Illawarra Premier League Season 2022

 

FINALS SERIES

Fixtures and Results

Hiatus. In the meantime, the UCI World Championships are on in Wollongong.

UCI_WWC: 1

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UCI_WWC: 1

 

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UCI World Championships
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UCI_WWC

ROUND 30

Fixtures and Results

Cringila Lions are one point away from making the Finals Series- it is the last round of the regular season. They face Wollongong United who are at home and will show off their Premiership Cup to their fans.

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Wollongong United v Cringila Lions
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The game is about to begin.
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The Lions need at least a draw to make the Finals Series.

 

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Mid-air collision. Neither side is giving an inch.

 

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Anthony Krsteski and Benjamin Brooks

 

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United use the direct header to launch an attack.

 

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Kyah Jovanovski is surrounded by Lions defenders.
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Jovanovski strikes at goal.
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Jovanovski is down in the box. No penalty.
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United with the direct header into the box.
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Mason Versi weaves his way into the Lions box.
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Versi go through the defenders.
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Versi shoots through the closing defenders.
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The Versi shot goes just over the bar.

 

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Ryan Akhurst
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Concentration. Game remains 0-0 after 20′.
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Lions build the pressure to get the lion’s share of possession.

 

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United counter-attack.

 

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United defend the Lions’ ball over the top.

 

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Steven Ugrinovski

 

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United on the attack. Lions fall back into shape.
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Lions defence wins the ball.
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Seiji Kawakami closes down Anthony Krsteski.
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Kawakami
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Krsteski shoots through two United defenders.
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Jacob Madden pushed the Krsteski shot around the upright.

 

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Lions score. Offside.

 

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Ryan Akhurst on the ball.
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Akhurst drives the ball into the penalty area.
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Concern in the United technical area.
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Lions’ win the penalty. Penalty converted.
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United 0 Lions 1 (39′).

 

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Jovanovski is between the lines.
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Jovanovski shoots.
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Nikola Ristevski saves.

 

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Halftime: United 0 Lions 1 (Mendes, 39′).

 

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Second half is underway.
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United are immediately on the attack looking for an equalizer.

 

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Mendes strikes at the United goal.
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Mendes fires into the goal area.
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The ball flashes across the goal area.
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Lions defend the flick-on.

 

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Keegan Matias strikes from 25 metres.

 

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Madden saves.
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Andre Dias

 

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The temperature rises.
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Ben Zucco is brought on to bolster the defence.
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Zucco lines up a direct.
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Ryan Akhurst brings down Versi from behind.

 

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United appeal for a Yellow.

 

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2nd Yellow. Red!
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Melee.

 

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Full time: United 0 Lions 1.
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United show their Premiership Cup to their fans.

Round 21 (moved)

Fixtures and Results

Tarrawanna Blueys play Cringila Lions for 5th spot and a Finals Series berth. The Lions have games in hand on the Blueys and a win today would put them in the box seat for the Final Series. The weather is warming, spring showers interspersed with bouts of sunshine.

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Blueys defend a Lions cross into their box.
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Lions tightly mark attacking midfielder Takumi Ofuka.
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Michael Mendes
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Blueys spread the ball wide to Harry Llyod.
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Ofuka shoots. Ristevski saves.
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Shot.

 

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Nikola Ristevski saves shot.
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Ryan Akhurst sets up a counter-attack.

 

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Anthony Krsteski
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Krsteski leaps to redirect an attacking lob.
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Lloyd on the outside right of the penalty box eyes-up a shot.

 

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Lloyd shoots.

 

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The Llyod shot flashes past the right upright.
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It spring showers down.
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Krsteski shoots.

 

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Adam Rodriguez saves.

 

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Rodriguez safe hands.
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Lions defence presses high.
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Keegan Matias dashes up the right flank into the rain shower.
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Halftime: Blueys 0 Lions 0.
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Halftime flyover.
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Players make their way out for the 2nd half.
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Nicholas High
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Blueys are immediately on the attack from the whistle.
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James Ralston
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No penalty.
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Altercation.
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Lloyd with space down the right lines one up.

 

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Ristevski tips the Lloyd drive over the crossbar.

 

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Score remains even.
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Blueys break down the right.
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Kyle Kirkland is taken out.

 

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Calls for Red are turned down.
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Ofuka leads Blueys’ attack down the right flank.

 

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Ofuka step-over and direction change.

 

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Ofuka is away down the left flank.

 

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Ralston shields Ristevski who intercepts the Ofuka cross into the goal area.
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Lions break down the right wing.

 

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The cross from the right wing into the penalty area.

 

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Peter Simonoski puts it away!

 

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Lions take the lead in the 75th minute.

 

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Blueys 0 Lions 1 (75′).
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The battle for possession intensifies.
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Andre Dias in a battle royale with Lloyd.
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Mendes passes to Krsteski.

 

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Krsteski punts the ball back across the goal area.

 

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Goal! Lions lead 0-2 in the 85th minute.

