wolves rain on marconi parade
In the final round of 2018, the Wolves through a well-taken Peter Simonoski hat trick and desperate at times but steal bolted defence, virtually knocked the Marconi Stallions out of finals contention with a 3-0 victory. This victory, the highest winning margin in the season for the club came with the additional achievement of a double win over the Bossley Park side after the earlier 1-0 win in Round 11.
With the fifth placed team up against the ninth position incumbent, Marconi had everything to play to sure up their finals ambitions and despite having much of the possession, their profligacy did not assist their cause as James Andrew and Sean Rooney, the scorers of eleven goals between them could not add to their tallies.
The Wolves needed to finish their season to restore some respectability and during the encounter soaked up a lot of pressure at times, but when given the space they pounced. Justin Pasfield was immense guarding his domain and the defence of Darcy Madden, Michael Robinson, James Baldacchino and Chris Price kept it tight but last ditched efforts at times did the job and prevented the opposition from scoring to achieve the fourth clean sheet of the season. Robinson headed out upwards of four times to thwart attacks and Madden, Baldacchino and Price escorted the ball out of play with Stallions players valiantly trying the take the ball.
Nick Montgomery gave a great captain’s knock winning balls, setting up goals, tackling strongly and shielding and holding the ball under siege and together with Brendan Griffin, Ryan Ensor and Steve Hayes all pulled together with a non stop effort to keep the things on the boil. Up front Yuzo Tashiro toiled away and Simonoski produced the goals.
Marconi kicked off proceedings and with a diagonal breeze at their backs and before long a Chris Nunes ball was fired up for Sean Rooney to chase. However, the ever-alert Pasfield charged out to take. Marconi kept up some early pressure as Marconi’s Brandon Vella snapped at Baldacchino as the ball was shielded over for a goal kick. A spinning ball from high in the air fell to James Andrew whose subsequent shot went high. Price dated in to take possession before Vella could and back pass to Pasfield and Robinson evaded Andrew see off the danger. Sean O’Connell who masterminded the Marconi attacks, robbed the ball and steamed forward towards the goal, only for Robinson to doggedly harass and win the ball and get it out of harm’s way. A Hayes, Griffin and Montgomery series of passes ended with the former Central Coast Mariner captain’s cross was being headed out by Nunes.
Two free kicks to the Wolves were the Wolves’ first real opportunity on goal in the ninth minute. A Price free kick flew into the box with another being given just outside the penalty area barely minutes later. A short kick was eventuated resulting in a Simonoski shot that zoomed over. Later, a long Madden ball was intended to Yuzo Tashiro but Theo Kofinas out sped him to collect.
It was in the fifteenth minute that the deadlock was broken. Simonoski at the far post headed in after Hayes and Montgomery were involved in the lead-up.
Marconi looked to respond only for Robinson to head out a Marco Jesic cross and later cleared as Marconi went close to goaling with some enterprising play. A free kick to Rooney just short of the half hour nearly brought up pay dirt only for his shot to hit the side netting. An effort by Jesic took a deflection for a corner kick that did not bring up the desired outcome. Experienced central defender Michael Beauchamp was in close vicinity to the post and was ready to pull the trigger. Ensor robbed him in the nick of time.
The Wolves were hanging on valiantly as Andrew weaved his way into the box. Pasfield gratefully received his shot. Rooney and Robinson go neck and neck for some distance until Robinson came away in possession.
The last play of the half had Rooney shooting over from distance.
The Wolves looked to add another, early in the second half when Tashiro proceeded to lay off a short pass to Hayes. His subsequent effort was on target and Vekic had no trouble in grasping. Five minutes after play resumed following half time, Marconi made a double substitution to bring fresh legs into the contest with plenty of time to bring about change. Price showed acute anticipation to intercept and scant time later he dispossessed substitute Hassan Jalloh. At the other end, Montgomery burst into the box to be one on one with Vekic but could not make his shot count. Rooney tried to control a cross from the right at the far post with a couple of juggles with the ball ultimately leaving him stranded.
