Illawarra Premier League Season 2021

Results and Ladder and Fixtures

 

ROUND 3 THE battle for dominancE

Bulli FC 1901 are at home and will play Wollongong United. Joyous and painful memories linger. United will remember that Grand Final loss to Bulli as will Bulli remember their last gasp winner.  Both teams are vying for the coveted Championship spot. The day is beautiful, warm and sunny with a slight hint of a cool southerly wind. This should be a great battle between two of the top IPL teams. FC 1901 lost to Olympic and to lose here will impact on their belief as Championship material.

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Bulli FC 1901 control the early possession.
Ben Brooks with a clearing header.
Versi chips a dangerous cross into the BFC 1901 goal area.
Luke Foster creating space and looking to receive the ball from defence.
Mitsuo Yamada drives the ball across the goal area.
Ben McGinnes watches the ball flash across his goal.
Sam Davies dribbles at speed on the break down the right flank.
Davies turns and looks for support.
Midfield is tightly and vigorously contested.
James Stojanovski puts the ball wide under pressure Nicholas Littler.
McGinnes punches clear.
United coaching staff question a refereeing decision.
McGinnes punches clear under challenge from Dinko Terzic.
Desperate BFC 1901 defence.
Luke Van Zyl shoots.
Nastic makes an important save across his body as halftime approaches.
Halftime BFC 1901 0 United 0
United crowd the keeper for the corner.
McGinnes punches clear.
McDonald drives the ball into the net.
Referee overrules AR and rules McDonald offside.
Joel Beattie is brought down in the box.
Penalty is awarded.
McDonald goes low and hard into the left-hand corner.
McDonald gets his goal BFC1900 1 (59′) United 0
Just in time defence.
Keeper looks to have been fouled.
Sam Thomas heads the loose ball towards the goal.
The ball is hooked off the line back into play.
Appeals by United that the ball crossed the line.
Goal is awarded. Sam Thomas equalizes for United in 83′.
An exciting game ends Bulli FC 1 Wollongong United 1.

 

 

 

 

ROUND 3 THE RELEGATION BATTLES BEGIN

The Blueys face off against Cringila Lions. The Blueys prop up the table on zero points. They were hammered 5-1 by Wollongong United in the postponed Round One. They clearly struggled against the 2020 Grand Final winners.  In Round Two Bulli did not get out of second gear and dominated the game with the Blueys unable to gain any significant period of possession. They have played two of the favourites to take out the title this year but another loss, three in a row would knock the confidence out of the team. This game will see if they are to face a long season fighting for survival or become a mid-table team. Tonight, the Blueys face the Cringila Lions away in what may be an early relegation battle. The Lions are in a similar position with zero points. They will want to win at home and put distance between themselves and the Blueys in what could be for both clubs a difficult season.

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A new lush surface has been laid. It is a little heavy on the western side.
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Blueys strike early. Cody Jones finds space and time on the ball in the penalty area and shoots.
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Nikola Ristevski is beaten with the shot across the keeper (0-1, 4′).
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An important early goal for the Blueys eases the pressure.
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Blueys celebrate the Jones goal. 4′
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Nick High cuts the ball back across the penalty area.
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Blueys defence hold firm.
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The Lions attack looking for the equalizer. Blueys put up a determined resistance.
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Blueys defence is watertight.
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Fans enjoying the contest.
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Nick High breaks through the Blueys defensive line.
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The shot across Adam Rodriguez flashes past the right upright.
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Mitch Young keeps tabs on Stefano Mitrovski.
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Darren Stone marks Nick High.
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Lions attack cannot find a way through. Blueys go on the counterattack as half time draws near.
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The referee awards a penalty which is put away by Dan Chapman.
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Blueys go two up in the 45′.
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Halftime: Lions 0 Blueys 2
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Second half and the tight Bluey defence holds off the Lions who need a goal to get back into the game.
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Cody Jones battles with Aiden Breslin.
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Blueys control possession and cause defensive difficulties for the Lions.
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Joel Starr drives the third into the net. Nicolas Tomasiello is ready for any scraps.
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Joel Starr makes it Lions 0 Blueys 3 88′
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Cringila Lions 0 Tarrawanna Blueys 3

Round 2

Woonona Sharks v POrt Kembla FC

This will be the first IPL game for the Sharks. As Premiers they will have a target on their backs as teams attempt to knock them off the pedestal. Port by contrast had an unremarkable last season and will be looking to build on their Round 1 win over South Coast United (who are early favourites to be relegated). The weather is glorious in the high 20s with a strong north-easterly breeze. The surface of Shark Oval looks good.

