AUSTRALIA CUP 2022

ROUND 6

WOLLONGONG WOLVES FC v LINDFIELD FC

WOLVES HIT FIVE TO PROGRESS IN CUP 

In blustery conditions on an extremely icy night, the Wolves progressed to the next round after the defeating Lindfield FC 5-0. Both teams had met previously in Round 4 of the 2016 edition of the cup with the Wolves winning 2-0, with goals achieved by Brett Wilson and Steven Hristovski and in addition at least one player, Matt Ventura played in both games for Lindfield.  This time it was a brace to Lachlan Scott and Joshua Macdonald and one to Leroy Jennings for the Wolves’ goals. Lindfield went close to scoring in a number of instances with the closest being a header from a Wolves defender that cannoned off his own cross bar.

Sydney Northern Suburbs FA club LIndfield FC had reached this Round 6 fixture after accounting for Australian Catholic University FC 3-1, 4-2 over Lugarno FC and Unanderra Hearts, and a 4-1 victory over Canterbury Bankstown FC. It has been the club’s best run in the cup to date. The Wolves on the way to this juncture had defeated Western Rage 6-2 and Waverly Old Boys 3-1 aet.

The home team ran towards the southern end while the away kicked off proceedings.

An early goal set the Wolves up for a likely victory. A Banri Kanaizumi cross from the right side saw striker Lachlan Scott score with a well-projected header in the seventh minute.

In the thirty-fifth minute, another tempting Kanaizumi cross from the left was played towards the far post. Macdonald was present and he placed the ball home.

For the third goal, Leroy Jennings followed through the defence. The LIndfield custodian Luca Stella came off his line to narrow the angle. The composed Jennings took the ball around him and tucked it into the unoccupied goal, three minutes before half time..

A penalty kick was awarded in the seventy-eighth minute when second half substitute Kuot Maliet ran into the penalty area and was inconvenienced. Macdonald lined up for the spot kick and dispatched with a forceful right foot that was in no danger of being saved as the ball left his boot. A brace had been achieved for his

Lachlan brought up his brace when he added the fifth goal with two minutes to spare.

LIndfield had to weather a Wolves attack in the first minute when Stella kept Macdonald out. James Holland and Leroy tussled for the ball with the former coming away with the ball. Linfield’s tactics were to get all players behind the ball in an effort to frustrate the opposition and then counter attack quickly. They at times had to soak up pressure and it told on a number of occasions. Stella denied Jennings to concede a corner kick. Holland on eleven minutes slid to dispossess a marauding Nav Darjani. Defender Josh Turner cleared with a high kick to defuse an offensive manouvre. A looping header from Edward Ferguson on fourteen minutes hit the top of the goal netting in one of Linfield’s venture into the opposite half. Holland was causing some consternation and he eluded a defender to put the ball into a dangerous situation but Kanaizumi intercepted with a clearance. M. Ventura breaks through in an enterprising venture but was chased down by Jake Lavalle before he could cause any damage. Bengi Sneddon dispossessed Jennings who had looked ominous as he charged forward. It was three minutes after the half hour when Lindfield would have got one goal back when a Wolves’ defender back header crashed into the cross bar of his own goal as Lindfield mounted pressure. LIndfield despite shipping three goals in the first refused to give up and kept on their mettle. A cross from Brannan had M.Ventura narrowly getting a touch but not the direction he required.

The Wolves took seven minutes to flex their muscles and impose their standards on the match. The players went looking for the ball and Takumi Tsujimura was the link between the defence and the attack in the first half. A Macdonald cross followed a loose pass from a Wolves defender in the first minute to Kanaizumi but a goal kick emanated in this first foray. A Macdonald free kick was headed away by Connor Brannan and later Jennings drew a save from Stella. Darcy Madden put the ball into touch to keep the ball away from M.Ventura, which was his only option, and later a superb Madden flick set Lavalle into the box but nothing of ay consequence developed at this time. Nav Darjani was dispossessed by Ferguson as he looked dangerous and Darjani worked close to the goal line before putting in an enticing cross which flew across the face of goal with nary a touch to take advantage. Good teamwork in the lead up saw Lavalle to hit but alas, it traversed high. Another Darjani cross had the custodian clasping at straws to concede a corner kick. After a Scott shot was blocked in the twelfth minute, Darjani’s effort went wide. Madden placed an enterprising shot on target a minute short of the half hour draws a save around the post by Stella.

 Further shots by Scott and the impressive Darjani did not increase the score but at half time the Wolves were in control at 3-0.   

LIndfield came out of the sheds determined to make a mark. A shot was dispatched but the Wolves’ custodian Hayden Durose could only grab the ball at his second attempt. Near the hour mark, M.Ventura saved his team from conceding more when he cleared off the line. At the other end substitute Benji Rangasmy unfortunately for his team, put his effort wide when this gilt-edged chance went begging. Ferguson and then Turner cleared to good effect as the Wolves mounted pressure. Patrick Ventura was looking to cause consternation for the Wolves on the perimeter of the penalty area only for Djordjevic’s last chance tackle. A fine Ferguson header looked to be a goal as Durose was beaten, only for Djordjevic to clear off the line. LIndfield had not any goals to show for their efforts but did throw in the towel and can be proud of what they did against a higher echelon team.

