Waratah Cup Preliminary Round
Tuesday 28th March 2012
Helensburgh Thistle 0 Canberra Olympic 3 (Liam Carey 36', 60', John Karapanagos 87')

Canberra Olympic eased past Helensburgh Thistle in the Waratah Cup Preliminary Round thanks to a double from Liam Carey and a late strike from substitute John Karapanagos in difficult conditions at Thistle Park in Wollongong. Carey struck in either half to give Olympic control of a tie they never really looked in danger of losing with Karapanagos' late effort the icing on the cake as the LOOP Premier League team cruised to a 3-0 win.

With a number of first team squad members missing due to unavailability, Olympic Head Coach Dean Ugrinic once more placed his faith in youth naming a young side for the club's first foray into the interstate competition. It was evident early on however that the visitors would be too strong for their plucky opponents from the Illawarra District League with a number of chances spurned in the opening ten minutes.

James Field fired the first shot in anger early on, sending a long-range strike over the crossbar before Oliver Wiederkehr wasted a glorious opportunity to give Olympic the perfect start. The speedy winger got in behind a flat Thistle back four but dinked his effort over the advancing Massimo Loppulo and wide of the goal. Central midfield lynchpin Robbie Deeley then saw a 25 metre snap-shot crash back off the base of the post as the ACT team dominated possession. The New Zealander then tested the reflexes of Loppulo minutes later with a curling free-kick that the home goalkeeper did well to parry round the post for a corner.

It was fully half an hour before Helensburgh threatened the Olympic goal with Chris Russell sending a half-chance flashing just wide of James Bradbury's right-hand post, but it was a sporadic break and very much against the run of play.

Olympic finally made the breakthrough they had been threatening in the 36th minute with a goal of sheer simplicity. Wiederkehr made amends for his earlier miss by creating the goal with a sublime chip over the static Thistle defence. Carey read his intentions and latched onto the pass to help the bouncing ball over the head of Loppulo and into the back of the net.

Having fallen behind Thistle suddenly found some attacking impetus and nearly equalised just three minutes later. A cheap turn over in the centre of the park resulted in David Gallacher freeing lively striker Simon Micevski but Bradbury was alert to the danger scrambling sharply from his line to block the shot and preserve the slender lead at half-time.

It was more of the same after the break with Carey collecting a long clearance and rounding his marker before blazing his shot well over the bar in the 47th minute and fizzing a cross across goal seconds later that Wiederkehr was inches away from converting.

With only a slender one goal lead Olympic could not afford to become complacent and they almost paid the penalty for their profligacy when Jason Wellings connected with a low cross from the right and seemed certain to score only for Bradbury to deny the forward with a brave save low at his feet. Sensing that there was an unlikely way back into the match Thistle was caught with a classic sucker punch on the hour.

Bradbury hoisted a clearance high into the night sky where Robbie Schroder, a calming presence throughout, flicked on. Carey ran onto the header and took a touch before curling a delightful finish past Loppulo and high into the top corner of the net.

With nothing to lose Thistle sent on Daniel Manganaro for the tireless Wellings and the substitute went close twice, firstly heading over a free-kick from close range before lifting an effort high and wide when closing in on goal from the angle. In truth though it would have been harsh on Olympic who was the dominant team throughout. The highly effective performance, away from home, in midweek and against a team they knew nothing about, got the reward it deserved three minutes from time.

Awarded an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area as the Thistle custodian breached the six second rule, Field touched the ball to second half substitute Karapanagos and his precise shot flew past the wall and into the corner to seal Olympic's passage into the First Round proper.


