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Wonder goals, dubious penalty get Olympic Home

 

• SOCCER

By DAVID POLKINGHORNE

CANBERRA Olympic moved up to second on the men's premier league ladder with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Canberra City at Hawker yesterday.

Given it was third playing fourth the match was expected to be close, but Olympic scored through a "dubious" penalty in the first 10 minutes and from there the visitors were in command.

Olympic coach Leo Exarhos said the early penalty, converted by Domenic Giampaolo, took the wind out of City's sails.

"It was a dubious penalty. even I'll say that as the coach but it was pretty close," Exarhos said.

Giampaolo then scored with a stunning effort that Exarhos described as one of the best goals he had ever seen. The Olympic striker received the ball on the left and nutmegged the City defender before putting it out ofreach of the keeper.

City coach Matt Moore agreed it was a great goal.

"As Dom tends to do he found himself in the right area and stood the defender up from the corner of the box and curled it into the opposite corner," Moore said.

"It left our goalkeeper, James Ward, with no hope."

Moore was not so pleased with his side's effort, with City allowing Olympic's midfield to control the game.

City's display was particularly disappointing given the extra meaning of the clash.

The sides were playing for the Robin Waring Shield, in memory of the former Majura youth player who died after falling from a roof at Campbell High School two years ago.

"Some boys at our club who grew up with Robin and still remember him fondly, who were there on that tragic night," Moore said.

"He's still thought of very highly within the club and remembered very fondly by all the boys."

Also, City could have reclaimed third spot from Olympic with a win.

Olympic's Robbie Schroder sealed the victory with another breathtaking goal -finding the bottom corner from five metres outside the penalty area.

Exarhos said two things stood out about his team's performance.

"As a collective unit the boys defended really well, they were really difficult to break down," he said.

"The second thing was their ability to transition from defence to

the midfield was fantastic and then getting the ball to the strikers.

"And the ability of the strikers to keep the ball and to work with each other and off each other was second to none today."

Exarhos was filling in for regular coach Dean Ugrinic, who was away on business, and kept his unbeaten record intact with four wins from four games in charge of the senior side.

AT A GLANCE

CANBERRA OLYMPIC 3 (Giampaolo 2 (1pen), Schroder) bt CANBERRA CITY 0

III TODAY

Goulburn Strikers vCooma Tigers, at

Cookbundoon, 3pm Tuggeranong United v Monaro Panthers, at I<ambah 2, 3pm

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Olympic top after superb showing at Canberra FC

 

• SOCCER

By DAVID POLKINGHORNE

Canberra Olympic ended Canberra FC’s unbeaten run with a 2-0 win at Deakin Stadium in front of a noisy crowd in Round 13 of the Rock Premier League. And, in truth, if it hadn’t been for the heroics of home goalkeeper Ben Klug the score line could have been even greater. Klug pulled off several excellent saves, particularly in the first half, to keep Canberra FC in a game in which they could have been dead and buried by half-time.

A sensational start to the match saw Mohsen Ravanparsa almost give Olympic the lead in the seventh minute when the striker met a cross with a bullet header that was sensationally saved by Klug. It was the prelude to a sustained period of Olympic attacks with the visitors deservedly going in front on the quarter hour. A through ball released Oliver Wiederkehr and the speedy striker rounded Klug to slot into the empty net.

It was almost 2-0 seven minutes later when Daniel Barac squared a pass to Robbie Deeley and the New Zealander was denied by a diving block from the Canberra FC custodian. It was Deeley who was to have the last laugh though as he doubled the lead in the 30th minute. A rash body-check by Ivan Pavlak on Jakob Williams left referee Richard Naumovski with no option but to point to the spot and Deeley converted confidently.

Canberra FC responded with a snap-effort from Paul Ivanic that Olympic ‘keeper James Bradbury did well to push wide but it was a jubilant Olympic that entered the changing room at the break. After the re-start the match became more of a midfield battle and the chances that were flowing in the first half dried up to some extent. Olympic still looked dangerous on the break and Canberra FC wasted a coupled of gilt-edged opportunities to get back into the match, especially when Victor Yanes elected to pass to Ivanic when clean through on goal rather than pull the trigger.

