Illawarra Premier League Season 2022

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Fixtures and Results

THE GRAND FINAL

WOLLONGONG OLYMPIC v WOLLONGONG UNITED

The Grand Final is on a rainy day at WIN Stadium. The pitch is in good condition. No soccer player features at the entrance despite a host of successful players from the Illawarra who have featured on the international stage in the world’s largest sporting competition– only rugby league (another story).

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Western Grandstand is packed out.

 

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Play is about to begin.
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Jake True in an early struggle for possession with James Stojanovski.
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Jacob Madden
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Penalty award.
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Dinko Terzic readies for the penalty take.
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Justin Pasfield saves. The score remains 0-0.

 

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Tynan Diaz steps up to take a corner down the other end.
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Price heads the ball under pressure from Terzic
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Chris Price scores off the corner with a powerful pinpoint header.

 

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Perfect Price header puts Olympic in front.

 

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Olympic celebrate Price goal. 1-0 (15′).

 

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Bailey Barbarovski slides in to win the ball off David Hartas.
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Bailey Barbarovski

 

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Danny Lazarevski sets up the United corner defence.
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David Hartas

 

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Right flank break-away.
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Cross rockets across the face of the goal.
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Bailey Barbarovski intercepts the cross and the ball flies into the net. OG.
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Olympic 2 United 0 (26′).
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Olympic fans celebrate goal.
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Helensburgh fans who are going up next year enjoying the Grand Final.

 

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Klime Sekutkoski receives the ball inside the penalty area.
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Sekutkoski is first to the ball.
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Sekutkoski zips between the two defenders.
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Sekutkoski fires a nutmeg through the defensive block by Hartas.
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Goal. United peg one back.
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Olympic 2 United 1 (44′).
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Game on!

 

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Halftime flyover.

 

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United are one goal down at the break.
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Second half about to start.
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The battle for control of the ball renews.
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Fans take their seats.

 

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Tackles go in.

 

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United on the attack.
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Mason Versi passes to Sekutkoski.
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United shoot.
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The ball skims the upright.
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The score remains 2-1.

 

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Rick Goodchild’s shot is blocked.
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Looking for the rebound.
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The ball bounces United’s way.
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Rick Goodchild
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United defend Tynan Diaz direct.
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End-to-end.

 

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Score remains 2-1 as full time approaches.
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United in search of the equalizer.
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Tempers flare.
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Goodchild on defensive duty.
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Time ticks on.
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Olympic fans anticipating victory.
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Fans entranced by the tight struggle.
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Olympic break.
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With a few minutes left the shot kisses the goal face. Score remains Olympic 2 United 1.
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Olympic fans wait for the whistle.
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United with a last ditch shot on goal.
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Saved!
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Full time: Olympic 2 United 1
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Olympic are Illawarra Premier League Grand Final Champions.

 

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Olympic hold the cup aloft.

 

FINALS SERIES

Fixtures and Results

Wollongong united v cringila lions

The winner goes into Grand Final against Olympic on Sunday. United have the home ground advantage. It’s a sunny day with a coolish breeze on a heavy pitch.

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The teams enter the field.

 

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The Lions attacks down the right flank through Michael Mendes.

 

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Peter Simonoski
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Seiji Kawakami

 

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Anthony Krsteski is closely watched by United.

 

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Ben Zucco breaks through the lines down the left flank.

 

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Sean Thomas halts Zucco’s progress with a body check.

 

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Kawakami shields the ball under pressure from a pressing Lions.

 

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The struggle for possession.
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Danny Lazarevski

 

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Cautious approach by United as they build from the back.
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Bailey Barbarovski
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Uncompromising United defence
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Klime Sekutkoski finds space to fire on goal.

 

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The Sekutkoski ball zips into the bottom right-hand corner.

 

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Wollongong United 1 Cringila Lions 0 (36′)

 

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United shoots.

 

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Nikola Ristevski pushes the ball over the bar.

 

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The battle for possession tightens.

 

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Halftime: United 1 Lions 0
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Halftime flyover.

 

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The players are out for the Second Half.
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The ball is headed down to James Stojanovski.

 

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Stojanovski volleys the ball.

 

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Ristevski saves.

 

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Lions clear the loose ball. The score remains 1-0.
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Intense concentration.
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Simonoski volleys.

 

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The volley skims the crossbar.

 

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Anthony Krsteski
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United defend the counter-attack.

 

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Stojanovski stops the Lions surge.

 

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Krstevski is brought down.

 

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Andre Dias blots down the left flank and shoots.

 

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Jacob Madden makes near-post save.
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Krstevski shot serves and deceives the keeper.

 

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Krstevski equalizes.

 

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United 1 Lions 1 (77′).
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Thomas Darjani drives the ball far post.

 

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Jeremy Flanagan gets to the ball and slots it home.

 

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United 2 Lions 1 (78′).
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Madden saves a rocket.

 

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United use the corner to run down time.

 

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United are through to the Grand Final next Sunday against Olympic.

 

Bulli 1901 FC v Cringila Lions

The Elimination Final is between Bulli 1901 FC and Cringila Lions. The winner will play Wollongong United next week for a place in the Grand Final against the in-form and clinical Wollongong Olympic.

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Supporters enjoying a cool spring afternoon.Review of Elinination Final 
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Early penalty awarded to Bulli FC 1901.

 

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Lions players reaction to the penalty.

 

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Nikola Ristevski saves the penalty.

 

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Lions fans applaud the Ristevki penalty save.
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Bulli FC 1901 surge forward through Ryan Emerton.
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Javis Paterson is narrowly unable to get to the cross.
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Deakin Brownlee

 

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Under pressure, Seiya Miyamoto punches clear.
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Bulli FC 1901 on the break.

