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Wolves welcome back Arrarte

South Coast Wolves are delighted to announce the reappointment of Nahuel Arrarte as the first team coach for 2015.

Nahuel’s decision to continue with the club is based on the overwhelming support from within the board, sponsors, players, supporters and the general Illawarra football community.

Further to this, the club has appointed former youth team coach Jason Spencer as his assistant.

The club would also like to acknowledge Michael Santalab’s contribution through the IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 2014 season and is hopeful he will stay involved in some capacity with the club.

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Valiant Wolves Undone By Single Mariners Goal

Despite taking this game to the A-League team from Gosford, South Coast Wolves went down by a single goal that was scored close to a quarter of hour in. The team tried valiantly throughout, endeavouring to claw back on equal footing with their season long fitness in the second half, but the Central Coast Mariners had done enough at this early start to their season to take home the spoils with their sharpness and speed on the ball when they needed it the most. Glenn Trifiro was the scorer in a well-executed attacking foray.

With this high profile match being the penultimate encounter in the FFA Cup Round of 32, owing to the Western Australia time difference (Bayswater City v Melbourne Victory), this third match, only one in four involving A League clubs playing lesser division teams, continued before a 5,238 enthousiastic crowd (and to date the largest crowd for an FFA Cup match) at WIN Stadium Wollongong.  Despite having rain in the days leading up to this fixture, the night went off without a hitch with a cast of hundreds being involved in the half time Wolf chase to further entertain the crowd.

The game breaker was scored after thirteen minutes. Mariner Joshua Rose sprinted into the box in possession from the left before delivering a slick pass in between central defenders Michael Robinson and James Baldacchino to Glenn Trifiro. The former Premier League (with Sydney United) midfielder subsequently slotted the ball low into the far corner of the goal beating a despairing Wolves’ goalkeeper Daniel Collison.

The Wolves kicked off and ran towards the southern end being quick off the blocks.  Peter Simonoski made headway and crossed in from the left. Sam Matthews wanted to get on the end of it but unfortunately his effort was all in vain.  The Mariners captain Nic Montgomery picked up a Zac Mackenzie pass from midfield before Jack Keating dealt with the pressure from Mitchell Duke, who with his speed was causing all sorts of problems. A tussle for the ball involving Matthew Bailey and Isaka Cernak finally culminated with a free kick to the Wolves.

The Wolves had much of the early skirmishes before the Mariners settled into a rhythm and became more productive in the middle stages of the first half.

A long pass from the back by Eddie Bosnar looked to home in on Australian international Duke but the Wolves defence were wise to this ploy and intervened. Bosnar tried again a couple of minutes later for the same result before Duke spreaded the ball out to Rose on the left. His tantalizing cross flew in before Robinson intercepted by heading away. At the other end Keating put in a cross that Mariners goalkeeper, Liam Reddy took with ease.

Following a Bailey corner kick, Robinson shouldered the ball on for Baldacchino and in a crowded goalmouth, the ball narrowly popped over.

On twenty minutes coach Arrarte from the sidelines implored his team to move up as they were sitting back and letting the Mariners dictate play through Anthony Caceres, who was pivotal in Mariners’ moves.

In the 26th minute Mariner’s Nick Fitzgerald was in position to further his club’s lead.  Cernak feigned, for the ball to fall for Nick Fitzgerald. Baldacchino blocked his effort, which was destined for the goal. Immediately prior, Robinson with deft feet eluded the on rushing Duke.

Matthews cleared a shot by Bosnar off the line before the goal frame kept out Duke’s angled shot as he sped into space. Four minutes later, the goal frame aided the Wolves once again as a Fitzgerald free kick shot cannoned into the defensive wall then defected off the cross bar.

Duke was carrying all before him as he moved in between the lines. Robinson blocked one of targeted efforts before Collison dived at his feet of Fitzgerald. A Bailey free kick was lifted over before Robinson cleared off the line as Duke stormed in. From close vicinity, he stuck, but in the nick of time Robinson was there.

Chris Price on the left collected a good cross field Joseph Lavalle pass. He moved inward inside a defender before letting a right-footed shot go. It however, traversed straight into Reddy’s arms.

The Wolves started and finished strongly in the final part of the first half to combat the Mariners middle stages superiority.

At half time it was 1-0 and former Wolves and Mariners player Mile Sterjovski was presented to the crowd.

