olympic put four past wolves
For the penultimate round in 2018 at Hooka Creek Park, (Macedonia Park) the Wolves succumbed to a four goal onslaught from Sydney Olympic, a team still in the mix for the premiership. The Wolves had two early opportunities to score but could not convert and this continued the seasons all too familiar story.
With a breeze blowing at the venue, the action hotted up in the first minute of play after the Wolves had kicked off. Striker Peter Simonoski, the club’s top scorer was fouled near the half way line. Captain Nick Montgomery played the ball to Yuzo Tashiro. He rose to head on to Simonoski, who let fly with a shot that had a trajectory unfortunately wide of the target.
Olympic then started to spread the ball around with a Radovan Pavicevic pass to former A-League player Riley Woodcock to make made inroads, only to be accidently clipped by Darcy Madden. Nicola Kuleski pumped the subsequent free kick forward with the Olympic top striker with fourteen season goals to his credit, Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez heading wide from close vicinity. This was followed minutes later by a Zac Mackenzie cross field pass to Woodcock and his ensuing cross from the left went out for a goal kick. Mackenzie, a former Wolves player of three years standing, was playing an inspiring midfield role, shutting down players and setting up attacking forays with incisive passing.
The Wolves’ Ryan Ensor robbed Max Burgess to set up an attack before a long ball from Madden found Simonoski in the eleventh minute. He motored forward and put his shot wide with the intent being there but alas not the execution and he could not improve upon his current nine goal achievements.
Olympic looked dangerous with long balls up to the strikers or quick breaks. Michael Robinson and Madden double tagged Pavicevic to block his attempted shot before Robinson showed persistence by depriving the dangerous Burgess of the ball and making a marauding run from the edge his team’s penalty area to the Olympic side of half way to get things moving. An enterprising Woodcock run resulted in Pavicevic not improving on his five goal tally, by heading wide.
Ensor and Robinson both converged on Pavicevic to relieve him off the ball and see off the threat in the twenty-fifth minute with Ensor stealing in before Mackenzie could have a crack at goal. Robinson, a few minutes later, surged forward into the Olympic penalty area in an effort to achieve a positive conclusion.
Montgomery, who was to the fore throughout the match, put Simonoski through. With a defender and goalkeeper advancing Simonoski bamboozled them. From an acute angle, he shot with the ball flying across the face of goal, ‘crying out’ for a touch from red shirted player that never came.
The first goal was scored in the thirty-second minute when Pavicevic placed a pass into Sanchez-Lopez’ path. The striker managed to elude one defender before rocketing the ball into the goal.
The Wolves looked to respond when a Steve Hayes free kick was floated in. However, it was an Olympic head that moved the ball out. Hayes was moving the ball from the midfield constantly in an effort to get things moving.
At half time Sydney lead by one goal to nil.
Following the half time break, a Wolves free kick from the right side failed in its intended outcome moments before Olympic went further ahead three minutes into the second period. Pavicevic crossed in from the right side with the ball eluding the Wolves custodian Justin Pasfield. The ball travelled to the far post to substitute Nick Tsattalios, who proceeded to goal with a clinical header.
Play went back and forth as Chris Price headed out an Olympic high up field ball before the custodian Paul Henderson left his line to block as Ensor shaped to score. Robinson and Sanchez-Lopez went neck and neck for the ball for some distance before both players went to ground. One player emerged with the ball and that was the central defender.
The Wolves mounted some pressure after the hour mark in an attempt to force the issue and threw men forward at every opportunity. Simonoski won a free kick and the ensuing Montgomery effort flew in on target only for Henderson to punch out. Simonoski was there for the rebound with the ball eventually running for a goal kick to give Olympic some relief. Burgess chanced a left footed attempt on target that Pasfield had some trouble in holding. The ball ran free for seconds before Pasfield recovered to grasp. The Wolves’ custodian at times took free kicks in his own half in order to pump the ball up for Tashiro and Simonoski in order to assail the Olympic goal.
