Illawarra Premier League Season 2020

Results and Ladder and Fixtures

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The Lions will be hoping they don’t have another struggle year.
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The Blueys will be seeking to achieve their undoubted potential.
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Hopefully the nCov-2019 will be over soon.

It’s a cold July Friday night as the games finally are underway. There is still no assurance the season will be completed as Victoria has had a sudden rise in the number of Covid19 cases. NSW is clear and has been given the go ahead to start the season.

The season kicks off with the Bert Bampton Cup contested between IPL1 and IPL2 teams. Cringila Lions take on the Tarrawanna Blueys in an important game because there is a cup for the Champions and very little time to get into form for a shortened Illawarra Premier League season.

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The reckoning begins. Lions have high aspirations for the season.
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Brebevski is back in action.
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Tyson Black: The joy of pressure as a defender in soccer.
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Lions cut the Blueys to pieces after just 7′ with a Pires snapshot.
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Nuno Pires opens the scoring for the Lions.
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Blueys show their disappointment after going behind.
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Mitchell Ferrara hand on hips after going behind.
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Nuno Pires
Another! Nuno Pires is in for the brace.
Nuno Peres with two early goals
Nuno Pires with two early goals
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Pressure is on in midfield
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Lions fire up on Friday night
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Webster weaves and spins on the right wing.
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Beautiful Webster cross to North which is ably dealt with by Rodriguez
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The Pires goal
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Cannon ball into the net.
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Siminoski lets fly
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Rodriguez is beaten by Siminoski precision
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Three up after 26′
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Siminoski Brace and the Blueys are down 0-4 after 39′
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Cringila Lions 4 Tarrawanna Blueys 0
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Out for the second half
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Blueys are given little room
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No way forward

It ends Cringila Lions 4 ( Pires 7′ ,17′, Siminoski 26′,39′) Tarrawanna Blueys 0

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The Lions move into the next round while the Blueys are eliminated.

The Saturday game is between Woonona Sharks and South Coast United. The Sharks had an excellent season last year and will be looking to improve while SC United struggled but managed to avoid relegation.

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Sharks have difficulty containing Okla down the left side.
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United keep a close eye on McCosker
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Starr puts the question to the Sharks
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Bromham Fuller nullifies the threat
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Valic is a towering strength at the back
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Valic keeps the attack alive
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Toohey breaks up the threat and turns out of trouble
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Toohey turns his player and launches a counter offensive
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A Cho thumping header from a corner puts United in front after 24′
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Byungkuk Cho
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A top draw save by Fernandez keeps the Sharks in the game
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McCosker blasts over the bar!
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Hoping to get one before halftime and draw level
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Halftime fly over. Sharks 0 SCU 1
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Halftime flyover (0-1)
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Flyover
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Pollard brings down Crew in the box.
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Mellor sends the keeper the wrong way. 1-1 after 50′
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A brilliant save by Bleakley keeps the tie even as the Sharks surge forward
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The ball flashes past the uprights. Bleakley clearly has some issues with his defence.
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Mellor drives the ball pinpoint across the goalkeeper
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Bleakley is stranded
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Sharks go in front 2-1 after 60′
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United are clearly unhappy about the goal
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Sharks break up any sniff of an attack
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Arm wrestle
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Final Score Woonona Sharks 2 (Mellor 50’ 60’) South Coast United 1 (Cho 24’)

Bert Bampton Cup Woonona Sharks v Cringila Lions

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Jake Baily concentrating on the action
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Lions dominate attack. Sharks close down the space.
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David Polidoro seeks to launch an attack
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Immediately closed down by Robbie Gaudiosi
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Jair Fernandez is relieved the header is straight at him
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Opportunity spurned
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Peter Siminoski beats two Sharks with a sharp dribble
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Tomohiro Ishii wins possession
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Fans enjoying the game
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Damien Grew shot on the counter is saved.
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Fernandez controls the high cross
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Fernandez left floundering by nearpost Norval curler 25′
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Tobias Norval celebrates his goal
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Lions celebrates Norval goal
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Halftime Sharks 0 Lions 2 (Norval 25′ 27′)
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Sharks immediately on the front foot
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Sparks brings down Ishii inside the box
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Referee calls a direct just outside the box
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Jake Bailey goes in after ball
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Sharks are unhappy with the aftermath
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Lions see no foul
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Sharks press forward
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David Polidoro takes out Robbie Gaudiosi
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Ishii under pressure
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Gaudiosi gets one back! Sharks 1 Lions 2
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Pressure is on.
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William Mobbs with an amazing engine in defence
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The battle is on
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No way through
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Keeper error and it is 1-3 in 73′
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Cringila Lions celebrate goal
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Nick Ristevski with safe hands
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And a piledriver fourth Sharks 1 Lions 4
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coup de grâce
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Sharks are eliminated Woonona Sharks 1 Cringila Lions 4

The Illawarra Premier League 2020

Finally the season starts!

