Ten Terrific Minutes from Tarrawanna Enough for 3 Points
It was the perfect start for Tarrawanna, and an absolute disaster for South Coast United, that ended up being the difference between the two sides come the 90th minute. The two-goal deficit after ten minutes was too difficult for United to overcome despite Anthony Pedavoli’s goal in the 33rd minute which drew them back into the contest.
Tarrawanna’s opener came a mere 2 minutes after the referee began proceedings, with Daniel Chapman heading the ball into the back of the net from a corner in which he was left completely unmarked by the seemingly asleep South Coast defence.
In the 9th minute, Tarrawanna broke through the United defence with ease yet again, this time through Zac Mazevski, who burst into the penalty area and forced a save from goalkeeper Jason Bleakley. Unfortunately for Bleakley, his save rebounded straight back into the path of Mazevski who took a couple of touches before squeezing the ball into the back of the net from a near impossible angle, while also evading Byungkuk Cho who was covering the goal-line.
A few minutes later, Mazevski wasted an opportunity to go three goals ahead, after he dazzled his way through the United defence with precise and technical footwork, only to hit a weak shot straight at Bleakley.
However, Following Mazevski’s effort, United began to find their feet in the game and started creating opportunities in a push to reduce the two-goal difference.
A superb Anthony Pedavoli finish in the 33rd minute in which he lobbed Blueys’ goalkeeper, Adam Rodriguez, on the half volley after running onto an inch-perfect long ball, took the score back to 2-1, and moments later Jamie Wakeling had a chance to draw the scores level when he smashed a shot across the face of goal.
Wakeling’s miss meant that the score was still 2-1 at the break, and it would remain that way for the rest of match despite some good chances for both sides.
Opposite to the first period, South Coast came out of the blocks quickly, and had a great chance in the opening minute of the half when Ivan Bratjanscak dribbled into the area and forced a good save from Rodriguez.
As the rain set in during the half, the chances dried up until the final five minutes. Kyle Kirkland’s long-range effort that was destined for the top right corner forced a save at full stretch by Bleakley in the 85th minute, was Tarrawanna’s best chance to extend their lead. Before South Coast had two late chances to steal a point during stoppage time.
The first chance came on the back of Byungkuk Cho showing off his attacking prowess by dribbling along the by-line before cutting the ball across the face of goal to Zac Hawker whose backheel flick went straight into the hands of Rodriguez.
The second and final chance, fell to Padavoli when Cho chipped a ball over the Blueys defence, which he volleyed narrowly wide of the upright seconds before the final whistle was blown.
The result culminated in Tarrawanna’s first win of the season while South Coast remain stuck on one point after four matches.
Tarrawanna will look to build on their win next week when they face the in-form Bulli.
South Coast face similarly tough opposition in Wollongong United when they head to Macedonia Park in an attempt to win their first 3 points of the season.
South Coast United: 1 (Pedavoli 33’)
Tarrawanna: 2 (Chapman 2’, Mazevski 9’)
South Coast United: 1. BLEAKLEY Jason, 3. YOUSSEF Peter, 5. FRKOVIC Brooklan, 7. PEDAVOLI Anthony, 8. HAWKER Zac, 9. WAKELING Jamie, 10. BRATJANSCAK Ivan, 16. Andrew BOVA, 17. HMDA Kolan, 23. BRODNIK Kieran, 24. CHO Byungkuk.
Substitutes: 6. POLLARD Jarrod (Bova), 14. AL OKLA Abdalla, 22. AHMAD Usamah (Brodnik) 30. ROUFOGALIS Nicholas (Youssef), 21. VALIC David
Tarrawanna: 1. RODRIGUEZ Adam, 2. PAGE Brody, 3. NAYLOR Matthew, 4. GIBSON Chris, 5. CHAPMAN Daniel, 6. KIRKLAND Kyle, 7. BLACK Tyson, 8. GRACE Caleb, 9. MAZEVSKI Zac, 10. TOMASIELLO Nicolas, 11. UCHENDU Omi.
Substitutes: 12. ARAI Shuhei (Mazevski), 13. DRAIN Toby (Uchendu), 14. BROWN Josh, 15. THOMPSON Trent (Black), 21. GENUA Luke.
Date: 15 August 2020
Venue: Ian McLennan Park
Referee: Caleb Blanch
Assistant Referees: Nathan Alterator & Martin Rowney
Report by Nic Wilson
Photo courtesy of Noel Wynn