Olympic bounce back from last week’s disappointment

Rafe Griffin (@rafegriffin)

After conceding six in their loss to the Brisbane Strikers last week, Olympic bounced back in defeating Mitchelton 5-2 in matchday two of Group A at the BLK Silver Boot.

Olympic sealed the victory on the back of four first-half goals via a brace to Sam Cronin and single goals to Logan Grillo and Youeil Shol. A second half goal to Matt Gordan made up Olympic’s compliment while Jason Shade and Jeremy Griffin contributed Mitchelton’s goals on the evening.

Grillo opened the scoring when he was teed up at the back post after being played into a squared cross along the by-line.

Shol came close to make it two goals minutes later as Olympic launched a counter-attack but the rangy striker shot wide.

Josh McVey looked to capitalise for Mitchelton from good lead-up play and after buying some space, couldn’t find a leveler.

Olympic doubled their lead when Cronin blasted home a long-range effort that gave Mitchie keeper Kevin Downes little hope.

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Paul Swithenbank and Jake Mitchell attempted to reduce the deficit but neither could find the target.

Cronin produced for his side and provided a comfortable 3-0 lead as he sent home a free kick from just outside the box that would again gives Downes no opportunity.

Chances kept coming for Olympic with Gordan providing a cross in for Danny Byrne who forced Downes into a spectacular save at the near post.

Shol got on the scoresheet five minutes before the halftime break as Olympic dominated the scoreboard taking a four-goal lead into oranges.

Mitchelton’s best chance to open the second half came when Sam Riley has his shot cleared off the line.

Shade pulled one back a minute later when he flicked on a header at the near post from a corner.

Gordan restored Olympic’s four-goal advantage twenty minutes into the half with an excellent run down the right and a composed finish.

UQFC recruit Griffin completed the scoring on the night heading home for Mitchelton in the dying stages.

After successive pre-season wins, Olympic will regain confidence after two previous disappointing pre-season performances.

Mitchelton looked sluggish and disjointed, particularly in their midfield as they gave away ball in key areas. Coach Leo Sirianni can take some solace in the fact that his side won the second half.

Mitchelton 2 (Jason Shade 57’, Jeremy Griffin 87’) v Olympic 5 (Logan Grillo 9’, Sam Cronin 16’, 26’, Youeil Shol 39’, Matt Gordan 65’)

Mitchelton: Kevin Downes, Jason Shelford, Michael McGowan, Adam Wilson, Chris Griebsch, Jeremy Griffin, Paul Swithenbank, Steven Chester, Jake Mitchell, Josh McVey, Jackson Stubbins, Bryce Cuschieri, Sam Riley, Lewis Teevan, Damon Wenck (GK)

Olympic: Brandon Cuminao (GK), James Cuminao, Matt Gordan, Scott Bow, Matt Mundy, Logan Grillo, Danny Byrne, Kosi Yanakopoulos, Sam Cronin, Josh Jokic, Youeil Shol, Liam O’Brien, Matt Heath, Ryan Roderick, Nathan Crstiglione, Nick Mooney (GK)