. The results all the more remarkable given the Under 12’s underrated playing roster from 18 months ago.

Club CEO John Boulous stated;
“The opportunity that exists for players within our program to benefit from this partnership with FC Schalke 04 is real and Kerim is critical to this.”

“Few clubs have the opportunity to develop such a strong partnership with an internationally renowned club like FC Schalke 04 and to see demonstrated benefits, such as Men’s 1st Grade player George Timotheou signing with the Bundesliga outfit”.

“This partnership clearly demonstrates to both, players at our club and players looking to come to our club that we are an integral part of the International and National football pathway and playing at Olympic can provide development and identification opportunities that are second to none”.

Sydney Olympic FC will shortly be releasing details for the next FC Schalke 04 development camp and tournament to be held in China, October 2018. Identified players born in 2007 will join squads from FC Schalke 04, in what will be a football experience not to be missed.

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August 06, 2018

Sydney Olympic has kept their premiership push alive with a dominant 4-0 win against Wollongong Wolves at Hooka Creek Park on Sunday.

A brace from Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez helped get the visitors over the line, with Nikolas Tsattalios and Max Burgess also getting on the scoresheet in a productive afternoon for the travelling side.

The result ensures the Abbas Saad coached side remains neck and neck with APIA Leichhardt Tigers for the Premiership and sets up a dramatic final round next week.

Sadly for Wollongong the loss means they finish yet another season outside the top five and out of contention for finals football.

Wollongong had two early chances to take the lead through forward Peter Simonoski, but the Wolves top-scorer was unable to finish either chance in a tough first ten minutes for the hosts.

The striker fired his two early efforts skimming across the Olympic goalmouth.

But it was Olympic who opened the scoring in the 37th minute, the side taking advantage of a building pressure throughout the opening half to finally break the deadlock through Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez.

A great pass from Olympic’s Radovan Pavicevic set up Sanchez-Lopez who burst into the Wolves box with the ball and fired off a powerful effort into the Wollongong goal to make it 1-0.

Sydney Olympic doubled their advantage three minutes into the second-half, with substitute Nikolas Tsattalios making the most of a fantastic cross in from the right-hand side of the field from Pavicevic before heading home past Justin Pasfield.

Wollongong had a chance to pull a goal back four minutes later through Ryan Ensor, who managed to find himself in space thanks to a wonderful pass from Nicholas Montgomery.

However, Ensor was unable to make the chance count, with Olympic gloveman Paul Henderson rushing out and denying the Wollongong chance.

Despite netting in the first-half, Olympic’s leading scorer Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez was not finished for the day and the forward scored his 16th goal of the league campaign in the 79th minute.

The Spaniard picked up the ball after it was centred from substitute James Demetriou before firing home to all but secure the three points for the visitors.

Wollongong’s Ensor had another chance to pick up a consolation goal for the hosts in the 84th minute when he managed to create a one-on-one chance with Olympic shot-stopper Henderson,

But once again the veteran shot stopper was too good, denying Wollongong a goal in their last home match of the season.

The visitors picked up one final goal before the full-time whistle, with Max Burgess tapping an effort past Pasfield in the first minute of stoppage time to complete the win for Olympic.

Sydney Olympic coach Abbas Saad was glad that his side took all three points but notes that his side still has to beat Sydney United 58 and hope the Tigers slip up if Olympic are to take top spot.

“To get the first goal was good, just to give us a little more confidence and settle the nerves down,” he said.

“But the second half, I told the boys they just have to take an extra touch if you have to because of the field, but you need to score. We need to score second and we need to score third. It was a pleasing factor, that we kept our nerve and we played our football and we scored our goals.

“We’ve still got to win our last game, but I told the boys that we needed to come down here and do a job, which we did. Now we need to go back home and do a job. Whatever results with APIA happen, but we have got to look at ourselves.”

Meanwhile, Wollongong coach Jacob Timpano was disappointed by the score line, noting that Olympic managed to make the most of their chances in the match.

“I don’t think it was a 4-0 game, but we’ve seen the difference today and probably over the course of a season, a team like Olympic are clinical,” he said.

“Them being clinical in front of goal is what keeps them at the top of the table and we haven’t been all season.

“Our aim was finals [and] we weren’t good enough. It’s what we were aiming for [but] we will go next week and hopefully end the season on a high.”