The second half began the second half with a rush after the half time substitution of Jordan Murray for Lavalle. Murray was instantly into the fray as he chased down to ball to win a corner kick seconds in. From the ensuing Bailey’s corner kick, Anderson blocked Matthew’s shot.

The home side had their closest opportunity following Murray’s pass to Matthews. The midfielder’s forth-coming shot looked to be home and hosed until a lunging Montgomery somehow managed to keep it out.

The Wolves were chasing down effectively. Price surged down to the left before putting a cross in but to no effect in the end before Simonoski nearly dispossessed Anderson to set him on his way. Matthews aimed to slip Murray through but the Mariners defence thwarted this enterprising move.

Murray, whose enthusiastic approach on being brought into the match took it to some tiring Mariners, produced a sizzling shot on 68 minutes from outside the box that zoomed to the left of goal and over. It definitely was worth the effort.

Mariners coach Phil Moss injected Senegalese and on loan Swedish club Gothenburg striker Malick Mane into the game for his first start in the navy and yellow in the hunt for more goals. Also he brought the fresh John Hutchison on to aid the leg weary defence.  Manet looked to get in before Robinson headed away. Not long later, Manet powered down the left before letting fly with his left foot, which flew high. Another shot

In time added on Matthews had the goal in his sights. Unfortunately, taking two touches was one touch too many as the defence had a chance to regroup and block his effort. Moments before, a Simonoski rocket whizzed narrowly past the post at an angle.

Manet motored forward in one  last throw of the dice. Robinson was in close attendance before Manet fired wide.

As generally accepted, the Central Coast Mariners were favorites for this encounter and they were somewhat sharper especially in the goal execution. The Wolves gave it their all and a fairytale Cup upset was not forthcoming. They were beaten but not unbowed.

Wolves’ coach Nahuel Arrarte in my post match interview stated – ‘we always knew that they were in their preseason and early days so we tried to go at them straight from the whistle to keep them scoreless as long as possible and capitalize on our match fitness. Unfortunately, it did not go our way.  I can’t fault the boys they gave it everything and left everything out there. I’m very proud’ … ‘it’s great experience for the young boys to see what the next level is like.  We gave it a real shake and from my end, but I’m not happy to have lost but happy with the effort.’

Wolves captain Matthew Bailey in an on the pitch interview responded by saying – ‘it is a little bit disappointing obviously but we have to put it in perspective. Central Coast was very well prepared they were sharp right across the park.  In the second half, we showed we could match them in some a parts and had some chances but unfortunately we could not convert. …It took us awhile to adjust to the pace of the game but credit to the boys we really dug deep. It was a good performance but not the result we wanted’.

  The after match press conference was attended by Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss together with goal scorer Glenn Trifiro. In part, this is what they had to say -

Phil Moss -  ‘I was really happy for the boys because they worked ever so hard. I think we showed glimpses of real quality in the first half, and fatigue got the better of us.’ About the opposition….’there are good quality players there and they played pretty well as a team.  It was a close encounter and that is Cup football. They were match fit and match hardened and to keep a clean sheet was crucial (for us).  Our players were pushing through the pain barrier in the second half but I’m happy with the outing.’

Glenn Trifiro –‘Credit to them. They really pushed us.’

 

MATCH STATISTICS

 

SOUTH COAST WOLVES.….…………..0

 

 

 CENTRAL COAST MARINERS.……..1

Glen Trifiro 13’

 

@  WIN STADIUM, WOLLONGONG

Wednesday 20th August 2014

7.30 p.m. Kick Off

 

SOUTH COAST WOLVES F.C.

Coach: Nahuel Arrarte

1.Daniel Collison 2.Jack Keating 4.Michael Robinson 5.James Baldacchino 15.Darcy Madden 6.Zac Mackenzie 8.Matthew Bailey (Capt.) (10.Ben Zucco 69’) 7.Chris Price (11.Mitchell Del Turco 81’) 9.Peter Simonoski 20.Joseph Lavalle (Jordan Murray 46’) 22. Sam Matthews

Substitutes not used: 30 Thomas Hamilton 3.Chris Nathaniel

Yellow Cards: Joseph Lavalle 5’ Zac Mackenzie 14’ Michael Robinson 19’

Red Cards: Nil

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

Coach: Phil Moss

12. Liam Reddy 3. Joshua Rose 2. Storm Roux  5. Zac Anderson 25. Eddie Bosnar 18. Glenn Trifiro (7. John Hutchison 66’) 8. Nick Montgomery (Capt.)17.Adrian Caceres 23. Isaka Cernak (14.Malick Mane 65’) 9. Mitchell Duke 11. Nick Fitzgerald

