Illawarra Premier League Season 2021

Results and Ladder and Fixtures

ROUND 8:  IMPORTANT top and bottoms games

Cringila Lions play Port Kembla FC at night. Both are near the bottom. The Lions in particular are wanting to put a distance between themselves and South Coast United. One win by United would change the whole complexion of the relegation zone. It is a cool evening with an even cooler wind from the southwest.

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Alessio Morena
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Keegan Matias is unable to meet the cross as Port attack early.
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Port and Lions in a high paced competitive battle for possession.
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Crowd settles in for game.
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Midfield is fast and furious

 

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Jordan Nikolovski scores for Port in the 17′.

 

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Nikolovski celebrates goal. Lions 0 Port 1 17′.

 

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It is locked 0-0 deep into the first half.

 

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Lions technical area.

 

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Lions are level 1-1 in 45′.

 

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Morena even the score in the 45′.

 

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Halftime. Lions 1 Port 1.

 

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Nikolovski from the spot. Lions 1 Port 2.

 

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Keegan Matias drives the ball across the keeper.

 

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Lions 1 Port 3

 

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Port take all three points. Cringila Lions 1 Port Kembla FC 3.

 

 

round 7 table Stretches

Port Kembla at home play Bulli FC 1901. Both teams will be disappointed by their recent results. Port are in the bottom half of the table with only one win while Bulli 1901 have faulted in recent games. They are 6th on the table and could drop away from the leading pack if they do not pick up points in this match. The pitch is heavy but in good condition on a very warm and humid autumn afternoon.

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Brown Falcon
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Jordan Nikolovski is in with an early goal for Port. Port 1- Bulli 1901 0 in 8′.

 

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Nikolovski celebrates the lead.

 

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Elisseo Chiodi passes two Bulli 1901 defenders.

 

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Joel Beattie

 

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Chiodi flicks the ball on.

 

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Kyle Jackson halts Port attack.

 

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Ben McDonald is tightly marked by Peter Richardson.

 

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Beattie run creates space for Mitch Del Turco to receive the ball on the edge of the penalty area.

 

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Bulli 1901 win the ball inside the box.

 

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Beattie receives and shoots.

 

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Bryce Darnell holds the shot.

 

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Port and Bulli 1901 battle for midfield supremacy.

 

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Port physicality in midfield.

 

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Port on the offensive.

 

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Nikolovski shoots the ball into the goal area.

 

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Ben McGinnes intercepts and holds the Nikolovski near post shot.

 

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Port awarded a penalty.

 

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McGinnes saves penalty.

 

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Will Mobbs starts another Port attack, this time down the left flank.

 

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Chiodi is brought down in the box. No penalty!

 

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Another penalty shout! This time Nikolovski is brought down in the box.

 

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This time the referee blows for the penalty.

 

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McGinnes is beaten. Port 2 Bulli 1901 0 (41′).

 

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Nikolovski penalty puts Port into the lead 2-0.

 

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Halftime. Port 2 Bulli 1910 0.

 

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McDonald to Luke Van Zyl.

 

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Van Zyl side foot volleys across Darnell.

 

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Goal! Bulli 1901 pull one back (2-1) in 55′.

 

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Van Zyl celebrates.

 

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Darnell intercepts the cross aimed at McDonald.

 

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Darnell stops direct around the wall.

 

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Richardson brings Beattie down.

 

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Second yellow. Port go down to ten.

 

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Port coach is irate with the decision.

 

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The Port defence is under the pump.

 

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Chiodi

 

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Del Turco shoots from just outside the six.

 

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The ball is cleared off the line after Darnell is beaten.

 

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David Polidoro wins the ball in midfield.

 

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Penalty appeals for handball.

 

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Penalty awarded to Bulli 1901.

 

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Guy Knight converts from the spot. 2-2 in the 88′.

 

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Knight is eager to get the game restarted.

 

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Bulli 1901 attack inside the Port box.

 

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Beattie goes down in the box.

 

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No penalty. Port 2 Bulli 1901 2.

 

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A thoroughly entertaining game ends 2-2.

Round 6: who’s in line for the drop?

Early though the season is, there will be a titanic struggle at the bottom to avoid the revelation of potential relegation. Every point counts and this is a ‘six- pointer’ encounter. Both Corrimal Rangers and Cringila Lions have struggled so far this round. Rangers are at home and will want all three points that are on offer. The weather is sunny with a cooling breeze on a perfect day.

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The early struggle for possession.
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Rangers surround Kohei Suzaki.

 

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There is no way through for Kohei.