Match Stats

Wollongong Wolves 0

Sydney Olympic FC 4 (Alejandro Sanchez 37’, 79’, Nikolas Tsattalios 48’, Max Burgess 91’)

 

Sunday 5th August, 2018

 

Hooka Creek Park, Berkeley

 

Referee: T. Danaskos

Assistant Referees: S. Edeling and N. Wotton

Fourth Official: A. Brett

 

Wollongong Wolves: 1. Justin Pasfield, 3. Darcy Madden (21. James Carli 82’), 4. Michael Robinson, 5. James Baldacchino, 6. Nicholas Montgomery, 7. Chris Price, 8. Brendan Griffin, 9. Peter Simonoski, 17. Ryan Ensor, 23. Steven Hayes (14. Ethan Kambisios 68’), 30. Yuzo Tashiro (11. Tory Musumeci 57’)

 

Substitutes Not Used: 16. Luke Kairies (GK), 26. Luke Wilkshire

 

Yellow Cards: Nicholas Montgomery 43’

Red Cards: Nil

 

Sydney Olympic FC: 1. Paul Henderson, 2. Tim Whiteside, 6. Nicola Kuleski, 7. Nicholas Angel, 8. Jason Madonis (33. Nikolas Tsattalios 45’), 9. Radovan Pavicevic (5. James Demetriou 72’), 10. Max Burgess, 12. Zac Mackenzie, 14. Alejandro Sanchez, 18. Brendan Hooper, 23. Riley Woodcock

 

Substitutes Not Used: 11. Jinya An, 19. Darcy Burgess, 20. Ezequiel Consoni

 

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil

 

By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Cal Behrendt

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August 03, 2018

It’s shaping up to be a thrilling end to the National Premier Leagues NSW season and this weekend’s penultimate round of fixtures will have a big say in who takes out the Premiership.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers hold top spot on the ladder but only by points difference ahead of Sydney Olympic.

The Tigers host relegation battling Bonnyrigg White Eagles on Sunday while Olympic have an arduous road trip down to the South Coast to take on Wollongong Wolves.

With so much riding on the results of these matches, they will be must watch encounters for fans of both clubs.

In the other Round 21 action, Rockdale travel to Hensley Athletic Field on Sunday to play Hakoah Sydney East with a win needed to secure their spot in the finals.

The chasing pack of Manly United and Marconi Stallions both hold on to slim hopes of leapfrogging Rockdale into the final playoff spot and will need nothing less than three points when they take on Sydney United 58 and Sutherland Sharks respectively on Saturday night.

Finally bottom side Sydney FC will hope to end the season on a high note when they host fourth placed Blacktown City at Lambert Park.

Wollongong Wolves v Sydney Olympic FC, 3pm Sunday at Hooka Creek Park

Wollongong Wolves have the chance to help decide the Premiership title when they take on Sydney Olympic this Sunday.

Second placed Olympic need to win to keep their hopes alive and defeat could all but wreck their chances of lifting the Premiership on August 10.

Wollongong are mathematically still in the fight for the finals but need an absolute miracle to extend their season into the playoffs.

They come into the game after a 1-1 draw with Manly United last round.

Olympic had better luck last week with a comprehensive 3-1 win against Sutherland Sharks

Alejandro Sanchez has been in great form for Olympic up front and will surely be the man to trouble Wollongong’s defence.

Wolves shot stopper Justin Pasfield has been a solid performer this season and will need a huge game to keep Olympic’s dangerous attack at bay.

With so much on the line, Sydney Olympic will be the favourite for this clash despite playing away from home.

Can they keep their Premiership hopes alive or will Wollongong spoil their party?

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July 30, 2018

29 July , 2018

Sydney Olympic has silenced Sutherland Sharks with a 3-1 victory at Belmore Sportsground on Sunday afternoon to keep their Premiership hopes alive

Two goals to Spanish striker Alejandro Sanchez and one to Max Burgess cancelled out one from Sutherland’s Adrian Vranic to secure the victory for the home side.

Sanchez found the net after 30 minutes to opening the scoring and give the home side a 1-0 lead at the break before doubling his tally early in the second stanza.