 

Substitutes not used:1.Beyhan Irmako, 15. Matthew Sim 18.Michael Neill

 

Yellow Cards: Eddie Bosnar 5’, Glenn Trifiro

 

Red Card: Nil

 

Referee: Ben Williams

Assistant Referees: Andrej Giev, James Tesoriero

Fourth Official: Luke Withell

 

By Malcolm Rowney

Photo by Pedro Garcia

 

 

 

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Wolves Maul Tigers

In gloomy and wet conditions with winds buffeting the corner posts together with the stadium floodlights on to combat the impaired visibility, the South Coast Wolves have signed off the 2014 Premier League season in great form with a 5-1 mauling of the team from Lambert Park, APIA Leichhardt Tigers.  Following on where they left off with last week’s 4-1 win, the team skipped out to half time score of 3-0. It did look comfortable for the home team but with former A-League strikers in their opponent’s midst, relaxing could have been at their peril. In past seasons, scores of 4-4 and 6-5 have been posted between the two teams. However, Blake Powell’s and Joey Gibbs’ firepower was well and truly dampened on this occasion, with them having trouble coping with the sterling defensive work of Zac Mackenzie, Michael Robison, James Baldacchino, Jack Keating and Darcy Madden plus Daniel Collison’s superb goalkeeping. With the Wolves‘ Jordan Murray displaying his scoring prowess with two well-taken goals to assist his team to their well-deserved victory, other teammates also joined him in the goal-scoring spree. Murray’s hat trick looked to have been achieved with the ball in the net but an offside flag negated this just prior to half time. As well two players did extremely well to score their first League goal of the year, namely Mitchell Del Turco and Darcy Madden, and in addition it was Madden’s first Wolves’ goal ever in any 1st Grade competition.

With Michael Robinson standing in as captain, coach Nahuel Arrarte decided to rest some players in preparation for the up coming midweek FFA Cup Round Of 32 Central Coast Mariners fixture including Matthew Bailey, Peter Simonoski, Chris Nathaniel and Joseph Lavalle who were all named on the bench. Madden went out the left defender with James Baldacchino being restored to the line-up following injury.

APIA included Gibbs in for the speedy player Daniel Fogarty with the other players being unchanged from the previous week.

From the start, with the Wolves running towards the Northern Stand, Murray looked to take early advantage for his team when he sprinted into Tigers territory but despite his initial effort a goal kick emanated.  Madden blocked a pass to momentarily halt APIA’s momentum as they made headway down their right side immediately following. This Tiger’s move culminated with Collison, diving low to push the ball away. He had to do like wise immediately following but conceded a corner kick. Marc Warren whipped it in. The ball fell to Brad McDonald. He did not make full advantage of this scoring opportunity by blasting wide.

It was in the sixth minute that Wolves went into the lead. Mitchell Del Turco scored with a well-taken effort. Following a glorious Murray pass, Del Turco ‘s right foot powered the ball towards the goal giving APIA goalkeeper Andrew Bazi virtually no chance and the start of a busy afternoon.

Murray set the Wolves on the course for victory when the quick striker collected a misplaced clearance out of defence.  With nary a defender in close vicinity, he slotted the ball into the goal, past an advancing Bazi in the 23rd minute.

Five minutes later, Murray achieved his second League brace of the season. Chris Price on the left side feigned to confuse defender, Jamie Lobb. On moving inwards, Price perfectly placed a cross beyond Bazi with an unmarked Murray rising to skilfully head home.

Midfielder Lachlan Reus added his team’s fourth goal in the second half. He swept the ball in from the left of goal, connecting with a cross sent in by Del Turco.

APIA finally got on the score sheet with a consolation goal with ten minutes remaining. In a crowded area, the former Sydney F.C. left defender Warren got the final touch in a scramble. It was a case of too little too late for his team but he thwarted a Wolves’ clean sheet.

Left defender Darcy Madden bobbed up on the left to score in time added on from a corner kick. Madden produced an effort to take Bazi unawares for his team to finish the NSW Premier League Mens 1 on a high. He was extremely delighted to have scored judging by his celebration and it was certainly warranted.

At the outset of play each team looked to get on the score sheet early and to gain the ascendancy. As the game progressed and considering the conditions, there was a lot of end to end play with a number of players from both sides slipping on the surface but although some of these slips aided the opposition for a moment in time, little damage eventuated.

