Illawarra Premier League Season 2022

ROUND 13

After the Round 12 washout finally, there are some games despite another wet weekend. The ground at Port is slow and heavy but playable. Port are looking to build on their recent win and play a solid Blueys team who when they’ve been able to play in the stop-start season have played solid fluent football.

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Port are at home against the Blueys.
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Takumi Ofuka drives the ball back across the keeper.
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The Ofuka pass catches the Port defence off guard.
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Jacob Gjorsevski drives the Ofuka cross into the top left-hand corner of the net.
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Gjorsevski makes it Port 0 Blueys 1 (2′).
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The Ofuka pin-point pass is finished off by Gjorsevski in an early blitz of the Port goal.
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An early Blueys lead.
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Stefano Di Marino
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Luca Papalia
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Port offence can only look on as the Blueys apply pressure to the Port defence.
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Daniel Chicharo slides in on Gjorsevski winning the ball.
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Adam Rodriguez makes a lightning reflex save from a deflected shot off Mitch Young.
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Defence splitting pass.
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Well timed slide wins the ball.
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Bryce Daenell saves.
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Daenell gathers the ball in under pressure.
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Port win the ball.
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Di Marino shoots.
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Port 0 Blueys 2 (29′)
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Blueys celebrate Di Marino goal.
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Halftime: 0-2. Port have plenty to consider.
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Halftime fly-over.
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Oli Carrasco under Blueys pressure.

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Carrasco breaks through the squeeze.

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Mat Naylor

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James Anagnostopoulos wins the ball in midfield.

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Port shoot.

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Rodriguez is beaten by the deflection.

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Harry Llody OG 1-2 (57′).

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Will Mobbs slides in on Lloyd.

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Port go tight on Lloyd.

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Blueys use the longball to counter the Port pressure.

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Mitch Young heads the ball clear. Port go full throttle for the equalizer.

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Nikolovski breaks down the left.

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Naylor makes the slide.

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Nikolovski goes down in the penalty area.

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Naylor comes out with the ball.

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Nikolovski quizzically looks to the referee. No penalty!

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Ofuka shoots!

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The ball beats Daenell.

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Ofuka makes it 1-3 (85′).

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Game ends 1-3.

Despite dominating the territory in the second half, the Blueys defence held tight and Ofuka sealed the win on the break.

Port Kembla 1 Tarrawanna Blueys 3

Fixtures and Results

ROUND 11

With a westerly blowing and sunny skies Woonona Sharks take on Port Kembla FC. Both teams have finals aspirations. A loss for the Sharks would mean they near the bottom of the ladder having played the most games in the disrupted season so far.

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Woonona Sharks v Port Kembla FC
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Port ponder the tactical setup.
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Teams emerge from the shed.
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Kick off.
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An eagerly contested opening.
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Port launch an attack.
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Peter Prandalos
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Mitch Di Pietro and Brendan Pattman challenge for the ball.
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Shin Takahashi distributes the ball under pressure.
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Jordan Nikolovski is through the Sharks defence.
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Nikolovski shoots across the keeper.
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Sharks 0 Port 1 (7′)
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Takahashi defends the cross.
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Port James Anagnostopoulos and Sharks Robbie Gaudiosi.
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Luke Paull slides in to put the ball to safety.
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Sharks pressure the Port build.

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Prandalas can only watch as the Sharks shoot across Bryce Daenell.

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Daenell saves.

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Takahashi
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Jordan Nikolovski
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Sharks Jesse French surges forward.

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The cross flies behind Daniel Chicharo. Haltime: Sharks 0 Port 1.

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Peaceful Dove

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Underway in the second half.

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Jordan Nikolovski fires a long range shot oassed Brendon Groom.

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Sharks 0 Port 2 (49′)

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Port celebrate going up by two.

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Nikolovski hattrick. Sharks 0 Port 3 (56′).

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Jesse French is down in the box. No penalty is awarded.

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Daenell makes the save.

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Gaudiosi heads.

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The header crosses the line. Sharks 1 Port 3(76′)

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The Sharks celebrate the goal.

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Gaudiosi is first to the ball and shoots.

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Goal! Gaudiosi makes it 2-3 (82′).

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Full time: Sharks 2 Port 3

After looking like the score was about to blow out the Sharks fought back to make the score respectable.  Sharks the reigning premiers are now in relegation zone. Port push further up the table.

