Brisbane Strikers are just two wins away from becoming national champions after seeing off a spirited Canberra Olympic 3-2 at Perry Park on Saturday night.
Strikers did it the hard way in their first-ever PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Finals Series Elimination Final – fighting back from a goal down at half-time after failing to convert a host of chances throughout the contest.
However, the hosts’ domination brought reward in the second half as Olympic twice turned the ball into their own net to succumb to a relentless Strikers side.
Earlier, Luke Marsh delivered Strikers the best possible start with the opening goal just six minutes in, before a brace to Jordan Tsekenis wrested Olympic the advantage midway through the first half.
The result sees Strikers become the third Queensland club in three seasons to advance to the Semi-Final stage of the competition where they will face the winner of the Elimination Final between Sydney United 58 and Adelaide City.
No Queensland side has previously advanced beyond the Semi-Final stage of the competition.
For Olympic, the defeat marks the fourth straight year a Capital Football side has fallen at the first hurdle in the end-of-season showpiece series.
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