APIA’s Adam D’Apuzzo made ground down the right for a foray but before he could inflict damage he lost possession despite for a time jigging around to keep defenders at bay. The Tigers tried to move out quickly and to get the ball up to the front two as quickly as possible or to go through Franco Parisi, who was the playmaker trying to make things happen for his team.  Gibbs very nearly got in at the far post in the 11th minute but the ball flew past him before he effect a touch. Parisi passed to Brad Bartels and his subsequent cross traversed across the face of goal, eluding all and sundry.

After conceding after six minutes, APIA was up against it and needed to get on the score sheet. Despite opportunities things were not falling for them as the Wolves took charge. Collison finger tipped a Powell threat following an APIA corner kick just shy of the half hour mark. Another D’Apuzzo corner kick caused some consternation before Reus got his head to it to alleviate the pressure.

Warren on forty minutes played a shot on target, which Collison had to fall to his knees to procure. Being three goals down, APIA went extremely close to getting one back, when a left footed free kick from just outside the penalty area arc by D’Apuzzo, crashed against the cross bar and flew over.

  Following the early skirmishes, Del Turco made his way through with determination and before long Price unfortunately put the ball over from close in. Scant later the Wolves had scored to gain an early lead.

Once in front the Wolves never really looked like letting this match go and the further it went on, the better the team got. With anything APIA produced, the Wolves coped just fine.

Just after the half hour mark, Del Turco played a defence splitting pass into Price’s path. However, the conditions won out as Price slipped and slid.

Ben Zucco placed the ball into space for Murray to run onto but he was at cross-purposes and did not move. However, he seemingly gestured an apology. Del Turco, who had an impressive game with his direct running and enthusiastic play brought out a top save from Bazi. Immediately prior, Robinson had blocked a Gibbs pass to dismantle an attack.  Zucco elegantly set up Murray’s aforementioned attempted hat trick. A neat flick by him eluded a defender, found Murray, who seemingly scored. However, an offside flag went up and that was that.   Prior a Zucco free kick flew wide.

The Wolves were utilizing the wide spaces well and were anticipated correctly what APIA were wanting to do by effective interventions together with Mackenzie working proficiently in setting up plays with his deft passing.

At the break the Wolves were sitting pretty with a three-goal buffer and if the Tigers were going to get back into the game they had to score early in the second half. Robinson was held up for some time with an injury scare as the half time whistle was blown but he did resume in the second half.

APIA began the second half with an attack. Keating cleared and an APIA corner kick was headed out by Madden. McDonald floated the ball in before Robinson headed out to safety. McDonald was very close when a delicate flick in the goal area was destined to go in except for an exceptional one handed diving save from Collison.

Gibbs was in the right spot to score APIA’s first. Robinson though was having none of this and he scampered in to dispossess Gibbs and to negate the threat. Following, Lobb was about to shoot before Keating’s block put him undone. Lobb, to the fore again, hooked the ball in on seventy-five minutes. Before any of his teammates could connect, a diving header from Reus cleared.

Once four goals had been conceded a little of APIA’s resolve had diminished but there were some sparks of intent. With ten minutes remaining Warren scored and a flicker remained.

Following a quickly taken free kick, second half replacement Matthew Mayora made space for himself to shoot but alas his effort went wide off the mark.  Mayoral looked to make amends when he was through on goal in the 90th minute until Madden zipped in to deny him.

A Zucco shot on the turn nearly brought up a fourth for his South Coast team. His left footed effort homed in on goal. Bazi stopped it but collected it at his second attempt after it bounced. Once Reus had scored the fourth goal, the Wolves were fully in control. The team confidently kept searching for more. Price put Murray through but before he could take advantage, Michael West and Stephen Kayes converged to deny him. Murray provided a pass to substitute Peter Simonoski after seventy-four minutes. Simonoski looked to work himself with a good sight on goal. On seventy-six minutes, Del Turco made an enterprising run down the right. He passed to Murray. Del Turco moved into the middle and received the ball back again. With defenders converging, an unbalanced Del Turco got a shot in but he could get much power on it, and this elicited no joy at this time.

With the five goals scored this was the second biggest score of the season only being upstaged by 6-1 versus Manly United.

For the final wash up South Coast Wolves concluded the 2014 season in 7th position on the points table with seven wins and nine draws, earning 27 points.  Conversely, APIA finished in 11th position on 20 points from 4 wins and 10 draws.