With three goals in the bag, the Wolves went looking for more in the second stanza. Jennings turned a fired a shot in after receipt of a Madden pass and Nick Littler placed his powerful shot narrowly wide. Shots to Madden and Maliet went wide and high and wide respectively and a Lavalle effort from outside the box zoomed past the post. In the sixty-sixth minute a Peter Simonoski header flew wide after he met a Madden cross. After receiving the ball from a Stella kick, Simonoski audaciously tried to chip the custodian but it went wide of the target. A teasing Harrison Taranto cross had Scott heading high with a Macdonald effort taken by Stella. The Wolves had now progressed to the next round of the Australian Cup with a methodical and comfortable victory. The team played with more enthusiasm and verve and the result showed even though they were playing a team from a lesser division.

LIndfield gave their all against huge odds and the Wolves were not to be denied.

Coach Luke Wilkshire - ‘it was all about getting through….  It was as expected (packed defence) as it is a cup match and the boys went out and did a professional job.  We were expected to go through. … it was important that we got the ball into box it is and you have to go around them (packed defence)….  He went well (Nav Darjani) and he came on against Northbridge and earned his reward to start tonight….  It important fort the club to get into the Round of 32 and we are one game from doing that’.

 Central defender Nikola Djordjevic - ‘we did not play fast. But we did what we had to get the win but we could have taken our chances a bit more but it is what is and we won and move on..….    I’ve been off a little bit, trying to get back in the swing of things.  Every minute counts as you get back in the team. Not playing for a bit obviously hurts, but it’s good to get back in the rhythm and in with the boys and start winning games.  We kept a clean sheet.. They tried to play which is good to see, just shows what these cup games are all about. They played one of the local teams earlier in Wollongong.’

‘Captain of LIndfield FC, Edward Ferguson - ‘we were always looking for a cupset. We had a few close moments and we had the keeper and defenders scrambling at times. We needed the ball to bounce for us today and unfortunately it didn’t. The boys worked hard tried to win the battle against a quicker, stronger and more technical team….The game plan was to frustrate them and allow their centre backs to come forward and hopefully lose the ball and if we could deal with the guys up top and I think we did, we would have our chances.  The boys did well, full credit to them and not giving up. The two hour trip to get here was hard enough…. We could have rolled over and it could have been ten but we went all the way to the end.  We have eighteen and nineteen years- olds in the team.’  

Enterprising Matt Ventura - ‘we played really well, we set up our defence and we had some chances going forward, but they did not drop for us today… They (the Wolves) are more skilful and quicker and we had to be wary of that…we had to make sure we defended well, and hopefully get one on the break, it was a good effort but whatever we did today, did not come off but we had our chances….. I was disappointed to not play at a decent level but I am lucky to play with my brothers and my cousins. The Cup is good for NSW and we are in the last sixteen. We are stoked and it is incredible…..We played a couple of strong teams ….. I played in that game (in 2016). It was 2-0 and we had a stronger team back then. They kept the ball from us back then.’

 

MATCH STATISTICS

 

@ SIR IAN McLENNAN PARK No.1

 

WEDNESDAY 1st JUNE 2022

 

8.00 p.m. Kick Off

 

WOLLONGONG WOLVES …….…..5

Lachlan Scott 7’ 88’ Joshua Macdonald 35’ 78’ Leroy Jennings 42’

 

LINDFIELD FC……………………….0 

 

WOLLONGONG WOLVES

Coach: Luke Wilkshire 

 

1.Hayden Durose (GK) 3.Darcy Madden 4.Nikola Djordjevic 5.Banri Kanaizumi 19.Jake Lavalle (12.Harrison Taranto 66’) 10.Takumi Tsujimura (20.Kuot Maliet 45’) 11.Joshua Macdonald 15.Nick Littler 22. Leroy Jennings (Guy Knight 66’) 25.Nav Darjani (9.Peter Simonoski 66’) 24.Lachlan Scott.  

Substitutes not used: 13.Thomas Butkovic

Yellow Cards: Kuot Maliet 64’

Red Cards: Nil

 

LINDFIELD FC

1.Luca Stella 5.Edward Ferguson 2.Josh Turner 9.Tom Colyer 15.Pak To Pang  38.Benji Sneddon 99.Conor Brannan 42.Benji Rengasmy 13.Patrick Ventura 22.Alex Bohme 25.Tom Ventura 11.Matt Ventura 30.Andrew Ventura 21.Luke Ventura 28.James Holland 33.Julian Lim

(All listed players had game time.)

Substitutes Not Used: Nil

Yellow Cards: James Holland 77’

 

Red Cards: Nil

Referee: Owen Ferguson

Assistant Referees: Hayden Michlmyr and Matt Staples

 

By Malcolm Rowney