Illawarra Premier League Season 2022

ROUND 5 REmainder washout round

Fixtures and Results

Coniston FC play Port Kembla FC at home. Coniston have been hitting form and contesting for  Finals Series spot. For Port they need a win if they are to have any chance of making the final five. The weather is perfect and the ground looks in good condition.

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Coniston FC v Port Kembla FC
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Van Elia

 

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Coninston are immediately on the attack.

 

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Port Defence are tight on Ekoue D’almeida.
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Jordan Nikolovski shoots.

 

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Saved! Tipped over the bar.
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Nikolovski on another raid down the right.
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Coniston clear the ball from a corner.

 

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Matthew Floro scores off the quick counter-attack.

 

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Coniston FC 1 Port Kembla FC 0 (21′).
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Harrison Anagnostopoulos
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Oliver Carrasco with a looping back-header.

 

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The Carrasco header drops into the net.

 

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Coniston FC 1 Port Kembla FC 1 (28′).

 

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Halftime: Coniston FC 1 Port Kembla FC 1.

 

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Halftime fly-over.

 

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Port lob the ball down the right flank to set up an attack.
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Elia finds a little space in the penalty area.

 

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Elia shoots under pressure as Port close down the space.

 

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The Elia shot rebounds off the crossbar.
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Samuel Matthews at pace prepares to volley.

 

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Matthews adjusts and guides the ball behind the keeper.

 

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Port are unable to keep the ball from going into the goals.

 

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Coniston goal!

 

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Coniston FC 2 Port Kembla FC 1 (67′).
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An exciting close contest ends 2-1.

Relegation looms large for both South Coast United and Woonona FC Sharks. A win could bring daylight into focus from the relegation abyss. Both need wins. The season moves on and into its latter stages. Its a cool but mercifully dry night for this clash.

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South Coast United and Woonona Sharks are in a relegation struggle.

 

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Max Ashton

 

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Jason Bleakley saves the Adam Casey shot.

 

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Daniel Lucas
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Bailey Morphett dribbles down the inside right channel.

 

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Morphett pivots and distributes the ball centrally.
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Bailey Morphett
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Kieren Brodnik
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James Volkanovski
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Bleakley stops the shot across the keeper.
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Adam Farkas
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End-to-end action. Both teams are looking for the win.
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Halftime: 0-0
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Bleakley makes another reflex save.

 

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Gaudiosi is unable to reach the rebound.

 

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One of those days for the Sharks?
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United and Sharks in a relegation battle.
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Jesse French defensive header.
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Sharks’ penalty appeal.

 

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Penalty appeal waved away.
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Brendan Pattman shoots from distance.

 

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Header stops shot.
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Bleakley saves.
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United defence holds firm.
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Bleakley reflex save.

 

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Bleakley collects the loose ball.
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United clear cross.
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United defence holds.
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Sharks press high.

 

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Sharks win the ball. United appeal for a foul.
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Adrian Vranic strikes a jumping volley.

 

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Jumping Vranic volley is across the keeper at pace.

 

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Marco Pennisi arrives near post and drives the ball into the net.

 

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Sharks appeal for offside.

 

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United 1 Sharks 0 (74′)

 

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No offside.

 

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United celebrate Pennisi goal.

 

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United are in front with less than 15 minutes to go.
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Samuel Lendrum shoots. Sharks are into all-out attack mode.

 

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The Bleakley deflection causes the ball to flash past the upright.

 

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Only a couple of minutes is left for the Sharks to equalize.
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Sub Thomas Richmond blasts the ball into the net.
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90th minute equalizer.

 

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Full time: South Coast United 1 Woonona FC Sharks 1

Thrilling draw.

 

Round 4 washout catchup

Fixtures and Results

 

The Blueys are at home to Coniston FC with both teams vying for a Finals Series berth. The Blueys are off a loss, and another will see them drop into the melee. Cono are wanting that Top 5 spot. This should be another interesting encounter.