Wolves Coach Nahuel Arrarte –‘from our end I was grateful to get five goals. They were coming in between our lines and we tightened it up a bit after half time. I will take 5-1 win and its great to end the season like this and it great for the boys going into next Wednesday’s game’…. on the resting of players – we assessed this before the game and now we will see how everyone pulls up and see if everyone is okay’… on team selection for the FFA Cup with everyone in form – ‘It is a good problem to have’.

First goal scorer in today‘s match Mitchell Del Turco stated – on his goal at this stage of the season – ‘yes it is a bit late but I will take it, rather have one than none. We played well but could have played a bit better. We a lot more alive today, don’t know why we don’t play like that every week.’

Brace scorer Jordan Murray – ‘I wish I got the third goal (ruled offside) but I’m happy with two to help the team. It was close but not close enough.  We could have bagged a couple more. We marked them well and executed well today in the 5-1 win They play on artificial turf and had to come down here on a rainy day, they didn’t have a chance.’

 

MATCH STATISTICS

 

SOUTH COAST WOLVES.….…………..5

Mitchell Del Turco 6’, Jordan Murray 23’, 28’, Lachlan Reus 65’, Darcy Madden 90+2

 

 A.P.I.A. LEICHHARDT TIGERS.……..1

Marc Warren 80’

 

@  WIN STADUIM, WOLLONGONG

Sunday 17th August 2014

3.00 p.m. Kick Off

 

SOUTH COAST WOLVES F.C.

Coach: Nahuel Arrarte

1.Daniel Collison 2.Jack Keating 4.Michael Robinson (Capt.) 5.James Baldacchino (3.Chris Nathaniel 80’) 15.Darcy Madden 11.Mitchell Del Turbo  6.Zac Mackenzie (8.Matthew Bailey 68’) 16.Lachlan Reus 10.Ben Zucco 7.Chris Price (9.Peter Simonoski 65’)

Substitutes not used: 30 David Hamilton 20.Joseph Lavalle

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil

 

 A.P.I.A.LEICHHARDT TIGERS

Coach: Billy McColl

1.Andrew Bazi; 3.Jamie Lobb, 4.Bradley Bartels 5.Michael West (C) 6.Marc Warren 7.Stephen Kayes 8.Bradley McDonald (15.Matthew Mayora 64’) 9.Blake Powell 10.Franco Parisi 13.David D’Apuzzo 19.Joey Gibbs

Substitutes not used: 17.Matthew Castelnuovo, 20. Ali Nasreddine 40.Stephan Giglio

Yellow Cards: Stephen Kayes 54’

Red Card: Nil

 

Referee: Jerry Bitas

Assistant Referees: Scott Edeling. Murray Wilson

Fourth Official: Daniel Stack

 

By Malcolm Rowney

 

 

 

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Wolves Players in “Team of the Week”

Football NSW reinstated the NSW Premier League Mens 1 ‘Team Of The Week’ this year after not being utilized in 2013. The selection began in Round 2 and the following Wolves’ players have been selected for their performances, some a number of times indicating a consistency of form and their standing as a player.  While in some rounds a team was not announced for inexplicable reasons, in some other rounds Wolves’ players missed selection.

WEEK 2 – Zac Mackenzie, v Sutherland Sharks at Seymour Shaw Park, Miranda.

Mackenzie made a lot of the running in the midfield. He harried players by moving up quickly, winning balls and making good passes to his supports.

WEEK 3 – Jacob Timpano, v Sydney Olympic at WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Timpano gave sterling performance in this match and was solid at the back as Olympic put the pressure on in the second stanza of the second half. Timpano was intercepting Olympics’ passes and heading out to defuse attacking situations cutting of the stream of passes to the danger men.

WEEK 4  - Darcy Madden, v Rockdale City Suns at Ilinden Sports Centre, Rockdale.

Madden in his third game for the club impressed with his play from left back. The exuberant player is a natural right footer with a deadly left foot as well. He chimed into attacks, was dependable in defence with his ball winning ability and was able to elude opposition players with his panache on the ball.

WEEK 8 – Peter Simonoski, Michael Robinson, v Manly United at Win Stadium, Wollongong.

Simonoski put himself about in many good scoring positions to put pressure on the Manly’s tall defenders and he ultimately did so in the 88th minute when he was successful. He latched on to a pass to go down the middle, evading the goalkeeper to slot home.