The win was no less than Olympic deserved for an effervescent performance that saw them hungrier across the park then the champions and the result puts Olympic at the summit of the league table.

 

TABLE

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

1

Canberra Olympic

12

9

2

1

45

15

+30

29

2

Canberra FC

10

9

0

1

52

12

+40

27

3

Canberra City

12

6

2

4

43

18

+25

20

4

Belconnen United

12

6

2

4

43

27

+16

20

5

Woden Valley

11

4

3

4

41

22

+19

15

6

Cooma Tigers

11

4

1

6

23

33

-10

13

7

Monaro Panthers

12

3

3

6

28

25

+3

12

8

Tuggeranong United

12

3

3

6

24

30

-6

12

9

Goulburn Strikers

12

0

0

12

5

121

-116

0

06.09.11 – Ten students make Australian School side


The ACT has had an outstanding ten players make the Austraian School Boy and Girls side following the national carnival which took place in Adelaide. Both the ACT school boys and girls side finished third in the national event which is a big achievment in itself.

Jakob William (Lake Ginnenderra/Canberra Olympic), Ryan Keir (Darramallan/Canberra FC), James Field (Erindale/Canberra Olympic) and Daniel Barac (St Edmunds/Canberra Olympic) all made the Australian schoolboys side whilst Milan Popovich (Erindale), Michael Portelli (Erindale) and Roko Strika (Darramallan) all made the Australia A side. The manager of the ACT schoolboys, Phil Hopkins recieved a commendation award for his services to school sport at the event in Adelaide.

The ACT school girls had three representatives make the Australian side with Alex Lawrence (Erindale/Tuggeranong United) and Jaline Hoek (Woden Valley) both making the Australian school girl side. Kelsey Perry (Erindale/Woden Valley) was chosen for the train on squad.

The Australian Schools side will travel to England and Ireland in January.

Yanes suspension gives Canberra FC selection headache

13 Sep, 2011 04:00 AM
Canberra FC's hopes of a third straight premiership have taken a hit with the loss of striker Victor Yanes.

Yanes picked up his second yellow card for the men's premier league finals series and will miss Saturday's decider against Canberra Olympic.

He was booked for unsporting behaviour in Sunday's preliminary final win against Belconnen United, as well as for dissent during the game against Olympic in the semi-final the week before.

Yanes is one of the main cogs in a potent FC attack and has banged in 17 goals this season. Coach Rob Graham said it was a blow for both the player and the club.

''Victor's been a good asset this year, the way he plays,'' Graham said.

''He holds the ball up well and he's been scoring goals as well.''

Graham said the final make-up of the team wouldn't be known until Thursday night's training.

But he did float the possibility of either Michael Spaleta or John Glass playing up front alongside Paul Ivanic. The most obvious replacement would be Spaleta, who started in place of Yanes in the semi, but Graham has plenty of options at his disposal in a talented FC squad.

Stephen Lee has played up front and Adam Spaleta undoubtedly has the skills to play as a striker - as shown by the exquisite chip he produced in the preliminary final.

One option Graham did rule out was changing the formation that's served him so well.

He did that against Olympic and paid the price.

''I can't see myself changing the shape of the side,'' Graham said.

''The shape of the side that I played with last night [against Belconnen] was what we've had success with.''

But FC isn't alone when it comes to losing attack weapons.

Canberra Olympic will be without both Domenic Giampaolo and Mohsen Ravanparsa through injury.

Olympic has missed its leading scorer for several weeks after Giampaolo suffered a strained abdomen whereas Ravanparsa injured his anterior cruciate ligament nine days ago.

Canberra Olympic coach Dean Ugrinic may bring semi-final hero Travis Dries into the front three, alongside Oliver Wiederkehr and Daniel Barac.

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