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The Sharks enter the field as current Premiers.
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Robbie Gaudiosi and William Mobbs
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Tomohiro Ishii
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Taro Regan Williams
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Early midfield struggle.
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Contest for possession.
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Brendan Pattman dribbles through the line.
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Sharks with space between the lines.
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A physical battle erupts in midfield.
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An individual battle between Vaughan Patterson and Corey Haines Grose.
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No way through for the Sharks.
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Port mount an attack.
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Grose shoots from the edge of the penalty area across the keeper.
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Bryce Daenell can only watch it fly into the net.
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Sharks 1 Port 0 (14′)
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A fantastic strike from Grose.
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Sharks celebrate.
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Port draws level through a Jayden Nikolovski diving header.
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Jayden Nikolovski 1-1 (20′)
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1-1
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Sharks on the attack.
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Gaudiosi breaks with pace.
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Gaudiosi drives his shot low and hard across the keeper.
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2-1 (27′)
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Sharks regain the lead.
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Sharks control the tie.
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Sharks use their speed down left flank in offence.
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Grose gets his brace in 34′.
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Sharks 3 Port 1
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Sharks extend their lead with halftime approaching.
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Quality first half by the Premiers.
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Fans enjoying the game. Halftime.

 

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Early Shark attack. Darnell punches the ball off the head of Ishii.

 

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Port defend the ball over the top.

 

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Nuno Pires shot skims the upright.

 

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Jordan Nikolovski is unable to break through the Sharks defence.

 

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Grose rounds Peter Richardson and slots the ball to Gaudiosi.

 

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Gaudiosi belts it home.

 

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Sharks 4 Port 1 (74′)

 

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Jordyn Della Vedoua feels the pace in the heat, into the wind and sun.

 

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Jordan Nikolovski takes advantage of the one less in defence to drive in a second for Port 79′.

 

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Sharks 4 Port 2 (79′)

 

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Jordan Nikolovski is eager to get on with the game.

 

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Nuno Pires finds space and time to drive home another Port goal in the 86′.

 

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Sharks 4 Port 3

 

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Jordan Nikolovski scores his brace in 88′. Sharks 4 Port 4.

 

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Port determination and grit turns the game around.

 

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An amazing comeback from 4-1 down to 4-4.

 

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Coaches exchange pleasantries. “What did you say?”

 

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Port coach is incensed. “Bunch of nobodies! Talk to your players. Grubs”

 

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An exciting game with a remarkable comeback ends Woonona Sharks 4 Port Kembla FC 4. The rivalry between the sides ramps up a notch.

Tarrawanna Blueys v Bulli FC

A blocking high over the Pacific has produced a glorious day for football at one of the most picturesque fields in the country. The Blueys, the perennial underachievers will be hoping to start the season well. Bulli after their loss in the opening round will want all three points if they are to not allow Olympic get an early start over them. The surface looks good and it should be an entertaining encounter between the traditional rivals in blue.

 

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Bulli 1910 are immediately on the attack down the right flank through a straight as an arrow Jack Harris pass.

 

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Luke Foster

 

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Brody Page

 

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Joel Beattie is put under pressure as Bulli 1901 work the right wing.

 

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Beattie tries to maintain possession under close attention from the Blueys.

 

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Blueys ward off the Bulli raid.

 

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Blueys defence intercepts the Bulli 1901 interpassing inside the penalty area.

 

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Luke Van Zyl narrowly misses a Jack Harris drive across goal area.

 

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Bulli try the high looping ball over the top to Joel Beattie.

 

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Desperate last man defence by Mat Naylor and Adam Rodriguez. Blueys struggle to contain the early Bulli FC onslaught.
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Blueys deal with ball down the middle.

 

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Goal! Bulli take the lead after unrelenting pressure.

 

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Ben McDonald (10′) slots the ball home.

