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Capital Football NPL: Canberra Olympic defeat Canberra FC in grand final to seal perfect season


A loud and passionate Canberra Olympic crowd at Deakin Stadium on Sunday chanted their appreciation for Frank Cachia, who delivered on his promise to return silverware to the club.

Olympic capped off their perfect season with a 3-0 victory over Canberra FC in the Capital Football National Premier League grand final to go with its league championship and Federation Cup triumphs.

Canberra Olympic celebrate the winning the Capital Football Grand Final.
Canberra Olympic celebrate the winning the Capital Football Grand Final. Photo: Jay Cronan

The first half of the decider saw the referee continually reach for his yellow card, with tensions running high in the spiteful match.

Canberra FC had been on a goal-scoring rampage with nine scored in the playoffs but struggled to trouble young Olympic keeper Jack Pettit in a scoreless first half.

But in the second half Olympic again utilised its devastating ability to score on the counter-attack, followed up with another feature of their dominant season — scoring in quick succession.

“There are number of things that we work on and that’s one of them,” Cachia said.

“We really try to hurt teams when we win the ball off them but the other thing is we scored two in succession and that’s another thing that we work on. We also scored again in the last five minutes which is something we’ve done quite a bit this year because it’s another thing that we concentrate on.”

Cachia said seeing all the trophies they have won this season helped him appreciate how successful 2016 had been for Olympic.

“It sort of sinks in a bit, you plan for anything you can and you hope for the best. But you don’t prepare yourself for a treble,” he said.

Jeremy Habtemariam was award the best on the ground and said Olympic still had further success planned for this year.

“We’ve got the big FFA Cup [quarter-final] game in a couple of weeks [against Green Gully] and everyone is still pretty pumped. Season’s not over yet.”

Earlier, Belconnen United continued its dominance in the ACT Women’s Premier League with a 1-0 win over Canberra FC in the decider.

The two sides played out a nine-goal thriller just two weeks ago but defender Ellie Raymond’s strike was enough for United to secure the championship.

CAPITAL FOOTBALL GRAND FINALS

Women: Belconnen United 1 (Raymond 55) bt Canberra FC 0.

Men: Canberra Olympic 3 (D Colbertaldo 61, own goal 64, R Cattanach 90+1) bt Canberra FC 0.



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