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Tarrawanna Blueys take on Coniston FC
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Darren Stone and Jason Zufic battle
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Adam Rodriguez makes the first save of the match.
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Samuel Matthews
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Zufic drives a cross into the Blueys penalty area.

 

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Van Elia scores! Blueys 0 Coniston FC 1 (7′).

 

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Coniston celebrate Elia goal with the three-point penetration, Zufic-Matthews-Elia.
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Mat Naylor
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Mazevski is down in the box.

 

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Penalty. Jacob Gjorsevski steps up to the spot.

 

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Top right-hand corner.

 

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Blueys 1 Coniston FC 1 (15′)
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Zufic closes down Takumi Ofuka.
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Mat Naylor marks Van Elia
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There is a tight struggle in midfield.
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Mitch Young
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Takayuki Kayano passes forward from the back.
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Zufic zips about the midfield.

 

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Tight half ends 1-1.
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Halftime flyover.
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Second half is underway.
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Naylor heads the ball forward.
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Lukas Stergiou and Kyle Kirkland
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Tyson Black
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Daniel Loe sprints to the ball.

 

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Loe gets his cross in under pressure from Stone.

 

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The Loe ball crosses Rodriquez.

 

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Matthew strikes the Loe at pace cross.

 

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Goal! Coniston take the lead. 1-2 (55′).

 

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Coniston celebrate the Matthews goal.

 

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Daniel Loe
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Zufic and Gjorsevski in a struggle for the ball.

 

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Zufic clears the danger.
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Coniston are on the attack.

 

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Elia crosses.

 

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The Elia pass reaches Tyson Black.

 

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The strike rebounds off the upright.

 

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Loe volleys the rebound to make it 1-3 (66′).

 

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Blueys 1 Coniston FC 3
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Adam Voloder drives the ball into the Six.

 

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Matthew Floro drives the ball home! 1-4 (75′).

 

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Blueys 1 Coniston FC 4
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Harry Lloyd shoots.

 

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Kayano stops the Llyod shot.
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The ball flashes past the Coniston upright.
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Full time: Tarrawanna Blueys 1 Coniston FC 4

ROUND 23 (CATCHUP ROUND)

Fixtures and Results

The Blueys take on the Cringila Lions. The Blueys need to win to remain on top of the ladder. The Lions come off a heavy loss to Olympic and must win if they are to keep faint hopes alive of making the Finals.  The ground is slippery and bumpy.

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Player warming up.
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The coin toss.
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A heavily strapped Ben Zucco immediately acts as the Lions distributor.
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James Carli
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Nicolas Tomasiello in space launches a Blueys attack.
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Zac Mazevski holds the ball up on the edge of the Lions penalty area.
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Crossbar to the rescue for the Blueys.
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Darren Stone
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Peter Simonoski evades the Mitch Young block.
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Jacob Gjorsevski battles with Anthony Krsteski in a fast and furious game.
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Andre Dias shoots from well outside the box.
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The ball rockets across the keeper.
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Takumi Ofuka on the ball.
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Blueys set up an attack through midfield.
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Tomasiello navigates the soft, slippery conditions.
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Peter Simonoski shoots from the edge of the box.
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The ball flashes between the keeper and the upright.
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Blueys 0 Lions 1 (27′).
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End-to-end counter offensives.
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James Ralston
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Nikolu Ristevski punches clear.
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Carli marks Stone
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Carli blocks the turn.
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Halftime: Blueys 0 Lions 1
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Halftime flyover.
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A Keegan Matias missile.
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Blueys 0 Lions 2 (46′).
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Matias goals.
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Mazevski cannonball.
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Blueys 1 Lions 2 (66′).
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Blueys are wanting to quickly get back into action.
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Mazevski and Zucco battle it out.
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Michael Mendes makes it 1-3.
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Michael Mendes
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Blueys 1 Lions 3 (90+1′)

Woonona Sharks are at home to Albion Park White Eagles on a glorious sunny day -finally. The Sharks are firmly entrenched in the relegation zone, whilst the White Eagles are hoping to challenge for the Premier’s title.

