A slow-starting Western Pride have come from two goals down twice to salvage a 4-4 draw against Olympic FC in their U20 Men’s friendly at Briggs Road Sporting Complex on Saturday.
In the curtain raiser to the PS4 NPL QLD Men’s fixture, Olympic showed they had come to play when Matt Gordon received on the edge of the box and put it into the back of the net after only two minutes of play.
It only got worse for the home side, when three minutes later Mateo Dinz doubled Olympic’s lead with a strike reminiscent of Gordon’s only minutes earlier. Despite the poor start, the Pride began to rally and for the rest of the half had the better of possession.
Jeremiah Bilal added the first of the Pride’s goals when a deflection out of the Olympic goalkeeper’s hands landed at the youngster’s feet in the 37th minute, and when Majok Piok blazed past two defenders moments later the home side had squared the ledger at 2-2 heading into the halftime break.
It was much of the same to begin the second half, with Olympic capitalising on a slow-starting Pride to restore their two goal lead.
After a poor tackle gifted Olympic a penalty and subsequent goal in the 52nd, the away side extended their lead three minutes on when a through-ball found Youeil Shol behind the Pride defence.
The young Pride side could be forgiven for letting the game get away from them at this point, however when Jarred Hancock capitalised on a scramble at the goal line the Pride found themselves once again in the hunt with 19 minutes remaining.
A spate of chances late had Pride supporters repeatedly up on their feet, and it seemed as though impressive defence and a strong showing from goalkeeper Brandon Cuminao would be enough to secure Olympic the victory.
Instead with only seconds left to play, Majok Piok became the Pride’s savour when he connected with a corner to send a header past Cuminao to equalise right on full-time and salvage the 4-4 draw.
Next week the U20 Men’s travel to the Cleveland Showgrounds to take on Redlands United at 6:45pm on Wednesday.