The Wolves disputed an offside play that the assistant did not flag with two corner kicks in success causing consternation in the Wolves’ ranks.
The second goal for the Wolves eventuated at an opportune time. With Price and Griffin involved prior, Montgomery chipped a ball to Simonoski and he did the rest, pushing the home to bring up his brace.
A Judah Cleur effort was skied over to sum up Marconi’s day.
Simonoski’s treble was achieved when a Montgomery lifted ball was collected by Simonoski and subsequently pulled it over Vekic’s head into the goal for his twelfth goal of the campaign to be the Wolves’ Golden Boot winner in 2018.
Substitute Michael Stojanovski made a tremendous foray up the middle late in the match eluding a number of opponents before being tackled.
Mid season signing Luke Wilkshire came on for a cameo in the last few minutes.
This was a fine way to complete the season for the Wolves with their biggest winning margin of the season and proving their mettle against a top five outfit. It was certainly a disappointment for Marconi.
Wolves’ coach Jacob Timpano - ‘today was the difference between today and the rest of the year, we put our chances away today and we showed we could win comfortably. It was the first game all year that we have scored three goals. We were clinical today and that’s something I have spoken about all year. …. Justin’s been fantastic all year along side Robbo…Today was a complete performance and it came a bit late but it is good to finish on a positive note and a high.’
Custodian Justin Pasfield - ‘it hurts a little bit to come to the end of season when we probably played our best… we had a bit of luck today and it went our way and we did not have much luck all season. It was a nice way to finish, a clean sheet and three goals….We did well today and there are glimpses here I see every week and we should have been in the finals and that hurts but we are not. That’s reality. It’s a good way to finish with some respect and it is a good way to send off Luke Wilkshire with what a career he’s had. It is good that we got the win.’
Hat trick hero scorer Peter Simonoski - ‘it turned out well and I got a bit lucky. I was aiming for double figures at the start of the season. The team was not scoring many goals this year. I started off a bit slow and it worked out very well for me…... especially when we were one up, they had to win to make the finals, and towards the back end of the game they started to push players forward and gave me more space… We were well structured this afternoon. The boys were pumped up before the game to finish up on a high and we really came out here and showed what we could do. Unfortunately we could not do it throughout the year but it was good way to finish.
WOLLONGONG WOLVES …………………3
Peter Simonoski 15’, 77’, 81’
@ MARCONI STADIUM.
SUNDAY 12th AUGUST 2018
3.00 p.m. Kick Off
Coach: Peter Tsekenis
1.Nenad Vekic 5.Michael Beauchamp 6.Sean O’Connell 8.Sean Rooney, 22. Brandon Vella (Hassan Jalloh 50’) 10.Marko Jesic 12.James Andrew (11.Judah Cleur 61’) 15.Mateo Poljak (18.Peter Triantis 50’) 17.Theo Kofinas 23.Christopher Nunes (Capt.) 38. Yianni Nicolaou
Substitutes not used:, 14.Peter Pelekanos, 21.Kristian Sekutkoski
Yellow Cards: Chris Nunes 16’ Peter Triantis 87’
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: Jacob Timpano
1.Justin Pasfield (GK) 3.Darcy Madden 4.Michael Robinson 17.Ryan Ensor 5.James Baldacchino 6.Nick Montgomery (Capt.) 7.Chris Price 8.Brendan Griffin. 9.Peter Simonoski (26.Luke Wilkshire 88’) 23.Steve Hayes (Brandon Stojcevski 69’) 30.Yuzo Tashiro (Michael Stojanovski 61’)
Substitutes not used: RGK 16.Luke Kairies
Yellow Cards: Michael Robinson 43’
Red Cards: Nil
Referee: Kris Griffith-Jones
Assistant Referees: Nick Backo, Ray Osbourne
Fourth Official: Hassan Jomaa
By Malcolm Rowney