Spartans

Sun 27 Apr vs Blacktown Spartans

The Wolves take on red hot Blacktown Spartans at WIN Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans have won 6 from 6 so far but don’t expect the Wolves to roll over for them. The Wolves may have lost their coach this week but that won’t stop them from giving the Spartans a red hot go.

The Spartans have attacking power all over the park and the Wolves defence must be on their game this week if they are to get anything out of this match.

The Wolves will be bouyed by the fact they put six past Hurstville FC midweek but know that the Spartans will prove a lot harder to break down.

The Wolves other senior teams this week will also have tough games but given their recent home form will be hoping that they too can get important points for their team and club.

Under 18 kick off the day at 11.00am with U20 at 1.00pm before the main game which kicks off at 3.00pm.

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Wolves hit Hurstville for six

The South Coast Wolves, under interim coach Jason Spencer, gave an improved display to dispense with the State League 2 team, Hurstville Zagreb F.C. to the tune of six goals to nil. With the new coach Nahuel Arrarte (a former player with 20 games and 2 goals for the club in 2003/04) watching on the sideline, the team put in a spirited performance with striker Ricky Zucco netting a four goal haul with well taken efforts, the highest multi strike since 2004/5.  The team were moving the ball around at a faster pace than had been in previous matches and at times captain Chris Price and goalkeeper Daniel Collison were overheard imploring their team mates to play ‘quicker, quicker’. This they did for many periods of the game.

This was the Wolves opening cup game in this Round 4 fixture, with Hurstville, having previously accounted for Dobroyd FC 6-0 in Round 1, defeated Glebe Wanderers 2-0 in Round 2 and the Arrarte coached Southern Bulls 3-1 in Round 3. The team from Sydney may have fancied their chances of causing a boilover, considering the form and position on the points table of their opponents.

Hurstville’s Denis Cutura made sure the Wolves defence would be on their mettle when he moved up field early on. However, straight after this the Wolves opened their account with an early statement of their desire.

A free kick was given just outside the penalty area. Zucco stepped up and he powered a low shot straight into the goal beating the Hurstville goalkeeper, Matt Mulroney.

Barely three minutes later, Zucco robbed Andrew Harb of the ball. He took a further step and fired home a low shot to further sure up his team’s advantage.

Zucco’s hat trick came up in the 26th minute. After combining with Peter Simonoski and Chris Nathaniel prior, he displayed quick feet to beat Mulroney once again.

At half time it was 3-0

The fourth goal was scored by substitute Joseph Lavalle. The Wolves had two corner kicks in succession. The first one was kept out but another was conceded. Matthew Bailey’s second one was floated in from the left and Lavalle got his header on target.

Bailey joined the goal scoring following sustained pressure from his team. Simonoski squared the ball in and Bailey latched on to this pass to sweep the ball into the goal for his first of the season.

Zucco scored his fourth with four minutes remaining. He curled his free kick into the side netting inside left of the goal.  This was a master class in scoring and Zucco deserves the kudos.

Despite conceding these goals and to give them their due, Hurstville did not throw in the towel at any time in the match and kept the Wolves honest whenever they moved into the Wolves goal area proximity. Being two goals down after eight minutes would severely dent any teams confidence however. Their first dalliance was when Michael Karagiannis went down the right and passed to Dario Borovickic. He whipped in cross that Collison took on his knees before any Hurstville player could meet it. A couple of minutes later Henry Kamleitner broke down the left before crossing the ball which Collison also took.

At the times Hurstville were desperately trying to move up quickly in an endeavour to try and put the energetic Wolves off their game. But try as they might they could not contain the strength and striking power of Zucco and were chasing shadows as the Wolves moved the ball rapidly to and from their players. They were strong in the tackle and anticipated Hurstville passes, zipping in to intercept. Hurstville did make inroads on occasions but could not breach the goal.

Six minutes following half time, Tom O’Neill motored down the left side before getting a pass away to Kamleitner. With the goal frame in his sights, the ball slew off his foot as he shot, traversing wide. Borovickic tripped to chip the goalkeeper with a cheeky effort but it went to second half replacement Tom Hamilton. Denis Marjanovic put a pass down the middle to Cutura but Robinson intervened. An O’Neill pass set Kamleitner on his way. He crossed to the far post where a teammate was waiting, but he had strayed into an off side position and any opportunity was nullified. Kamleitner, who gave an impressive performance in a beaten team with his direct running, went agonisingly close in the 78th minute when his goal effort narrowly sailed past the post. Another Hurstville effort was just tipped over by Hamilton with ten minutes remaining.  Marjanovic was set into position by a pass from Christian Leon but his effort went for a corner kick. Robinson cleared the ensuing corner.

The Wolves were impressive in this game giving their loyal supporters who turned out for the game something to cheer about. As well as Zucco’s fine exhibition of scoring from anywhere, he also did well to shield the ball to get provide supports with space. Chris Nathaniel gave an inspired performance putting in good crosses from the left, winning the ball and being there in support when defenders were squeezing a teammate. He dispossessed Cutura when he looked ominous. Zac Mackenzie was winning headers in midfielder.