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Cameron Morgan kicks off the game for White Eagles.

 

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Sharks are immediately on the attack. Blake Horton saves the strike across the goalkeeper.

 

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Brendan Fordham launches another White Eagles attack.

 

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Jacob Martin

 

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Brendan Pattman marks Kotaro Katsuta.

 

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Seamus Macken-Walsh gets his pass in.

 

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White Eagles cut off the ball to Richard Lee.

 

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Kohei Suzaki

 

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Robbie Gaudiosi shoots under pressure from Mitchell Cooper.
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Gaudiosi stays on his feet.
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Horton saves.

 

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Thomas Richmond

 

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Groom plucks the cross out of the air.
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Groom holds onto and protects the ball.

 

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Suzaki with the ball in the box.
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Suzaki appeals for a penalty.
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Penalty is awarded.

 

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Morgan converts the penalty.
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Sharks 0 White Eagles 1 (Morgan 43’Pen)

 

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Lee in the box.
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Suzaki holds off Lee.
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Penalty appeal is turned down.

 

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Halftime: Sharks 0 White Eagles 1
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Plover
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Katsuta shoots.
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Groom with a fingertip save.

 

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Intense struggle to win the ball.
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Morgan is free in the box and shoots.

 

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Morgan with a brace.

 

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Sharks 0 White Eagles 2 (67′).
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Pattman and Fordham challenge for the loose ball.
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Full Time: Sharks 0 White Eagles 2

 

ROUND 21 (catchup ROUND)

Fixtures and Results

Inclement weather during the week means only one game is on this weekend. Port Kembla are at home to Wollongong United. United have played very few games, are favourites for the Premiership but have to prove this on the pitch. Port need points if they are to be part of the Finals Series. A question United have to answer is whether they are sharp after so few games. They need this competitive game because they play an Australia Cup match midweek.

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Port Kembla FC v Wollongong United
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Port make their way onto the field.

 

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Rocky Lavalle puts early pressure on United.
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James Stojanovski stops the midfield run from Lavalle.

 

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Tempers flare.

 

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Like two kangaroos having a go at each other.

 

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Sean Thomas
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Jordan Nikolovski
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Kyan Jovanovski
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Lucas Danzo
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Nikolovski is quickly onto the cross into the box.

 

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Jacob Madden saves.
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Port feel decisions are not going their way.
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Mitsuo Yamada
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The ball rebounds to Baily Barbarovski.

 

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Barbarovski shoots.

 

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Goal! Port 0 United 1 (21′).

 

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Port Kembla 0 Wollongong United 1

 

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United celebrate Barbarovski goal.

 

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Port squeeze the United space.
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Tempers rekindled.

 

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Jacob Madden
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Port launch an attack down the right wing.

 

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Lavalle distributes the ball down the right to Nikolovski.

 

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Nikolovski blasts the ball into the goal!

 

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Port 1 United 1 (27′).

 

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Bryce Daenell saves as both sides go tit-for-tat.

 

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United lift the physical intensity.
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Direct is awarded to Port for the challenge.
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Madden saves.

 

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Barbarovski slides in on Nikolovski wing run.

 

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Halftime: Port 1 United 1.

 

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Halftime Flyover.
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Port kick-off second half.
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Mitch Di Pietro
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Carasco uses his strength to hold off Kawakami.

 

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Carasco distributes the ball forward under pressure for United.
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United attack. Yamada creates space using pace.

 

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Port avoid the slide.
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Jeremy Flanagan

 

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Yamada drives into the box.

 

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Yamada turns Port defence.

 

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Yamada does the 180.

 

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Yamada is unable to get the shot away. The Port defence holds solid.
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Oli Carasco shoots on the break.

 

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Madden uses strong hands to save Carasco shot.
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Seiji Kawakami acts as United distributor.
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Kawakami stops the Lavalle forward momentum for Port.
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Flying volley narrowly misses.
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Josh Correia cannonballs from 30m.

 

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Goal! A rocket!

 

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Port 1 United 2 (76′).
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Correia with a brace!

