Why Sydney Olympic’s Ante Juric is proud despite Sydney FC defeat

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Despite being defeated on their home ground, Sydney Olympic head coach Ante Juric was pleased his boys successfully stepped up to the challenge of Sydney FC in the FFA Cup.

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All the odds were stacked against the historic NPL outfit, who haven’t played in the FFA Cup round of 32 since 2016 and were playing against a star-studded Sky Blues side.

However, the boys persevered through and gave Sydney FC a run for their money in the first half, as goalkeeper Nicholas Sorros impressed between the sticks.

“I was very happy and proud,” said a grinning Juric. “Everyone knows we’ve only had four weeks to train. To give it a bit of a crack, I couldn’t be prouder.”

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Although the NPL NSW season was curtailed in June, Olympic booked their place in the FFA Cup final rounds in emphatic fashion winning by 13-0 and 9-0 scorelines on their way to the round of 32.

The off-season transition to the FFA Cup gave Sydney Olympic the opportunity to assemble their own competitive roster, with prolific marksman Roy O’Donovan leading the team.

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With half their signings under the age of 22, it is evident that the new signings are part of Juric’s vision to create a strong team with young, talented individuals alongside experienced players that can bring future glory to the Sydney Olympic fans.

The match was also a great setting to highlight the strong cohesion between the boys and playing on their home turf hearing the passionate cries of their supporters in the background only provided Olympic with the confidence needed to keep fighting in the second half.

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“We were definitely a unit and just fought for each other which was fantastic to see,” Juric said.

In the next few months, Juric will look to improve his team’s unity both on and off the pitch, nurture relationships amongst the players and support his player’s skill developments to become a real contender in next year’s FFA Cup.

“We’ve got to work hard and results have come from that,” he said.

“We take nothing for granted because we haven’t won anything. We haven’t won the appeal. We just got to take it one game at a time.”

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Olivia Nunes-Malek
Covering Sydney FC for the 2021/2022 season. Currently studying a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism and Digital and Social Media) at the University of Technology Sydney.

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