Sydney United 58FC

Sat 19 April @ Sydney United

Sydney United 58 v South Coast Wolves, 7:30pm Saturday Night at Sydney United Sports Centre

It doesn’t get any easier for out-of-form South Coast Wolves, who travel to Edensor Park on Saturday night to face reigning Premiers Sydney United 58.

Mark Rudan’s side have been hot and cold this year and went down to top-of-the-table Spartans last weekend.

The big blue man has no problem motivating his players though and they will be well fired up to right last weekend’s wrong against one of the two remaining winless teams in the competition.

Richard Lloyd’s side have a lot of work to do and were poor against Rockdale City Suns last weekend.

Ricky Zucco is their big threat though and he is capable against scoring against anyone and from anywhere.

If he can steal an early goal that would throw the cat among the pigeons, otherwise Rudan and Sydney United will fancy themselves to take all three points.


Solitary goal enough for Bonnyrigg

South Coast Wolves went down narrowly to Bonnyrigg White Eagles in their Round 5 clash at WIN Stadium. One goal was the difference between the two teams. The visitors could have scored a few more with the chances that were presented but the defence stood firm and good goalkeeping was to the fore. While the Wolves had the lesser amount of guilt edged scoring opportunities, to win matches goal opportunities need to be taken. Bonnyrigg just needed one to take home the spoils.

The Wolves went into the match attempting to get a first victory of the season while the usual high flier, Bonnyrigg White Eagles, were intent on getting their season in order after an inconsistent start. With the 1974 Socceroos World Cup coach Rale Rasic in attendance, the match shaped to be an intriguing contest.

The winning goal emanated from an exchange of passes along the right sideline following a turnover of possession in the middle of the field five minutes after half time. Tynan Diaz and Adrian Ucchino were the players involved before the ball was put into Mitchell Long’s path. The former Wolves player of 2008 moved towards the goal and expertly flicked the ball home.

From the outset, it did not take too long for Bonnyrigg to threaten the northern goal frame. With well-known scorer Robbie Younis, plus adept scorers Long and Alex Canak in the ranks, the Wolves knew that they would have to be on their mettle.  A free kick was given barely a minute in. Diaz curled the ball into the box with Wolves goalkeeper, Daniel Collison, grasping it gratefully. Two corner kicks in succession five minutes later, kept the Wolves penned down. Bonnyrigg captain Chris Tadrosse fired in the first but Michael Robinson intervened but unfortunately conceded another corner kick. The second one was hit into the side netting. Not long after Younis went down in the box following a Robinson tackle and immediately implored the referee for a corner kick. The tackle seemed innocuous and Younis was ignored with a resultant free kick against him. A Tadrosse corner kick traversed in and hit Chun on the shoulder at his far post position but went harmlessly for a goal kick. Canak had a shot from close in that hit Collison’s shins and rebounded back into play in a crowded area.  A right-footed curled ball from Diaz, after Younis was sandwiched between two defenders, flew to Collison. He pushed the ball upwards before collecting as it came down. Towards the conclusion of the first forty-five, Long and Bo Hyun Chun combined before Tadrosse stuck it over.

The White Eagles had much possession and camped in South’s Coast half for various periods of length at a time. However, they had not converted this advantage into goals, which was a worrying trend for the team.

South Coast were pegged back somewhat in the first half early on and had to defend for sustained periods while Bonnyrigg mounted attacks. This was done very effectively, with Jacob Timpano, Michael Robinson, Jack Keating and Darcy Madden plus Zac Mackenzie when he dropped back, coping with what Bonnyrigg was producing. At times an occasional errant pass and long passes that did not go to the intended recipient, as the Wolves moved out in the opposing half, put them back on their heels. However, to give the team their due, errant passes have been tightened up. The Wolves retreated when the White Eagles had the ball leaving only Ricky Zucco forward. In attack, Zucco was the most likely source of goals. In the eighth minute he shrugged off a tackle, keeping the ball before passing but nothing of note emanated at this time. Mackenzie then also kept the ball under wraps as a White Eagle player snapped at him. He floated a pass up for Zucco and as Zucco went to head the ball, Bonnyrigg ‘keeper Matthew Nash moved off his line at the same time, winning this confrontation.  Fifteen minutes in, a Matthew Bailey free kick flew towards the far post. Chris Price rose in an attempt to head the ball, but it went higher than expected and the ball skimmed off.  On twenty minutes a Zucco hit from 25 metres was on target. Nash could not hold it at his first attempt but grabbed it quickly. However, Wolves players neglected to follow through. Three minutes later, Zucco powered the ball towards the goal from the left side. Nash just got down to it, ultimately conceding a corner kick.