 

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Valentino Merxhushi races down the right flank as Lions build an attack against Rangers.

 

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A narrow escape as the ball flashes past the Rangers upright (0-0).

 

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Rick Goodchild puts Rangers in front 1-0 after 21′.

 

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Rangers celebrates the lead.

 

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Stephen Grbevski with a long-range missile sees Lions draw level after 28′.

 

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Rangers 1 Lions 1 (29′).

 

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There is an immediate Rangers reply. Goodchild makes it 2-1 in 29′

 

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Rangers 2 Lions 1 (29′)

 

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Kohie is brough down just outside the box.

 

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Halftime: Rangers 2 Lions 1.

 

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Kick-off 2nd Half.

 

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Paul Guido widens the lead. Rangers 3 Lions 1.

 

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Rangers 3 Lions 1 in 50′.

 

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Rangers continue to attack as they go for jugular.

 

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Score remains Rangers 3 Lions 1.

 

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Daniel Kelly makes it 4-1 after 55′.

 

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It ends Rangers 4 Lions 1. An excellent display of attacking intent by Rangers pushes them up the table and away from the abyss.

ROUND 6: midtable tussLE

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Tarrawanna Blueys v Coniston FC aka Cono

The Tarrawanna Blueys are at home to Coniston FC aka Cono. Both teams need a win to stay in the race for the Premiership even this early in the season. The Blueys form has improved in recent weeks and they’ll be hoping to consolidate their position as Cono are only one place below them. Cono lost to White Eagles last week in a tough encounter. So, this match is important in the scheme of things for both clubs. Another nice day, cool with intermittent cloud and sunshine, on one the prettiest grounds in the country.

 

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Christian Cabo: Blueys Defender
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Blueys with an early launch down the left flank.
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Kaydin Harrison intercepts the cross.
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Anthony Krsteski
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Cono immediately counter-attack.
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Blueys defence holds under pressure from the cross.
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Jake Morlando dribbles through the line.
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Blueys disagree with the referees decision to award the foul.
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The midfield tussle.
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Joel Starr narrowly misses with his shot across the keeper. (0-0)
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A Cono lob over the keeper.
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Adam Rodriguez tips the ball over the bar. Halftime: Blueys 0 Cono 0.
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Blueys are immediately on the attack.
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Cono defence holds tight.
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Tomohito Fujieda smashes the ball into the net.
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Tomohito gives Cono the lead in 65′.
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Blueys 0 Cono 1.
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It ends 0-1 after some excellent Harrison keeping. Tarrawanna Blueys 0 Coniston FC 1

 

Round 5 the table takes shape

Woonona Sharks play Corrimal Rangers in a local derby that has been played for at least 125 years, on the eve of ANZAC Day. Sharks won their deferred Round 1 game and are looking to be competitive for the title chase. Rangers in comparison have struggled and need the points to boost morale and create a distance between themselves and the pack looking at the big drop. It is another beautiful sunny day with a hint of a cool south-easterly breeze.

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Richard Lee is in the starting line-up for the Sharks.

 

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Rick Goodchild is brought down early on.

 

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Rangers tightly mark Corey Haines-Grose.

 

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Paul Guido dribbles in midfield as Rangers set up an attack.

 

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Rangers put pressure on wing-back Tomohira Ishii.

 

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The ball flashes across the Sharks goal area.

 

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Lee latches onto the ball in the Rangers penalty area.

 

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Lee turns and Dean Pender puts in a timely tackle to prevent the shot on goal.

 

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Rangers pressure the Sharks attacking build up.

 

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Daniel Carreno makes it 0-1 (11′). Sharks 0 Rangers 1.

 

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Haines-Grose is tightly marked.

 

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Nathan Belsito brings down Grose in the box. Penalty.

 

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Lee puts the ball wide. The score remains 0-1.
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Lee launches another Sharks attack.
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Tobias Norval shoots from 20 metres.
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David Booth is beaten by the pace and serve of the ball.
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Sharks 0 Rangers 2 in 33′.
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Robbie Gaudiosi swivels and puts the ball through to Grose.

 

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Grose makes it 1-2 in 35′. Game on.

 

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Sharks celebrate clawing one back.

 

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Halftime: Sharks 1 Rangers 2.

 

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Peter Youssef goes down in the box.

 

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No penalty is awarded.

 

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Sharks score through substitute Jordon Lozenkovski.

 

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Sharks 2 Rangers 2, 86′.

 

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High paced last few minutes.

 

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Substitute Jessie French shoots.

 

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Goal. Sharks 3 Rangers 2, 90’+2′.