The round begins with some games on, others off. The much-improved Cringila Lions play Albion Park White Eagles. It is early in the season for both teams. The Lions have played two games and White Eagles only one. Both want to good start to the season on a crispy night.

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Coin toss completed
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The game starts fast and furious. Michael Mendes is prevented from reaching the loose ball.
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James Carli and Kotaro Katsuta are head-to-head attempting to win the ball.
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White Eagles Sam Munroe
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Julian Minutillo head-flicks from the cross into the Lions penalty area.
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Goal! Minutillo (4′).
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Lions 0 White Eagles 1(4′)
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Lions Jake Levy
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Lions put their foot on the pedal. Michael Mendes launches the attack.
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Nicki Ristevski makes a great save.
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Ceccoli takes copious notes.
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Fast and furoius end-to-end.
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Tempers rise.
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Lions stop the Kotaro Katsuta shot on the volley.
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Jonah Kalmanidis closes down Cameron Morgan.
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Morgan is starved of attacking ball.
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Ben Zucco on the ball. Halftime Lions 0 White Eagles 1.
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Ristevski with another brilliant save.
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Mitch Cooper turns the box.
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Cooper shoots.
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The Cooper shot flashes passed the upright.
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Zucco climbs and heads.
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Mendez dribbles through the channel.
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Muhamed Krishban saves.
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Krishban deflects the ball to Anthony Krsteski who puts it away.
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Lions 1 White Eagles 1 (64′).
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Krsteski celebrates the equalizer.
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The Lions fightback.
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Andre Dias and Zucco discuss the direct.
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Brendan Fordham at the heart of the White Eagles defensive line.
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Morgan is shielded from the ball by Kalmanidis.
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The James Carli hip contact with Morgan sets him airborne.
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Players look at the referee. He decides no penalty.
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The game ends: Cringila Lions 1- Albion Park White Eagles 1

It was fast and furious, a game with plenty of end-to-end. A draw was probably a fair result.

ROUND 10

Another wet week so some games were moved to Ian McLennan Park which has an artificial surface. Tarrawanna Blueys take on Corrimal Rangers. Both teams are in rebuild mode. The Blueys will want to keep the pressure on Wollongong Olympic for the Premiership race.

 

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Round 10: Tarrawanna Blueys v Corrimal Rangers
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Vincezo Melissari
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Blueys Adam Rodriguez is immediately called into action.
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Cody Wehmeyer puts in a tackle. Rangers put the pressure on the Blueys.
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Blueys on the counter.
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Tokumi Ofuka plays the ball back.
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Mat Naylor clears the ball under pressure.
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Rodriguez punches clear off the Rangers corner.
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Blueys counter through Ofuka.
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Dan Kelly
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Stefano Di Marino Blueys striker
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Takumi Ofuka Blueys Attacking Midfielder
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Takumi Tomizawa is beaten by a laser-guided Kyle Kirkland rocket.
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Blueys 1 Rangers 0 (12′)
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Masamune Leon shields the ball under Blueys pressure.
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Rangers goalkeeper Tomizawa punches the ball clear.
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Blueys clear off the line.
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Kelly under Rangers pressure
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Tomizawa makes a brilliant reflex save.
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Tom Cusack times the slide, winning the ball off Jacob Gjorsevski.
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Nick Morgan dominance in the air halts Rangers progress.
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Gjorsevski is closed down and given no room.
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Daniel Carreno
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Tomizawa sets the Rangers wall. A direct is awarded to the Blueys.
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Rangers one down. Coaches ponder tactics.
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Wehmeyer drives the crossed ball into the goal. Rodriguez is given no chance.
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Blueys 1 Rangers 1 (38′)
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Halftime: Blueys 1 Rangers 1
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Jai Mellor puts Rangers in front, 1-2(54′).
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Mellor celebrates.
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Jai Mellor
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Blueys tighten up on Mellor.
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Jackson Dent is on for the Blueys.
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Harry Lloyd is brought on. He outpaces the Rangers defence and shoots from the edge of the penalty area.
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Lloyd strike lands in the top corner.
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Blueys 2 Rangers 2 (64′).
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The introduction of Lloyd has immediate effect.
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Lloyd rounds Tomizawa.
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Blueys take the lead. Blueys 3 Rangers 2 (68′).
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Rodriguez plucks the ball off Mellor.
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Lloyd in space shoots from just outside the box.
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Blueys extend their lead. Blueys 4 Rangers 2 (78′)
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Harry Lloyd hattrick.
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Rodriguez with another great save.
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Mellor watched by Blueys defence.
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Mitch Young eyeballs Mellor.
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Dan Chapman is on to add legs to the defence.
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Zane Wilson scores to make it 4-3 (92′).
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Full Time: Tarrawanna Blueys 4 Corrimal Rangers 3