There was seemingly a handball by a defender at the left side of the box after half an hour. The Wolves passed in the ball and the player in question appeared to stick out his hand to alter the ball’s trajectory. Wolves’ players in the vicinity appealed, but this was ignored. Following this, the home team had the ball in the net courtesy of Chris Price, following enterprising lead up work by Mackenzie and Zucco. Alas, the flag went up for offside and the ‘goal’ did not stand. It is certainly a case of when things are going wrong, you can’t take a trick!

Eight minutes later, Zucco won a free kick in the centre of Bonnyrigg’s half. He curled the ball in after Price dummied the taking of the free kick. Nash punched it away, however.

The Wolves had some difficulty in getting out of their territory but when they countered, they were not to be ignored.  This was an improvement from previous games.

At the half time break it was stlll even Stevens.

Just after the second half started a Bonnyrigg player went to retrieve the ball for a throw in near the half way mark, but slipped in his attempt to do so providing a bit of mirth for those nearby, as well as to the player himself.

One minute after Bonnyrigg had scored, they nearly got a second. A long pass to Chun from Diaz set up Canak whose header was finger tipped over by Collison before a Tadrosse effort was saved also. A Chun free kick was fired straight at Collison and he was equal to the task denying him the opportunity. Younis found himself with space following receipt of a long pass. Before long, Simonoski had tracked him. Younis used body to bullock his way past but with Simonoski in attendance got his shot away but it brought no joy. Canak fired over from close range at the death as Robinson niggled to put him off. Chun produced a shot from outside the area that with ten minutes to go that smacked into Robinson and pole axed him to the ground. Play was held up while he received attention and he moved to the sideline for further attention. He eventually resumed his position.

The Wolves produced a number of opportunities as they began to search for an equalizer and their stay in the opposition area was lengthening with each visit. Ten minutes after resuming, Bailey put the ball across the face of goal. It eluded everyone in the middle but travelled beyond the far post.  Simonoski was there but he slashed at the ball and was off target. Bailey himself produced an effort that went over the goal. Substitute Joey Lavalle showed enterprise when he, after winning the ball in a tackle, eluded one player before crossing in, but unfortunately it was ultimately to no avail.  Two Bonnyrigg long balls in were headed out in turn by Madden and Robinson. Seven minutes past the hour mark, the Wolves were agonizingly close. A Bailey free kick went to Simonoski and from his position on the left, he curled the ball aiming inside the far post. His calculations were slightly off beam as the ball narrowly traversed past the post. Six minutes out Bailey put the ball in the crowded area. The ball was not cleared properly and a scramble was the outcome before the ball went to Timpano. He was about to send a rocket in but was effectively blocked. In two minutes of added time, Sam Matthews blocked a shot from substitute Adam Jenner just as he going to pull the trigger. Following, Keating interceded to deny Canak.

For the second week in a row the Wolves have succumbed to a solitary goal, but however small the margin, it is still a loss. Without a win so far, it must be getting closer. Bonnyrigg had sustained two losses without scoring and another when scoring two goals. This was their second victory of the season.

