Despite going to the lead after sixteen minutes, the Wolves succumbed to two late strikes after the score was tied up 1-1 at half time, through the Wolves’ Yuzo Tashiro and Sydney United’s Chris Payne. This was in contrast to the late strikes in the affirmative to the Wolves in the two previous home encounters.  Against Sydney United 58, the home team was soaking up and coping at this time with what the away team were conjuring up before they equalised on the stroke of half time. The 1-1 stalemate had lasted for forty-one minutes of the second half before the two goals from United’s substitutes, Patrick Antelmi and Sam Perre, saw Sydney United sure up their victory. However, shouts went up for a United handball in the second half with Wolves players and crowd going up as one. However, the referee saw fit to deny the appeal.


The game began with the Wolves kicking off and running towards the southern stand and it was not before too long that Sydney United showed their intent when dead ball specialist Panni Nikas produced the first shot on goal, following a Matthew Sim pass that was not converted. These hitherto mentioned players played impressively as the game proceeded and were dangerous with their endeavours.


The Wolves’ central defender, Michael Robinson dispossessed Glen Trifiro as this playmaker began to make his mark on the game and the Wolves first attack saw the club’s top scorer, Peter Simonoski to the right of goal, producing an effort that forced United’s custodian Tom Manos to grasp.  Later, a Justin Pasfield free kick went directly to Simonoski with his subsequent strike being kept out again by Manos. A few minutes later, another Simonoski effort traversed with a high and wide outcome.


With Sydney United having the lion’s share of possession, they were not able to convert this supremacy into goals with little to show for their efforts. The Wolves had a number of opportunities but were not able change the negative outcomes as well.  However, a Nick Montgomery powerfully driven crack at goal went into the area with Simonoski attempting to pull the ball down for another try in vain, with the ball eventually travelling narrowly wide. A couple of minutes later, Brendan Griffin nodded the ball to Tashiro. His ensuing cross went to where Simonoski was located. Unfortunately his attempt went close by.     


However, after these previously foiled attempts, Tashiro rose to head home a Griffin right cross and the Wolves went into the lead in the nineteenth minute for well taken attempt.


Three minutes on, Simonoski was one on one with Manos. The Sydney custodian came out to narrow the angle.  As he ventured in close vicinity to the striker, Simonoski managed to connect with the ball but alas, sending it a little wide and this opportunity went begging.


On twenty-five minutes, Sydney United had a close shave in scoring. With Payne involved in the proceedings, a Nikas shot powered into the post and rebounded fortuitously into Pasfield’s arms.  Following, Tariq Mair produced his try that flew wide before Griffin made an enterprising run to leave two players in his wake before playing a pass to Simonoski. However, Simonoski was lying prostrate on the ground after being seemingly taken out before the ball was played to him. His appeal to the referee went unheeded.   


On the half hour, Sim, positioned on the right moved inward.  As he was about the pull the trigger, Robinson was there to block. Prior, Robinson had headed out a Nikas threat. Shannon Cole, the former Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderer player, blocked Simonoski, Robinson did likewise to Yianni Perkatis and James Baldacchino got a foot in to deny Payne.   


Sydney United with their glut of possession finally put this advantage to good use when close to the half time whistle, Sim was through after a ball was chested down. As play progressed at this end of the field, a Trifiro pass ultimately located Payne who managed to slot the ball home for his eight goal of the season.


The second half began with some shifts in the home team’s defence after Robinson’s non-appearance in the second half run out. Robinson had been a pillar of strength in the heart of defence with consistent defending and was to be missed in the second half.  Ryan Ensor came on to slot into the midfield necessitating Wilshire to move from the there to the right wing back position and Madden to go into the central defender role where he was equally at home.


The away team began the second half in earnest looking for ways through the Wolves’ defensive set-up. Trifiro and Nick Montgomery tussled for the ball, as these two former Central Coast Mariners players, being the pivots for their respective teams, with each striving for dominance. 


A Nikas strike was nearly profitable only for the fingertips of Pasfield enough to win out.  Following a number of corner kicks kept up the pressure on the Wolves’ domain as Sydney United strived for greater ascendancy. A Cole corner kick had a Nikas shot palmed away by Pasfield before Madden kept his cool and possession as Payne snapped at his heels. Tashiro was thwarted before Montgomery got the ball to substitute Takuya Nozawa but his subsequent excellent shot was taken by Manos.  


