Our Young Roar have gone down 3-1 in a gruelling NPL QLD clash against Olympic FC at the Logan Football Complex on Sunday.
Young Roar Coach Jake Goodship was impressed with his side’s ability to be competitive both in and out of possession in the first half, but said his squad needed to be more clinical with chances created in a strong opening half.
“We were tremendous in the first half, we were a real threat going forward and we were good at exposing the oppositions weakness was. However, we didn’t deal with the physicality of Olympic, particularly from set pieces," Goodship said
“There are key moments in the first half that could have changed the game, and if we took them it would have been a different story.”
Young Roar enjoyed a strong start to the contest and some excellent offensive pressure by Bryce Bafford and Braydon Doolan resulted in several chances.
Mirza Muratovic put the Young Roar on the board, breaking free from two Olympic defenders and firing the ball into the net after being picked out by Izaack Powell.
The intensity continued into the second half, but it was the visitors who would take the points with two unanswered goals after half-time despite some brilliant work between the posts from Macklin Freke.
The Young Roar’s next game is against Magpies Crusaders at Mackay's Sologinkin Oval next Saturday (7pm KO) a test Goodship says his side are looking forward to.
“The last few weeks we have competed very well against the top sides and showed that the strength in player depth within our youth academy program is coping and highly competitive," Goodship said.
"It’s important we continue to build upon our previous games over the next five week period."
Olympic FC – Lofthouse 6’ - 0 - 1
Jez Lofthouse, assisted by Waters, finds the back of the net following a well-placed corner.
Young Roar FC – Muratovic 15’ – 1 – 1
Powell sends a long ball to Muratovic, who shakes off two defenders and sends the ball into the back of the net.
Olympic FC – Smith 49’ – 1 – 2
Freke makes an initial save from an effort by Whyte, but the scraps are cleaned up by Smith who finishes clinically.
Olympic FC – Lucas 59’ 1 – 3
Whyte gives Lucas the leading pass and he capitalises with a quick goal.
NPL Queensland Round 14: Young Roar FC v Olympic FC
Sunday, 5 May
Logan Football Complex
Brisbane Roar Youth 1 (Muratovic 15’)
Olympic FC 3 (Lofthouse 6’, Smith 49’, Lucas 59’)