The following South Coast Wolves identities stated in the post match interviews -

Coach Richard Lloyd – on the goal ….’Two experienced guys combine down the right before Mitchell Long scores. Once again it came from us.  Giving possession away. It’s our own fault. We are our worst enemies, we give away things too cheaply’ …… Sydney united next week? …. We’ve got nothing to lose’…. We can turn it around? – ‘Most definitely’

Right wing back Jack Keating –  ‘I think the boys put in a much better performance for the crowd today, we wont be too happy with the result but we will be very happy that we came out and performed like we wanted to.  We definitely matched them.  Bonnyrigg is one of the bigger teams and hasn’t been performing and had something to prove.  He (Nash) is a good keeper and you have to do a lot to beat him’. Next week – ‘I think the boys will be pumped over the fact that we should have had a point today. They (Sydney United) will have something to prove but we are coming last and have most to prove in the competition’.

Wide left player Peter Simonoski – ‘we came out it at the start of the game all fired up and ready to go. It was a pretty decent performance in the first half but they got that early goal in the second half. We were not switched on.  The boys will pull through it I guess and hopefully put in a better performance next week…  It was an unlucky shot. I hit it sweetly but it wasn’t to be.’

Story by Malcolm Rowney

Picture by Pedro Garcia

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Round 4 Junior Summary

It was an unusual weekend of football with the junior teams playing a different club to that of the seniors due to the new promotion and relegation system. With the seniors playing Rockdale, the junior teams traveled to Popendetta Park to take on Mt Druitt Rangers. Despite the inclement weather throughout the week, the ground was in immaculate condition for the junior games. Our juniors walked away with some mixed results against a club sitting in the top 4 junior clubs in the league.

Under 12 – Mt Druitt Rangers – 3,     South Coast Wolves – 0

Despite the scoreline, this was a fairly even match.  The young Wolves are really getting better at their passing; some stages of the game putting together 7-8 passes. The Wolves created four or five scoring chances but just could not find the back of the net. Mt Druitt on the other hand were a little more clinical in front of goal and that essentially was the difference. I sense we are not far away from our first win. Keep up the hard work boys.  Good games from Luke Paull and Harrison Dennis.

Under 13 – Mt Druitt Rangers – 4 (17′, 22’, 48’ & 58’),     South Coast Wolves – 1 (59′)

The 13s Wolves on the road again, after the wash out last week, travelled to Mount Druitt after a rain disrupted preparation. The surface was surprisingly immaculate considering the rain we have had & was ideal to playing football on the deck.

The young wolves began well but it was evident from the kick off that the physicality of the ranger’s players was going to an issue if we didn’t move the ball quickly & play football. Alex Masciovecchio went close with a 1v1 in the 12th minute but the ranger’s keeper was up to the task. Then in the 17th minute we went to sleep failing to close down on the edge of the box resulting the 1st goal against.

Toby Drain, Josh Correia & Alex Masciovecchio worked hard but in the 22nd minute we conceded another goal from an uncontested cross giving Marko Kodor no chance in goals.

Half time dressing room talk was to be more physical & start putting their bodies on the line as well as move the ball quickly & the role of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd defender… The 2nd half was much of the same with a little more improvement from Jayden Smileski & Eddie English, but we conceded a further 2 goals in the 48th & 58th minute from poor defending &  passing choices.

The young wolves got a consolation goal in the last minute when Josh Correia produced a quality corner that caused chaos in the box with the ball ending up in the net. A lot more room for improvement overall.

Lachlan Morgan & Jamie Sarkosh were the 2 most consistent players.

Under 14 – Mt Druitt Rangers – 0,     South Coast Wolves – 2

The SCW U/14 team registered their first win of the year and second clean sheet in a row.

The boys produced a spirited performance on the back of a concentrated defensive effort that saw the opposition unable to create many chances on the wolves goal. The second half saw the wolves press higher up the field which enabled the side to create more opportunities than in the first half.

Jacob Gjorsevski worked tirelessly and was rewarded for his efforts by scoring both goals during the second half period. The front three for the wolves all worked extremely hard to close down their opposition, Joel Starr, Michael Padas, Alex Kearton, Kane Kotevski and Wesley Van-Kempen rotated well through these positions and kept pressure on the opposition defence all game, particularly in the back end of the game.

Harris Fotopoulos produced another polished display in goals behind a back four that is growing in confidence each week.

