SYDNEY Olympic made it two wins from two, defeating Parramatta FC 4-0, thanks to two goals in each half.
Luke Turnbull was called off his line early to intercept a ball with his head outside the box.
His poor interception found Scott Balderson whose effort toward goal was cleared out for a corner.
From the resulting corner, the away side would take the lead in the 6th minute.
Another poor clearance by the home team saw the ball make its way toward Olympic’s Japanese import Go Shirai. Shirai didn’t even need a touch, volleying the ball into the back of the net, giving Turnbull no chance.
Only five minutes later and the away side had doubled its lead. A blistering run down the right from Brayden Sorge saw his cross get turned into the back of the net by Dimitri Hatzimouratis.
Olympic asserted their dominance in midfield through Howard Fondyke and Taiga Soeda, as the home side struggled to create a meaningful attack.
Some neat work by Soeda in the middle and a well timed ball by Fondyke saw Scott Balderson break through the Parramatta defence. With only the keeper to beat, Balderson shot straight at Turnbull and the opportunity came to nothing.
Matthew Clowes was the brought down just outside the box, giving Patrick Gatt an opportunity to test Paul Henderson. Gatt’s effort was dismall, flying way wide of the post.
Howard Fondyke then had the Olympic fans out of their seats in the 42nd minute, but his well placed shot skimmed the top of the bar and flew over.
In the first minute of stoppage time in the first half, Aram Tayebi Derazkala thought he had halved the deficit. He linked up on a ball to the far post but his volley went wide of the goal.
Franco Consentino looked to awaken his side in the second half, making a double switch and introducing Frank Martey and Marco Sama at the interval.
Hatzimouratis had Olympic’s first shot of the second half, blasting the ball high and wide from a free-kick 10 minutes in.
For the home side, the absence of David Gullo was well noted with the team failing to make an impact in attack.
Olympic made it 3-0 in the 61st minute through Hatzimouratis. Again, Soeda did some neat work in midfield before spreading the ball to Nikolas Tsattalios who weaved his way towards goal before sliding the ball to his number 9. Hatzimouratis made no mistake with the finish, placing the ball past Turnbull.
With the Olympic fans still celebrating, Hatzimouratis added his third goal of the game only seconds later. This time Shirai played through the Olympic target man who again beat Turnbull for a 4-0 lead and a hat-trick.
Substitute Harris Gaitatzis then had an effort from inside the box but a Parramatta defender managed to block the shot out for a corner.
The boys in red continued to push for a consolation goal with Martey hitting the bar late on but the Olympic defence held firm.
Defeated coach Franco Consentino admitted Olympic were the better team.
“At the end of the day they’re a good side. They took their chances and punished us," Cosentino said
“We couldn’t do better in the final third and they deserved the win.”
Olympic boss Grant Lee was delighted with his side and said the early goal made it easier for his team.
“It’s always hard to play against these teams as they have a certain game play," Lee said.
“You just need to get in and try and play your game which I believe we did.
“It’s not critical but it is important to get the early goal and that’s what we did.”
Ahead of next weeks top of the table clash against Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Lee said it will be a good assessment to see where his team is at.
“It’ll be a real battle. They’ve got a really good squad all over the park and it will be a good test for us to see where we are," he said,
Parramatta FC 0
Sydney Olympic 4 (Shirai 6’, Hatzimouratis 11’, 61’, 62’)
Sunday March 22 2015
Melita Stadium, Sefton
Referee: Christopher Young
Assistant Referees: Kearney Robinson and Joon Park
Fourth Official: Adam Naylor
Parramatta FC: Turnbull; Speranza, Wright, Symons, Gatt, Daniel Gullo, Clowes, Chavez (Sama 46′), Tsironis (Rezo 79′), Tayebi Derazkala, Momohara (Martey 46′)
Substitues not used: Matic
Sydney Olympic: Henderson; Sorge, Hooper, Spyrakis, Hatzimouratis, Balderson (H Gaitatzis 61′), Egger, Fondyke (Keir 71′), Soeda, Shirai (M Gaitatzis 73′), Tsattalios
Substitutes not used: Sadaka, Madonis
3 – Taiga Soeda (OLY)
2 – Dimitri Hatzimouratis (OLY)
1 – Go Shirai (OLY)
– by Nikola Pozder, PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 Reporter, at Melita Stadium