Vranic pulled one back in the 60th minute but it wasn’t to be for the Sharks as Burgess wrapped up the win with a goal only eight minutes later.

The result means Olympic stays locked on equal points with league leaders but stay in second due to their inferior goal difference.

After a slow start to the match, Sutherland brought out the best of Olympic custodian Paul Henderson in the 15th minute.

Lachlan Everett fired a shot from outside the box which would have seen Sutherland take the lead if not for Henderson’s fast feet, which saw him deflect the shot high over the crossbar.

After settling into the game, Olympic saw their first real opportunity in the 28th minute with a quality display of teamwork to manoeuvre their way through a tight Sutherland defence.

The ball fell to Radovan Pavicevic in front of goal, but the attacker wasn’t able to get the shot off.

Jason Madonis had another opportunity to take the lead for the blues just moments later, firing a shot from 20 yards to see it soar over the crossbar.

It wouldn’t be long until Olympic would capitalise on their opportunities, with the home team taking the lead in the 31st minute.

Riley Woodcock came in from the flank to pass the ball to Pavicevic, who flicked it on to Sanchez to finish with a tap-in.

Sanchez had an opportunity to double the lead moments later, with Pavicevic making a speedy run to get clear of Sutherland’s defence before passing it through to Sanchez who sent the shot sliding past the sticks.

Nick Olsen gave the hosts a scare in the 39th minute, letting off a shot which dribbled wide of goal.

Olympic came out firing after the break and it wasn’t long until they would extend their lead.

Pavicevic sent the ball the Spaniard in the perfect position who slid it past Ryan Norval to take it to two in the 58th minute.

Sutherland capitalised on a free kick in the 60th minute, sending the ball into the box where amongst a scuffle, Vranic was able to slide the ball into the net past a stunned Henderson.

Olympic retaliated in the 68th minute, with Sanchez securing the ball inside the box and passing it off to Max Burgess who fired it home to take Olympic to three.

Olympic coach Abbas Saad expressed his pleasure in another win for his side.

“We played well. We’re probably back to our damaging best especially in the creative department, we created a lot of chances today.”“I’m probably disappointed we didn’t score more goals
“Sutherland had a go at us. They were competitive with us.
“When we got going and got our first goal you could see we our got our confidence and were starting to play better.”

Sutherland Sharks coach, Grant Lee, was disappointed that his side couldn’t maintain the momentum they established early in the first half.
“We just haven’t had the depth in the squad to sustain our early momentum, which we were doing in the first half of the season.
“In saying that you look at the game today, until they scored their goal, we really had them on the ropes a little bit.
“All of a sudden they scored the goal and then it was a different game after that.
“If you keep making mistakes you’re going to get punished against the better sides which is what happened today unfortunately.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic FC 3 (Alejandro Sanchez Lopez 31’, 58’, Max Burgess 68’)
Sutherland Sharks 1 (Adrian Vranic 60’)
Sunday 29th July , 2018
Belmore Sportsground
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
Assistant Referees: A. Vainauskas, R. Osbourne
Fourth Official: S. Andrews

Sydney Olympic FC: 1. Paul Henderson, 2. Thomas Whiteside, 5. James Demetriou (33. Nikolas Tsattalios), 7. William Angel, 8. Jason Madonis, 9. Radovan Pavicevic, 10. Max Burgess (19. Darcy Burgess), 11. Jinya An (18. Brendan Hooper), 12. Zachary Mackenzie, 14. Alejandro Sanchez Lopez, 23. Riley Woodcock
Substitutes not used: 6. Nikola Kuleski, 20. Ezequiel Consoni
Yellow Cards: Jason Madonis 64’, Nikolas Tsattalios 77’
Red Cards: Nil

Sutherland Sharks: 1. Ryan Norval, 2. Jacob Tratt, 5. Bradley Bartels, 6. Lachlan Everett, 8. Evan Patramanis, 9. Adrian Vranic (3. Richie Stewart), 12. Blair Brown (6. Harry Sutherland), 16. Ryoga Suyama, 17. Leroy Jennings, 20. Keisuke Hayashi, 22. Nicholas Olsen
Substitutes not used: 7. Stephen Kayes, 11. Hristijan Tanoski, 21. Nikolas Loe
Yellow Cards: Bradley Bartels 90’
Red Cards: Nil
By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Madelien Riley

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July 27, 2018

It’s Round 20 in the National Premier Leagues NSW 2018 season and with only three games left the race for the Premiership is heating up.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers come into this week’s matches on top of the table but clinging on ahead of Sydney Olympic FC only thanks to a superior goal difference.

