Outplayed, outmatched and downright outclassed.
That was the story for Blacktown City FC as the competition leaders were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Sydney Olympic FC at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon.
It was City’s worst display of the year as Olympic flexed its premiership credentials with an outstanding display of attacking football.
It was one-way traffic right from the opening whistle.
Blacktown City showed signs of fatigue from its midweek FFA Cup clash and Olympic could smell blood.
A defensive mix-up six minutes in provided Scott Balderson the perfect chance to find the back of the net and he didn’t disappoint.
Balderson leapt over his marker to knock the ball past the outstretched arms of City keeper Nenad Vekic and into the back of the net.
Only moments later the lead was doubled.
Balderson created a mile of space for Dimitri Hatzimouratis who cut inside his defender and hammered home to make it 2-0 after 15 minutes.
Blacktown was down and out with passes missing the mark and Olympic finding plenty of space to move the ball.
City’s sloppiness was punished further after 30 minutes.
Taiga Soeda broke free from his marker on the right hand side of the box before he side footed the ball past Vekic and into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.
Blacktown desperately needed the half time whistle to regroup but Olympic had other ideas.
A free kick 20 yards out was the perfect medium for Soeda to showcase his skills as the Japanese midfielder curled the ball home to make it 4-0 going into the break.
City coach Mark Crittenden looked to his bench to inspire some attack from his troops as the experienced gaffer brought on Danny Choi and Connor Evans for the listless Christos Tomoras and Patrick Antelmi.
The change proved to make little difference as the Olympic onslaught continued.
Balderson continued to be the danger man with his movement off the ball and slick passing creating chance after chance for the home team.
Blacktown desperately pushed forward to find a break through but the Olympic defence and goalkeeper Paul Henderson were at the top of their game.
It was cruise control for Grant Lee’s men during the final ten minutes as they held out to secure a dominant victory.
Olympic’s mid-season struggles were very much a thing of the past according to Lee.
“It was good result. The boys did very well and have shown how far they have come in the past few weeks,” Lee said.
“We did what we had to do in the first half and was able to take some steam out in the second half to prepare for our FFA Cup game in Canberra.
“We knew they would’ve been hurting from their FFA Cup loss mid-week and we did very well to take advantage of that and secure a well earned 3 points.”
There were few positives for Blacktown, however Crittenden said in the context of the season it was only a small hiccup.
“It was disappointing result for us but you have to give them credit for how they played,” he said.
“It is only our second loss of the season so overall you can’t be too upset.
“We just have to regroup during the week and have ourselves ready to go against the Spartans next week for the derby.”
Sydney Olympic: 4 (Balderson 5’, Hatzimouratis 15’, Soeda 30’, 42)
Blacktown City: 0
Sunday, August 1, 2015
Balmier Sports Ground, Belmore
Referee: Kristian Griffiths-Jones
Assistant Referees: Leigh Pigram & Adam Vainauskus
Fourth Official: Samuel Grasso
Sydney Olympic: Henderson; Angel (Mardonis 77’), Balderson (Gaitatzis 58’) , Danaskos, Gaitatzis, Hatzimouratis, Hooper, Keir, Soeda, Sorge, Kerr (Spyrakis 63’)
Substitutes: Dimitrakas, Madonis, Markovic, Shirai,
Yellow Cards: Damasks 40’
Blacktown City: Vekic; Antelmi (Choi 45’), Cairncross (Timotheou 80’), Fragogiannis, Lewis, Macura, Major, Mallia, Perkatis, Tomoras (Evans 45’), Speranza,
Substitutes: Araujo, Prendergast,
Yellow Cards: Fragogiannis 24’ Cairncross 42’ Perkatis 44’