Robinson was always in control at the back and made the occasional foray up field to exercise his attacking prowess. He read the play well, intervening with timely tackles or headers away,

WEEK 9 – Michael Robinson, Sam Matthews, v St.George at WIN Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah.

Matthews was a terrier in the midfield and was a playmaker as well.
He covered a lot of ground back in the defence to head out and in the attack to have shots on goal.

Robinson was as dependable as ever at the heart of the defence. He made timely tackles and linked up well with his supports.

WEEK 10 – Ricky Zucco, v Marconi Stallions at Marconi Stadium, Bossley Park.

Zucco’s free kicks caused consternation in the opposition half whenever he had the opportunity. He scored the goal for his team to take the lead five minutes before the half time break. He took charge of the ball at the half way line and then raced up field to beat the goalkeeper who advanced off his line. The opposition knew they were in a match against Ricky.

WEEK 11 – Michael Robinson, v APIA at Lambert Park, Leichhardt.

On a cold night at Lambert Park Robinson stood out in defence to assist his team in the 0-0 draw. With quick strikers and wingers with A-league experience he more than held them at bay. He was quick off the blocks to outpace an attacker, read the play well to position himself for the attacks, and intervened to diffuse offensive movements. He stopped a ball dead that was sent in from the right in its tracks skillfully before getting it away.   In my interview later, he said – ‘It was one of those things that I hoped I would get a foot to it and hoped it didn’t fall to one of their players’.

WEEK 14 – Matthew Bailey, v Sydney Olympic at Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore.

Bailey tested the ‘keeper with a blockbuster shot that was dropped at the first attempt to grasp and provided a tantalizing cross for Chris Price to head at the chest of the ‘keeper. Bailey was at his best winning the ball in midfield and setting up supports and having a go himself.

WEEK 15 – Matthew Bailey, Zac Mackenzie, v Rockdale City Suns at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.

Bailey’s corner kicks caused problems for Rockdale and one in the second minute lead to the first goal when James Baldacchino met the corner kick at the far post. His general play was of the highest order as he nullified the threats posed by his opposition counterparts and provided passes to set up attacking raids.

The tall industrious midfielder Mackenzie was a towering thorn to Rockdale’s attempts to get back into the match after falling behind early. He won the ball in fifty-fifty tackles, cut out opposition passes and set up supports with a never failing attitude.

WEEK 17 – Zac Mackenzie, v Sydney United 58 at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.

Mackenzie was impressive with his high work rate in the midfield and was also back defending to help out his teammates. He threw up a leg to cut out a cross after 14 minutes and was heavily involved in the play.

WEEK 18 – Peter Simonoski v Blacktown Spartans at Blacktown Football Park.

After coming on as substitute, Simonoski turned the game on its heals when he scored the first Wolves goal to combat the two scored by the opposition after coming on in the second half.  With a Jack Keating high pass from wide on the right falling directly in front of him, Simonoski took one touch under pressure from two defenders. Upon the controlling, he rifled the ball towards the goal beating the goalkeeper at the near post. He turned provider for the second goal. From the right corner of the penalty area, Simonoski lashed in a cross for Jordan Murray to connect with, to head home.

WEEK 21 – Chris Price, v Marconi Stallions at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.

Price as well as scoring a hat trick ran rampant on the left side for the South coast side. He caused a lot of trouble with his direct running and his combination with Chris Nathaniel opened up Marconi’s right side. He made a lot of forward running and he positioned himself well to take his goals with precision.

By Malcolm Rowney

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Marauding Wolf Pack Devours Stallions

Following two successive defeats, the South Coast Wolves have bounced back to the winner’s list in emphatic fashion against Marconi with a Chris Price hat trick inflicting the most damage. The Stallions had skipped out to an early lead with a goal scored directly from a corner kick. However, the Wolves got over this early setback, rallied and piled on three goals in the space of sixteen minutes late in the match after a Peter Simonoski equalizer in the first half.

For the Wolves line-up, Jack Keating was restored to the backline following injury, Michael Robinson also returned from injury and replaced the now injured James Baldacchino. Price moved up into the midfield from last week’s left defender position and Chris Nathaniel took over the position that Price vacated. Daniel Collison returned to the keeper’s role in the first team, his first time since Round 11 through illness and some games in the U20s, replacing Thomas Hamilton.  Marconi had Raymond Coletta starting, with Stephen Drewery, Tomislav Mijic and Brenton Rhodes unavailable, with Ali Haydar and Marco Sama remaining in the side following their substitute performances last week.