ROUND 9

Woonona Sharks take on the Tarrawanna Blueys in a very local rivalry. The Sharks spent a lot of money and time preparing their home ground (no thanks to the government) to make it ready for play during this La Nina with the ongoing saturation of the soils. This is only game of the round due to the soggy fields.

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The Sharks emerge ready to take on the Blueys

The Sharks are the current Premiers will take on the Blueys who were thumped by Rockdale albeit fielding a depleted squad and giving their fringe players a game. How this will effect the squad’s morale will be tested today.

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How will the Blueys react?

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Shin Takahashi immediately launches a Shark attack down the left flank.

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Darren Stone deflects the Robbie Gaudiosi shot

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The ball deflects to safety. Blueys survive the early Sharks onslaught.

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Hassan Abudareb

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Adam Rodriguez saves off a header from a corner.

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The scrambling Blueys have a second escape early on in the match.

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A rapid Blueys counterattack. Brandon Groom makes the save off Kyle Kirkland.

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Kirkland hits the rebound.

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Kirkland scores. Sharks 0 Blueys 1 (8′)

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Nicolas Tomsiello directs traffic in the Sharks Third.

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Takumi Ofaka shoots across the keeper

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The rebound off the keeper is driven back

 

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Sharks 0 Blueys 2 (12′) Jacob Gjorsevski scores the second in quick succession.
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Sharks are immediately on the attack to find a way to peg back the Blueys.
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Darren Stone
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Mitch Young at the centre of a formidable Blueys defence
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Shirt pull on Ofaka
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Sharks struggle to breach the Blueys defence
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Stone flank runs down cause Sharks problems
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Wade Wilton slide stops Stone. Blueys on the offensive.
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Sharks struggle to counteract the Bluey surges
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Ofuka makes it 0-3 (36′)
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Halftime Sharks 0 Blueys 3
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Halftime: Can the Sharks recover after going down 0-3 at home to the Blueys?
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Sharks emerge for the second half.
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Groom saves. Blueys look for more goals.
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Blueys contain Sharks attack
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Sharks are unable to make headway against the Blueys.
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Rodrigues intercepts under pressure
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Sharks encircle Tomasiello
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Gjorsevski brace!
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Sharks 0 Blueys 4 (80′)
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Gjorsevski crosses
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Ofuka goal 87′
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Lots to ponder for the Sharks technical bench.
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Woonona Sharks 0 Tarrawanna Blueys 5

The Doctor Jekyll-Mr Hyde performances the Sharks will need to improve their consistency, or they will be looking over their shoulders at last place. There are no easy games. The Blueys impressive defence shows they are in with a big chance for the Finals Series. With all players fit they can give the top sides a run for their money this season.

Round 8

CriNgila Lions v Tarrawanna Blueys

Beautiful autumn weather greets players and fans alike for the Lions v Blueys clash. The ground is a little heavy but playable.

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The crowd settles
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Mitsuiv Sakashita kicks off for the Lions

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Jake Levy

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Stefano Di Marino

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Keegan Matias sets up a Lions attack from left midfield.

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Blueys counter. Darren Stone crosses into the penalty area.

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James Ralston and Ben Zucco close down the space

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Well defended and no way through for the Blueys

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Stone clears the danger

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Jonah Kalmanidis defends the Blueys ball over the top

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Lions defend the Blueys right flank attack

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Nikola Ristevski saves the Zac Mazevski strike at the near post.

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Sakashita pressures the Blueys defence.

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Dan Chapman passes under pressure.

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Kyle Kirkland

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Ben Zucco

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Adam Rodriguez makes an excellent save from a header off the corner.

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Rodriguez brings the ball under control.

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Lions fan

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Lions apply the pressure as they lift with halftime looming

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Michael Mendes turns Darren Stone

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Stone is unable to get the ball.

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Stone brings down Mendes. Penalty!

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Andre Diaz takes the penalty

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Diaz scores. Rodriguez is given no chance due to the pace of the ball.

