Strong second half seals Adelaide Olympic's progression to Round of 16
Adelaide Olympic have progressed to the FFA Cup Round of 16 for the second time in their history with a 3-0 win over ECU Joondalup at Dorrien Gardens on Wednesday night.
Second-half goals from Christos Pounendis, Fausto Erba and Ioannis Simosis proved decisive as Olympic secured victory over a Joondalup side who’s first ever appearance in the national rounds ends in defeat.
After a scoreless first half, Pounendis found the breakthrough in the 70th minute when he turned an acrobatic volley into the back of the net after Simosis’ scuffed effort fell into his path on the end of an Olympic corner.
Erba doubled the visitors advantage eight minutes later when he stood up his marker before finding the back of the net with a sensational dinked effort from the byline.
Olympic substitute, Simosis rounded out the scoring when he converted from the penalty spot after Michael Cittadini was brought down by Joondalup keeper John Perkins inside the area.
Olympic join Adelaide United, Lions FC, Gold Coast Knights & Brisbane Roar in the hat for FFA Cup Round of 16 draw, which will take place at 1:30pm AEST on Thursday, 30 September for the North/West Zone.
9 |’ Chance Olympic. Michael Cittadini gets in behind the Joondalup defence but drags his effort wide when facing Perkins one-on-one.
18’ | Chance Olympic. Jason Konstandopoulos forces Perkins into a fine diving save after a mazy run on the top of ECU penalty area.
59’ | Chance Olympic. Nelson Tshongo makes a crucial last ditch tackle to take the ball off Simosis’ toe with with the Olympic forward in on goal.
61’ | Chance Joondalup. Ellis Healing fires a shot just wide of the target from range.
70’ | Goal Olympic. Christos Pounendis finds the back of the net with an acrobatic volley on the end of an Olympic corner.
78’ | Goal Olympic. Fausto Erba beats Perkins with a classy dinked finish from an unlikely angle.
84’ | Chance Olympic. Konstandopoulos dispossesses Caddisy on the edge of the area before rifling his effort over the bar.
87’ | Goal Olympic. Ioannis Simosis converts from the penalty spot after Cittadini was brought down inside the area by Joondalup keeper, John Perkins.
FFA Cup 2021 - Round of 32: ECU Joondalup vs Adelaide Olympic
Dorrien Gardens, Perth
Wednesday, 29 September
ECU Joondalup – 0
Adelaide Olympic – 3 (Christos POUNENDIS 70’, Fausto ERBA 78’, Ioannis SIMOSIS 87’)