The South Coast Wolves have stunned Sydney United 58 FC with a comprehensive 4-0 victory in round 15 of the PS4 National Premier League NSW Men’s 1 at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Peter Simonoski, Jordan Murray, Brendan Griffin and David Stojic sealed the win and gave new head coach Jacob Timpano a great start.
The first half chance of the game came in the 8th minute when a long range effort from the visitors as Chris Zuvela’s shot sailed wide of the post.
The first goal of the game came in the 11th minute when some great play was finished off by Peter Simonoski who headed home.
Mark Rudan’s men had the chance to equalise in the 13th minute after a scramble in the box but Robert Mileski couldn’t get his shot past the Wolves defence.
An inviting ball into the box on the 16th minute mark almost resulted in a goal but Jordan Murray couldn’t steer his header towards goal.
In the 18th minute the Wolves had their second after a ball into the box found Murray who flicked the ball for himself and shot over a diving Justin Pasfield.
Just before the quarter of the game mark, Sydney United 58 FC had a glorious chance with a free header to Panagiotis Nikas.
A free kick from Matthew Bilic in the 27th minute went into the box dangerously but none of his team-mates could head them back into the game.
Bilic was involved in the next chance three minutes later when his long throw-in ended with Koen Bosma rifling a shot at goalkeeper Thomas Manos who stood his ground and saved the shot.
United 58 FC were having their chances but it wasn’t showing on the scoreboard as another shot, this time from defender Emmanuel Giannaros, went straight to the keeper.
The next chance for the visitors fell to Mileski but it was a tame shot.
The Wolves were able to hold on through the pressure and in the 38th minute after a close chance from David Stojic the ball came out to Brendan Griffin who beat his defender and cannoned the ball into the back of the net.
Right on half-time United 58 FC had another half-chance but Nikas’ free kick didn’t end with anything.
Straight after half-time the Wolves were on the attack and with space Stojic had the chance to extend the lead but his low and hard shot was saved by Pasfield.
He wouldn’t be denied in the 52nd minute and after getting one-on-one with the goalkeeper, had his shot deflected off the keeper and in the back of the net.
Seven minutes later the visitors had a good chance when Stjepan Paric’s shot from outside the box forced Manos into a save.
The second half was following a similar formula to the first and United’s Matthew Bilic made his way forward but couldn’t put it in the back of the net.
With eight minutes remaining in the game, a stinging strike from Richard Cardozo was saved as Sydney United 58 FC desperately went in search of a goal.
As the game moved into injury time United 58 FC were awarded a penalty.
Paric stepped up but hit a tame shot straight at Manos who followed up with another save on the rebound.
Sydney United 58 FC head coach Mark Rudan was honest in his assessment of his side’s performance.
“We were flat. It’s always a tough place to come here and they showed up and we didn’t so the first 15 minutes they were eager to contest every ball and we were in second gear,” he said.
“Before we knew it we were 2-0 down and I guess the whole game can be wrapped up in almost the last kick of the game when we missed a penalty. It tells you a little about our performance today because that’s what it was about.”
It was a cruel end to what was a great week for the travelling Reds who defeated the Rockdale City Suns last Wednesday to earn a spot in this year’s Waratah Cup Final against Blacktown City FC.
On the other hand, South Coast Wolves head coach, Jacob Timpano, was equally impressed with the four goals and the clean sheet.
“Four goals is always nice but a clean sheet is fantastic as well and a penalty save at the end topped the night off,” he said.
“I told the boys that I believed in the players’ ability and I know that they’ve got it in them like they did tonight. I’ve just been trying to give them the confidence to do so.”
The Wolves return back to WIN Stadium next weekend when they play Blacktown Spartans FC on Sunday afternoon while Sydney United 58 FC meet Parramatta FC at Melita Stadium on Saturday night.
South Coast Wolves 4 (Simonoski 11’, Murray 18’, Griffin 38’, Stojic 52’)
Sydney United 58 FC 0
Sunday 21th June 2015.
WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
Referee: Scott Edeling
Assistant Referees: Leigh Pigram & Mitchell Clark
Fourth Official: Matthew Riedy
South Coast Wolves: Manos (GK), Al Saad, Baldacchino, Griffin, Lavalle (Madden 59’), Mackenzie, Murray (Proia 85’), O’Rourke, Price (C), Simonoski (Welch 80’), Stojic. SUBS: Hamilton, Zucco.
Substitutions not used: Hamilton, Zucco.
Yellow Cards: O’Rourke 24’
Sydney United 58 FC: Bilic, Bosma (Taneski 54’), Giannaros (Cardozo 69’), Mileski, Nikas, Paric, Pasfield (GK), Sherlock, Stamatellis, Triantis, Zuvela (Tomelic 54’)
Substitutions not used: Babic, Camera.
Yellow Cards: Mileski 79’, Tomelic 86’
-By Jake Bull, PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 Reporter, at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.