A free kick by Pasfield inside his own half nearly brought up the Wolves’ equaliser as the team was throwing everything they could at the opposition. Substitute Taylor McDonald, who entered the field only seconds before, met the long, high ball with his glancing header that nearly brought home the dividend. Chris Price intercepted a Cole pass after heading out a clearance before former Wolves player Patrick Antelmi placed the ball wide of the goal. With ten minutes to go, Simonoski met a Wilkshire cross with Cole in attendance but his header was not aimed correctly. 


Cole headed away a Wilkshire cross and before long a Nikas free kick from thirty metres out went by the post. Baldacchino pressured Antelmi before Wilkshire headed out of defence as Sydney kept probing. With three minutes of normal time left score on the WIN Stadium timer, Antelmi scooted through with his effort thumping off the far post into the goal.  


With the Wolves being up in attack in response to Antelmi’s goal, it opened the door for a quick breakaway and in time added on, a slick movement up field saw substitute Sam Perre notching his team’s third goal.

Tashiro was put through for a Wolves’ final effort but Yianni Fragogiannis shielded the ball well to keep the Japanese striker under control.  


This was the conclusion of the Wolves’ three game unbeaten streak and Sydney United’s third win on the trot pushing the team to third position. The Wolves are now equal on twenty-three points but in sixth place, with Marconi   


Wolves coach Jacob Timpano - ‘we fully deserved to win the match we had the best chances of the game but we did not capitalize and got punished. Our game plan was to let them have the ball and stay compact.  They are a good side. We contained them until their second goal, which was on the break and the third was on the run. It was disappointing but we didn’t take our chances and that how it goes.’ 


Wolves Central Defender James Baldacchino - ‘the first half we defended very well and they didn’t have too many clear-cut opportunities. We had plenty of chances in the first half but going in one all we should have had a couple of more. We had a game plan to go by…They are a good team we were really play the ball around well.  We went into the game confident and were on a roll on the back end of the season and it’s disappointing to lose… It was a key part of the game and he (Robinson) and I have been playing well together. Darcy did well coming in there. We needed to adapt but did not adapt the way we should have. We will have to re-group and get ready for Bonnyrigg’.


Wolves’ Taylor McDonald - on his late header - ‘it could have been an equaliser but the boys put in a good shift and unfortunately we had to throw the kitchen sink at them. It was a gamble and we rolled the dice.’


Goal scorer Yuzo Tashiro - ‘ it was tough, we were not compact in second half.’


Sydney United 58’s experienced right sided defender Shannon Cole - ‘the Wolves were hard to beat and our new coach has got the team working well together. With Panni there, I’m not needed for the free kicks.






Yuzo Tashiro 19’


SYDNEY UNITED 58 …………………….…..3

 Chris Payne 45’ Patrick Antelmi 87’ Sam Perre 90+1’




SUNDAY 1st JULY 2018


7.00 p.m. Kick Off



Coach: Jacob Timpano

1.Justin Pasfield (GK) 3.Darcy Madden 4.Michael Robinson (17.Ryan Ensor 46’) 5.James Baldacchino (2.Taylor McDonald 86’) 6.Nick Montgomery 7.Chris Price 8.Brendan Griffin (40.Takuya Nozawa 59’) 9.Peter Simonoski 10.Joshua Macdonald 30.Yuzo Tashiro 26.Luke Wilkshire.


Substitutes not used: RGK 16.Luke Kairies 23.Steve Hayes


Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil




Coach: Miro Vlastelica

21.Thomas Manos 2.Christian Gonzales 4.Adrian Vlastelica 6.Christopher Payne (9.Patrick Antelmi 64’) 8.Mathew Sim (3.Jordan Roberts 90+) 11.Yianni Perkatis 12.Shannon Cole, 15.Tariq Mair (13.Sam Perre 72’) 18.Glen Trifiro, 22.Yianni Fragogiannis, 23.Panni Nikas.


Substitutes not used:1.RGK John Hall 7.Mohammad Rahimi



Yellow Cards: Nil


Red Cards: Nil


Referee: Katie Patterson

Assistant Referees: Nick Backo Joon Park

Fourth Official: S. Grasso


By Malcolm Rowney