Helensburgh Thistle: 1. Massimo Loppulo, 2. Richard Simons (12. Branislav Tesanovic 80'), 3. Ryan Kendrigan, 4. Gareth Brownlee, 5. David Gallacher, 6. Chris Russell, 7. Gary Cassidy, 8. Matthew Radnidge, 9. Jason Wellings (14. Daniel Manganaro 67'), 10. Simon Micevski (15. Luke Van Zyl 87'), 11. Nathan Mucci (13. Mitchell Buchan 76')

Substitutes not used: 16. Matt Wardle

Canberra Olympic: 1. James Bradbury, 2. Hristjan Tanoski, 3. Nathan Megic, 4. Joel Voltonen, 5. Nick Mihailakis (5. John Karapanagos 67'), 7. Robbie Deeley, 8. Jason Ugrinic, 9. James Field, 10. Liam Carey (12. Billy Illeris 87'), 13. Robbie Schroder, 14. Oliver Wiederkehr

Substitutes not used: 11. Leo Exarhos, 20. Angelo Konstantinou

Discipline: YELLOW CARDS: 3. Ryan Kendrigan, 4. Gareth Brownlee, 6. Chris Russell (all Helensburgh Thistle), 5. Nick Mihailakis, 7. Robbie Deeley (both Canberra Olympic)

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Jakob Williams's stocks continue to rise after the Canberra Olympic premier league player was signed to a youth contract by A-League club Newcastle.

Williams will move north in three weeks to play in the Newcastle competition before taking part in the National Youth League, which runs over the summer.

Williams hopes to impress his new club and wants to press his claim of becoming part of the A-League team.

''Hopefully I do well up there and start working my way up to the first team,'' he said.

While the move to Newcastle may be daunting for the 17-year-old he will have a couple of familiar faces around him.

Williams will again link up with Gary van Egmond, who is back at the helm of the Newcastle Jets A-League team after working with Williams at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Williams is looking forward to the opportunity to again work with van Egmond, who was an AIS assistant coach and took Williams to the under 17s Asian Football Championship in Uzbekistan in 2010. The 17-year-old will also work closely with Arthur Pappas, who was also formerly with the AIS and is now the coach of the Newcastle youth team.

Williams was named as part of the Australian secondary schools team but did not travel with the squad on its British tour in January.

Canberra Olympic Premier League star Jakob Williams is the latest recipient of the 'Angelo Liangis' scholarship at the club's annual presentation awards evening.

The main purpose of the scholarship, now in its fourth year, is for an outstanding U20's player, who is selected by the club's coaches and committee, to travel to overseas to train and play with an international training academy.

Jakob Williams, who has been a part of the Australian Institute of Sport program since 2010 and represented Australia at the U16 Asian Football Championship, has since signed a youth team contract with A-League club the Newcastle Jets.

Jakob is undoubtedly one of the most talented players ever to pull on a Canberra Olympic shirt, and is clearly a product of Head Coach Dean Ugrinic's youth policy, starting the season as a virtually unknown. "Other teams certainly knew who was pretty quickly" said club president John Efkarpidis. "Jakob is the sort of player that we would love to hold onto for life and build a squad around but unfortunately for the club, his talent will be sure to take him further – we do however wish him all the best for the future and are so proud that he played for Canberra Olympic.".

In presenting the award to Jakob, John Liangis, son of the late Angelo Liangis, said "we are proud to have Jakob associated with this award, not only due to his playing ability and enormous potential, but because he's a great kid with a fantastic attitude, someone who is really respected by all at the club and in the wider football community."

Upon hearing his name being called out, Jakob said "Wow – that's awesome. This is such a great award. And I'm so happy the club sees me as deserving of it."

The gifted Williams follows in the footsteps of previous winners Matthew Aktins, Yianni Karabalis and Yusef Kamara.


20 February 2012



20.02.12 – Canberra United's Nicole Sykes signs for Canberra Olympic

Canberra Olympic FC are ecstatic to announce that defender Nicole Sykes, who was recently part of Canberra United’s recent W-League title winning team, has signed for its Women’s Premiers League Team for the 2012 season.

The signing of Nicole will significantly strengthen the Canberra Olympic side which will be competing in the Women’s Premier League competition for the first time in over 25 years. Nicole has been part of the Canberra United W-League squad since the competition’s inception in 2008/09 and has represented Australia in four appearances at Young Matildas level with her national debut against Finland resulting in her netting a hat-trick for her country.

While still only 20, Nicole is an accomplished defender who loves to join the attack, and her lengthy experience and leadership will prove invaluable to a young Olympic side, in what is hoped will be the first of a number of major signings to be announced in the coming weeks.

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