Rafe Griffin (@rafegriffin)
After two unflattering pre-season performances, Olympic have won their opening match at the Macron Cup, accounting for a youth-orientated Gold Coast City 6-1.
Olympic looked to establish themselves early doors Danny Byrne delivered a superb free kick that was parried away by City keeper Lucas Chicco.
Daniel Sharov, who scored twice for Brisbane City against his now current club in the 2013 NPL Grand Final hassled for the ball, laying it off for Byrne to play it back for Sharov and then Ryan Roderick who tried to buy room playing it off each foot but could only deliver a finish that shaved the outside of the right upright.
The City youngsters began to find there feet as Fraser Eller headed a dead ball opportunity wide then Rees Duncan played Riley Dillon in wonderfully and with Olympic custodian Brandon Cuminao committed, couldn’t find an open net.
The momentum than began to swing Olympic’s way again with Byrne delivering a free kick across the face where Sam Cronin was able to poke it away at the back net.
Byrne was a part of his side’s second goal. Drifting a ball into the box, it looked that Chicco would make an easy collect but the ball inexplicably dribbled out of his hands where a waiting Cronin was on hand to place it past the prostrate keeper.
Midway through the half, the Byrne-Cronin combination looked set to strike again only for the latter to mess up his footwork.
Gold Coast were certainly not playing like a side that were two-down. After the halftime break, Riley Thompson-King almost reduced the deficit placing his shot onto the upright with Cuminao claiming the rebound.
Scott Bow placed a dagger through the youngsters’ hearts as he hammered home in space spectacularly from 30 metres out to give his side a 3-0 lead.
Youeil Shol negotiated between the defenders for Olympic’s fourth, sliding desperately for a ball that skimmed across the line.
With plenty of pace to burn, five minutes later Shol claimed his second. Beating the Gold Coast offside trap with a blazing run down the right before angling in towards goal and despite a heavy touch was able to recover to beat Chicco.
Shol was again able to use his speed, once again was too quick for the defence and with work to do used clever footwork inside the box to evade Chicco.
Tim Jackson claimed a late consolation despite complaints from Cuminao that he had been fouled in a contest for the ball near the edge of the six-yard box.
Olympic 6 (Sam Cronin 19’, 23’, Scott Bow 54’, Youeil Shol 68’, 73’, 80’)v Gold Coast City 1 (Tim Jackson 82’)
Olympic: Brandon Cuminao, Mark Fisk, James Cuminao, Scott Bow, Matt Mundy, Logan Grillo, Danny Byrne, Ryan Roderick, Sam Cronin, Josh Jokic, Daniel Sharov, Kosi Yanakoppoulous, Matt Gordan, Sergio Castle, Youeil Shol
Gold Coast City: Lucas Chicco, Jack Boxell, Simon Bradley, Tim Jackson, Rees Duncan, Jason Campbell, Fraser Eller Mory Kone, Harry Liebke, Riley Thompson-King, Josh Mussells, Sam Howarth, Ryu Yonezama, Thane Beal.