Marconi got on the scoreboard after sixteen minutes through Jared Lum, who as the match continued was the fulcrum for much of the Stallions’ attacking raids. On this occasion, he swept the ball in from his side’s left corner. With a breeze blowing from the south, the ball’s trajectory beat everyone to sweep in at the far post for an easy goal and did not spare the Wolves’ blushes.

South Coast’s Peter Simonoski reduced the arrears fifteen minutes before half time. He ran onto a through ball, scuttling the defence, rounding the Marconi goalkeeper, James Chronopoulos and slotting the ball into an empty net.

The first of three Chris Price goals occurred following a defence splitting pass from Matt Bailey who had a big bearing on the team’s performance with his incisive passing, his winning of the ball and as well his pinpoint corner kicks and free kicks that created mischief for his adversaries. Price motored forward, moved beyond the advancing Chronopoulos and let fly into the net.

Simonoski turned provided with an unselfish gesture – a square ball, for Price to tuck it home ten minutes after his first.

For a player with not much game time this year, Price certainly made up for lost time with a tremendous game as he was pushed up to left midfield position. He was purposeful with his running, created space with his ball work, and pretty much gave the Marconi right side a pasting in combination with Chris Nathaniel.

Price brought up his hat trick with two minutes to go on the clock. Substitute Jordan Murray broke through the defence. While he twisted and turned endeavouring to find the space to shoot, an opening eventually materialised. Chronopoulos saved his shot but he could not control it. The rebound fell to Murray, who displayed presence of mind by passing to the unmarked Price. Price immediately slotted it over the line for the team’s number 4.

The match began with the home team running towards the southern goal. Marconi won an early throw in as they made their way steadily up field before Price intercepted a pass from which Peter Simonoski and Marconi’s Chris Nunes battled for the ball.

Marconi went into the match hoping to turn around their previous round loss but were mercifully saved by the cross bar in the first minute before Milorad Simonovic was dispossessed by Nathaniel before he could effect any damage. Not longer after Marconi was forced into making an early change as Haydar went down with an injury. Some time was lost as he was treated on field before finally being replaced by Zac El-Rich.

Marconi could not believe its luck when the Lum corner kick went in eluding absolutely everyone. Prior to scoring, Simonovic and Jake McGing combined until ultimately Simonovic slipped through, but unfortunately for Marconi, Collison spread himself well to deny him the opportunity to score. Marconi tried to get a second goal quickly after the first with through left defender, Mitchell Thompson who tried to get a shot in before Lum hit one from distance that went over after collecting a pass from Marco Sama. A Thompson free kick was collected by Collison who took it gratefully.

McGing had a shot after the ball bounced high over a couple of players but it slew off his foot missing his intended target by miles. Shu Susaki crossed from the left side. It whacked into a Wolves player altering its trajectory. Collison however, judged the altered flight path perfectly to again thwart the visitors.

Chronopoulos had to come out quickly to deny Simonoski a chance late in the half before a long pass across the field by Chris Nunes intended for Thompson, went over the sideline. This summed how Marconi’s day was to go from this time onward.

In the first minute of play, a Simonoski corner kick was swung in. it grazed the cross bar rebounding back into play. The resultant shot from Sam Matthews was put over from close distance but it showed that the Wolves were going to be on their mettle. Bailey headed an ensuing second corner kick wide.

Zac Mackenzie rose and won two headers, heading downwards in succession to put his team on the front foot. Robinson just got in a tackle to keep Simonovic at bay.

After conceding, the Wolves wanted to redress the balance quickly when Bailey passed to Simonoski, who then crossed into the box for Sam Matthews. He had made a run forward but regrettably could not get a touch.

A cross skimmed off Simonoski’s head thereby nullifying the chance before he rectified this, equalising for his team.

Bailey endeavoured to put Simonoski through on goal but Simonoski’s attempt was blocked.

Darcy Madden headed out to diffuse a Marconi attack before a Bailey free kick found Price. He headed towards the goal but Chronopoulos had an easy take. To end the first 45, Keating won a corner kick with enterprising play. Bailey swung it in. Mackenzie flew in but nary a touch could he have.

At half time it was one goal apiece.

Marconi changed things around by bringing on Harrison Brown for Coletta before the start of the second half.

Marconi needed to defend more as the Wolves became more pro-active. Sama was tackled by Keating and hit the turf. He appealed for a free kick whilst the referee deemed that play kept going.