 

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Krsteski makes it 0-2.
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Full time: Tarrawanna Blueys 0 Cringila Lions 2.

Round 28

Fixtures and Results

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Cringila Lions v Coniston FC is about to get underway.

The race for the Finals Series is on in earnest. Cringila Lions need a win, if they are to be an outside chance of making the Finals Series. Coniston FC still have ambitions for the Premiership and/or Grand Final Winner. There is a late blast of winter. It is a cool and wet night for the match.

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Both sides looking are looking for a win.

 

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Stefan Dimoski

 

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Jake Morlando

 

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Coniston FC defends the early corner.

 

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Keegan Matias breaks from defence.

 

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Lions keep a close eye on Van Elia.

 

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Jason Zufic is brought down by the Michael Mendes challenge.

 

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Lions attack down the right wing.

 

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Lions pressure Elia.

 

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Samuel Matthews

 

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Lions blast Coniston goal.

 

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Shot curls around Takayuki Kayano.

 

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Kaydin Harrison saves.

 

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Coniston are immediately on the counter.

 

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Nikola Ristevski punches the ball clear.

 

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Harrison is wrong-footed.

 

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Goal! Lions 1 Coniston FC 0 (45′ +12′).

 

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Anthony Krsteski put Lions ahead on the stroke of Halftime.

 

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Second Half is about to start.

 

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The rain intensity increases.

 

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Elia narrowly misses.

 

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Samuel Matthews shoots.

 

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Coniston equalize! 1-1 (52′).

 

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Matthews celebrates equalizer.

 

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Gian Sacco pounces on the ball inside the area and belts the ball into the net.

 

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Lions 1 Coniston 2 (69′).

 

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Coniston celebrate taking the lead. Sacco goal!

 

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Tobias Norval fires a volley.

 

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Ristevski makes a fingertip save.

 

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Rain intensity picks up.

 

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Lions defence closes in on Elia.

 

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Anthony Krsteski tussles with Kayano in the box.

 

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Penalty awarded to the Lions.

 

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Mendes scores from the spot!

 

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Lions 2 Coniston FC 2 (80′).

 

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Full Time: Lions 2 Coniston FC 2.

Wollongong Olympic play Wollongong United in a top of the table clash. Olympic need to win to make up points on United and put in an end of season challenge for the Premiership. The rain continues to flow.

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The teams make their way out.

 

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A soggy technical area.

 

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David Hartas

 

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Joshua Correia

 

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Two down in a tackle.

 

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Early signs of antagonism.

 

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Into the mud bath.

 

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Justin Pasfield punches the ball clear.

 

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Rick Goodchild steps up for the direct about 25m out.

 

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Jacob Madden pushes the ball over the bar.

 

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Halftime: Olympic 0 United 0

 

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Halftime flyover.
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Second half is under way. Olympic defence close down Mitsuo Yamada.

 

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Yamada goes down under close attention.

 

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Jake Trew puts the ball into the net.

 

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Olympic cheer. United appeal.

 

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Olympic 1 United 0 (52′).

 

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Olympic celebrate Trew goal.

 

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Shelter from the rain.

 

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High intensity pressing.

 

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Players are down in the box. Penalty appeals are turned down. The score remains 1-0.

 

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Well-timed defensive lunge for the ball.

 

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Joshua Alcorn

 

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Jacob Madden is up for the corner with minutes to go.

 

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Full time. Olympic 1 United 0.
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Acrimonious end.

ROUND 27

Fixtures and Results

Nervous moments arrive for the Blueys who come off a win over Wollongong United. Consistency remains an issue. They play Bulli FC 1901 who are still in the race for a Premiership and a win today will in all likely cement their spot in the top five- a Finals Series spot. The Blueys sit precarious in 5th spot on the table. A wettish spring day and if the rain holds off ideal conditions for a local rivalry.

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Nervous moments for the Blueys who need to win.
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Ben McDonald readies for kick-off.
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Harry Lloyd wing flier.
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Tomohiro Ishii drives down the right. Bulli FC 1901 are quick off the block.

 

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Adam Rodriguez gathers the ball under pressure from Jarvis Paterson.

 

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Rodriguez saves.

 

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Paterson with his eye on the dropping ball.

 

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Paterson volleys the dropping ball.

 

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Goal! Paterson volley is smashed into the back of the net.

 

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Blueys 0 Bulli FC 1901 1.
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Julian Clarino
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Clarino slide wins the ball off Takumi Ofuka.
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McDonald holds the ball under Ofuka pressure.

 

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McDonald with a hold and drag.
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Jarvis Paterson
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Seiya Miyamoto saves the Llyod chip.

 

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Miyamoto reflex save. Blueys 0 Bulli FC 1901 1.
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Paterson on cover defence duty.

 

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Paterson halts Lloyd’s progress.
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Vigorous challenges across the park.

 

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Toby Drain is unable to get the cross in.
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Blueys on the attack down the left.