The IPL kicks off this weekend. There will be no relegation to the disappointment of fans and clubs in IPL2. Often the most exciting games are the relegation games. In any event, Cringila Lions have been on fire in the Bampton Cup and lethal in front of goal. On Friday night they are at home and take on Albion Park White Eagles. This is likely to be a close and competitive game if recent pre-season and Brampton Cup matches are any indication.

Are Cringila Lions the real deal or a bubble waiting to burst?

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Albion Park White Eagles are away Cringila in the cauldron.
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Cody Wehmeyer shoots.
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Wehmeyer scores after just 2′
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Best of possible starts for the White Eagles
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White Eagles pay close attention to Peter Simonoski
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Simonoski is cut down with a no nonsense tackle
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No Yellow Card issued
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Simonoski appears to be pulled down in the box. No penalty.
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Simonoski given no room
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Kyle Senior keeps a close eye on Simonoski
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Pires in a tit-for-tat battle with the White Eagle’s defence
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Simonoski turns Kohei Suzaki inside out
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Simonoski drives the ball home for an equalizer 16’ (1-1)
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Lions celebrate equalizer
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The crowd enjoying the thoroughly entertaining game
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Joel Beattie uses his pace to reach the loose ball
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Beattie taken out in chase for the loose ball
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Valentino Merxhushi drive on the counter puts White Eagles in front 43’
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White Eagles lead 1-2 halftime
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Halftime team talk
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Second half is about to kick off
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Todd Sparks lights up midfield
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Pires in aerial battle with Kyle Senior
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Joel Beattie is tightly marked
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Beattie under pressure narrowly misses with his shot across the keeper
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Penalty shout as Beattie is down on the ground. No pen!
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Lions on the counter
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It is in by Jake Webster. Cringila Lions draw level after 55’ (2-2)
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The game is level and evenly balanced
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Simonoski on another Lions raid down the left flank
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Suzaki header relieves the pressure for White Eagles
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Lions mount a further attack
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Forceful tackles in midfield
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White Eagles argue the point with referee Blanch
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Kyle Senior
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Penalty to White Eagles!

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Lions players stunned by the decision
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Put away in 73’ by Cameron Morgan
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White Eagles lead 2-3
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Beattie sinks one. Offside!
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Time is running out for the Lions
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Brilliant strike by Alex Mojoski 89’
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Draw Cringila Lions 3 Albion Park White Eagles 3

The Saturday fixture is between Bellambi and Port Kembla. Bellambi are newly promoted.

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Bellambi Rosellas Ryan Hunter on the ball against Port Kembla
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Jordan Hughes
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Tory Musumeci
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Nick Morgan
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Vaughn Patterson opens the scoring 34’ Bellambi 1 Port 0
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Liam Unicomb
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Mitch Turner scores 39’ Bellambi 2 Port 0
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Musumeci nonchalantly chips the keeper 54’ Bellambi 2 Port 1
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Port are back in the game
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Dylan Nikolovski
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Brad Watt strikes 72’ 3-1
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Brad Watt celebrates his goal
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A well-constructed goal
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Liam Unicomb scores 74′. The goal stands. No offside.
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Bellambi 4 Port 1
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Stunned in the technical area
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Cody Cuthbertson adds another 89’ (5-1)
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A comprehensive victory Bellambi 5 Port 1

ROUND 2     Tarrawanna Blueys v Wollongong United

After sledging over the state of the pitch in the lead up to this clash in the media Tarra emerges from the shed with a mix of youthful and experienced player ready to do battle for the points. The pitch is in reasonable though heavy condition.

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Tarrawanna Blueys emerge from the sheds ready with a mix of experience and youth.
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Zac McLaren immediately asks questions turning his defender
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McLaren skips three
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Dan Chapman and Tarra defence on high alert
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McLaren in 8′
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Tarra 0 United 1
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Tarra up tempo looking for an equalizer
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Wollongong United use their physicality to counter the Tarra surge
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Tarra seek to contain Yamada as United counter
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Play on Yamada is contained
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United close down Tarra midfield
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Jordan Nikolovski with safe hands under pressure
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Tarra push up on United
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A tight battle
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United throw
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McLaren in full flight
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McLaren landing
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McLaren is needlessly clipped just outside penalty area
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Andre Dias with unstoppable direct dipping over the wall
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Dias celebrates Tarra 0 United 2 in 30′
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Adam Rodriguez punches clear
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Tarra unhappy with the United physicality
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Klime Sekutkoski pulls down Brody Page
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Page is brought down
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Halftime Tarra 0 United 2
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Kookaburras look on
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Tyson Black
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Darren Stone claims a Yamada dive
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Tarra bring on Om Uchendu
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Tarra attack down the left wing
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Dias nullifies the attack
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Tarrawanna Blueys 0 Wollongong United 2

Corrimal Rangers v Port Kembla

Port were soundly beaten by Belambi and play Rangers who only managed a draw against Tarra in the previous round which was abandoned due to a deluge at halftime with the other half played on Tuesday night.

