Wolves leave Cromer Park with maximum party


Despite the likes of Joey Gibbs, Joel Grenell and Andrew Mailer all sitting in the Lucas Neill grandstand, Phil Moss? men were still expected to pick up three-points.
A cagey opening 20? minutes saw both teams test each other out before Wolves striker Mark Picciolini rattled the crossbar to send out a warning that Trevor Morgan?s outfit were not to be taken lightly.
Three minutes later, Picciolini should have opened the scoring but snatched at a chance with Manly United custodian Brad Swancott well beaten.
Manly should have gone ahead 8? minutes before the break, only to see Adam Foti beat Brody Crane but not the far post.
Seconds later Crane produced a brilliant save to keep out a bullet Robbie Cattanach near post header, leaving Manly?s supporters wondering where a goal was going to come from.
On the stroke of oranges Brad Groves tested Crane?s palms with a stinging effort from 35-yards to ensure honours remained even at the break.
On 52? minutes, Manly United skipper Joey Schirripa curled a corner in from the right, only for that man Crane to once again come to the rescue.
The Wolves then had a chance to take the lead a few minutes later, but Tynan Diaz wasted his dead-ball opportunity, slamming it into the United wall.
On the hour mark Manly?s Craig Midgley missed the best chance of the afternoon.
After impressing in the first-half in an unfamiliar role at right back, he was pushed up front by Moss in the second stanza and found himself with only Crane to beat.
The Englishman measured his shot, but Crane guessed right and parried out the effort for a corner.
Morgan then introduced Ken Chun after 62? minutes and it didn?t take long for the attacking midfielder to stamp his class on the contest.
14? minutes later, the former Blacktown City FC utility orchestrated the winner, with fellow substitute Adrian Karakolevski forcing the ball home from six-yards after Chun lured in two defenders in the lead up.
The goal was harsh on Manly United, and you felt they might jag a share of the spoils, but late chances to Keith Shevlin on 86? minutes and Brad Groves on 89? minutes summed up their afternoon.
Wolves coach Trevor Morgan was a relieved man at full-time:
?It was a crucial result for us?I am not happy with how we played but in the end we did enough,?? he said.
?We were a bit flat and addressed that at half-time.
?Second-half we worked on our shape and got the goal we needed.?
His opposite Phil Moss wasn?t in the same upbeat mood:
?We fell for the sucker punch, simple as that,? he said.
?We dominated the game, our intensity was good, we just lacked that killer instinct in the final third.
?I feared if we switched off it would hurt us??we just have to knuckle down now and prepare for Bonnyrigg next week.?
In the Grade-20 match, a Luke Walker header on 81? minutes secured a 1-0 home win for Manly United FC.
Match Stats 
Manly United 0
South Coast Wolves 1 (Adrian Karakolevski 76?)
Sunday, 11th April, 2010
Cromer Park, Cromer
Referee: Khodr Yaghi
Assistant Referees: Bachar Allam and Paul Mplioukas
Fourth Official: Steve Lucas
Crowd: 500 Approx.
Manly United FC: 1.Brad SWANCOTT; 2.Sean BOWDEN, 3.Roberto HAMAD, 8.Keith SHEVLIN, 9.Robbie CATTANACH (17.Jimmy OATES 84?) 10.Craig MIDGLEY, 11.Adam FOTI,(13.Mitch MACEDO 60?) 12.Justin HAYWARD, (14.Andrew HAYWARD 71?) 16.Joey SCHIRRIPA,18.Alex HUNT,19.Brad GROVES
Substitutes Not Used: 20.Rhyss KEANE, 21.Chris GALLO
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
South Coast Wolves: 1.Brody CRANE; 17.Tynan DIAZ, 3.Greg VALIC, 2.Alex MANSUETO, 5.Nick McINERNEY, 6.Lisandro BERBIS, 7.Andrew KEEP, (18.Adrian KARAKOLEVSKI 62?) 14.Andre GOMEZ, (Ken CHUN 62?) 9.Mark PICCIOLINI, (16.Keiran DEANE 88?) 10.Jason TRIFIRO, 11.Andrew PAINE
Substitutes Not Used: 8. Tayfun Buykkopru, 40. Niko Matic
Yellow Cards: Greg Valic 51?
Red Cards: Nil
Player Ratings:
3 – Brody Crane (SCW)
2 – Mark Picciolini (SCW)
1 – Sean Bowden (MUFC)