With a new coach at the helm, Sydney Olympic FC stunned the NSW Premier League after it rose to a dominant 3-0 win against the league leaders, Bonnyrigg White Eagles, at Belmore Sports Ground last Sunday.
The win for Olympic comes after the Board announced the appointment of Mr Grant Lee as the first grade coach for the remainder of season 2013 and season 2014.
After a shock five-members exodus of the club last week, that included captain Phil Makrys, players Elsid Barkhousir and Emmanuel Giannaros, and was lead by coaches Peter Tsekenis and Peter Papoythis, the task to win the league leaders looked beyond the reach of the new coach Grant Lee and his squad.The walkout occurred after Olympic’s 7-2 loss to the Socceroos in a friendly match at Belmore Sports Ground.
Under new head coach Grant Lee and new captain Ibrahim Haydar, Olympic handed the White Eagles their first defeat of the year, with goals from Luke Grima, Zac Elrich and Amaury Gauthier.
The league leaders’ attempts to get back into the game proved to be fruitless, as the energetic 11 man team gave the new coach the perfect start to his appointment.
Following the match, the Blues’ new coach said he was proud of the effort his team put in the match.
“I couldn’t ask for anything better, we were playing against the league leaders who were undefeated this year which is a very hard task. For us to get that score line was a fantastic effort from the boys,” Lee said.
Full credit was given to Olympic by visitors’ coach Brian Brown, who admitted his team was outplayed by 11 men who “really wanted to win”.
The club’s new head coach is a former Olympic player and ex-Socceroo. He was a member of the Olympic team that won the 1989 – 1990 NSL Grand Final, he played in the NSL for many years and has undertaken significant coaching roles since the end of his playing career.
Source: The Telegraph, Sydney Olympic FC.