South Coast Wolves rewarded for late fightback

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AN 88th minute equaliser from Jordan Murray has helped the South Coast Wolves secure a valuable point away from home in a 1-1 draw with Sydney Olympic on Sunday.

Wolves coach Nahuel Arrarte.

Wolves coach Nahuel Arrarte.

William Angel had put the hosts in front after just three minutes at Belmore Sports Ground.

But the Wolves always looked dangerous and were rewarded for their persistence with a late goal to share the spoils.

Coach Nahuel Arrarte said it was a point his squad deserved.

"We fought to the end which was great to see. We had a few chances in the first half but I was always confident we would get something out of the game," Arrarte said.

"It wasn't a game we were totally outplayed so I was happy with the result."

After the early goal, the Wolves worked their way into Sunday's clash and had chances through Matt Bailey and Murray.

Murray was put through one-on-one in the 36th minute but had his shot saved by Olympic keeper Paul Henderson.

It was a miss he would later atone for.

In the second half, Olympic traded half chances with the South Coast but neither could find the netuntil Murray's late show ensured the Wolves' escaped Sydney with a draw.

"To get a point away from home was positive and to come back from behind," Arrarte said.

"It was always going to tough to bounce back from in the week but the boys showed great fighting spirit.

"Unfortunately we lacked concentration early in the game but I am happy with the valuable point."

Arrarte was most pleased with his squad's quick turnaround from a disappointing midweek Waratah Cup loss to Manly United.

The Wolves were knocked out in a 4-1 defeat at John Crehan Park on Wednesday.

"Having lost on Wednesday and the fact we were able to come back against Olympic was very impressive and shows what these boys are capable of," Arrarte said.

"It was never going to be easy and having three games in the space of seven days but these boys were able bounce back and get a result like they did [on Sunday].

"It was fantastic."

The point allows South Coast to jump a further place up the ladder, ahead of defending National Premier League champions Sydney United.

The Wolves now sit ninth, five points clear of Manly United.

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