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Manly grabs late winner

IT wasn’t pretty, but Manly United FC didn’t care after beating South Coast Wolves 1-0 on Saturday night at Cromer Park.

Substitute Jack Green grabbed the winner on 86′ minutes in what was at times a spiteful encounter on the northern beaches.

The home side started brightly and could have taken the lead on 10′ minutes.

Daniel Saric whipped in a ball from the left which fell invitingly at the feet of Jimmy Oates, but the one time Central Coast Mariners utility blazed over the crossbar from 18 yards.

8′ minutes later the industrious Josh Ward went close for Manly from distance, and it looked a matter of when for Paul Dee’s men.

On the half hour mark Dylan Mitchell kept United in the contest with a wonder save from point blank range.

Michael Robinson had a header which looked destined to find the back of the net, only to see goalkeeper Mitchell brilliantly tip the effort over the crossbar.

With 36′ minutes played Wolves striker Peter Simonoski went down in the area, but referee Michael Weiner was having none of it, waving play on.

The second half began as a cagey affair early on, with both squads committed to keeping the ball.

On 63′ minutes Brendan Cholakian created a chance from nothing, but his shot skewed wide of the target.

Moments later Chris Payne went even closer as Manly showed their intentions.

Wolves substitute Chris Price could have been the hero seconds after coming on, but his shot flashed wide after 76′ minutes when Mitchell cut the angle.

Simonoski beat Graeme Forbes for pace following a through ball on 84′ minutes, but his shot finished comfortably wide.

Green showed how it was done when he took a touch from Cholakian’s corner and lashed home from six yards seconds later.

Wolves defender Michael Robinson capped a night to forget for the away side when he was sent off at the death following a shocking tackle on Oates.

Manly boss Paul Dee was delighted to snare three points on home soil.

“It was a really tough win, we had to grind out the result,” he said.

“Wolves are a tough team to play, they are very physical, you could see some of the heat in a few tackles.

“Hopefully we can jag a couple of more wins now so we finish around the 24 point mark.”

His opposite Nahuel Arrarte pointed to naive defending as the difference.

“It was a tight game, one goal was always going to be enough to win it,” he said.

“To leave a player unmarked at the far post from a set piece at this level is unforgivable.

“We will put this result behind us and move on.”

Match Stats

Manly United 1 (Jack Green 86′)

South Coast Wolves 0

Saturday July 26, Cromer Park

Referee: Michael Weiner

Assistant referees: Andrej Giev, Leigh Pigram

Fourth official: Gareth Williams

Manly United FC: 1.Dylan Mitchell, 10.Brendan Cholakian, 4.Graeme Forbes, 5.Josh Lawson, 9.Chris Payne, 8.Danny Grant, (17.Nathan Sim 62′) 11.Roberto Speranza, (29.Tommy Morrissey 78′) 2.Jimmy Oates, 6.Josh Ward, 19.Daniel Saric, (22.Jack Green 72′) 15.Rhys Williams

Substitutes not used: 2.Leigh Egger, 20.Nick Perry

Yellow cards: Payne 48′, Cholakian 70′

South Coast Wolves: 1.Tom Hamilton, 8.Matthew Bailey, 5.James Baldacchino, 2.Jack Keating, 20.Joseph Lavalle, (10.Ben Zucco 62′) 22.Sam Matthews, 25.Jordan Murray, (11.Mitchell Del Turco 85′) 3.Chris Nathaniel, 16.Lachlan Reus, (7.Chris Price 75′) 4.Michael Robinson, 9.Peter Simonoski

Substitutes not used: 12.Steven Hayes

Yellow cards: Lavalle 21′, Robinson 43′, Baldacchino 90′

Red cards: Robinson 90′

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South Coast’s Greatest Moments

This region has a number of iconic venues. Please see a wonderful timeline from the Greater Building Society of South Coast’s Greatest Moments – https://www.greater.com.au/Campaign/The-South-Coasts-Greatest-Moments.aspx.

 

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Sat 26 July @ Manly United

WITH four rounds to go, things are no clearer at the top, the bottom or in the resolution of who will play semi finals football.