 

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Sharks celebrate taking the lead.

 

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An exciting game of two contrasting halves ends 3-2 with a brave save by Booth.

round 4 down to business

Albion Park White Eagles play Coniston FC who are off to a flying start. White Eagles boasts an impressive team who are likely contenders for the Championship. To prove this, they will need to beat Coniston and move up to striking position just off top place. A tough and technically proficient White Eagles take on a young and speedy Coniston FC in Albion Park on another glorious day with the escarpment as backdrop to what promises to be a meaty clash. 

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Coniston FC enter the field undefeated ready for a stern test.
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White Eagles enter the fray.
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Jake Morlando chases down the ball.
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James Mack uses pace and guile down the right flank.
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Mack crosses.
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Kaydin Harrison with a just in time intercept.
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Takayuki Kayano defends the Mack attack.
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Lukas Stergiou uses his head to begin the counter.
Pedrag Bojic and Brendham Fordham a formidable defensive duo.

 

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Cameron Morgan weaves his way through the lines.

 

Bojic distributes.

 

A surrounded Morgan shoots.

 

Harrison with no chance.

 

White Eagles 1 Coniston FC 0 14′

 

After plenty of end-to-end action, White Eagles go in one up.
Matthew Tschentscher is taken out by Blake Horton.
Penalty is awarded by referee Greg Reid.
Morlando converts. 1-1 60′.
Coniston FC celebrate the equalizer.
Blueys lookout.
Kyle Senior with a solid tackle.

 

Morgan is closely watched by Coniston FC.
A direct is awarded.
Morlando heads off the line.
Morgan header makes it 2-1, 76′.
Morgan’s brace.
White Eagles lead.
No pen.
Horton makes an important save.
Tschentscher with a narrow miss under pressure.
Narrow miss.
It ends 2-1. An exciting game with loads of action at both ends.
Sharks v SC United

 

The Woonona Sharks face South Coast United in what could be a ding-dong relegation six pointer. The Sharks played a Jekyll and Hyde game against Port letting a victory slip through their fingers. Last round they were hammered by Coniston. This game will determine whether the Premiers are relegation material the very next season or are about to consolidate their season. South Coast United have zero points and will need to start picking up points if they are to survive this season or face the big drop.

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South Coast United open brightly with an early counterattack down the right wing.

 

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Robbie Gaudiosi holds shape as the Sharks consolidate possession.

 

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Cameron Besgrove makes a timely intervention.

 

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Jeremy Lopez looks to distribute the ball out of defence.

 

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Jarrod Pollard

 

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United close down Corey Haines Grose.

 

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Gaudosi latches onto the ball in the penalty area and shoots.

 

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The shot is stopped.

 

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United successfully defend the corner.

 

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Simon Monhem

 

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Ricky Bertakis organising the defence.

 

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Valic intercepts the near post ball driven in by Taro Regan Williams.

 

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Tomohiro Ishii narrowly misses the rebound.

 

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Sharks technical area looks on.

 

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Grose shoots from the edge of the box.

 

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Sharks lead 1-0 in 35′.

 

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Lopez crosses into the box.

 

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Grose with the flick header.

 

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Grose brace in 40′. Sharks 2 United 0.

 

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May Ashton shoots from just inside the box.

 

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Ashton drives through the ball with power.
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The ball flies into the right-hand corner.

 

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Ashton makes it Sharks 3 United 0 in the 45′.

 

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Second half is underway.

 

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Nick Roufogalis threads the needle.

 

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Kieren Brodnick slots it home in 50′, 3-1.

 

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Another Jekyll and Hyde game?

 

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Sharks use speed down the right flank.

 

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Grose hat-trick in 58′, Sharks 4 United1.

 

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Sharks tighten up in midfield.

 

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Combative midfield.

 

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Richard Lee is subbed on.

 

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Williams heads in the perfectly flight Lee cross. 5-1 after 65′.

 

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Sharks on a feeding frenzy.

 

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Lucas Loncur celebrates as Jamie Wakeling pulls one back. 5-2, 80′.

 

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Lee makes it 6-2 in 92′

 

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Woonona Sharks 6 South Coast United 2

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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.

Guy Knight

 

Mason Versi

 

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

Overall, the teams were evenly matched with chances for both sides. One could argue the referee missed a clear foul committed on the keeper which gave United the points and cost BFC 1901 the home win. Both now must go on to beat off the other challengers. Both are early favourites, but they will need to contain a rampant Olympic who are off to the perfect start.

 

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.

 

Mat Naylor

 

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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