When a Wolves’ defender lost his footing in the box under pressure on seventy-nine minutes, substitute James Demetriou took advantage by quickly moving the ball across to the Spaniard, Sanchez-Lopez, and striker duly hit the ball home with relative ease to bring up his brace and his sixteenth goal of the season.
Tory Musumeci, the second half Wolves’ substitute pushed the ball to Brendan Griffin and from twenty metres out his shot zoomed in. It was taken by Henderson to thwart a well-tried effort. This was followed up a little later when Montgomery took a short free kick. The ball went to Simonoski. His speculative shot from distance went high and this summed up the Wolves’ frustrations. A low Ensor shot was kept out by Henderson and Robinson with two clearance headers in row kept Olympic at bay for scant time.
Olympic’s fourth to compound the Wolves’ woes was scored by the influential Max Burgess late in the match with an easy slotted goal emanating from a quick break. This could in fact have been the second for Burgess had not the post denied him after he twisted and turned to bewilder the defence to play in his shot just after the half hour.
The Wolves had their opportunities but could not affect the outcome with their work rate though not to be denied and Sydney Olympic converted four clear chances. The Wolves are now in ninth place and Olympic are equal first on points but not goal difference at the summit, with Round 22 remaining in the 2018 season. From the two meetings this year, the Wolves have one goal to the Olympic tally of nine and this sums up the difference between what was achieved on the field of play.
Wolves’ coach Jacob Timpano - ‘in the first half we should have put a few away, a story of the season two very good chances, and a team like Olympic, they get half a chance and they score and we have sitters and don’t score and that has been the difference. And we gave some them space at end. A disappointing result…. I think they had four chances in the game and they scored four goals and probably gifted them the fourth. That’s the way it goes. We go again next and hope to finish the season on a high’.
Left sided wing/back Chris Price - ‘they were very clinical and that’s was the difference between them and us and today wasn’t our best performance by far. Last week we dominated and didn’t take our chances but we should have won the game. Today was not a strong game from us. It is a tight competition and you have to turn up. They deserved it they took their chances…. We didn’t want Zac to do that well but good on him for having a go. Hope we can finish well next week.
Sydney Olympic’s influential Zac Mackenzie - ‘we are looking at the result from APIA now. It wasn’t our best game to be honest, we could have been a bit better but we were clinical up front and took our chances. I got a bit of the ball but it was a bit bumpy in the middle and it was a bit hard at times. Yeah I was at APIA early this season and Bonnyrigg last year. I’ve been around. I’m happy how it is going now and hopefully we can keep it going.’
WOLLONGONG WOLVES ……………….. 0
SYDNEY OLYMPIC .…………………….… 4
Alejandro Sanchez Lopez 37’, 79’ Nick Tsattalios 48’ Max Burgess 90+1
@ HOOKA CREEK PARK, BERKELEY.
SUNDAY 5th AUGUST 2018
3.00 p.m. Kick Off
Coach: Jacob Timpano
1.Justin Pasfield (GK) 3.Darcy Madden (11.James Karli 82’) 4.Michael Robinson 17.Ryan Ensor 5.James Baldacchino 6.Nick Montgomery 7.Chris Price 8.Brendan Griffin. 9.Peter Simonoski 23.Steve Hayes (Ethan Kambisios 68’) 30.Yuzo Tashiro (Tory Musumeci 57’)
Substitutes not used: RGK 16.Luke Kairies 26.Luke Wilkshire
Yellow Cards: Nick Montgomery 43’
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: Abbas Saad
1.Paul Henderson, 2.Thomas Whiteside 6. Nicola Kuleski 7.William Angel 8.Jason Madonis (Capt.) (33.Nikolas Tsattalios 46’) 9.Radovan Pavicevic (5.James Demetriou 72’) 10.Max Burgess 12.Zachary Mackenzie, 14.Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez 18. Brendan Hooper 23. Riley Woodcock
Substitutes not used: 20.Ezequiel Consoni 11.Jinya An 19.Darcy Burgess
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
Referee: Tim Danaskos
Assistant Referees: Scott Edeling, Nathan Wotton
Fourth Official: Adrian Brett
By Malcolm Rowney