The team will need to work on keeping possession for longer periods and if they are able to improve in this area coupled with their continued willingness to contest every moment, will no doubt bring the squad more success in the coming weeks.

Under 15 – Mt Druitt Rangers – 1 (16′),     South Coast Wolves – 1 (33′) MATCH ABANDONED

After a weekend off and a good week of training the U15′s were keen to play new comers Mt Druitt who had not lost a game yet.

Despite the size of the Mt Druitt players, our Wolves boys held their own and the first half of the game was evenly matched. In the 16th minute however Mt Druitt managed to steal a goal to go 1-0. With plenty of good creative football we should have taken the game to 1-1 early on. We finally managed to equalize the game though in the 33rd minute when we were awarded a penalty which Jordan Nikolovski easily put away the spot kick to take the game to 1-1 at half time.

Unfortunately early into the second half our striker Jake Trew came off second best going up against Mt Druitt’s keeper which resulted in a serious injury for Jake and the game having to be abandoned.

From your fellow team mates and coaching staff, thank you for your effort and determination Jake. We all wish a strong and speedy recovery and hope to see back on your feet soon.

Under 16 – Rockdale Suns – 1,     South Coast Wolves – 0

- No report available -


Under 18 – Rockdale Suns – 1 (31′),     South Coast Wolves – 4 (44′, 73′, 80′, 88′)

Round 4 saw the Wolves visit Rockdale and the boys registered their first win of the season with a convincing 4-1 romp of the Suns.

Rockdale started the brighter of the two sides when in the 6th minute they hit the post. Soon after a combination featuring Rose, Brodnik and Carrasco saw their efforts saved by the Suns keeper.

Carrasco had another chance soon later but his shot sailed over the bar. In the 21st minute Mazevski had a shot they was parried away for a corner. Just after the half hour mark the home side took the lead with a great shot from outside the box.

It took our boys 7 minutes to reply and it was a shot from Isabella that deflected off the defender and wrong footed the keeper for the equaliser.

Right after the break Rose had 2 great chances saved by the Suns keeper. Ravnjak was thrust into the game early in the second half and was straight in the action when his pass to Isabella saw his shot go just wide of the post.

Wolves finally took the lead in the 73rd minute when Orchard found the net thanks to great play from both substitutes Ravnjak & Sterjovski.

77th Minute Desira came on for Mazevski and 2 minutes later Orchard almost gave the Wolves greater advantage but his header went just wide.

Last 10 minutes and the boys were in an arm wrestle trying to hold on to the lead but that didn’t matter as they went 3-1 in front when Ravnjak shot flew passed the keeper.

Then in the 88th minute Isabella got his 2nd when he connected with a cross from Sterjovski and closed the game off for good.

Great away win for the lads.




Suns shine over the Wolves


After gaining a point in last week’s game, the South Coast Wolves go back to the drawing board as Rockdale City Suns, themselves bouncing back from a horror 1-5 score the previous week, went on to win this encounter 1-0 at their home ground, Ilinden Sportsground.

 In a match played on a heavy pitch, that sustained rain at regular intervals throughout the game, Rockdale scored an early goal that ultimately secured the three points.  However, the Suns had any number of chances to improve the score line but these went begging, with players taking the wrong option, by poor finishing or being thwarted by opposition defence as well as sterling goalkeeping by Daniel Collison.   

  The Wolves kicked off proceedings with Ricky Zucco attempting to go down the middle towards the southern end. Eventually the Suns goalkeeper Tomislav Arcaba cleared as Chris Price was in the vicinity. A clever flick by Matthew Bailey set Sam Matthews on his way further on into the Suns territory. 


  Arcaba pumped a high ball up the field in the ensuing play. It caught the Wolves defence napping as Nicola Taneski latched onto the clearance after it bounced and skidded off the turf. He had no trouble in tucking it past Collison. This was a virtual gift at only two minutes into the match and the Wolves had it all in front of them from this early stage.