 

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Port 1 United 3 (85′).
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Full time: Port Kembla FC 1 Wollongong United 3.

A torrid game with end-to-end action. Port hopes dim for the Finals Series spot.  United win another. They are looking Premiership favourites.

 

ROUND 21 catachup chatchup round)

 

Port Kembla FC play Albion Park White Eagles. The White Eagles have an impressive squad but have been struggling to find top form. Port are consistent and are just on the edge of the top five and will be wanting to make the Finals Series. It is beautiful day, ideal for football.

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The White Eagles take to field.
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Jorden Nikolovski

 

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Brendan Fordham

 

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Cameron Morgan with a diving header passes to Kotaro Katsuta.
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Katsuta returns the ball to Morgan who shoots.
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Goal! White Eagles take the lead.
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Port 0 White Eagles 1 (6′).

 

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Katsuta uses his pace and mobility in the box.
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Katsuta shoots from just inside the penalty area.
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Bryce Daenell smothers the Katsuta strike.

 

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White Eagles use the high intensity press.
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Port look to feed Nikolovski down the right midfield.

 

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Morgan rifles a shot from outside the box.
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Goal! White Eagles have a second.
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Port FC 0 White Eagles 2 (29′).

 

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White Eagles give little room to Port FC attackers.
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Kohei Suzaki defends the cross over the top.

 

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Fordham drives and dribbles into the box.
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Fordham weaves through the defence.
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Fordham shoots with his left.
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Goal! White Eagles have a third.

 

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Port FC 0 White Eagles 3 (39′).

 

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Halftime: Port FC 0 White Eagles 3.
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Halftime flyover.

 

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Port tighten up on Katsuta.
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Port FC apply the high press.

 

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Oli Carrasco latches onto the deflected ball inside the Six.
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Carrasco is down in the box. Referee waves play on.

 

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Chris Nathaniel
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Well-timed slide.

 

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Jacob Martin

 

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Nikolovski breaks through the defensive line.
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Blake Horton narrows the angle. Nikolovski shoots.
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The shot scrapes the outside of the upright. The score remains Port FC 0 White Eagles 3.

 

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The game ends Port FC 0 White Eagles 3.

White Eagles are one point off the Top Five with a game in hand.

 

Tarrawanna Blueys v Woonona Sharks

 

The Great Deluge continues though somewhat abated, so a few games are on this weekend. Tarrawanna Blueys are at home to the Woonona Sharks. The Sharks have their heads above water and have conceded a lot of goals recently giving the teams below them hope of avoiding relegation. Tarrawanna Blueys are looking confident and solid. If they make the Finals Series, they will be a big threat. They need to stay in a Finals Series position having played more games than the chasers. 

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Sharks huddle before the game.
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Takumi Ofuka
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Henry Jenkins
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Jenkins marks Zac Mazevski
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Nicolas Tomasiello receives the ball readying the Blueys attack.
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Brendan Pattman closes down the Tomasiello.
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The Blueys rifle the ball across the keeper.

 

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Ofuka drives the cross into the net.

 

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Blueys 1 Sharks 0 (5′).
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Sharks pressure Tomasiello

 

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Mazevski narrowly misses on the break.
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Tomasiello shoots.

 

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Sharks are unable to stop the shot.

 

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Brandon Groom is unable to keep the Tomasiello drive out.

 

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Blueys 2 Sharks 0 (15′).

 

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Sharks have plenty to ponder.
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Mazevski is away down the left.

 

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Kyle Kirkland hammers Mazevski cross into goal.

 

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Blueys 3 Sharks 0 (20′).

 

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Kyle Kirkland
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Adam Rodriguez with safe hands holds the shot.
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Robbie Gaudiosi

 

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Gaudiosi in onto the loose ball just inside the Blueys box.

 

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Gaudiosi tuns and looks for support.
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Halftime: Blueys 3 Sharks 0.
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Richard Lee fires one in from just inside the box.

 

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Blueys 3 Sharks 1 (57′).