Blacktown City have a three point lead at the top of the table, with Blacktown Spartans in second place. Bonnyrigg White Eagles is still in the mix for the top three, while Sutherland, Rockdale City Suns and Sydney Olympic are playing for fourth and fifth.

Manly United v South Coast Wolves, 7.30pm Saturday at Cromer Park

Manly United host South Coast Wolves on Saturday night on the northern beaches.

Paul Dee’s side didn’t have the quality to match it with Sutherland last weekend at Seymour Shaw but they showed their capability the week before when they beat Blacktown Spartans at Cromer and they are two points clear of bottom placed St George Saints.

South Coast meanwhile went toe-to-toe with Spartans and managed a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Wolves showed their spirit, clawing their way back from 2-0 down to level at 2-2, and then from 3-2 down to nick a point in stoppage time.

They are a well put together side and would head to Cromer as favourites, but Paul Dee’s men are more than capable on their day.

In what will be an action packed day, the whole club is scheduled to play Manly on the same day starting with U12 from 8.30am. Follow us on Facebook for live updates on match day.

Round 18 Junior Summary

The South Coast Wolves traveled to Blacktown Football Park to take on the Blacktown Spartans in Roun18 of the NSWPL competition. The young Wolves have had a tough last few weeks and this week was no different.

U12 – Blacktown Spartans – 0, South Coast Wolves – 1

These two teams drew last time these they met however it was the Wolves who edged out the Spartans with a hard fought 1-0 win which keeps their playoff chances alive.

This was a very good game to watch, the Wolves dominated from the kick off, all the players supported each other and played like a team. Wolves created a number of chances in the first half but were unlucky in front of goal with a number of players missing good chances, we went into half time nil all, the second half was like the first half, the wolves  were full of confidence and with that confidence Tim Caroutas scored a great goal in the 45th minute to go 1 nil up. The score stayed at 1 nil to give the Wolves a deserved 3 points, well done boys.

Good games from Mason Mavridis, Tim Caroutas and Luke Genua.

 

U13 – Blacktown Spartans – 4 (30’,31’33’ & 56’),   South Coast Wolves – 0

The young wolves 13s traveled to Blacktown Spartans with a tough task ahead as the Spartans were top of the table.

The game didn’t exactly go to form in the 1st half with the young wolves taken the game to the Spartans. The midfield trio of Luca Gaudiosi , Toby Drain & Adrian Alvero matched it well but is would be a goal right on half time that showed the Spartans class.

Although the half time talk spoke of positive works from Eddie English, Jamie Sarkosh & Lachlan Morgan the boys fell further behind in the 31st & 33rd minute with some ordinary defending.

Manny Mavridis made a few changes bringing on Mitchell Naumovski, Joel Spiers & Daniel Cunzolo but it was always going to be Blacktown’s day when they scored another in the 56th minute to flatter the opposition according to their coach.

Simple mistakes plagued the team today & they were duly punished.

 

U14 – Blacktown Spartans – 3,   South Coast Wolves – 0

The under 14 have had trouble getting the ball in the back of the net recently and this came back to haunt them this week after they created chances however were just unable to capatilise, The Spartans on the other hand took advantage of some luck scoring what were some soft goals. The Wolves were unable to get themselves back into the game.

This Spartans did the double over the Wolves after winning 1-0 earlier this year. This result is a blow to the Wolves’ chances of making the playoffs again this year.

 

U15 – Blacktown Spartans – 1 (23′),   South Coast Wolves – 0

From the kick off this was a fairly evenly matched game. Despite our boys maintaining a good amount of possession when we lost the ball to Spartans their ability to play balls in behind us troubled us defensively. This was how Blacktown scored their only goal in the 23rd minute and then from within the 18yrd box a well struck ball managed to find the top left corner of the goal to give them a 1-0 lead.

We had our chances though with team new comer Alex Rooke unlucky not to score after going one on one with the Spartan keeper. As was Riley Hinds and Ben Ross who both hit the post. At the other end of the field special mention must go to Dylan Roe who’s agility in goals earned him the man of the match points and kept us in the game.

