Suns block out wolves in heavy defeat
With a couple of earlier results in other games being somewhat unexpected both the Rockdale City Suns and Wollongong Wolves had plenty to play for, as a victory in this fixture would probably see the victor gain a few places on the points table. However, at the conclusion of this final game in Round 13, it was a more hungry Rockdale City Suns who came out on top of the Wolves, winning 4-1 at their home ground.
In the early proceedings both team were spreading the ball around and some attacking thrusts were mounted with Aleks Canak being caught offside. Ryan Ensor and Luke Wilkshire exchanged passes with Ensor holding off two attendants before Jordan Figon was forced to back track as Wilkshire persistently kept at him.
It was in the eleventh minute, however that the home side got to the lead. In the preceding minutes, Bai Antoniou had floated a ball into the box, which Darcy Madden headed away for a corner kick. It was subsequently curled in with Yuzo Tashiro, back assisting the defence, heading out. Patrick Savor put his effort over from distance. Alex Canak scored following a few passes between teammates. He hit the ball from his position directly out from the goal near the penalty area line to beat Justin Pasfield and get his team off to a flying start.
On twenty-six minutes Alec Urosevski was through the line but he could get his shot in. A minute prior, an Urosevski corner kick flew in with Blake Ricciuto rising high the middle of the goal area but could not get his head to the ball.
At the opposite end Takuya Nozawa took a free kick awarded to the Wolves on the corner of the penalty area. It traversed in but Rockdale cleared before Tashiro gained possession but was inconvenienced and another free kick was awarded. Nozawa took it again. This time his effort went over the goal.
The Wolves got one back through Peter Simonoski near the half time break. In the lead up to his goal, Tashiro slipped the ball to the his left foot with his ensuing strike being finger tipped over by Ante Covic. Brendan Griffin who was to the fore in the midfield and playing exceptionally, won the ball in midfield. He pushed the ball with a long pass out to Simonoski, positioned left of centre with plenty of space to spare and operate in. The striker subsequently made an angled run. He had Covic to beat and he was making himself big. However, Simonoski was not to be daunted, placing his swerving shot narrowly inside the far post and eluding the custodian with a marvelously crafted and executed goal.
Rockdale had made much of the running in the first half but the Wolves had begun to make more of an impart in the middle to late stages of the half and with their goal looked to go on with it in the second half. At half time it was one apiece.
The Suns began the second half as with the first, spreading the ball around and looking for openings with Canak endeavoring to head in only for Pasfield to take. Simonoski was also looking for his second when he chested the ball and turned but could not get what he wanted. Pasfield came right out of his area to diffuse a Rockdale foray. Michael Neal played the ball in with Michael Robinson intervening by heading away.
It was just over the hour mark when Rockdale went ahead for a second time. Urosevski lashed the ball into the goal with his left foot following two corner kicks in succession by Brayden Sorge and Savor to keep the pressure on the Wolves. Rockdale now were in command and were in no mood to relinquish their lead again.
The Wolves were being persistently trying to forge an opening but could added to their scorecard. Following a Griffin shot was played in, which unfortunately for his side went somewhat wide. Later, Robinson shielded the ball over for a goal kick with Ricciuto scrapping.
Rockdale kept attacking and applying pressure and it paid off once more. On seventy-six minutes the referee awarded a penalty kick. Antoniou took the spot kick, with it going in as Pasfield dived the wrong way.
The Wolves were sending men forward in the hope for more chances to be converted but Rockdale, when they could broke, quickly. In time added, on a Griffin shot unluckily cannoned off the cross bar and a quick break away saw Canak bringing up his brace when he chipped the advancing Pasfield for his team’s fourth goal in the game and twenty-fourth in the campaign.
The Wolves scored their twelfth goal in the competition, which is a story in itself. With this result, Rockdale moved up to sixth position but on the same number of points as two other teams and the Wolves drop to tenth in the standings with the same number of points as two other teams.
Coach Jacob Timpano - ‘we started a bit slow and got what we deserved. After being down then we dominated after the first twenty and got the goal back. We were not going die wondering. We gave away cheap possession for the second and third, Pricey got the ball for the penalty. I made a couple of subs to get fresh legs on. At 2-1 we got caught on the break a couple of times as we chased the game.’
Goal scorer Peter Simonoski - ‘It was a really frustrating game to be honest. We started off a bit slow but in the later stages we eased our selves back into the match scoring near half time. I thought we come back with more firepower but it wasn’t to be. In the second half but they came out strong and really wanted it’… on his strike? - ‘I saw him back trapping back so I thought I would hit it first time and hope for the best.’
ROCKDALE CITY SUNS……….……..4
Aleks Canak 12’ 90’ Alec Urosevski 62’ Bai Antoniou 77’ Pen
WOLLONGONG WOLVES ………….. 1
Peter Simonoski 45’
@ ILINDEN SPORTS CENTRE, ROCKDALE
SUNDAY 3rd JUNE 2018
5.00 p.m. Kick Off
ROCKDALE CITY SUNS
Coach: Paul Reid
1. Ante Covic 2. Daniel Petkovski 6. Blake Riccuito 7. Alec Urosevski (11. Jonathan Grozdanovski 81’) 8. Aleks Canak 9. Bai Antoniou 14. Brayden Sorge 15. Nicholas Petrillo 19. Patrick Savor (12. Idriss El Hafiane 72’) 21.Michael Neill 23.Jordan Figon (10.Harris Gaitatzis 85’)
Substitutes not used: 25.Jake Soutter 4.Trent McClenahan
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: Jacob Timpano
1. Justin Pasfield (GK) 28. Michael Stojanovski (Taylor McDonald 79’) 4. Michael Robinson 7. Chris Price (Capt.) 9. Peter Simonoski 17. Ryan Ensor (10. Joshua Macdonald 79) 3. Darcy Madden 40. Takuya Nozawa 8. Brendan Griffin 26. Luke Wilkshire 30. Yuzo Tashiro.
Substitutes not used: RGK 16. Luke Kairies
Yellow Cards: Michael Robinson 75’ Darcy Madden 86’
Red Cards: Nil
Referee: Sebastian Brennan
Assistant Referees: Scott Edeling, Joon Park
Fourth Official: Nathan. McOrist
By Malcolm Rowney