‘Juric magic’ – Ferreira brace secures a Sydney Olympic victory against Sydney United 58

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By Peter Oglos.

The rocky start witnessed by Sydney Olympic FC fans at the beginning of this year has all but vanished as new head coach Ante Juric lead the Belmore boys to a 2-0 victory against Sydney United 58 FC.

The last few weeks showed promise for Sydney Olympic as they won both their pre-season matches against Blacktown City and Manly United. The promising form from those matches carried through to yesterday’s match, with Sydney Olympic outplaying their opponents offensively.

“A win is important, especially after the effort they’ve put in the last 5 weeks,” Sydney Olympic coach Ante Juric said to The Greek Herald.

“They’ve had a few confidence games before this from our pre-season matches…. so they were buzzing and I’m glad we won against a good team.”

Photo: NPL New South Wales

The Belmore boys entered the field running, with great opportunities given to Lokolingoy and Ferreira early on in the match.

A couple of off-side calls kept them at bay, until a great through ball was sent towards Lokolingoy on their right-hand side. The No. 17 sent it across the box to a waiting Ferreira, who finished it confidently in the bottom left corner.

Sydney United struck back with some intensity after falling 1-0 down. United’s Josh Macdonald proceeded to cause a bit of trouble for Jason Madonis on Olympic’s right side, delivering some dangerous opportunities into Olympic’s box.

As if on cue, Madonis responds brilliantly by putting an inch perfect pass in towards Ferreira on the right-hand side. Taking it along the wing, the Portuguese player slots it home, giving Sydney Olympic a two goal lead.

Entering second half down two goals, Sydney United weren’t prepared to give the game up, with strong possession in the midfield managing to keep Sydney Olympic in their own half.

A solid defensive display from Olympic saw them keep a clean sheet as they finished the match 2-0 against Sydney United 58.

While impressed with the boys’ performance, head coach Ante Juric says there is still more work to be done to improve the teams performance.

“I just tried to give them a bit of confidence but in saying that, I thought we were good attacking in the first half but second half we didn’t go anyway,” Juric said.

Photo: NPL New South Wales

“So we need to fix a few things, but we try and get numbers forward and I think that’s the key. We’re quite positive now in terms of going forward.”

Sydney Olympic FC will face Sydney FC youth next Sunday at Lambert Park, who won their match against the Western Sydney Wanderers Under 21 team.

“I’m confident with everything, but we’ve still got to do the same intensity for 11 weeks. This is only 1 out of 11 games, so if we don’t win next week then it doesn’t matter,” Juric added.

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