Despite the six goals, other chances eventuated to others and the score could have been higher. On eight minutes, Price received a cross-field pass from Bailey. However his first time shot went high. Robinson got a goal saving tackle immediately as Hurstville made ground on a break. Wolves passing combinations were working. Zucco to Simonoski and then to Price then Simonoski before the move fell down. A good scoring opportunity fell to Simonoski on the half hour mark. He skipped past a defender but his shot went high. Four minutes later, Simonoski had another chance when he met a sublime Price cross with a header that went over when he had just to pick his spot.

In the second half Jack Keating put in a cross that Hurstville cleared three minutes after the resumption of play. Keating set Zucco on his way to the by line before crossing. Price at the far desperately lunged but alas could get a touch.

Bailey and Zucco were looking to work free kick 25 metres out from goal late in the match. Given Zucco’s penchant for having a go from this distance and the fact that he had scored earlier he went back for a run up. However, Bailey stole his thunder by passing the ball quickly out to Simonoski, taking the seemingly indignant Zucco by surprise.  In the final upshot, Zucco produced a last hope effort on target that went straight to Mulroney.

This was the biggest Wolves victory since the 7-0 in 2008 against Macarthur Rams and was a confidence builder for the next game against the hitherto unbeaten League leaders Blacktown Spartans.

Coach Jason Spencer commented post match – ‘it definitely the way to go after the last few weeks so it was good to get the win. Even though they were a lower division team we still had to do the job. Hopefully we can take something from this and build for the new gaffer coming in. We have the potential to build’.…on the increased talking in the team – ‘It comes with confidence. Once that first goal, second goal went they stated to believe in themselves…. We base our game on quick balls and movement that was in evident in patches tonight so encouraging signs.’

Captain Chris Price stated – ‘it was good tonight and we are starting to score goals. It was good to get the combinations going and get the confidence for the weekend. I think we did it. It was an important game, we had to be positive and we did all right’…. on the suggestion that some players might put in a higher performance with the new coach watching -   ‘Absolutely, but it shouldn’t be like that.  You should be doing your best every time you go on to pitch and try to win.’…. If you keep the ball opportunities come. If you give the ball away cheaply you are chasing it.

 

MATCH DETAILS

 

SOUTH COAST WOLVES.….……………..6

Ricky Zucco 5’, 8’, 26’, 86’ Joseph Lavalle 71’, Matthew Bailey 81’

HURSTVILLE FC……………………………..0

 

@  Hooka Creek Park

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

7.00 p.m. Kick Off

 

SOUTH COAST WOLVES F.C.

Coach: Jason Spencer (Caretaker Coach)

1.Daniel Collison (30.Thomas Hamilton 46’) 2.Jack Keating (11.Hiroaki Kawasaki 78’) 3.Chris Nathaniel (Sam Chapple 82’) 4.Michael Robinson 5.James Baldacchino 6.Zac Mackenzie 7.Chris Price (Capt.) (20.Joseph Lavalle 62’)  8.Matthew Bailey 9.Peter Simonoski 10.Ricky Zucco 21.Samuel Jacob (22.Sam Matthews 46’)

Substitutes not used: Nil

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil

HURSTVILLE F.C.

Coach: Vjekoslav Zoric

1.Matt Mulroney 2.Marko Banic (16.Anthony Majestic 86’) 4.Andrew Harb 3. Stephen Flatt 5.Tom O’Neill 6.Daniel Marjanovic 7.Michael Karagiannis (12.C. Ebahece 56’) 8.Stephen Parak (13.Christian Leon 75’) 9.Denis Cutera 10.Dario Borovickic 11.Henry Kamleitner (15. Gerrard Fitzpatrick 82’)

Substitutes not used: 22. Antonio Panoza

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Card: Nil

 

Referee: Adam Susz

Assistant Referees: Nathan Wotton, Daniel Stack

 

By Malcolm Rowney

Photo by Pedro Garcia

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Wolves appoint Arrarte as new coach

ANNOUNCEMENT: South Coast Wolves are pleased to announce Nahuel Arrarte as their new first team coach. Nahuel has a wealth of experience at this level and the club believes that he is the right man to lead the team forward. He is a natural leader and knows what it takes to play and be successful in this league.
Nahuel spent a year at the Wolves in 2003/4 before playing in Malaysia and then onto Marconi for seven years. Before taking on this role, Nahuel was coaching State League side – Southern Bulls.
The South Coast Wolves warmly welcome Nahuel.

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Wolves on the hunt for a new coach

MEDIA RELEASE:
Following our unsatisfactory start to our season, the South Coast Wolves announce that Richard Lloyd has been relieved of his first grade coaching duties effective immediately.

Both Richard and the club reached a mutual agreement that a change was required. We have great respect for Richard and appreciate his hard work for the club over a number of years.

We recognise that we have not made the kind of on field progress that we should have over the first part of the season. The club still believes that it can turn its season around soon.

We hope to announce a successor as soon as possible. However in the meantime, Jason Spencer will act as the interim coach for the upcoming Waratah/FFA Cup match on Wednesday night against Hurstville FC.

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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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