They have a potentially title defining clash with third placed Sydney United 58 on Sunday with anything less than a win putting their chances of defending their Premiership crown in jeopardy.

Olympic will also need to collect three points if they have any aspirations of finishing the season on the top of the table but Sutherland Sharks will be out for an upset.

Fifth placed Rockdale City Suns can potentially end the race for the last finals spot if they win on the road against Blacktown City and other results go their way.

The pressure is on all teams and with so much on the line it is sure to be an exciting weekend of football.

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

The Premiership is in touching distance for Sydney Olympic FC and they will be determined to mount their claim for competition silverware with victory against Sutherland Sharks on Sunday.

A few slip-ups in the past few weeks opened the door for APIA Leichhardt Tigers to steal top spot from Olympic but last week’s 3-2 win for the Abass Saad coached side proved they’re not giving up without a fight.

Sutherland Sharks have had a frustrating season with Grant Lee’s side struggling to find consistency and live up tot their potential.

Alejandro Sanchez will be the key to this game and Olympic’s Spanish striker will looking to add to his incredible goalscoring tally.

Sutherland has developed a reliance on Jacob Tratt this campaign with the former A-Leage defender being a huge part of what the Sharks do both in attack and defence.

Anything less than a win will be considered a bad result for Olympic so they will come out all guns blazing.

If Sutherland can hold tight than perhaps an upset could be on the cards.

 

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July 23, 2018

22 July , 2018 By Football NSW

A second half resurgence was enough for Sydney Olympic to claim a 3-2 victory over Sydney FC at Lambert Park on Saturday night.

After a slow first half, the visitors picked up the pace in the second stanza to secure an important three points that put them back in contention for the NSW National Premier Leagues Premiership, despite a last-minute penalty to Sydney FC.

Goals to Max Burgess, Alejandro Sanchez and Nikola Kuleski cancelled out two penalty conversions from Sydney FC’s Jeremy Cox and Jerry Skotadis.

Action started from the opening minute for Olympic with Jinya An creating some promising movement in the front half, sending a ball into the box with no one to finish.

Olympic continued the pressure with Will Angel driving down the wing in the 10th minute, sending a ball towards goal with no avail.

The opener came in the 12th minute as Max Burgess beat Sydney FC defender Joel King to manoeuvre the ball in front of goal and calmly finish, taking a 1-0 lead.

Olympic looked ready to fire again when an impressive ball from Tom Whiteside met Alejandro Sanchez who rebounded it off Sydney FC for a corner in the 15th minute.

Jason Madonis met the end of the corner ball, but Sydney FC keeper, Duro Dragacevic, tipped the ball over the crossbar.

Sydney FC came back into the game with a penalty awarded after a foul from Zac Mackenzie in the 23rd minute.

Jeremy Cox sent the ball past Olympic custodian Paul Henderson to equalise for the home team.

Jerry Skotadis positioned himself dangerously to have a chance at taking the lead for Sydney FC in the 41st, but his shot flew wide.

Madonis made a swift run through Sydney FC’s defence to have a shot on goal, but Dragacevic calmly collected to keep the score tied.

Olympic came out firing in the second half, taking back the lead in the 50th minute.

A cross in from Angel met Sanchez in the box who flicked a header to the back of the net.

Olympic capitalised an opportunity to extend their lead in the 58th minute, with a free kick awarded after a dangerous tackle on Madonis.

Kuleski sent the free kick between the sticks to extend the lead for the visitors.

Max Burgess had another shot saved by Sydney FC keeper in the 69th minute, with keeper managed a hand to a strong strike from Sanchez just moments later.

A last-minute penalty awarded to Sydney FC after contact in the box from Zac Mackenzie wasn’t enough to keep the home team in the game, with Olympic taking away three points in a 3-2 victory.

Sydney FC coach Robbie Stanton praised his team’s effort despite their defeat.

“The effort, the commitment and the right football attitude was there,” Stanton explained.

“I think it just got down to front third execution, they just took their chances when they came.”