  Following their dream start, Rockdale had much of the first half possession with experienced midfielder Paul Reid being in a creative mood as his lifted passes and short ones to set up attacking forays at will. Sean Symonds proved to be a headache for the right side Wolves players as he made many inroads down his team’s left channel. In the 8th minute, he had two scoring opportunities in succession. His first effort was headed away by Darcy Madden, the Wolves left back. Collison was there with a high jump to palm out his second. Four minutes earlier, Patrick Savor sent in a ball for Taneski but before he could inflict any damage, Madden intercepted once again. Following, an Idress El Hafiane corner kick flew to the far post where Wolves’ Zac Mackenzie was positioned to head away to safety. On twenty-one minutes, Symonds moved down the left before passing to El Hafiane. His left footed shot was unfortunately for Rockdale too high and too wide. As the half time was near, and the rain became heavier, Reid threaded the ball to Symonds before El Hafiane’s chance on goal went wide. Just prior to the break, a Reid free kick traversed straight into the grateful arms of Collison. Rockdale had looked in control and were the better side and Paul Kohler and Askin Oygur had charge of their domain.  


   After being a goal down after two minutes, the Wolves found it somewhat difficult to gain and then keep possession when they had to try and redress the balance. Two much space allowed the Suns midfielders to increase their control with a couple of the Wolves midfielders dropping deep to help out in defensive duties as Rockdale attacked on the many occasions that they did. However, Bailey was at his best as he played enticing passes to his supports and made good runs at the opposition in. On ten minutes, he found himself within goal range but lost the momentum when he appeared to hesitate and before too long Rockdale had dealt with this danger. After a time Price and Peter Simonoski swapped wide positions from their starting positions of Price on right and Simonoski on the left in order to increase productivity.  Left defender Madden also impressed with his go forward attitude, his ball control in the slippery conditions and his timely interceptions.     


  The Wolves tried valiantly to redress the situation that they were in but opportunities to score were sporadic at best. Arcaba came out of his area to beat Zucco to the ball on twenty minutes and barely two minutes later, he came out again to head the ball away as Bailey chased down. An ensuing Bailey shot was edged away for a corner kick. He did the deed again ten minutes later and his following corner kick went straight in to the Suns ‘keeper.


 Rockdale began the second half hell bent on keeping their lead and to not squander any chances that may come their way to increase their position.   The troublesome Symonds was involved in two early forays.  Collison took his cross from the left. Scant time later, he left a spreadeagled Jack Keating in his wake as he moved to the goal line in order for an intended cut back pass but the Wolves defence scrambled it away before he carry out his intention.


  Tadg Purcell and El Hafiane combined to move with the latter positioning himself in the box. He cut back to Takuya Murayama and his attempted chip over Collison went over. Collison was called into action minutes later when got down at his near post to save but concede a corner kick. Further opportunities presented themselves as three players were waiting as a Reid lifted pass was placed in the surrounding area, but not one could take advantage. Taneski looked to increase his total. On sixty-seven minutes he was through but could bring it home as Collison spread himself. Very late in proceedings he beat a defender and had Collison to beat but the goalkeeper pulled a good save to deny him. 


 The Wolves picked it up in the second half and the passing movements began to stick a bit more.  Matthews won a free kick about 25 metres out from the Suns’ goal. He had determinedly tried to maintain possession under a sustained physical challenge and was winning out until he was subsequently fouled. However, the free kick brought no jubilation. Zucco placed a shot from distance on sixty-five minutes that was speculative at best. It flew wide.

Zucco curled a free kick from his position a couple of metres outside the area. Mackenzie tried to head it but nary a touch by anyone. Two minutes later from virtually the same position, Bailey curled his free kick with the same outcome as Zucco’s.


 Joseph Lavalle, second half substitute was presented with a scoring opportunity when he was through. However, he could gain enough control on the ball to enact a prospective shot. This was symptomatic of the Wolves today.  


Second half replacement Mitchell Del Turco was also injected into the fray in the hope that his speed could conjure up something. He and Arcaba collided as they both went for the ball with ten minutes to go, with play being held up for a few minutes as treatment was administered. Defender, Michael Robinson intervened as he went between Purcell and Ben Cornish at close quarters to dilute an attack.