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Jordan Hughes and Zack Tyson battle for early dominance
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Van Elia
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Rangers bench incensed at a refereeing decision
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Nathan Belsito keeps a close eye on Van Elia
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A promising Rangers attack ends in Elia being brought down
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Yellow issued to Dylan Nikolovski
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Tim Wylie
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Port shot hits the upright
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It then hits the other upright! Luck falls Rangers way.
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Jayden Nikolovski brings down Jason Zufic
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Port pile on the pressure
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Tory Musumeci launches another Port attack
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Narrow miss by Rangers
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Halftime Rangers 0 Port 0
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Sulphur-crested cockatoo
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Goal! Paul Guido drives across the keeper.
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Corrimal 1 Port 0
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Jordan Hughes seeks to launch an immediate Port reply
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Rangers drive the ball across the goal
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Guido races in an drives the ball home
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Corrimal Rangers 2 Port Kembla FC 0
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Guido brace 66′
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The cockatoo celebrates
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Brave save by Kaydin Harrison keeps his clean sheet intact
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And another brave Harrison save
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Jake Marlando does enough to stop an audacious Port attempt at goal
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Toni Musumeu
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Marlando deflects the shot on goal
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The ball hits the upright and to safety
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The tussle goes on
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Full time Corrimal Rangers 2 Port Kembla FC 0
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Part of the crowd enjoying a thoroughly entertaining game

Round 3

Wet weather has washed out all but one game. South Coast United v Albion Park White Eagles may still go ahead.

South Coast United v Albion Park White Eagles

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The game kicks off in heavy rain
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White Eagles dominate. Joel Beattie finds space and shoots.
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Side netting
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Close call for United
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Rain teems down
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Kolan Hmda does just enough to stave off the Senior header
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A Waller cross-come-shot is tipped over the bar by Bleakley
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The Bleakley flick lands on top of the net
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Morgan and Beattie attack United
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Beattie jumps to avoid the desperate United intercept
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No pen appeal
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Rare United incursion into Eagles territory
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Eagles defence holds out the United incursion
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White Eagles counter attack

Morgan latches onto the ball in space behind the defence

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Morgan latches onto the ball in space behind the defence
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Morgan shoots as Bleakley come out to close down the angle
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The ball misses the goal by about a metre
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Narrow escape for United
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Joel Beattie
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Kolan Hmda
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Sturdy White Eagles defence
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Senior glancing header
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Bleakley lightning reflexes keeps goal intact
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Halftime
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Arm wrestle recommences 2nd half
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Dylan Mena
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Beattie receives close attention and is tackled from behind
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Abdal Alokla is unable to break through the White Eagles defence
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Brendan Fordham scores with a driving header. SCU 0 APWE 1
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South Coast United 0 Albion Park White Eagles
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Suzaki motoring in midfield for White Eagles
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Jordan Nikolovski drives a rocket into the net
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White Eagles are two up
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Rain intensity increases but the artificial turf still looks slick
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Jamie Wakeling drive takes a big deflection off Naomichi
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Blake Coad can only watch the ball drop into the net United 1 White Eagles 2
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It ends 1-2 in a White Eagles win

Round 3

Bulli FC v Wollongong Olympic

Both teams have high aspirations. Bulli FC are rebuilding after a disappointing last season. Olympic have lost some key players from their premiership winning side. With sides only playing each other once, points are essential, and any slip up may prove costly. Bulli FC are at home. The ground is looking in good condition after the heavy rain last week. This promises to be an entertaining game.

