Berries crushed by Five Star Wolves
South Coast Wolves lifted themselves into tenth for the second week running with a resounding 5-0 demolition of West Sydney Berries on a slippery Sunday afternoon at WIN Stadium.
Berries, now destined to finish in last-place on the NSW Premier League table, were put to the sword by goals from Samet Kaynak, Chris Nathaniel, Tynan Diaz, and a brace to Mark Picciolini.
20-year old Nestor Tsioutsas was kept busy in the Berries goal during the opening stages, making saves from Diaz and Tayfun Buyokkopru to deny the Wolves an early lead.
Berries best scoring chance of the match came on the quarter hour when Ryo Maekawa picked out the unmarked Sash Tirovski on the edge of the six yard box; however the ensuing finish was poor as he volleyed over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.
The opening goal arrived on 20’ minutes when Samet Kaynak confused the Berries defence with a couple of step-overs before firing low into the back of the net via a slight deflection from George Lagoudakis.
Kaynak went close to doubling his tally minutes later when his angled drive flashed wide of the far post.
The Wolves should have gone two goals up shortly after when Diaz’s cross forced Mark Bariamis to slip in the wet conditions and leave Picciolini unmarked on the far post, however his first touch was poor and easily picked up by Tsioutsas.
Bariamis made amends for his slip immediately after with a timely last ditch slide in the 6-yard box thwarted the next promising Wolves attack.
Brody Crane also impressed in goals at the other end, tipping away a dangerous long-range effort from Glen Trifiro before holding Shayne Morrisey’s goal-bound header from the following corner.
Jason Trifiro went agonisingly close to scoring shortly before the break for the home-side when his volley was tipped onto the inside of the post by Tsioutsas and cleared off the line by Morrisey.
The home-side did grab their inevitable second goal on the stroke of half-time after slick passing between McInerney, Diaz, and Kaynak gave Picciolini the simplest of volleyed finishes in the 6-yard box.
Tayfun Buyyokopru put Diaz in clear shortly after the restart, but the chance was denied by Daniel Clifford, who slid in to block the winger’s shot.
Wolves coach Trevor Morgan appeared to set out to defend the lead when he replaced the enigmatic Kaynak with Lisandro Berbis to leave Picciolini alone up front, but the goals kept on coming.
The next was on 68’ minutes when a passing move began at the back, went through the majority of the Wolves squad, and finished with Chris Nathaniel coolly tucking their third goal past the keeper to complete a fantastic team goal.
Left-sided defender Nick McInerney charged forward to set up the final two goals, putting through Picciolini and Diaz to score from one-on-one opportunities on 80’ and 88’ minutes respectively, and seal the Wolves biggest win of their 2010 campaign.
Wolves coach Trevor Morgan was delighted by the result, and also empathetic for his opponent’s position:
“These guys (Berries) have had the hardest of seasons,” said Morgan.
“They’ve lost 7 players during the season – that’s their whole season gone with those players. I can understand as I lost Dave Abel for a long time, it puts a lot of pressure on you.”
With relegation avoided and a finals berth well out of reach, Morgan believes his side still have plenty to play for next week:
“We still have to go out and play something that’s worth watching and that’s what I’ve asked the boys to do,” said Morgan.
“We can’t make the semis but we can finish with as many points as possible and to try and score some goals.
“One of the goals we set at the start of the season was how many points we thought would be acceptable, which was 29.”
“If we win next week we get to 25, which is pretty close to that considering the setbacks we’ve had,” Morgan added.
Young Berries shot stopper Nestor Tsioutsas was obviously disappointed with the result, and will be playing for pride in the final round next week:
“They were better than us,” said Tsioutsas.
“We gave them too much space, they used it well. They finished, we didn’t finish.
“We just need to keep our heads up for the last game of the season against Bonnyrigg. We’ll need to give a respectable performance and work hard for next year,” Tsioutsas concluded.
Courtesy of Football NSW
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