 

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Richard Lee
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Sharks on the attack using Lee down the right.
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Gaudiosi heads for the wing.
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Jacob Gjorsevski diving volley narrowly misses.
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End-to-end.

 

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Full Time: Tarrawanna Blueys 3 Woonona Sharks 1.

 

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Brendan Pattman closes down the Tomasiello.

The Sharks remain in the danger zone. The Blueys grow their confidence.

Round 20

Fixtures and Results

 

R19 was a washout round washed out due to the flooding around the Illawarra.

South Coast United are at the base of the ladder and staring at relegation if they don’t start to pick up points. They play Bulli FC 1901 who are vying for top place. Most of the other games are washouts. United are desperate for points.

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United need points.

 

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Bulli FC 1901 are vying for top place.

 

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Adam Farkus-SCU

 

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Joel Starr- Bulli FC 1901

 

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Dylan Mena – SCU

 

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Bulli on the attack.
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The Lewis Grimshaw thrust into the penalty area is repelled by the United defence.
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United defend in numbers in the box.
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Grimshaw gets his shot away.
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The shot is deflected to safety.

 

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Ben McDonald- Bulli FC 1901

 

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Bulli FC 1901 play high tempo launching another attack.
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The ball is passed forward through the lines.

 

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Antoni Anic counters for United with the quick break.
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Seiya Miyamoto holds the Anic strike.

 

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Anic drives into the box.
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Anic turns and releases.
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Anic is down in the box. Bulli FC 1901 watch the shot whizz to safety.
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No penalty is awarded.

 

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The United defence scramble the ball clear.

 

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Lewis Grimshaw- Bulli FC 1901

 

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United attack through Kieren Brodnick.
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Brodnik switches play.

 

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Ian Clarino- Bulli FC 1901

 

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Anic narrowly misses.

 

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The McDonald shot fizzes across the goal.
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Bulli FC 1901 puzzle, how to break down United.
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Halftime: South Coast United 0 Bulli FC 1901 0
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Starr uses his pace to break through the line.
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Starr sets to shoot.
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Starr drives the ball under pressure.
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Bulli FC 1901 take the lead in the 57′.
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Bulli FC 1901 have the break-through (Starr 57′).
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Referee checks to make sure he has the correct number.

 

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Tight game.
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Final score: South Coast Unite 0 Bulli FC 1901 1.

A very competitive match. BFC 1901 emerge victors. SCU remain anchored at the bottom.

ROUND 18

Port Kembla FC play Coniston FC. Both teams have recent wins and Finals Series aspirations. Ideal conditions for football.

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Teams make their way onto the field.

 

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Early Cono attack. Toby Norval directs the header under pressure.

 

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Jordan Nicolovski deflects the ball off the line.

 

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The ball bounces to safety, 0-0.

 

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Norval is tightly marked by the Port defence.

 

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Van Elia dribbles through the backline.

 

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Van Elia flicks the ball, no penalty is awarded.

 

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Van Elia weaves into the box and passes.

 

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Takayuki Kayano strikes the ball from the Elia assist.

 

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Kayano puts Coniston FC in front (39′).

 

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Port 0 Cono 1

 

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Ekove O’almeida leaps.

 

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Kayano uses his strength to guide the ball to safety.

 

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Port attack down the right flank.

 

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Jason Zufic turns on the ball.

 

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Halftime: Port 0 Cono 1.

 

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2nd Half is about to start.

 

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Sacco

 

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Harrison Anagnostopoulos distributes from midfield.

 

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Anagnostopoulos distributes under pressure from Elia.
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Port technical area get a Yellow.

 

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Tight marking.

 

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Jordan Nikolovski turns in the box.

 

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Cono defence scramble to close Nikolovski down.

 

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Nikolovski gets his shot away.

 

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The ball rockets across the goalkeeper.

 

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Nikolovski levels the score in the 64′.

 

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Port Kembla FC 1 Coniston FC 1 (64′)

 

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Peter Prandalos drives into the box as Port look to take all three points.