 Wolves captain Jacob Timpano moved up into the midfield as the team desperately searched for an equaliser. He produced a powerful shot on 84 minutes that rocketed in but unfortunately did not have the desired result. In the dying moments his free kick cannoned into the defensive wall.


  Rockdale took one of their many chances and in the end was all that needed to secure the victory. South Coast can lament the fact that the early goal should have been preventable and that once again had to chase the game but sorry to say fell short.  


 In the post match interviews the following stated –

  Wolves coach Richard Lloyd – ‘we gave it away, we gift wrapped it. It’s not good enough, and then we are always fighting at the end. We had a good week at training. At the end it is always a scrap. It is disappointing’.

  South Coast Wolves goalkeeper, Daniel Collison – on the conceded early killer goal – ‘It was in the first few minutes – the long ball today got us.  The wet weather was atrocious but we had our fair chances in the second half but unfortunately we could not jag a goal at the end.’…. On his fine form –‘it was good to keep the boys in the game at certain stages. I thought we were definitely going to press for an equaliser but it wasn’t our day but hopefully we can build on that for Bonnyrigg’. 

 Rockdale City Suns midfield player, Paul Reid – on the early goal easing their pressure after last week’s result – ‘It certainly did. We said before the game that to come off a 5-1 loss last week which it was a really disappointing performance, considering we had done so well before that. We went into this game thinking it would be tough conditions.  It was raining for a lot of the game and it was a very heavy pitch.   We said to each other that no matter what, we wanted the three points. It didn’t matter if it was ugly.  We had to bounce back from a big loss the week before. It was ugly but it showed a bit of character from the boys. They fought really hard and we could have scored a lot more, but the main thing today that we got the three points.’ ……’We are creating chances and quite a few but it is just that final ball and final decision by our players that are costing us. We put ones wide that we should put into the back of the net. South Coast, even though they are bottom of the table were always going to be a team that fought hard. We only picked up one point last year after they beat us here and had a draw down there but we knew how tough it would be. We got the three points and got back on that winning run.’




Nicola Taneski 2’





Sunday 6th April 2014

3.00 p.m. Kick Off


Coach: Branko Culina


1.Tomislav Arcaba, 3.Steven Hesketh, 4.Sean Symonds (16.Daniel Barac 61’) 5.Paul Reid 6. Takuya Murayama 8.Paul Kohler 9.Tadhg Purcell 11.Nikola Taneski 12.Idriss El Hafiane (13. Ben Cornish 79’) 21.Patrick Savor (2.Andrija Petkovic 79’) 23.Askin Oygur ©,


Substitutes not used: 19.Tommy Lo 22.David Bradasevic


Yellow Cards: Steven Hesketh 24’

Red Card: Nil



Coach: Richard Lloyd

1.Daniel Collison 2.Jack Keating 4.Michael Robinson 6.Zac Mackenzie 7.Chris Price  8.Matthew Bailey 15. Darcy Madden 10.Ricky Zucco  (21.Joseph Lavalle 72’) 22.Sam Matthews (Chris Nathaniel 89’) 26.Jacob Timpano (Capt.) Peter Simonoski (11.Mitchell Del Turco 61’)

 Substitutes not used: 30. Tom Hamilton,

Yellow Cards: Chris Price 7’

Red Cards: Nil


Referee: Christopher Young

Assistant Referees: Scott Edeling, Joon Park

4th Official: David Haslett


By Malcolm Rowney

Photo by Milenko Klisic












Introducing – Mia

1. Star Sign


2. Your favorite Colour and why?

Pink and purple, because they are bright colours.

3. Favourite Movie


4. Favourite Food


5. Most memorable moment so far?

The first performance of the season at WIN Stadium.
6. What do you think about dancing at WIN?

It such a bigger place to perform, which just adds to the fun of cheering.

7. What made you join the Wolves Cheersquad?

I love to dance! Not only that, but this opportunity has allowed me to exercise, perform, make friends and explore my creative side a bit more through creating choreography for the dances with Isabella :)

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