Sydney Olympic’s stunning second-half surge secures win over Wollongong Wolves

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Sydney Olympic FC emerged victorious in a thrilling match against the Wollongong Wolves on Saturday March 30 at Belmore Sports Ground. Olympic secured a 4-3 win in round 8 of the 2024 National Premier Leagues Men’s NSW season.

Despite trailing 2-0 at halftime due to two goals from Takumi Ofuka, Sydney Olympic staged an impressive comeback in the second half, ultimately winning 4-2. The Wolves briefly took the lead 3-2 with an Andre Takami goal, but late strikes from Teng Kuol and Roy O’Donovan secured the victory for the home side.

The match saw several chances, with Banri Kanaizumi and Ofuka missing opportunities for the Wolves, while Michael Vakis and Peter Politis came close for Sydney Olympic.

The halftime break proved beneficial for Olympic, as they started the second half with an early goal from Vakis. They continued to press forward and equalized through Darcy Burgess in the 60th minute. However, the Wolves regained the lead with Takami’s volley in the 78th minute.

Olympic fought back once again, with Kuol scoring in the 91st minute to level the score at 3-3. The winning goal came in the 94th minute, as O’Donovan headed in a cross from Adam Parkhouse.

Sydney Olympic coach Labinot Haliti praised his team’s performance, expressing belief in their abilities. Wolves goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic acknowledged his team’s shortcomings, admitting that conceding four goals in one half was not acceptable. He attributed the loss to communication breakdowns and missed opportunities.

Match Stats:

SYDNEY OLYMPIC: 4 (Vakis 46’, Burgess 60’, Kuol 91’ O’Donovan 94’)

WOLLONGONG WOLVES: 3 (Ofuka 21’, 40’, Takami 79’)

Saturday 30th March 2024

Belmore Sports Ground

Referee: Adrian Arndt

Assistant Referees: Amirhossein Hosnani, Charbel Geha

Fourth Official: Mitchell Renton

Source: Football NSW

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