 

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Prandalos attempts to strike at goal.

 

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Prandalos is down in the box. No penalty is awarded.

 

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Full Time: Port Kembla FC 1 Coniston FC 1.

It was a close game with contested referee calls.

Tarrawanna Blueys v Wollongong Olympic

Tarrawanna Blueys are at home and play Wollongong Olympic who have faltered in the odd game this season. Olympic must win if they are to be a serious premiership contender. The Blueys sit on top of the table and want to keep the daylight between themselves and Olympic. The onus is on Olympic to win if they are to make up ground. They are likely to opt for an open offensive structure.

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Olympic are on the attack from the whistle. Rodriguez saves.
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Joe Lavelle
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Takumi Ofuka
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Tory Musumeci is inside the box with a leaping header for Olympic.
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The ball evades Nicolas Tomasiello and Rodriguez.
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Rodriguez is unable to keep the header out which is deflected into the top of the net.
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Blueys 0 Olympic 1 (8′)
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Tynan Diaz congratulates Musumeci
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Plenty to ponder for the Blueys.
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The Blueys put pressure on Olympic defender Chris Price.
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Jacob Gjorsevski attacks down the right flank.
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Gjorsevski crosses into the Olympic box.
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Rodriguez tips the ball over the bar.
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Ofuka is held back.
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Referee awards the foul.
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Darren Stone
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Zac Mazevski passes the ball to Ofuka in space.
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Ofuka makes it 1-1.
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Blueys 1 Olympic 1 (29′).
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Ofuka busy in midfield.
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Rodriguez punches clear.
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Halftime approaches a little acrimoniously.
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David Hartas receives a Yellow.
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Halftime: Blueys 1 Olympic 1
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Olympic have plenty to ponder for the second half reset.
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Kyle Kirkland turns to round Musumevski.
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The shirt tug.
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Musumeci sets to strike.
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Musumeci strikes.
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Goal!
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Blueys 1 Olympic 2 (62′).
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Full time: Blueys 1 Olympic 2.

Olympic get their win. The Premiership race opens up.

 

ROUND 17

The Tarrawanna Blueys are at home to Albion Park White Eagles. The Blueys are on top of the table though they have played more games than some of the chasers. One of those chasers is the White Eagles, a team struggling to find form. This makes for an important clash between the teams. Nice conditions for football, cool, sunny and a light easterly wind.

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The Blueys face into the sun with a light cool wind behind them for kick-off.
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White Eagles are in need of a win to keep pace with the Blueys.

 

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Julian Minutillo

 

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Nic Morgan Blueys defender.

 

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Dean Saverino flicks the ball on, launching a White Eagles attack.

 

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Blueys defence scrambles to contain White Eagles quick inter-passing.

 

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Jacob Gjorsevski

 

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White Eagles keep a close eye on Jacob Mazevski.

 

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Mazevski is given little room by the White Eagles.

 

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The ball strikes the arm inside the box.

 

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No penalty is awarded.

 

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Takumi Ofuka counters up the left wing.

 

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A penalty is awarded to the Blueys.

 

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Gjorsevski belts it into the top right hand corner, giving Mohamed Krishban no chance.

 

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Blueys 1 White Eagles 0 (28′).

 

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Direct to White Eagles.

 

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Direct routine for the Ethan Kambisios strike on goal.

 

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Brilliant save by Rodriguez off the direct.

 

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Halftime: Blueys 1 White Eagles 0

 

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White Eagles coach Alvin Ceccoli walks out for the 2nd Half.

 

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Mazevski turns in the White Eagles box.

 

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Mazevski turns and passes.

 

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Takumi Ofuka slots the shot.

 

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Ofuka buries it. Blueys 2 White Eagles 0 (52′).

 

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Blueys celebrate Ofuka goal.

 

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Takumi Ofuka

 

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Ofuka speed pressures the White Eagles defence.

 

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Ofuka uses his strength to win the ball in a dangerous area.