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Olympic bench looks on as Bulli set up an attack
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Kyle Jackson launches an attack for Bulli FC 1901
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The cross from Luke Van Zyl causes problems for Olympic.  Justin Pasfield loses the ball.
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Pasfield recovers the dropped ball
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Luke Foster Bulli FC 1901
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Ian Clarino
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Kojiro Hori looks for an incisive pass
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Hori pressurizes Foster
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Joey Lavelle brings down Ryan Emerton from behind
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Johnny Martinoski weaves through defenders and is brought down on the edge of the penalty area
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The direct dips over the wall
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Into the arms of Pasfield
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Martinoski with a laser like drive through a crowded defence
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Olympic lead 0-1 after 27′
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Martinoski celebrates
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Keagan Maticis slots in a second for Olympic
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Olympic lead 0-2 after 35′
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Bulli strike back immediately with Luke Van Zyl rocket
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Pasfield can only watch the ball enter the goal
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Van Zyl celebrates
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Hori prevents Emerton getting to the ball with a cocked elbow no foul is awarded
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Clarino shoots
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The ball whizzes just outside the upright
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James Balelachino
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Maticis and Keating tightly mark Tsujimura
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Halftime with a strong southerly blowing down the field
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Olympic immediately on the attack
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The ball is slotted to Ben McDonald
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McDonald duly puts it away
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All square at 2-2 after 63′
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Pasfield makes a crucial save from a Van Zyl drive with McDonald looking to put away the crumbs
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Martinoski challenges for the ball
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Martinoski goes down in the box. Bulli are unimpressed.
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Jack Keating
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Jackson is brought down in the box
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No pen
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Oliver Currusco halts the Bulli surge
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Aaron Baker is brought down
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An unimpressed Baker
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It ends 2-2 after some heated exchanges

South Coast United v Tarrawanna Blueys

The night game is between United and Tarra. Both teams need points. United have been disappointing again after a poor season last year while Tarra is building through a core of up and coming young talent.

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Tarra are off the blocks immediately attacking in the United final third
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Daniel Chapman volleys of the turn
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The Blueys are up after just 2′
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Not the start United were after
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Omi Uchendu shoots
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Jason Bleakley tips the ball around the upright
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Zac Mazevski makes it 0-2 after 9′ through a disorganised United flailing defence
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Omi Uchendu
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Part of the crowd enjoying the game
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Kieren Brodnik
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Anthony Pedavoli lobs the keeper
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Adam Roidriguez is beaten as he comes off his line
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United 1 Blueys 2 after 33′
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Ivan Bratjanscak brings down Brody Page
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Tarrawanna take all 3 points (1-2)

Port Kembla v Albion Park White Eagles

Port are yet to earn a point while the White Eagles with their highly talented squad will be expecting nothing other than a win from their players. A howling cold westerly is blowing diagonally across the field. Conditions are difficult for soccer.

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White Eagles go into the game confident they will be able to get all three points
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Joel Beattie receive early attention by Port
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Brenham Fordham with an early chance in the swirling wind
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Fordham acts a distributor initiating a White Eagles attack
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Brendan Fordham
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Mitch Di Pietro
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Port salvo is well parried by Blake Coad
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Justin Mitrevski tips the ball over the crossbar
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Blake Coad with a brilliant fingertip save keeps White Eagles goal intact
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Luke Boersma queries a refereeing decision
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Port launch a raid into White Eagles final third
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Halftime flyover by seagulls who handle the strong winds with aplomb
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Space for Cameron Morgan is closed down as the second half resumes
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Jordan Nikolovski takes on the Port defence
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Nikolovski weaves around his defender
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Morgan goes after the ball shielded by Orlando Tobar
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Tobar slams Morgan to the ground
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All eyes on the referee. White Eagles win a direct free kick.
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Mitch Di Pietro takes a shot-come-cross in the swirling wind
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It’s in the net. Port 1 White Eagles 0 at the 55′ mark.
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Port celebrate their good fortune
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Coad holds the ball under pressure
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The ball sticks
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Well saved as players go down like nine pins
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The game gets tetchy
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Beattie takes a tumble in the box
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No penalty awarded
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It ends Port 1 White Eagles 0

Round 5   Tarrwanna Blueys v  Bulli FC 1901

Bulli are away to Tarrawanna and will be seeking to stamp their authority on the table. The Blueys in contrast with many young players are out to re-establish their competitiveness. A cold blustery winter’s day where the icy westerly parts in all directions as it comes over the escarpment is the setting for the game. The strong wind will definitely be a factor. The ground is in reasonable condition after the recent rain albeit a little bumpy in places.