On eighty minutes Susaki played a one-two pass with Sama. However a timely last ditched tackle from Madden brought the dangerous move unstuck. A Lum cross was subsequently palmed away by Collison. Following a McGing pass, Madden intervened and Sama was penalised for shirt tugging. These two players had a personal battle for most of the match.

In the fifty-fifth minute, Marconi applied pressure winning two corner kicks one after the other but both failed to bring the desired outcome. Brown produced a target effort that Collison had to take low.

With the conceding of late goals Marconi’s efforts became futile.

The Wolves through Joseph Lavalle looked to go ahead early in the second half. He burst through and was on the six yard line. However, he put the ball over and the opportunity went begging.

Price struck a Bailey free kick on the left side on target. Chronopoulos was there to fist away whilst diving.

On the hour Price moved into range with McGing at his heals. He managed to get a shot in but Chronopoulos stood in his way. Nathaniel set Lavalle up with a well-intentioned cross. Lavalle chested it down but the ball ran away but he could swoop.

After the Wolves had scored their second, they were cock a hoop and Marconi were up against it. A Matthews’ header missed after he latched onto a Simonoski cross. Following, a Bailey shot somehow lacked power and Chronopoulos controlled it with his feet.

Price hit a left footed shot that could have become his second goal. However, Chronopoulos pulled out a finger tipped save as he dived low.

This was a turnabout in form after last weeks sub par performance. With their improved play the Wolves deserved this big victory. Marconi received a soft goal to go into the lead but could not go on with it and had it not been for Chronopoulos’ good goalkeeping, the score may have been higher.

Following this result, the Wolves have leapfrogged both Marconi and Sydney United on the point’s table to be 7th whilst Marconi have dropped from 8th to 9th following their defeat.

Coach Nahuel Arrarte started post match post match –‘we made it clear to ourselves during the last two weeks that we went missing in the last two weeks, it was a bit of a speed bump. It brought us back to reality, but with the quality of the players here and with the attitude has being fantastic, full credit to the boys for today. We had our game plan, which was to get our boys into the wide areas. In the second half we were a lot more likely in the front third and in the second half we able to score a number of goals.’

 

On Chris Price’s great performance and hat trick- ‘He had a lot of confidence coming into the game. He has been trained really well, showed a lot of character.   He has been in and out of the team this year and hopefully will keep building on this in the next few days.’

Three-goal hero, Chris Price stated – on scoring a hat trick- ‘it is always nice and it doesn’t happen very often. Like I said last week, it is good to get game time and I could have scored five I reckon!  I will take a lot out of the confidence out of this game.’

Influential midfielder, Zac McKenzie stated- ‘we started a bit shakily and we were all over the place for the first 25 minutes. We came sort of came together a bit better and we were more compact. I think I played better in second half with some good passes’.

 

MATCH STATISTICS

 

SOUTH COAST WOLVES.….……… 4

Peter Simonoski 36’ Chris Price 73’, 83’, 89’

 

 MARCONI STALLIONS.…………..1

Jared Lum 16’

 

@  HOOKA CREEK PARK, BERKELEY

Sunday 10th August 2014

3.00 p.m. Kick Off

 

SOUTH COAST WOLVES F.C.

Coach: Nahuel Arrarte

1. Daniel Collison 2.Jack Keating 4.Michael Robinson 15.Darcy Madden 3.Chris Nathaniel 22.Sam Matthews (Lachlan Reus 77’) 6.Zac Mackenzie 8.Matthew Bailey (Capt.)  7.Chris Price 20.Joseph Lavalle (25.Jordan Murray 63’) 9.Peter Simonoski (11.Mitchell Del Turco)

Substitutes not used: 30. David Hamilton 23.Sam Chapple

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil

 MARCONI STALLIONS

Coach: Paul Carter

22.James Chronopoulos (Capt.); 2.Mitchell Thompson 4.Trent Barton 6.Jared Lum  3.Ali Haydar (21.Zakeriya El-Rich 12’) 18.Jake McGing 23.Christopher Nunes 20.Shu Sasaki 10.Milorad Simonovic 9.Marco Sama  31.Raymond Coletta (11.Harrison Brown 46’)

 

Substitutes not used: 16.Claudio Fabiano, 14.Bruno Antelme

 

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Card: Nil

 

Referee: Stephen Lucas

Assistant Referees: Nicholas Backo, Joon Park

Fourth Official: Adam Vainauskas

 

By Malcolm Rowney

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