 

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Blueys pressurize White Eagles all over the park.
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Ben Learmonth
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Cameron Morgan is down in the box.
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Jake Attwell slides in on Ofuka.
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Ofuka penalty appeal is turned down.
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A direct rocket by Gjorsevski makes it 3-0.
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Gjorsevski in the 89′.
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Penalty is awarded to White Eagles.
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Morgan makes it 3-1.
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Harry Lloyd on the break down the left.
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Mazevski drives the deflected save into the net.
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Full time: Blueys 4 White Eagles 1.

Tarrawanna Blueys win another game to stay top of the table. White Eagles fall behind  chasing pack.

 

The Sunday game features Corrimal Rangers v Port Kembla FC. Port need another win to stay be in the mix for a position in the top five and the Final series.

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Players take to the field for Corrimal Rangers v Port Kembla FC.

 

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Daniel Carella holds off the pressing from Masamune Kobayashi.

 

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Zane Wilson wins aerial battle.

 

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Domenico Tripodi

 

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Mauro Leon puts in a strong challenge on Jordan Nikolovski. Red card (62′).

 

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Oli Carrasco receives the ball in the box.

 

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Turns and holds the ball as Rangers defenders swarm.

 

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Carrasco evades the tackles.

 

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Carrasco uses the outside of the foot to shoot.

 

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Carrasco beats Tomizawa at the near post.

 

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Port 1 Rangers 0

 

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Rocky Lavalle slots the ball to Carrasco.

 

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Carrasco drives the ball across the keeper to make it 2-0.

 

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Full Time: Port Kembla FC 2 Corrimal Rangers FC 0

Port move into the Top 5.

ROUND 16

The Sunday match is between Port Kembla FC and Cringila Lions an important match to see who stays in the race for the finals series. A bit breezy and cool but otherwise nice conditions for the players.

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Port Kembla FC v Cringila Lions enter the field.

 

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Fly-over at PKFC v Cringila Lions
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Ben Zucco
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Jonah Kalmanidis
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Oli Carrasco
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Port go tight on Zucco.

 

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Port apply early pressure.

 

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Tight all over the park.

 

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Safe hands by Nikolu Ristevski.

 

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Bryce Daenell punches the ball clear under pressure from Jonah Kalmanidis.

 

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A right flank Port attack.

 

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Daniel Carella lines up the shot.

 

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Ristevski is across quickly to make the save.

 

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Jordan Nikolovski

 

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Carella pounces on the loose ball in the box.

 

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Carella shoots.

 

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James Ralston makes a desperate last-ditch lunge at the ball.

 

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Port go one up.

 

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PKFC 1 Lions 0 (28′)

 

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Carella puts Port ahead.

 

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A rugged game ends Port Kembla 1 Cringila Lions 0.

It was a close and at times physical game between two closely matched teams.

ROUND 16

Woonona Sharks v  Wollongong Olympic

Woonona Sharks are at home to Wollongong Olympic. A very brisk gale force south-westerly sweeps across the park in this important match for both teams. Olympic need a win to stay in Premiership contention while the Sharks need points to keep their head above the relegation zone. The pitch is in good condition.

 

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Sharks v Olympic is about to start.

 

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Jesse French kicks off the game.

 

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Richard Lees drive the ball across the keeper.

 

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French motors toward the far post.

 

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French stretches for the ball.

 

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The ball evades French with an early chance to take the lead.
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Liam Whiley
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A paraglider is swept out to sea off Woonona Beach. The police rescue helicopter flies over the ground.
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French wins the battle for the high ball in the gale force wind.
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Max Ashton has the ball in the penalty box.
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Ashton shoots under pressure from the covering Brendon Low defence.
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Justin Passfield makes a lightning reflex save.
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Olympic survive. The score remains 0-0.
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Joe Lavelle is put under pressure in midfield.
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Max Ashton
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Robbie Gaudiosi pumps the ball forward into the wind.
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Ashton holds off the defender.
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Sharks striker Jesse French.
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Halftime 0-0.
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Sharks go into the sheds 0-0 despite having the better chances.