2022 NPL NSW MENS 1 ROUND 8
WOLLONGONG WOLVES v MOUNT DRUITT TOWN RANGERS
WOLVES RETURN TO THE WINNING LIST
With each team achieving only one victory each so far this season prior to this meeting, the writing was on the wall for a demanding defeat of the opposition for the three points on offer. And so it came to pass. The Wolves regained winning form by dispatching Mount Druitt Town Rangers with a 3-0 victory with a brace to Lachlan Scott and one to Nicholas Duarte. The latter scored his debut goal in Mens 1 after scoring a brace in the Under 20’s match to cap off a hat trick for his efforts and remarkable afternoon and night.
The Wolves’ passing game was on song and there was greater intensity during this game and it all duly paid off.
It was just short of the half hour when Senna Stevenson, from the left, placed a good pass into the path of striker Lachlan Scott. The gun striker took a few touches before driving the ball into the net, beating the custodian Robert Fanella on its way.
The second goal was scored by substitute Duarte who was influential from the moment he arrived on the WIN Stadium turf. He burst into the box in the seventy- second minute only to be inconvenienced with a penalty kick being awarded as a result. Scott being the designated hit the ball from the spot. Unfortunately, Fanella palmed the ball onto the cross bar with the ball bouncing down but not going over the line with a corner kick ensuing. Joshua Macdonald swung the ball in from the left. It reached Duarte who produced a fine header to bring up his inaugural goal and the team’s second to produce a definite hold on the game.
Three minutes later, Duarte turned from goal scorer to being a provider when he played the ball neatly to Scott, positioned in the centre. He in turn drove it home to sure up the victory to complete his brace, his sixth with the Wolves in the NSW NPL Mens 1 league matches.
As the game began the Wolves were running towards the northerly stand with the Town rangers kicking off. Scott showed his intent early as he dribbled into the penalty area eluding players but a leg stuck out by an opposition defender put paid to his efforts at this juncture. At the back as Mount Druitt fashioned an attack Nick Littler cut out a pass designed to play some one in and thwart the movement. Six minute in, Darcy Madden who had an impressive game, made a steaming run forward but alas did not bear fruit. Joshua Macdonald played the ball out to Senna Stevenson, a player with his third start to date who was effective in defence and in mounting attacking raids down the left. Two minutes late, a guy Knight long incisive pass found striker peter Simonoski. He put in a cross to the far post and Macdonald’s header flashed narrowly wide. Stevenson blocked a cross before a Town Rangers corner kick by Fumoto Kamada traversed to the far post but a push by Bul Juach scuppered the attempt. Jason Perez crossed from the right in order to get things moving for his team but nothing of any note emanated before the Wolves custodian Hayden Durose went to grasp the ball as an attacker descended. A Macdonald free kick saw Scott’s flicked header go straight into the arms of Fanella. Mount Druitt endeavoured to use the speedy players in their team but did not threaten too much. Jack Stewart, player with five goals this season played a shot from outside of the box only for Durose to take on his knees. Then the Wolves went into the lead. Travis Oughtred cut out a Macdonald pass before Leroy Jennings worked himself into a scoring position only for his shot to go high. Littler chased down Stewart before Durose took the ball off the head off Juach. Stewart blasted over after Rhett De Silva set him up. At the end of the half it was 1-0 to the home a position that the team had not occupied too much so far this season. Both teams had forty-five minutes to either keep the momentum with all to play for. Light rain fell during the interval to change the match conditions somewhat.
The Wolves looked to go further ahead when Scott, after a groundbreaking up field run, set up Jennings for a dig. Jennings produced a powerful effort that Fanella caught to frustrate. Stewart blasted over after Rhett De Silva set him up. It was probably the Town Ranger’s best opportunity. Perez was making speedy runs in order to get things going but the Wolves adequately coped with what the Town Rangers produced.
Durose came out to take the ball from Diogo Barbosa’s head and Madden made a fabulous foray only to be brought down just outside the box. Jennings took the resultant free kick, but his effort was alas, wide. Macdonald looked to increase the goal tally when his free kick zoomed in. It stung the hands of Fanella who saved, but could not grasp and a corner kick emanated on seventy-one minutes. Following was the penalty kick, second and third goal.
The Town Rangers tried to deny a Wolves clean sheet when Stewart, a scorer of five goals in 2022, went to the by line and cut back before shooting. Durose was there to maintain his dominance. Kanaizuma prevented a Mt Druitt offensive manoeuvre when he headed out while at the other end, Harrison Taranto pulled off a shot and Scott lined up Jennings. His subsequent effort cannoned off a defender for a corner kick.
The Wolves had regained a winning mentality to chalk up a second victory while Mt Druitt is still waiting for theirs. It was a comprehensive performance with more in store.
Coach Luke Wilkshire – ‘it was a well-deserved win and a much better performance. We were more clinical up front. It was much needed… Nico’s been fantastic and has been in and out and has more opportunities. He has a lot to give and has the impact that you want. I think the movement was good. We have been lacking in recent weeks. Banri and Littler were good at the back.”
Wide midfield attacker Nicholas Duarte – ‘it was a pretty good feeling to score. (There’s nothing like it. I was lucky but it was a good way to get my hat trick. ..We have to keep going on from here… They pulled off the 20s game to keep for first grade.’
Left wing/back Senna Stevenson - ‘It’s good to get the three points. I have tried to get back to first grade after being red carded in Round 1.. We should get a couple (of wins) on the trot for sure.’
WOLLONGONG WOLVES …………………..…..3
Lachlan Scott 29’, 76’ Nicholas Duarte 73’
MOUNT DRUITT TOWN RANGERS ……………0
@ WIN STADIUM, WOLLONGONG.
FRIDAY 22nd April 2022
7.30 p.m. Kick Off
Coach: Luke Wilkshire
1.Hayden Durose (GK) 3.Darcy Madden 5.Banri Kanaizumi 9.Peter Simonoski (Nick Duarte 73’) 10.Takumu Tsujimura (12.Harrison Taranto 82’) 11.Josh Macdonald (19.Jake Lavalle 82’) 15.Nick Littler 16.Guy Knight (Capt.) 22.Leroy Jennings
Substitutes not used: 13.Thomas Butkovic 4.Nikola Djordjevic 6.Nav Darjani
Yellow Cards: Senna Stevenson 68’
Red Cards: Nil
MOUNT DRUITT TOWN RANGERS
Coach: Stewart Montgomery
20.Robert Fanella 4.Travis Oughtred, 6.Louis Khoury (10.Diogo Barbosa 60’) 7.Jack Stewart 8.Jason Perez 9.John Roberts, 11.Fumoto Kamada (41.Ivan Sunjic 81’) 12.Jake Trajkovski (25.Mohammed Sabbouh 81’) 17.Cooper Coskerie 19.Bul Juach (18.Olayinka Sunimola 67’) 21.Rhett De Silva
Substitutes Not Used: 1.Matthew Symes 26.Rocco Fragale
Yellow Cards: 19.Bul Juach 28’ 4.Travis Oughtred 30’ 12.Jake Trajkovski 67’ 8.Jason Perez 89’
Red Cards: nil
Referee: Sam Kelly
Assistant Referees: Matthew Staples and Harrison Fisher
Fourth Official: Alessandro Llana
By Malcolm Rowney