The Wollongong Wolves’ woes against Blacktown City continued after they fell to a 3-1 defeat at WIN Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
First half goals from Joey Gibbs and Mitch Mallia cancelled out Peter Simonoski’s stunning strike before Pete Cejka sealed the result late in the match for the visitors.
Wollongong, who haven’t beaten City since 2010, had started the match ominously and hit the crossbar within the opening five minutes through Nick Montgomery.
But things turned sour quickly after that.
A clumsy challenge from James Markovic in the 6th minute handed City a penalty which Gibbs converted before Mallia doubled the advantage 13 minutes later with a stunning strike from 35-yards.
Simonoski gave the hosts some chance in the 36th minute with a curling effort which saw Wolves head into the sheds 2-1 behind.
But City showed their class and controlled the game for much of the second half until Cejka helped them see off Wollongong’s challenge late in the piece.
Wolves coach Jacob Timpano was disappointed his side couldn’t get something from the match.
“We didn’t have the run of the mill today and Blacktown are a good side,” he said.
“To beat a good side like that, you need everything to go your way and unfortunately it didn’t. Losing Yuzo Tashiro and Darcy Madden to injury made it difficult but the boys fought to the end against a quality team.”
Timpano said he didn’t expect Tashiro or Madden (both hamstring injuries) would face extended stints on the sidelines.