Jets too good in heavy conditions

Rafe Griffin (@rafegriffin)

In a match played in atrocious conditions with heavy rain and wind contributing to the standard of the game, Moreton Bay are in the box seat to claim a finals berth at the Macron Cup after inflicting a 4-2 defeat on Olympic.

Two goals in each half to Moreton Bay through Royce Brownlie, Jordan Farina, Alex Janovsky and Jacob Fulluck were enough to overcome brilliant individual efforts from Youeil Shol and Sam Cronin for Olympic.

The Jets dominated the first half with Olympic having few incursions into their own attacking area.

Jackson Hall delivered a through ball for Joi Masuda that Brandon Cuminao deflected out for a corner.

Brownlie had an effort defused in the nick of time before a goalmouth scramble saw the Jets find the back of the net. However, the goal was ruled out by the linesman’s flag.

Alex Janovsky showed great desperation to keep the ball from crossing the by-line, cutting back for Masuda who put high over the crossbar but referee Alex King was playing advantage and ruled a penalty for a challenge on Masuda inside the box. Cuminao guessed the right way cutting off Farina’s penalty attempt.

Olympic were guilty of hanging off Royce Brownlie, giving him enough room to give the Jets the lead.

mb v oly

Farina had two further opportunities. The first drifted in the wind towards the top left corner and then dragged a shot from close range.

Olympic’s equaliser came on the counter-attack, launched from well inside their defensive territory. Shol on the end of the movement, making a run into the box and gave a composed finish.

Farina and Shol had further opportunities for their respective teams.

Olympic were again guilty of ball watching in conceding their second goal. Expecting the offside flag to be raised, Farina took advantage to head home into the left corner.

Masuda had one final opportunity to extend the lead prior to the break after an Olympic defensive error but blazed his shot high.

Conditions eased as the second half got underway and Olympic’s attacking endeavour improved.

Moreton Bay continued their blitz though with Farina blocked by Cuminao.

Janovsky proved desperate again with a run along the byline that saw him score his first goal for his new club as he tucked away from a tight angle.

From there, the weather got worse again, with the rain coming in sideways in a heavy breeze that favoured Olympic.

Long-range specialist Cronin scored another spectacular goal from 30 metres out that gave Jets keeper Matt Stein no chance on a night where was called into action rarely.

Fulluck restored his side’s two-goal lead making a perfectly timed run onto a Taiga Ishikura through ball.

Moreton Bay’s defence stout in the last ten minutes denying Olympic in the tricky conditions.

The result sees Moreton Bay lead the tournament’s ladder after matchday two on a cramped table where any of the four sides are still in contention to make the final.

Moreton Bay 4 (Royce Brownlie 25’, Jordan Farina 39’, Alex Janovsky 57’, Jacob Fulluck 75’) v Olympic 2 (Youeil Shol 32’, Sam Cronin 64’)

Moreton Bay: Matt Stein (GK), Reyze Kelly, Jacob Mitchell, Matt Byrne, Ray Schultz, Jonathan Marraiya, Alex Janovsky, Joi Masuda, Jordan Farina, Royce Brownlie, Jackson Hall, Alex Paxton, Sebastian Kalos, Tiega Ishikura, Jacob Fulluck, Xander Gwynn-Jones (GK).

Olympic: Brandon Cuminao (GK), James Cuminao, Scott Bow, Matt Mundy, Logan Grillo, Danny Byrne, Kosi Yannakopoulos, Sam Cronin, Josh Jokic, Youeil Shol, Matt Gordon, Bobby Irving, Tim Smits, Matt Heath.