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Dan Chapman of Tarrawanna Blueys
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Ryan Emerton of Bulli FC 1901

Kick OFF

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Kick off
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The Blueys on the early attack
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Bulli FC 1901 Bench
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Kyle Kirkland challenges Bulli 1901 keeper Daniel Farina
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No goal. Direct goes to Bulli 1901.
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Luke Van Zyl
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Tarra pressurize Tsujimura
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Seiya Kambayashi launches a Bulli 1901 attack.
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Bulli launch another attack against Tarra through Kambayashi
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Luke Van Zyl with a diving head
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Off the ground and in. Quality goal.
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Van Zyl celebrates
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Blueys 0 Bulli 1 17′
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Blueys immediately launch an attack from the restart
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Blueys lift a gear looking for an equalizer
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Blueys launch from the back
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Intense midfield battle for possession
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Kambayashi with quick feet and speed starts a Bulli 1910 counter offensive
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Van Zyl drives over crossbar
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Ben McDonald given no room
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Blueys contest for the loose ball
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Zac Mazevski
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Emerton holds off Mazevski
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Ball is cleared off the line by Ian Clarino
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Bulli 1901 defence hold firm under intense pressure
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Halftime
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Sam Davies
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Brave save by Farina
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In off Tomasiello
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1-1
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Blueys level the score
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The Blueys celebrate
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Arm wrestle between Bulli 1901 and the youthful Blueys attack
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Tarrawanna Blueys 1 Bulli FC 1901 1

Tarrawanna Blueys 1 Bulli FC 1901 1

The Sunday match is between Corrimal Rangers and Albion Park White Eagles on another blustery day. Both talented teams are looking to stamp their credentials on the premiership race.

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Cody Waller
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Chris Nathaniel
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Tim Wylie launches a Rangers attack down the left wing
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Waller twists and turns looking to create a scoring opportunity in the box
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Rick Goodchild drives across the keeper from close range
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Rangers score after 1-0 after 9’
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Goodchild celebrates his goal
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Waller with quick feet turns Goodchild as the White Eagles immediately search for an equalizer
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Part of the crowd enjoying the game
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Zack Tyson
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White Eagles gain increasing possession of the football
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Jacob Martin distributes the ball through the midfield with Rangers chasing shadows
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Goodchild defends against Morgan
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Morgan is brought down just outside the box
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Direct free kick is awarded to White Eagles
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Kaydin Harrison snatches the ball off the heads of the White Eagles attackers in the swirling south-westerly wind
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Morlando and Pender chase down Morgan as he breaks through the defensive line on the right wing
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Dean Pender stretches for the ball and concedes a corner
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A close call for the Rangers
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Morgan makes room for a shot on the edge of the penalty area
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A Morgan lightning bolt into the left corner of the goal
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1-1
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Halftime
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White Eagles immediately attack from kickoff. Kaydin Harrison parries a shot.
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White Eagles launch another attack on the Rangers goal
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In a tight tussle Rangers are resolute in defence
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Rangers deal with the high ball in the swirling south-westerly
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Rangers build through Peter Kyriakoudes distribution
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Rangers attack. Kyriakoudes works the right flank
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Kohei Suzaki sets up a White Eagles offensive
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White Eagles bench looks on
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Rangers defence on alert
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Rangers defence shuffled across the field
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White Eagles coaches concerned about the treatment dished out to Joel Beattie
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Rick Goodchild chases down another White Eagle offensive
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White Eagles close down Rangers
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Mitrouski denied space by Morlando and Teramoto
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White Eagles defence bemused by a refereeing decision
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Morgan heads the ball down through a wall of Rangers defenders
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Morgan brace!
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Corrimal Rangers 1 Albion Park White Eagles 2
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Fans enjoying the game
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Morlando with a powerful header makes it 2-2 (61′)
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All square
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Jake Morlando
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Coad save keeps the score level
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Morgan with a thumping drive scores a hat trick
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Corrimal Rangers 2 Albion Park White Eagles 3 (70′)
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Goodchild with a long range bazooka levels the score (72′)
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It ends in a draw
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Corrimal Rangers 3 Albion Park White Eagles 3

Round 6

Albion Park WHITE EagleS v Tarrawanna Blueys

The White Eagles must be disappointed with their form so far given their highly talented squad. Tarrawanna Blueys come off an excellent draw with Bulli FC and will be hoping to be in the finals series. It’s a beautiful day in Albion Park; sunny and no wind.

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Cameron Morgan receives the ball inside the penalty area
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White Eagles 1 Blueys 0 after 2′
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Morgan celebrates his goal
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Tyson Black closes down Kohei Suzaki who acts as main conduit distributor
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White Eagles press
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Contested ball
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Battle for control
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Tussle
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Blueys launch an attack
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Beattie gets the ball away under pressure
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Tarra chase the ball
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Blueys defend the Brendan Mitrouski surge
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Tarra chase
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Blueys break out of defence
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Zac Mazevski is tightly marked
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Jordan Nikolovski
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Fans enjoying the game
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Fans enjoying the game
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Cody Wehmeyer shoots
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Into the top right hand corner
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White Eagles 2 Tarrawanna Blueys 2 (26′)
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Around Suzaki
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Mazevski puts the cross away
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White Eagles 2 Tarrawanna Blueys 1
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Tyson Black celebrates with Mazevski
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Thomasiello outflanks Suzaki
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Jake Leighton makes a last-ditch tackle
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Halftime: White Eagles 2 Tarrawanna Blueys 1
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Halftime fly-over
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Tomassiello makes it 2-2(49′)
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Nicolas Tomasiello
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White Eagles 2 Blueys 3
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Mazevski celebrates his goal putting the Blueys into the lead
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3-3
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A Morgan brace
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4-3
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Suzaki 65′
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Beattie with an incisive run
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5-3
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Jacob Martin 80′
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Brady Page makes it 5-4
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Brady Page
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White Eagles 5 Blueys 4 (FT)