 

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Lions halt the break.
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Kyle Jackson launches the ball forward.
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Andre Dias
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Michael Mendes
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Anthony Krsteski is around the keeper.

 

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Last ditch tackle by Ian Clarino.

 

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Score remains 0-0.
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Miyamoto saves under pressure.
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Bulli FC 1901 under pressure.
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Ben Zucco calls for calm.
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Peter Simonoski pounces and slots the ball away.

 

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Lions 1 Bulli 1901 0 (27′).
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Lions dominate the attacking play.
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Lions coach looks on.

 

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An action filled first half comes to an end.
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Halftime fly-over.

 

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Second half is underway. Zucco launches a Lions attack.
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Bulli FC 1901 keep a close eye on Zucco.

 

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Lions make tactical changes in the second half seeking onto hold their 0-1 lead.

 

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Simonoski lays off the ball for a shot.

 

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Lions shot zips just over the crossbar.

 

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Bulli FC 1901 coaches concerned with state of play.

 

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Miyamoto watches the ball swerve at the near post.
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Miyamoto pushes the ball over the crossbar.

 

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Bulli FC 1901 bring on their gun striker, Ben McDonald.

 

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Lions contain Bulli FC 1901 and play on the counter.

 

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McDonald’s header scrapes the upright.

 

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Dimoski shot on the counter is saved by Miyamoto.

 

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Krsteski drives the ball into the goal area.
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Steven Ugrinovski makes it 0-2.
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Lions lead 0-2 (76′).

 

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Dimoski makes it 0-3 (85′).
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Lions celebrate Dimoski’s goal.

 

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Simonoski brace makes it 0-4(90+5′).
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FT: Bulli FC 1901 0 Cringila Lions 4

Review of Elinination Final 

Bulli 1901 FC v Cringila Lions

Can the Lions hot streak continue?

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Anthony Krsteski

Or will Bulli 1901 FC prove one step too far?

The loser is out. The winner continues the journey through the Finals Series?

 

Elimination Final: Coniston FC v CRINGILA LIONS

The game was moved to Monday to allow the field to drain. It is a beautiful spring day and a heavy pitch. Given past meetings between the sides this season one expects another close encounter.

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The teams enter the field for the sudden death elimination semi-final.

 

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Lions need to defend an early high ball into their final third.
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Lions defence holds firm against the high ball.

 

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Ben Zucco sends a pin-point ball forward.
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Anthony Krsteski heads the ball over the keeper.
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Goal! Coniston FC 0 Lions 1 (4′).
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Krsteski scores the opening goal after only 4′.
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Anthony Krsteski
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Tactical adjustments.

 

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Van Elia passes the ball into the penalty area.
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Nikolu Ristevski saves the offensive ball back from the goal line.

 

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Takatuki Kayano

 

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Coniston tighten up on Krsteski.

 

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Zucco drives the ball forward.

 

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Ristevski punches clear under pressure. The score remains 0-1.
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Lions looking to flick the ball onto Krsteski.
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Ben Zucco

 

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Stefan Dimoski narrowly misses through a wall of players.
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The Coniston high ball over the top is well defended.
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Krsteski is brought down in the box right in front of the referee. Penalty!
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Kaydin Harrison saves the penalty. The score remains 0-1.
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Harrison distributes the ball from the back.

 

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Tobias Norval drives a shot from the edge of the penalty area.
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Goal! 1-1 (30′).
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Tobias Noval celebrates the equalizer.
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The Elia and Zucco duel.

 

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Krsteski dribbles into a central position.
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Krsteski fires through the gap.
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The Krsteski ball swerves and dips leaving the goalkeeper stranded.
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Goal! 1-2 (33′).
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Krsteski Brace.

 

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Samuel Matthews shoots as the Lions defence scrambles.
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Ristevski tips the Matthews drive over the crossbar.

 

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The flick-on.

 

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Michael Mendes shoots.
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Harrison pushes the Mendes shot over the crossbar.
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Lions’ technical area.
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Lions attack down the right flank.
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Peter Simonoski fires the cross into the net. 1-3 (43′).

 

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Peter Simonoski makes it 1-3.

 

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Halftime: Coniston 1 Cringila Lions 3.
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Halftime flyover.
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Part of the crowd on the other side enjoying the game.
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Lions are first out for the 2nd Half. They are leading 1-3.
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Coniston FC revved-up for the 2nd Half who need to score two.
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Dimoski

 

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Andre Dias goes for the ball as Ekove D’aleida charges down the right wing.
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Dias tackles for control of the ball.
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Jake Morlando looks to build the attack. Coniston are with the possession.

 

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Coniston go tight on Simonoski.
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Coniston are wary of the counter-attack.
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Lions counter. Dimoski uses the right flank.
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Coniston defence holds off the counter.
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Zufic emerges with the ball.
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Lukas Stergiou stops Krsteski counter.
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Krsteski counters down the left flank.

 

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Defensive header.
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Ball to safety.

 

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Penalty!
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Referee is unmoved by protestations.
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Elia buries the penalty.
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Coniston FC 2 Cringila Lions 3 (67′)
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Lions bring on Stiven Sitnikoski.
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Full time. Cringila Lions are through to the elimination final.
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Coniston FC 2 Cringila Lions 3

Preview

Due to both games being on Sunday and I am unable to be there, here is a quick preview.

The key game is the Coniston FC v Cringila Lions elimination semi-final. There has been rain all week leading up the game. Their most recent encounter was a tightly fought 2-2 draw.

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In their previous previous meeting the score ended 2-2.

 

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Evenly matched.

No Round this week

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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J-WC

 

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UCI_WWC

 

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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.