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Lions 1 Blueys 0 (38′)

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Halftime: Lions 1 Blueys 0

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Andre Diaz

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Kalmanidis with a perfectly timed slide tackle. Nicolas Tomasiello jumps to avoid any contact.

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Zullo uses his strength to hold off Mat Naylor.

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No way through for Naylor as Blueys apply the pressure looking for an equalizer.

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Nice save by Ristevski.

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James Ralston heads the ball into the corner of the crossbar.

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The ball spins off the edge of the crossbar and out.

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The Blueys lift the intensity as they go after the equalizer.

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Part of the crowd wondering whether the Lions can control the play to the end under the increasing Blueys pressure.

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The Blueys technical area are wondering where the goal will come from.

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Blueys bring on Tokumi Ofuka. His fresh legs and pace cause Lions defensive problems.

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Ristevski makes a crucial save winning the ball off Ofuka.

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Jacob Gjorsevski breaks the offside trap with a perfectly timed curved run.

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Gjorsevski turns to go around the keeper.

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The right leg of Ristevski collides with Gjorsevski.

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Penalty appeal!

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Penalty awarded! Gjorsevski steps up to take the kick in added time.

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Goal! (90+4′)

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Banter with the Stand

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Full time: Cringila Lions 1 Tarrawanna Blueys 1

Once Lions got ahead they controlled the game well. The Blueys lifted the intensity in a never-say-die which was rewarded with a last minute penalty.

Port Kembla FC v Wollongong Olympic

The Great Deluge continued last week washing out the entire round. Flooded roads and gushing torrents ensured even the South Coast ground was unplayable. One ground that is ready for action this week is Port Kembla v Wollongong Olympic. Good Friday brings good weather with it. Olympic will be smarting from their loss to Bulli 1901 and will be out to redeem their title as favourites for the Premiership. Port with a relatively young squad will seek to build on their solid start to the season.

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Round 8: Port Kembla v Wollongong Olympic. Good Friday brings good weather with it

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Birds eye view of the field

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The Port Nankeen Kestrel is ready for the start of the match

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Field inspection is underway

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Fans begin to roll up

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Underdogs Port are primed and make their way out onto the field

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Brendan Low immediately put Olympic on the front foot.

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Port Keeper Bruce Daenell is immediately called into action.

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Olympic use the left flank to set up the attack.

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Tynan Diaz

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Olympic pressure the Port defence who are struggling to get out of their half.

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Holding midfielder Rick Goodchild acts as the distributor from defence to attack.

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Goodchild shot from distance is blocked by Jayden Nikolovski.

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Port coach is worried by the lack of Port ball possession.

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Diaz weaves across the penalty area and shoots.

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The Diaz drive dips landing onto the net.

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A pinpoint Goodchild pass Diaz down the right wing.

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Wave after wave of Olympic attacks use the Diaz pace down the right.

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Defender Chris Price joins the attack. Olympic continue the incursions into the Port half.

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David Hartas flicks the ball into the penalty area.

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The ball hits Rocky Lavalle’s hand.

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Nothing to see sir!

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Daenell makes the save.

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The referee turns down the penalty appeal.

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Liam Whiley

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Daenell makes another great save.

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Port counterattack with a Jordan Nikolovski strike which is repelled by Justin Pasfield.

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Mitch Di Pietro

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Jordan Nikolovski

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On the corner Olympic crowd out Daenell, Stefan Dimovski heads the ball.

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Dimovski scores! Port 0 Olympic 1 (38′)

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Port appeal for a foul on Daenell.

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Goal is awarded. Port 0 Olympic1.

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Olympic go into halftime leading 0-1.

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Half time Port 0 Olympic 1

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Play is back underway for the 2nd half.
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Daniel Carella with a driving header.
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Pasfield is unable to make the save.
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Port 1 Olympic 1 (52′)
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Tory Musemeci
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Port attack down the right wing.

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Oli Carasco

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The chase for the loose ball.

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Peter Prandalos is beaten to the ball and takes down Tory Musemeci.

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The referee consults with the AR and awards the penalty.

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Goodchild steps up, ignores the chatter…

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Daenell is beaten by the pace of the ball.

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Daenell can only watch the ball go in.

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Port 1 Olympic 2 (70′)

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James Anagnostopoulos is brought on.

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Goodchild and Nickolovski battle it out in the middle of the park.