The Sunday game is between Wollongong Olympic and Woonona Sharks.  The Sharks have a a solid midfield and are an improving side. Olympic in contrast have been inconsistent for a such talented side.

Wollongong Olympic v Woonona Sharks

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Olympic seek to make the most of their height advantage with Habegawa spearheading the assault.
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Yu Habegawa
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Defensive header off the Habegawa flick-on
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Luke McCosker skips around Mark Every
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Jesse French drives the ball into the top right hand corner
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Olympic 1 Sharks 0 18′
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Williams marks Habegwa
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Tomohiro Ishii
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Luke McCosker heads across the keeper to make it Olympic 0 Sharks 2 after 41′
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Sharks go two up
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Jeremy Lopez cuts out the Olympic pass down the wing
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Halftime: Wollongong Olympic 0 Woonona Sharks 2
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Halftime fly-over
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Olympic bring on Matt Floro who injects pace and dribbling power down the right wing
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Olympic struggle to contain Jesse French
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Jesse French is brought down
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The tackler is the one who goes off injured
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Lopez drives the ball home. 0-3 (57′)
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Lopez give Woonona Sharks an unassailable 0-3 lead.
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Taro Regan Williams battles with Yu Habegawa
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Justin Pasfield makes a quality save to keep the score respectable
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Williams contains the Hasegawa aerial threat
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Luke McCosker
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John Martinovski with a characteristic long drive makes it 1-3
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It ends 1-3

Round 7

Albion Park White Eagles v Woonona Sharks

White Eagles will be expecting to climb the table. The Woonona Sharks are on a roll after trouncing Wollongong Olympic last weekend and are hoping to make the finals series.

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Sharks discussing their tactical approach just before kick-off
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White Eagles captain Chris Nathaniel
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Defensive stalwart Brendan Fordham
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Jai Mellor with an early challenge on Braden Mitrovski
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Mitrovski launches a through ball down the right flank
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The Sharks use the high ball
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Nick Armand punches the ball clear
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Brendan Pattman belts the ball goalward from outside the penalty area
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The net bulges
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Pattman makes it 0-1 in the 45′
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Halftime Albion Park White Eagles 0 Woonona Sharks 1
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Welcome Swallow flyover
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Woonona Sharks use Jesse French to head on the aerial ball in attack
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Woonona use Taro Regan Williams to launch another raid on the White Eagles
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Williams does battle with Morgan
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Every ball is contested in the struggle for possession
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Sharks use high balls to disrupt White Eagles passing game
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Beattie is given no time on the ball
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Uncompromising White Eagles defence
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Woonona direct
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McCoster with a driving header
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Nick Armand punches the ball outfield
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Ishii goes in for the ball
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Ishii strikes
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The goal is disallowed
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No goal for Ishii
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Neither player pulled out of the challenge
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Beattie with an offensive dribble
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Fordham is onto the Beattie cross
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Jair Fernandez anticipates well to collect the header and safety for the Sharks
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Woonona counter offensive
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Shark attack
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Beattie is boxed in
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Sharks cut out the ball to Morgan
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Cameron Morgan
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Beattie crosses
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Fernadez with sun in eyes comes for the cross
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In the onion bag it goes
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White Eagles draw level through Aris Seitaridis
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Albion Park White Eagles 1 (89′) Woonona Sharks 1 (45′)

The Bampton Cup 2020

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Lucky escape for Bulli FC 1901
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Off the line by a whisker
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Tumble in the box
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Ben Brooks hits the deck
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Ryan Emerton is shadowed
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Wollongong United defence on high alert
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Ben McDonald goes down
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Mitsuo Yamada with pace and energy
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Jack Harris launches a Bulli 1901 offensive
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Ben McDonald wins aerial battle
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Luke Vanzyl and Sean Thomas battle it out
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Bulli FC tight on Mitsuo Yamada
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Jordan Nickolovski dominates the penalty area
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Sean Thomas distributes the ball
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Emerton distributes the ball
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Tight marking
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Halftime 0-0
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Takumu Tsujimura shoots
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Ben McGinnes saves
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McDonald thwarted
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No pen
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Takumu Tsujimura
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Tumble in the box
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Yamada steps up to take the spot kick
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Well placed and paced penalty kick
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McGinnes given no chance
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United 1 Bulli 0 (Yamada 71′)
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Jeremy Flanagan makes it 2-0 (76′)
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United go two up
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Bampton Cup 2020 goes to Wollongong United

Wollongong United 2 Bulli FC 1901 0

The teams met again mid-week in the IPL. Bulli FC were trounced 1-5. United open a four point gap at the top of the table.

