Cosmos v Wolves

Round 22 report by Chris Kunz
Canberra Cosmos v Wollongong Wolves

This was a remarkable win to the Cosmos - meaning they have completed the double, home and away victories over Wollongong - surely the only team to manage it this season.

Before what was close to their biggest crowd of the season (including around 150 Wolves fans), Canberra had the better of the first half as the NSL Champions repeatedly failed to make anything from midfield possession.

Miyazawa was terrific in the air at the back repelling everything in the air. Cosmos had the only real shot on target (Milin from a free kick) as half time approached, but a fast Wolves break down the right by Horsley led to a cross evading Miyazawa, with Young slaming it into the net from an angle.

One nil up and the Wolves seemed to step up a gear in the second half - the home side unable to hold the ball for the first 6 mins after the interval. Cosmos supporters were fearing what seemed inevitable - the inability to keep the Wolf from the net.

As time went on, the Cosmos struggled back. Stephen Kemp, who was so good last week, was out of touch and substituted by 'local hero' Uruguyan Milton Cortes. That this substitution occured half an hour or so from the end, was telling. Last week Cortes was given only 30 secs - now he had 30 min. His excellent control and good distribution lifted the side and the tide began to turn.

With 8 minutes to go, Cortes went on a weaving run from the left, which ended with him planting the ball across Anastasiadis into the former Carlton keeper's lower right corner. The crowd errupted and the players swarmed over the popular Uruguyan.

Just two minutes later, Milin chased a through ball on the right and slid in as Anastasiadis through himself at the makeshift striker's feet. the ball rebouned further out to towards the right hand goal line, and, with seemingly everyone's attention fixed on the injured keeper, Angelucci 'did a Zelic' from an almost identical distance and angle to side-foot the ball into an empty net. Pandemonium ensued as the Cosmos and home crowd celebrated and the Wolves protested.

The remaining 6 min + injury time seemed like an eternity till the final whistle brought another win to coach Milovanovic and a famous home victory. 'Milo' now has a 100% record and the talk in the stands is that Sernmanni is a really nice guy, but that Milo is a real coach! Who can argue with a record like his - even though it is not sustainable.

Wolves must have been dreaming of Spain - on this form it will be a nightmare for them...