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Goodchild makes sure Nikolovski doesn’t get away. No Yellow.

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Dimovski shoots

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Port 1 Olympic 3

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Olympic celebrate their third goal in 89′.

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Christian Saffioiti shoots from distance.

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The ball deflects off Hartas and into the net. Port 2 Olympic 3 (90+2′)

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Handball in the area! Port have a lifeline.

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Olympic dispute the decision.

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Jordan Nikolovski can’t believe his luck. He steps up for the penalty kick.

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The penalty hits the post.

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Bounces back to the penalty taker Nikolovski.

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Who drives it back in and Pasfield makes the second save.

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Which is deemed offside because the taker kicked the ball twice.                                     Full time: Port 2 Olympic 3

Despite dominating for most of the game Olympic have a narrow escape to take all three points. They are now back on track for the Premiership race. Port will have to lick their wounds and get ready for another difficult encounter next week against Albion Park White Eagles (providing the rain eases up).

Final Score: Port 2 Olympic 3

ROUND 6

On a rain free day, due to saturated fields the only suitable ground in the whole region is the South Coast United home ground. It is Round 6 and very few games have been played so it was decided to hold an entire First Grade round on the artificial surface. Home ground advantage gone, teams shape up to get the competition off and running for all.

Reining Premiers Woonona Sharks are notionally at home against cashed-up Consiton FC. The Sharks lost their only encounter so far against Wollongong Olympic 0-1. Whether they will be competing for the finals or attempting to avoid relegation could be answered in today’s game. Coniston FC will be expecting a return for their investment and are the favourites going into the tie.

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The reining Premiers Woonona Sharks cluster for the litmus test against Coniston FC
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Coniston FC are on the early attack. Woonona Shark Brandon Groom cuts out the Cono cross.
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Luke Paull Sharks wingback

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Cono are with the early attacking momentum. The Sharks defence scrambles to contain the threat down the right flank.

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Regan Williams heads out for a corner but cops an elbow from his own keeper.

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Van Elia looks on from the bench.
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Takayuki Kayano turns the Jesse French flick on into a Cono attack.
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Sharks Max Ashton
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French feels the effects of a clash.
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Tyson Black closely marks Robbie Gaudiosi.
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Black holds Gaudiosi to stop him from distributing the ball.
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Tyson Black
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Regan Williams Kayano battle rages on.
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Coniston go on the attack down the right flank.
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Hassan AbuDareb wins the ball.
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Abudareb turns and shoots from just inside the penalty area.
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Harrison Matias gets his fingertips to the ball.
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The power of the shot drives the ball on.
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Kayano is unable to keep the ball already and only manages to drive it into the roof of the net.
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The AR calls it offside.
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Defensive midfielder Lukas Stergiou acts as the midfield general for Coniston FC.
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The pressure intensifies in midfield.
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The foul is given against French who halts the Cono attempt to get out of their final third.
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Robbie Gaudiosi latches onto the ball inside the box.
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Matias and Jason Zufic can only look on as the pinpoint drive nestles into the net.
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Laser-like accuracy. Sharks 1 Cono FC 0 (18′)
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Gaudiosi celebrates the goal. Stergiou is unimpressed.
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Sharks take the early lead.
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Groom punches clear. Cono launches waves of attack down the right flank.
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Gaudiosi attempts to round Zufic.
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Gaudiosi gets his cross in.
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Samuel Mathews can only look on as the Sharks attack.
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Sharks tighten the defence with halftime looming.
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Max Ashton stops any Cono progress on the halfway.
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The only way is backwards for Coniston FC.
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Abudareb runs cause concern for Cono FC.
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Ashton fires the ball forward. It hits the referee and bounces to Luke Toohey.
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Toohey volleys the ball into the net.
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Goal! Sharks 2 Coniston 0 (42′)
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Coniston dispute the referee’s decision to allow the goal after it hit him and deflected to Toohey who smashed the ball into the net.
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The Coniston FC bench cannot believe the decision.
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Halftime: Woonona Sharks 2 Coniston FC 0
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Sharks emerge for the second half.
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Tyson Black
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Ekove D’almeida
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Cono shoot. Groom dives and stretches.
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Goom makes a brilliant save. The score remains 2-0 despite constant Cono pressure.
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Van Elia eyes the dropping ball.
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The Van Elia overhead kick is headed to safety.
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There is power in the overhead.
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The Van Elia overhead is headed to safety.
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Kayano and French in a man-on-man battle.
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Junya Tanaka and Mathew Floro in a struggle for possession.
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Jordan Lozenkovski is on
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The battle intensifies
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Abudareb breaks down the left.
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Abudareb crosses
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Matias saves off the boot of Ashton.
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The drive across the goal is deflected off Regan Williams. OG!
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Sharks 2 Coniston FC 1 (OG 74′)
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The Sharks win and begin their defence of the Premiership.