ROUND 8

This is a must win game for Tarrawanna Blueys against Bellambi Rosellas who just last week had the opportunity to go top of the table but managed only one point from six. Bellambi now must be looking over their shoulders. For the Blueys only a win will do if they have any chance of making the final series.

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A win is essential to keep finals series hopes alive
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Liam Unicomb kicks off for Bellambi Rosellas
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Vaughn Paterson readies for the rivalry with Darren Stone
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Darryn Stone
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Vaughn Paterson
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Daniel Chapman is a key Blueys defender
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Rosellas player Mitch Turner
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Zac Mazevski eyes the dropping the ball
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Mazevski drives the dropping the ball between two defenders
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Bryce Daenell is unable to parry the Mazevski volley
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Blueys 1 Rosellas 0 (19′)
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The tempo rises
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Chapman with a perfectly timed defensive tackle
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Unicomb slides in from behind avoids the yellow
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Looking for the pass
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Blueys use the left wing to launch an attack
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Daenell intercepts the cross
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Adam Rodriquez bravely stops the Cody Cuthbertson breakaway
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Clean save
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Blueys belt the ball upfield
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Uncompromising battle for possession
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Stone turns Ryan Hunter
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Stone launches the ball into the penalty area
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Mazevski shoots across the keeper and misses by a whisker
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Benjamin Learmonth
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Cuthbertson shoots
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Rodriguez saves and holds the ball tight
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Mazevski is taken out in the box
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Chapman puts the ball on the dot
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Blueys 2 Rosellas 0 (37′)
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Rodriguez intercepts Rosellas cross
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Halftime at Tarrawanna Oval (2-0)
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Blueys defend their lead
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Tyson Black almost makes it three, but the shot is blocked by Ryan Hunter
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Rosellas defence eventually clear the deflection
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Tarrawanna Blueys 2 Bellambi Rosellas 0

Corrimal rangers v woonona sharks

Corrimal Rangers are struggling and need to beat a youthful Woonona Sharks if they are to be in the finals series. The Sharks have built their strength on an organised interaction between the defence and midfield.

Corrimal Rangers v Woonona Sharks
Tim Wylie facing into the Southerly with the Sharks defending early

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Takao Teramoto strikes for Rangers after 2′

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Rangers 1 Sharks 0 (2′)

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Cameron Besgrove shoots

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Pinpoint through a gaggle of Rangers defenders

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Besgrove makes it 1-1 after 4′

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Rangers stop the counter

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Zack Tyson takes the Yellow for Rangers

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Rangers defence holds tight

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Robbie Gaudiosi shields the ball preparing the next Sharks attack

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Jeremy Lopez with an incisive pass under pressure from Teramoto

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Besgrove slips the ball past Tyson

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Kaydin Harrison saves

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The Thomas Burke weave

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Burke shoots

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The shot takes a touch

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Harrison forces the strike over the bar

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Besgrove makes space and smashes the ball

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Rangers 1 Sharks 2 (30′)

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Matthew Gallanti

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1-2 Halftime

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Sharks defenders Jeremy Lopez, Taro Regan Williams, and Thomas Burke stay disciplined in defence

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Brendan Pattman

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Rangers with a looping header

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Ishii heads off the line

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Tyler Bromham Fuller battles with Jason Zufic

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Tomohiro Ishii

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It ends 1-2 consolidating the Sharks in a final series spot

Corrimal Rangers 1 Woonona 2

Round 9

The Chase for Finals spots is on in earnest

Wollongong United look destined for the Premiership if they win against a recently struggling Bellambi Rosellas. The Rosellas will struggle to make the finals series if they do not get at least a point.