Despite the Spartans punishing our players with some late tackles and a number of kicks to the legs, our boys continued to fight and within the last 10mins of the game we dominated possession and played an attacking game with a high press that had the Spartans on the back foot. However with the clock winding down and not being able to put our chances away the score remained at 1-0 to the Spartans.

A very well fought game and an effort that our boys should be proud of.

 

U16 – Blacktown Spartans – 0,   South Coast Wolves – 3

Despite Blacktown sitting in 4th and the Wolves in 13th position, the Wolves have had positive results against this team. Earlier this year, the Wolves drew 0-0 however the Spartans looked to have been caught off guard again with a determined performance buy the lads.

The Wolves started with great energy and and hounded the Spartans midfield and backline. Alex Pappas cashing in on an misdirected clearance from the Spartans keeper to deflect it in the goal.

The Wolves were creating the better chances and when Pappas scored a second, the Spartans were reeling. The Wolves went on to score a well deserved third and a hat-trick to Pappas to round off their best performance of the year.

Hopefully this will instill further confidence into this team for the remainder of the year.

 

U18 – Blacktown Spartans – 1,   South Coast Wolves – 1

The Wolves were guests at the home ground of Blacktown Spartans.

The match started well for our boys, after 5 minutes Sterjovski’s shot was well saved by the home keeper.  Three minutes later the referee awarded a soft penalty to the home team which Leech had no problems saving. Nothing much happened till the end of the first half except recording a shot in the 43′ from Blacktown which hit the crossbar.

The second half saw the home players push on the accelerator to try to take the lead and they succeeded in the 60 ‘ minute. 1-0 for the Spartans.

In the 75 ‘coach Peter Willis substitutes Rose and Isabella for Mazevski and Reid  then at the 81 minute Djordjevic for Sterjovski. In the 85 minute the equaliser arrived from a corner with a fine header from Leddy.

The match ended 1-1 with the Wolves remaining unbeaten last 6 matches however the draw dented their playoff hopes. Next Saturday we travel to Manly.

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Six goal thriller at Blacktown

South Coast Wolves put a major dent towards Blacktown Spartans’ Premiership aspirations after a late equaliser secured a point in a thrilling 3-3 at Blacktown Football Park on Sunday

It started well for Ben De Haan’s men in the second minute when the home side took an early lead.

Spartans defender Luka Dukic slammed home from close range off an early corner in the second minute to gift his side the lead.

It wasn’t the start Wolves coach Nahuel Arrarte wanted but his team came to life six minutes after the goal when Lachlan Reus connected a powerful shot but the ball sailed wide off Carlos Salidarre’s goals.

There was more action early on in the 16th minute when the Spartans almost scored a second off a swift counter attack.

Ricky Zucco’s free kick failed to trouble the Spartans defence and from the resulting clearance, David Gullo paced his way down the left flank only be brought down by Zucco leaving Newcastle based referee Kirralee Andruschak no choice but to book the Wolves striker.

The resulting free-kick ended up in favour of the home side as Luke Austin picked up a loose ball from the set-piece which he whacked outside the box on target, but the ball hit the crossbar.

A minute later and the Spartans went two-up.

Gullo, who was one of the standout players of the match, found space in the middle of the field, took his time and placed his shot hard and low giving Wolves keeper Thomas Hamilton no chance putting his side two-nil up in the first twenty minutes of the match.

The Spartans then went on cruise control soon after that goal and displayed some great one touch passing which dazzled the Wolves defence but Arrarte’s men held it together to only be two down.

Zucco looked lively for the visitors though and he did his bit coming close on three occasions in the 23rd, 34th and 39th minute, but his shots were comfortably saved by Spartans skipper Saliadarre.

A minute before the break and the Wolves almost got their first goal of the match.

Joey Lavelle and Jordan Murray teamed up well with a great play but Murray’s resulting shot failed to hit the target.

The Spartans were then given a penalty with only a minute to spare in the first half.

Wolves defender Jack Keating fouled the lively Corey Biczo in the box with Andruschak pointing to the spot.

The spot kick duties fell to Phil Makrys who only recently missed from the spot, had the opportunity to give his side a three goal buffer.

It wasn’t to be though as Hamilton pulled a spectacular save keeping the Wolves in the match as the half time whistle blew.