An exciting game with lots of action and controversy. The referee played the advantage when the ball ricocheted off him. Was this the correct decision? Whatever, the result stands.

ROUND 4

The deluge continues though it has abated somewhat. Only one ground is suitable for a game- South Coast United v Port Kembla FC. United will want points from this game to lift confidence or they will remain in the relegation position. Port has ambitions for the finals and are no doubt eager to start with a win. The have a young squad mixed with experienced players, an interesting mix of players.

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Weather has cleared. Ideal conditions for football.
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Can South Coast United lift? Are they lay down misere for relegation?
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United have all the early ball and attack through James Brodnik
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Daniel Chicharo is dominate cutting out balls over the top through the centre.
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Jason Bleakley makes a save as Port counter and fire on target
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Bleakley pounces on the loose ball with Harrison Anagnostopoulos racing through to pick up the scraps.
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Marco Pennisi fires across the keeper in a rapid counter
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Luke Genua is unable to deal with the curling swerving shot
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United 1 Port 0 after 9′
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Marco Pennisi with the opener
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United coach directing play
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Urging closer lines?
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Part of the crowd enjoying the game
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Port tightens their marking
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Bleakley punches the header clear
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Harrison Anagnostopoulos fires from just outside the box
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Bleakley is beaten and Port draw level 1-1 (29′)
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Port celebrates the equalizer
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Port confidence lifts after the goal
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Quality goal by Harrison Anagnostopoulos
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United strike back almost immediately from the restart
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Pennisi watches the ball go into the net ready for any deflection off the post
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United celebrate Jamie Wakeling goal putting them back into the lead 2-1 (30′)
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Port inquiry
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Jayogn Nikolovski equalizes for Port 2-2(36′)
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Daniel Carella breaks with a quick dribble through the defence
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Carella shoots at pace with the United defence closing in
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Bleakley is beaten at the near post 2-3(39′)
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Brilliant goal
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Great save by Bleakley. Port pepper the United goal.
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Port on fire
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Port allow United no room to counter with halftime rapidly approaching
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Halftime United 2 Port 3
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Will Mobbs is looking confident for the start of the second half
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The Port defence struggle to contain the Kieren Brodnik raids down the right wing
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Brodnik is upended by an agricultural slide tackle
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United call for red claiming Brodnick was taken out by the last man
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Referee issues Oli Carrasco a Yellow
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Bleakley runs the length of the pitch to protest the decision and earns a Yellow for his efforts
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Carrasco with a crude tackle receives a second yellow and is sent from the field
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Port technical area calls for calm
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Brodnick attack is closely watched by Mobbs
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Brodnick equalizes using his pace and dribbling skills to slot the ball past Genua
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United 3 Port 3 (69′)
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United with a corner and the niggling ramps up
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A clumsy tackle or is that a stumble in the box
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Penalty shout
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Penalty is awarded
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United 3 Port 4
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Port celebrates
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Penissi given a second Yellow and is off. Both teams down to ten each.

An exciting game ends with a Port victory.

South Coast United 3  Port Kembla FC 4

ROUND 3

Round Three begins with only one game due to heavy rain throughout the week. This is between Coniston FC and Bulli 1901 FC on the only payable home game ground, a ground without any cover for the fans. Football has been played in the Illawarra since 1883 and over all this time governments have failed to provide adequate facilities and grounds for the main participation sport in the region and Australia generally.

Coniston have fortified their squad with experience and quality. Bulli 1901 are always competitive and there or thereabouts at Premiership and Finals series time. Cono will be hoping to make a charge for the Premiership this year after their good start last year before the Covid freeze. 