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Bellambi Rosellas v Wollongong United
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Bellambi Rosellas get ready to kick off
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Liam Unicomb ‘Unicorn’ makes an early challenge.
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The tackle is deemed illegal
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The Rosellas on an early attack
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Bellambi with a high tempo start
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The Wollongong United close down the space
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Ryan Hunter gets his head on the cross
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Hunter puts it away 1-0 (3′)
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Bellambi Rosellas 1 Wollongong United 0 (3′)
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Seiji Kawakami
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Wollongong United retain possession
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Mitsuo Yamada pace creates space
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Yamada shoots
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Save deflects off upright
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Zac McClaren belts in the rebound
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1-1 (10′)
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Kawakami shields the ball
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Rosella bench
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Yamada
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End to end aerial battle
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Ben Brooks heads across the keeper
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Sean Poulton deflects shot
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Rosellas shadow Yamada
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Unicomb turns
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Unicomb crosses
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Narrow escape for Wollongong United
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Hikaru wins the ball
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Hikaru passes to McLaren
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McLaren shoots
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Ball rebounds off Daenell
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1-2 (34′)
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Keeping error
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McLaren brace (1-2)
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Halftime: Bellambi Rosellas 1 Wollongong United 2

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Halftime flyover

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Mason Versi

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1-3 (47′)
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Mason Versi
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Fans enjoying the game
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Andre Dias v Blake Friedrick
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Vaughn Patterson steps up to take a penalty for handball late in the match
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2-3 (90+2′)
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Bellambi Rosellas 2 Wollongong United 3
The Sunday is between Port Kembla v Tarrawanna Blueys

This is an important encounter for the Blueys who need a win to keep alive the Finals Series. For Port Kembla, it is trying to avoid the Wooden Spoon because there is no relegation this year due to SARS-2 (Covid).

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Brian Sumoto involved in an early Port attack

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Justin Mitrevski saves the Nicolas Tomasiello shot

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Port playing for pride

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Clash on the wing

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Blueys 2nd narrow miss

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Blueys use header

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Tomasiello flank dash

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Blueys control possession

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Tyson Black piledriver

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Tyson Black

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Port 0 Blueys 1

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Blueys take the lead

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Port on high alert

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Blueys score a second

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Blueys celebrate Kyle Kirkland goal

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Blueys continue to press

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Port attack

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Adam Rodriquez smothers attack

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Masevski dragged back

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Halftime 0-2

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Blueys go three up

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Port 0 Blueys 3

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Omi Ochendu on a powerful

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Omi Ochendu puts it away (0-4)

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Blueys celebrate Uchendu goal

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Spectator enjoying the game

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Uchendu challenges for the ball

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Rodriguez timely challenge

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Blueys onslaught

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Ochendu shoots

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Ochendu brace

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Port 0 Blueys 5

 

Penultimate Round: Finals spots on the line

Cringila Lions have a new coach with an eye on next season and can leap-frog Corrimal Rangers on the table who must win if they are any chance of sneaking into a Finals Series position. A cold westerly gale blows across the field. 10 C but feels like 3 C.

CRINGILA LIONS v CORRIMAL RANGERS

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Lions fire up with an eye on next season
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Part of the crowd looking on in 10 C with gale force winds feels like 3 C
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Rangers straight into attack against the Lions
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Dylan Perlowski and Nick High
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Lions win a direct
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Tobias Norval sets to take the strike
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Todd Sparks scores with a rocket
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Lions celebrate goal (45′)
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Halftime light show Lions 1 Rangers 0
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Halftime
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Jackson Brooks at the centre of the defensive effort to hold the lead
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Jason Zufic with a last-minute effort to at least get a point
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Lions leap-frog Rangers. Cringila Lions 1 Corrimal Rangers 0

Woonona Sharks v Tarrawanna Blueys

Sharks harbour hopes of the Premiership while the Blueys need to continue winning in the close battle for the fifth spot. A gustily gale-force cold Southwesterly and an uneven pitch set the scene at Shark Park.

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Woonona Sharks enter the field

 

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Tyler Bromham Fuller launches a downwind Shark attack

 

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Darren Stone with a defensive header

 

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Thomas Burke marks Mazevski

 

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Adam Rodriguez makes a near-post save

 

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Flick against the wind

 

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Uncompromising Blueys defence into the wind

 

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Bromham Fuller not allowing the turn

 

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Blueys direct given

 

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Ishii watches Tomasiello  

 

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Jai Mellor turns the Blueys defence

 

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Thomas Burke defends Mazevski shot

 

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Mazeveski shot skims the side netting

 

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Tomasiello on defensive duty

 

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Tomasiello turns through the shark line

 

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Fernandez saves

 

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Ishii shot flies into Blueys net

 

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Sharks take the lead through Ishii

 

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Ishii shark celebration

 

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Fans celebrate with Ishii shark

 

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Blueys fightback into the wind

 

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Shot flies up and over into the gale-force wind

 

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Sharks solid defence

 

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Mazevski shoots