 

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Halftime: Blueys 0 Bulli FC 1901 1.
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Halftime flyover.

 

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Halftime flyover.
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Second half is underway.
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Clarino heads clear the over-the-top ball.
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Bulli FC 1901close down the Blueys inside right flank attack.
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Bulli FC 1901 use the inside right to attack.

 

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Penalty is awarded then saved.

 

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The Rodriguez rebound is buried.

 

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The decision is no goal due to encroachment.
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Blueys start the attack down the right from deep.

 

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Nick High receives in space.

 

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High slots the ball past Miyamoto.

 

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Goal! Blueys draw level.

 

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Blueys 1 Bulli FC 1901 1 51′.

 

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High celebrates goal.
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Paterson with a flying header.

 

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Goal! Bulli FC 1901 lead.

 

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Blueys 1 Bulli FC 1901 2 (Paterson 63′).
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Bulli FC 1901 have a third.

 

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OG Dan Chapman 65′.
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Paterson gets on the end of a McDonald’s header.

 

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Paterson hattrick. Blueys 1 Bulli FC 1901 3 ( 84′)

 

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Bulli FC 1901 are on fire.
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Jarvis Paterson
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Samuel Adnum makes it 1-5.

 

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Full time: Tarrawanna Blueys 1 Bulli FC 1901 5.

Corrimal Rangers v Woonona Sharks

The relegation battle is reaching its finale. A win for the Sharks over Corrimal Rangers will guarantee survival due to Bellambi FC losing to South Coast United. A beautiful spring day for football with the pressure on the Sharks to find a win.

 

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The Sharks are immediately on the attack. Richard Lee rounds his defender.
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Lee shoots.
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Takumi Tomizawa punches the Lee shot clear.
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Jesse French shoots. Sharks pepper the Rangers goal.
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Tomizawa with lightning reflexes pushes the French strike around the post.
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Tomaizawa punches clear as the Sharks continue their all out attacking approach.
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Central defender Mauro Leon.
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Tomizawa saves another.
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Sharks’ technical area watch on as save after save denies the Sharks the lead.
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Elias Ayoub
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Luke Toohey rocket in the top right hand corner gives Tomizawa no chance.
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Corrimal Rangers 0 Woonona Sharks 1 (38′).
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Safe hands by Brandon Groom keeps the score 0-1.
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Halftime: Rangers 0 Sharks 1.
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Goal scorer Luke Toohey.
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Rangers overload the right flank to break down the Sharks defence.
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With the clock winding down, Tomizawa steps up to take the direct.
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Tomizawa slams the ball onto the crossbar. Broom can only look on.
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Thomas Richmond beats Tomizawa to the ball and shoots towards the empty net.
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Empty net.
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Goal! Rangers 0 Sharks 2 (88′).
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Survival guaranteed.
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Goal score Thomas Richmond.
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Full time: Rangers 0 Sharks 2.

ROUND 7 Moved washout round

Fixtures and Results

Relegation battles feature this round. It is still not clear who will go down. The Woonona Sharks FC take on Bellambi Rosellas FC in a long-standing local rivalry in the northern suburbs of the Illawarra. A Sharks win will all but guarantee survival and the drop for the Rosellas. It is a cool cloudy day with a light WSW – ideal conditions for football.

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The relegation joust is about to begin.

 

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Teams take to the field.

 

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Nicholas Valjak crosses into the box. Rosellas use the right wing to get behind the Sharks defence.

 

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Sharks keeper Brandon Groom intercepts the cross from Valjak.

 

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Adam Casey expresses his concern about the Rosellas penetration.

 

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Sharks are first to the ball with a defensive header.

 

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Max Ashton takes on Daniel Koliopoulos down the right wing.
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Ashton at pace pivots inside.
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Ashton turns Koliopoulos
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Ashton reverse weaves around Koliopoulos.
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Ashton gets his cross in around the Koliopoulos pressure.

 

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Rosellas Reo Hirose

 

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Nicholas Valjak shields the ball.

 

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The pressure builds.

 

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Tight marking and rapid closing down by Luke Boersma.

 

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Steven Hristovski

 

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Chris Gomez gets behind the Sharks defence and at speed shoots under pressure.
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Groom with quick reflexes makes a big save.
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Groom keeps the Gomez shot out. 0-0.

 

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Sharks Jordyn Della Vedova
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Casey shoots under pressure from Rosellas keeper Nathin Cupitt.
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Casey is on target.
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Sharks strike first.
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Sharks 1 Rosellas 0 (33′).

 

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Robbie Gaudiosi distributes the ball to launch Shark attack.

 

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Halftime: Sharks 1 Rosellas 0.

 

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Rosellas fire the ball across the penalty area.
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Hirose gets to the cross.
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Rosellas are level!
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Sharks 1 Rosellas 1 (61′).
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Survival probability has just increased.

 

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A tight battle.

 

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It ends Sharks 1 Rosellas 1.

The struggle to avoid relegation moves to the wire.

 

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.