FFA CUP ROUND 5
COLEDALE WAVES v WOLLONGONG WOLVES
THE FIRST OF MAY SEES THE WOLVES GO THROUGH TO THE NEXT CUP ROUND
On this ‘First of May’, to quote the Bee Gees, a ‘David Versus Goliath’ match up occurred as the South Coast Community league team from the northern Illawarra, Coledale Waves, took on the might of the NPL Mens 1 in current leaders Wollongong Wolves, in the Round 5 fixture of the FFA Cup. Before a well attended and an enthusiastic and boisterous crowd (mainly Waves supporters) the Wolves ran out easy winners with an eleven-goal haul. However, it would have been quite a few more except for the heroic exploits of Waves goalkeeper George Mihail who made some fantastic saves to stop the scoring from blowing out any further. Wolves’ striker Stefan Dimoski was to the fore scoring a total of five goals with this achievement being only emulated once before, when Shane McGirr hit the same number against Sydney Crescent Star in the league in 2005. In addition, Jordan Nikolovski, Tory Musumeci and Bul Juach all scored a brace for their contribution.
Coledale Waves had defeated Budgewoi FC 2-1 and Manly Allambie United 1-0 in their earlier cup games while the Wolves had accounted for Dunbar Rovers FC 2-1 to advance to this Round 5 encounter.
With most Wolves first team players being rested only for Taylor McDonald, (captain for the match), James Stojcevski and Nikola Djordjevic, the stage was set for the young players and other members of the first squad to step up and this they did with precision and aplomb.
The match was in progress for seven minutes when the Wolves opened the scoring. Dimoski scored with an accurate header that went low inside the custodian’s right upright.
Three minutes later, Jordan Nikolovski scored his first when he swept the ball into the net with his right foot.
On twelve minutes, The Waves’ Tim Canosa took a free kick that was lifted into the box. Robin Marshall-Wythes flung himself desperately at the ball but unfortunately could not make contact and a goal kick emanated. However, the cheer from the stand gave him and his team encouragement. Jack Patrick won the ball in a tackle and made headway down the left with an attacking display before the Wolves’ Nikolovski blasted wide at the other end. Dimoski nearly squeezed the ball through to the goal, while Stojcevski in the follow up, hit his shot wide.
A couple of goal saving saves from custodian Mihail, one near the twenty-first minute initially from a James Stojcevski shot, kept the Wolves at bay for a time.
Eight minutes later, the Wolves hit their third through Tory Musumeci. He tried to bring up his brace two minutes later, but alas his shot was too high. Prior to this goal, Zaffiro Chiossoni made inroads in a groundbreaking run, but in the end the Wolves’ defence gained control of the ball.
On the half hour, Chiossoni had his shot blocked then Nicolas Staden hit his effort but it brought no joy. Andrew Milne went for a marauding run down the left eluding one player but not Djordjevic, who charged in managed to take the ball.
Musumeci brought up his brace this time with a shot that eluded Mihail this time. However, the Waves’ custodian denied two more goal-scoring opportunities that were presented to the Wolves.
Bul Juach, who with his acceleration and speed was causing lot consternation for the Coledale defence, teed up many opportunities and had a number himself but he and his cohorts could not convert.
At half time it was 5-0.
In the second half, Mihail denied Juach who was scouting to score and scant time later, he was down to push the ball into touch. Later, substitute Felix Smith flew down the right side and put a cross into the centre but the Wolves ‘goalkeeper Luke Kairies came out to collect.
A three minutes period saw three goals being scored by Dimoski and Nikolovski, who brought up his brace. From the kick off Smith cheekily tried to score from the kick off but Kairies brought a stop with this audacious effort.
Nikolvski and Dimoski had a couple of further opportunities and James Markovac made a good run but Mihail was there to thwart.
The Waves had three corners in a row at a time when their faithful fans ramped up the barracking level.
A Wolves headed goal by Dimoski emanated and then Juach was rewarded for his sterling effort when he scored two late goals with well-taken opportunities.
The Wolves had progressed to the next round and the Waves had given their all but could not end with a fairy tale. At the conclusion of the encounter both teams assembled for a group photo shot in a spirit of sportsmanship and comradeship. Supporters of each club would have enjoyed the fixture. It was a great night.
Wolves coach Luke Wilshire - ‘you can only beat what is in front of you. It was big score line and it was cup game and it was important that we got through to the next round. It was good experience for some of our younger guys. They did well. I was pleased with the structure and how we wanted to play. I think our finishing could have been better…. They did well. It is the beauty of the cup. They had a great night out and they had great exposure going up against the Wollongong Wolves.’
Goal scorer Stefan Dimoski - ‘yeah it was pretty good. We were pretty slick and the boys had a good one…. Unfortunately you can’t score them all.’
Coledale Waves goalkeeper George Mihail stated - ‘they kept me busy but it was a great night and our guys worked really hard. I tried to do my best and I think we made them work for every goal they had…. At our level this is the life you dream about. You look over to the sidelines and see Luke Wilkshire over there and quality players. This was a dream come true for me. Definitely one to show the kids.’
WOLLONGONG WOLVES …………….11
Stephan Dimoski x5, Jordan Nikolovski x2, Tory Musumeci x2, Bul Juach x2.
Goal timings - 7,’ 10’, 28’, 33’, 40’, 56’, 57’, 59’, 76’, 80’, 88’
@ IAN McLENNAN PARK, KEMBLA GRANGE
WEDNESDAY 1st MAY 2019
7.30 p.m. Kick Off
1. George Mihail 5.Andrew Milne, 16.Nicolas Staden 3.Kieran Smith 4.Jack Patrick, 8.Declan McMullen (Capt.), 7.Robin Marshall-Wythes 22.Harrison Fisher 17.Zaffiro Chiossoni 9.Tim Canosa 16.Duane Byrnes
Substitutes used: 14.Jasper Smith 10.Felix Smith 2.Thomas King
Substitutes not used: 35. Alex Strudwick.
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: Luke Wilkshire
1.Luke Kairies 2.Taylor McDonald (Capt.) 3.Joshua Acorn 4.Nicola Djordjevic 7. Bul Juach 8.James Markovac 10.Brendon Lowe 13.Stephan Dimoski 17.James Stojcevski 19.Tory Musumeci 23.Jordan Nikolovski,
Substitutes used: 6.Liam Willie, 15.Jason Pappas 16.Luke Day
Substitutes not used: 1.Brendon Krcanoski
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
Referee: Michael Bailey
Assistant Referees: Liam Webb, Ana Phipps
By Malcolm Rowney