Some stern words were exchanged in the dressing sheds for the away side as the visitors needed something in taking any points from Blacktown.

Arrarte knew that the game was slipping away and needed to inject some life into this fixture and brought on Peter Simonoski who would end up changing the game for the visitors.

Only minutes after coming on as a substitute, Simonoski buried home the ball after some great footwork and lead up play in the 52nd giving the Wolves a glimmer of hope in taking away points from this match.

Heartbreak hit the home side six minutes later and it was that man again, Simonoski, who was the key orchestrator behind it all.

The substitute sent through a tantalising cross to Murray who headed home the equaliser which lit the game up – it was certainly game on!

With a number of half chances falling soon after, Simonoski almost put the visitors in the lead in the 71st minute.

Yet another dangerous run saw the attacker’s effort sail to the left of the Spartans goal which sparked panic in the home side’s defence.

The Spartans however held their own and went in front in unfortunate circumstances for the Wolves.

South Coast defender Michael Robinson went to clear a Conor Evans cross but instead skewed the ball which hit the back of his own net putting the Spartans 3-2 n front in the 73rd minute.

It was a cruel blow for the South Coast side who battled hard to get to equal terms after falling behind in the first half.

As the game drew to a close drama hit in thrilling circumstances in the 93rd minute as the away side strike a valuable equaliser.

Robinson would turn villain to hero as he smashed home from close range after the Spartans failed to clear the ball ending the match 3-3 in what was a fantastic six goal affair at Blacktown.

Arrarte praised his team’s spirit but stated that his team started off slowly as the two goals early on hit his side.

“In the first half we just weren’t in it.

But second half the boys stepped it up and we were able to secure some much needed points from this.

“We knew we had to change something and we looked at bringing on Peter and he worked well for us.”

Asked what his thoughts were looking at their round 19 clash against Manly United, Arrarte replied.

“We need to re-asses, but we will keep going.

“There are no easy games in this competitive competition so we just have to make sure we turn up and not wait to concede and that we are on the front foot from the first whistle.”

It was a case of too little too late for the Spartans as Saliadarre stated to Football NSW.

“I think we just got too casual, we spoke about it not happening at half time, but unfortunately it was not good enough.

“It was two points dropped, just a couple minutes away from winning… if we want to be title contenders we can’t let that happen.

“We need to win our next few games and if it comes down to the last one with us against Blacktown [City FC] then so be it.”

Match Stats

Blacktown Spartans 3 (Luka Dukic 2’, David Gullo 18’, Michael Robinson [og] 73′)
South Coast Wolves 3 (Peter Simonoski 52’, Jordan Murray 58’, Michael Robinson 90+3′)

Sunday 20th July, 2014
Blacktown Football Park, Rooty Hill
Referee: Kirralee Andruschak

Assistant Referees: Leigh Pigram and Craig Fisher

Fourth Official: Kelly Jones

Blacktown Spartans: 1.Carlos Saliadarre (C); 2.Luke Austin, 5.Luka Dukic, 7.Phillip Makrys (20.Tomislav Cirjak 56’), 8.Raymond Miller, 10.Emmanuel Giannaros, 11.David Gullo (6.Greg Kondek 92’), 13.Corey Biczo (9.Elsid Barkhousir 73’), 14.Jacob Ott, 16.Benjamin Tosi, 39.Conor Evans
Substitutes not used: 41.Domenic Nascimben, 18.Zachary Freeburn
Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil

South Coast Wolves: 1.Thomas Hamilton; 2.Jack  Keating, 3.Christopher Nathaniel, 4.Michael Robinson (C), 5.James Baldacchino, 6.Zachary Mackenzie, 10.Ricky Zucco (9.Peter Simonoski 46′), 16.Lochlan Reus (11.Mitchell Delturco 82’), 20.Joey Lavalle, 22.Samuel Matthews, 25.Jordan Murray (7.Ben Zucco 69’)
Substitutes not used: 15.Darcy Madden, 30.Daniel Collison
Yellow Cards: Ricky Zucco 16′, Joey Lavalle 40’, Zachary Mackenzie 63’, Samuel Matthews 88′

Red Cards: Nil

-By Saman Ziaei

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