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A kestrel flies over the pitch before kick-off
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Spectators begin to roll in and the rain radar looks promising
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Ready for kick-off
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Spectators take their seats
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Part of the crowd and the rain is gone for now
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Bulli 1910 are immediately on the attack pushing up from the back
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Lucas Stergiou
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Kyle Jackson
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Bulli 1901 Brownlee
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Tomohiro Ishii defender Bulli 1910
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Ian Clarino attacking midfielder
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Matthew Flors gets in front of Alex Rook and blast the ball over the crossbar
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A missed opportunity. The score remains 0-0.
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Matthews Flors Coniston FC striker
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Coniston home bench look on as Coniston controls the early play
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Bulli 1901 lift the tempo and put the pressure on
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Ishii dives in first to the ball. Only a corner for Cono.
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Bulli 1901 keeper is left isolated. Clarino sweeps to stop a certain goal.
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Flors puts in a cross under pressure from Ishii. Cono dominate in the attacking third.
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Adam Voloder heads the cross towards the left hand corner
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Seiya Miyanmoto saves with lightning reflexes
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Miyamoto pushes the ball over the bar
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Score remains 0-0
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Ishii slides in and looks to clear the ball cleanly
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Ishii get the ball and Voloder goes down
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Voloder is down in the box
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Penalty
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Miyamoto is beaten by pace and placement from the penalty spot
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Coniston 1 Bulli 0 (33′)
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Coniston celebrate Tobios Norval penalty. The constant Cono pressure has paid dividends.
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Bulli lift the intensity attempting to break down the Coniston dominance
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Jason Zufic uses his pace and dribbling skills to round Bulli 1901 defence
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Bulli 1901 close down the midfield
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Another lightning reflex save is made by Miyamoto
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With half time rapidly approaching Bulli 1901 launch an attack through Ben McDonald
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Kyle Jackson heads the ball towards goal as Cono scramble their defence
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Alex Rooke drives the ball which is deflected to safety in a burst of Bulli 1910 attack
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The desperate Bulli defence keep the score 1-0 at halftime.
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Van Elia warms up halftime ready to add to the attacking power of Coniston.
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Second Half is underway (1-0)
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McDonald fires one across the keeper. Kaydin Harrison saves. Still 1-0.

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Coniston counterattack through Samuel Matthews down the right flank

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Zufic is beaten to the ball which is headed back across box

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Sam Davies hits a controlled volley which bends and dips over the defence

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Bulli draw level in 58′

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Davies celebrates his equalizer

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Harrison stops the ball from reaching Clarino

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Score remains 1-1

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Coniston use Voloder down the right flank

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A narrow escape for Bulli

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The intensity increases

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Jackson shares a little joke

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Tackles fly in

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Van Elia dribbles into and across the box

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Turns Clarino

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Van Elia shoots and scores

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Coniston 2 Bulli 1901 1 69′

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Van Elia

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Joshua Brooks hits the ball from the left wing. McDonald is looking to get on the end of the ball.

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The ball flies and swerves through the air

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The ball rockets into the net 2-2 71′

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Joshua Brookes celebrates his equalizer

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It ends 2-2. A hard fought and tightly contested battle.

Round 2

The torrential rainfall continues along the east coast of NSW but fortunately the Illawarra has so far avoided the brunt of the downpours. Games are again postponed except for South Coast United who play Wollongong Olympic on Saturday night. United have the advantage of a game under their belt and the benefit this gives to their fitness levels. They faded against the Blueys last weekend and were eventually convincingly beaten. Olympic is another prospect altogether. They will have another quality side, new coach and be rearing to go. They may lack match fitness. If United can outrun and out press Olympic they are a chance to take points.

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Kieren Brodwick South Coast United
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Hikaru Kawasakiya pounces on a missed interception by Antoni Anic and rounds Greg Valic
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Anic attempts to cover the lost ground as Hikaru shoots under pressure from the United defence
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Hikaru picks his spot and drives the ball past Jason Bleakley
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Bleakley is given no chance and Olympic are up after only 2′
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South Coast United 0 Wollongong Olympic 1 2′
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Fan have hardly had time to even get settled
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Anic contemplates his late reaction that resulted in early Olympic goal
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Kieren Brodnick drops back to pick up Hikaru
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All the early attack is by Olympic who run rings around the United defence
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Brodnik can only look on as Olympic drive in a second after 10′
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Joey Lavelle celebrates Tory Musemeci goal United 0 Olympic 2 10’
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United management can only look on as their side is completely overrun by a rampant pacey Olympic
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The first real attempt by United to get into the Olympic area is met by an excellent header outside the box by keeper Justin Passfield
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