 

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Nicolas Tomasiello is closely watched as the Blueys seek to penetrate down the right flank.

 

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McDonald header narrowly misses.

 

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Kyle Kirkland on a rare Blueys incursion shoots.

 

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Ben McGinnes holds the ball as Page looks to poach on a loose ball.

 

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Van Zyl counters.

 

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Bulli control possession and seek a second.

 

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Early substitution. The Blueys change formation and press higher upfield.

 

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Foster and Jackson push into the back of Tomasiello.

 

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No foul is given.

 

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Van Zyl rockets the ball into the net. (0-2, 45′).

 

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Bulli 1901 with a thoroughly dominant first half go into the break two up.

 

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Blueys reply immediately at resumption. (1-2, 46′)

 

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Page celebrates his goal. Game on!

 

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Nick Littler hits an unstoppable 25m drive. Bulli go up 1-3 after 53′.

 

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Fantastic Littler stuns the Blueys supporters.

 

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Blueys struggle to hold the ball.

 

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Bulli dominate possession and pin the Blueys back.

 

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McDonald brace.

 

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Blueys 1 Bulli FC 4 (67′)

 

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Harry Lloyd with time on the ball. Bulli dominate in possession.

 

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Bulli FC dominate the rest of the half by holding possession. It ends 1-4.

Tarrawanna Blueys 1  Bulli FC  4

 

The season is due to start this weekend but there has been considerable rainfall around the coastline of NSW. The state of the fields may cause a delay to the season kick-off. Bulli FC are the early favourites to take out this year’s title. Wollongong Olympic have revamped and are likely to be hot contenders. Wollongong United are always competitive and then there is Woonona Sharks who won the Premiership 2020. They may also make a big splash this year. At the bottom in line for relegation is South Coast United who must be the early favourites to drop into the District League with the best all weather field or not.

 

Round 1

Wollongong Olympic v Bulli FC

The main game of the weekend involves Wollongong Olympic who take on Bulli FC. Both teams have ambitions for the premiership. The pitch is heavy but in good condition on a perfect Sunday afternoon.DSC_0315

Ian Clarino keeps a close on eye on Hikaru Kawasakiya

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Luke Foster puts pressure on Hikaru who switches wings.
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Hikaru uses his strength to ride the Foster challenge.
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Hikaru emerges with the ball.
Fans enjoying the game
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Hikaru eyes his markers
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McDonald makes a raid down the left wing. Olympic puts on the early intensity testing the Bulli 1910 midfield speed.
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Hikaru causes Bulli 1910 problems down the right flank with speed and trickery.
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Nick Littler
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Zucco shoots from 30m out.
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Zucco poise and balance as he strikes the ball.
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Curl and dip.
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Ben McGinnes can only look on as the Zucco shot misses by a whisker.
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Joe Lavelle brings down Luke Van Zyl on the edge of the box as Bulli begin to control possession.
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Andrew Naylor issues the yellow to Lavelle.
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Olympic and Bulli 1901 up the tempo as the half draws to a close.
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Luke Van Zyl drives home a Joel Beattie pinpoint pass.
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Bulli FC take the lead 0-1 (45′ +1′).
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Halftime.
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Hawker immediately enforces an Olympic press winning the ball off Levy.
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Bulli 1901 struggle to get out of their defensive third.
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Olympic increase the tempo in search of the equalizer.
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Beattie with a speculator on the counter.
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The shot is well held by McGinnes who launches the next Olympic raid.
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Hikaru uses his paces down the right flank and shoots on the run at top speed.
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Olympic equalize through Hikaru 1-1 57′
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Quality shot at pace!
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Olympic draw level through the individual brilliance of Hikaru and sustained Olympic possession.
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Hikaru
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Arm wrestle
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Olympic dominate possession and seek a way through a tough and resilient Bulli 1910 defence.
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Hikaru is stopped inside the box. No foul.
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A precise pass finds Hikaru.
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Hikaru beats McGinnes across the keeper.
Pinpoint
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Outstanding Hikaru strike Olympic 2- Bulli FC 1 75′.
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Olympic go on to win 2-1 and go to the top of the table.
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Wollongong Olympic 2 Bulli 1901 FC 1

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