Sydney Olympic coach, Abbas Saad, expressed his pleasure in a win after a tough few weeks for Olympic.

“I’m just happy we’re back onto winning ways. I think they boys deserve it.”

He also praised the performance of Sydney FC in what was a tight match between the two.

“They’re a good team.

“They’re young, they’re exuberant, they’re fearless and they’re very well coached and they kept coming at us and that’s credit to them.”

Match Stats

Sydney FC 2 (Jeremy Cox (pen) 23’, Jerry Skotadis (pen) 90+2’)

Sydney Olympic 3 (Max Burgess 12′, Alejandro Sanchez Lopez 50’, Nikola Kuleski 58’)

Saturday July 21, 2018

Lambert Park, Leichhardt

Sydney FC: 2. Brendan Curtis, 3. Patrick Flottmann, 4. Liam Mcging, 6. Andreas Agamemnonos, 7. Jerry Skotadis, 8. Sam Mcillhatton, 9. Daniel Maskin (10. Giusseppe Tilio 74’), 14. Joel King, 15. Jeremy Cox (13. Jordan Swibel 65’), 16. William Mutch (11. Harry Van Der Saag 60’), 30. DuroDragicevic

Substitutes Not Used: 1. Mitchell Evans, 12. Finn Ballaro-Mcbride

Yellow Cards: Brendan Curtis 31’, Liam McGing 77’, Jerry Skotadis 86’

Red Cards: Nil

Sydney Olympic FC: 1. Paul Henderson, 2. Thomas Whiteside, 6. Nikola Kuleski (9. Radovan Pavicevic 84’), 7. William Angel (5. James Demetriou 62’), 8. Jason Madonis, 10. Max Burgess, 11. Jinya An, 12. Zachary Mackenzie, 14. Alejandro Sanchez Lopez, 19. Darcy Burgess (33. Nikolas Tsattalios 74’), 23. Riley Woodcock

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

Yellow Cards: Zachary Mackenzie 90+2’, Nikolas Tsattalios 90+2’

Red Cards: Nil

-By National Premier Leagues NSW Reporter Madeline Reilly

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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 04, 2018

Position Description

JOB TITLE:

Talented Player Program Coach

ROLE OBJECTIVE:

To coach, mentor and develop identified talented players and coaches within our club to enable them the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. The role will specifically manage the Club’s relationship with German Bundesliga Club FC Schalke 04 and develop ongoing working relations with other European Clubs and Leagues around player and coach identification and development.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Undertake responsibility for the club’s relationship and exchange of talented players and coaches with the German Bundesliga Club FC Schalke 04.
• Develop ongoing working relations with other European Clubs and Leagues around player and coach identification and development.
• Establish a network for scouting players both within Australia and Internationally.
• Manage all-year round additional talented player training programs for identified players.
• Undertake a Head Coach role for a designated squad within the Club as well as assist with another squad.
• Oversee the football programs that relate to Under 8 – 12 year old players.
• Manage a program of overseas football tours for identified squads within the Club.
• Work in conjunction with the General Manager- Football to implement sustainable talented and development player programs across the club in line with the Club framework.

RELATIONSHIPS:

The position will have key relationships with;
• SOFC Board, CEO, General Manager – Football, Administration and Stakeholders
• SOFC Coaches and Officials
• Club players

ACCOUNTABILITY:

• The position will be accountable to the CEO and General Manager- Football.
• The position will work closely with the General Manager- Football.
• The position will undertake commitment across the necessary hours to facilitate all commitments related to the Club’s football program and any talented and development player programs.
• These hours will involve extensive evening and weekend work.

SKILLS REQUIRED:
• Advanced UEFA Coaching Licence
• Exceptional coaching and football management experience
• Extensive football network within Germany and Europe
• Proficient in German and English languages
• Strong understanding of the club football landscape
• Proven and effective Communication Skills
• Exceptional leadership skills
• Strong ability to listen and build and maintain strong working relationships
• Able to maintain confidentiality on relevant matters.
• Capability to travel for extended periods
• Demonstrated ability to work weeknights and weekends

 

If you are interested in this position, please email your CV addressing the role responsibilities and skills required to kelly@sydneyolympicfc.com by no later than Friday 28 September 2018.

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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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