Illawarra Premier League Season 2023

FIXTURES AND RESULTS

THE FINALS SERIES

GRAND FINAL

The GF is between Cringila Lions v Coniston FC on a warm spring afternoon with a light northerly wind blowing down the ground.

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The players enter the field.
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Cono fans welcome their team on the field.
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Cringila Lions launch an early aerial attack.
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Takayuki Kayano shadows Peter Simonoski.
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Simonoski cuts inside.
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Kayano blocks the cut-back.
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Michael Mendes attacks Coniston down the left wing.
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Mendes fires the ball into the goal zone.
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Kaydin Harrison deflects the ball from the goal.
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Stefan Dimoski hits the rebound.
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Kayano blocks the shot.
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Anthony Krsteski fires the rebound goalward.
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Harrison saves.
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Krsteski fires the rebounded rebound back at goal again.
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Harrison’s triple-save keeps the score at 0-0.
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Tobias Norval goes down just outside the box.
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Tobias Norval falls into the box.
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The referee awards a direct.
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The Cringila wall does its job. The score remains 0-0.
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Michael Mendes crosses from the left flank.
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Harrison under pressure plucks the ball out of the air.
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Harrison holds the ball tightly to make the save. 0-0.
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Nikola Ristevski punches the ball over the bar.
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Lukas Stergiou defends the Lions counter.
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Cono shoot a rocket.
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Ristevski pushes the shot onto the crossbar.
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The header from the rebound narrowly misses. 0-0.
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Cono defend the Lions counter.
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Halftime: 0-0.
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Underway in the 2nd Half.
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Matthew Floro breaks down the left.
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Floro slams the ball into the net.
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Goal!
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Coniston FC take the lead.
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Cringila Lions 0 Coniston FC 1 (50′).
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Cono celebrate taking the lead.
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The Lions are unable to break through the Coniston defence.
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A narrow escape for the Lions.
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Harrison Taranto is tightly marked.
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Harrison Taranto is brought down from behind.
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An altercation ensues.
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Lions fans rev-up in support of their team.
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Lions push for an equalizer.
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Anthony Krsteski header.
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Harrison saves the Krsteski header.
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Steely resolve.
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Cono scramble the ball to safety.
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Another narrow Lions miss.
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Time is running out for an equalizer.
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Into added time.
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Lions are almost caught on the break as they surge forward for an equalizer.
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Full Time : Cringila Lions 0 Coniston FC 1
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Cono fans celebrate the win.

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Coniston celebrate.

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2023 Champions!

 

ELIMINATION FINAL

The Elimination Final is between Albion Park White Eagles and Coniston FC. The winner will play Cringila Lions in the Grand Final next week.

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The teams make their way onto the field for the Elimination Final.
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Fans settle in for the game.
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Liam Wille
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Tobias Norval
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The Coniston FC technical area.
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Kaydin Harrison thwarts White Eagles early attack on goal.
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White Eagles defence stops the counter.
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The fans enjoying the game.
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A tetchy early start to the game.
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Christopher Nathaniel breaks up the Coniston FC attack.
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Defensive header by Takayuki Kayano.
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Jason Zufic launches the Cono counter-attack.
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The cut-back as Coniston FC mount pressure on the White Eagles defensive line.
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End-to-end action. Wille dribbles inside .
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Tight marking.
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Cono defend the corner.
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Kaydin Harrison safe hands commands the Cono six-yard zone.
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Kayano sends the ball forward.
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Matthew Floro is through and slots the ball into the net.
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No goal. Offside.
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Coniston FC defend against the aerial threat.
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Relentless tussle for possession.
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Contest for possession.
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Brendan Fordham with a defensive header.
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Coniston break down the right.
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Halftime: Albion Park White Eagles 0 Coniston FC 0.
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Halftime flyover.
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Jake Morlando
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Hayden Durose saves under pressure from Takayuki Kayano.
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No compromise challenges for possession.
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Cassidy Tanddo makes a last-ditch block.
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Durose saves Matthew Floro’s strike.
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White Eagles surge forward.
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Taiga Kitajima is brought on to sharpen the White Eagles attack.
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Harrison with a brave save preventing Wille scoring on the quick counter.
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Brendan Griffin shoots from the edge of the penalty box.
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Kaydin Harrison saves.
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Hayden Durose saves.
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Daniel Loe drives the ball across the keeper.
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Goal! White Eagles 0 Cono 1 (87′).
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Cono fans celebrate the late breakthrough.
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Daniel Loe celebrates his goal.
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Full Time: Albion Park White Eagles 0 Coniston FC 1.

Coniston FC will meet Cringila Lions in the Grand Final nest week.

MAJOR SEMIFINAL

Albion Park White Eagles play Cringila Lions in the Major Semifinal. The winner goes into the Grand Final while the loser will play Coniston FC next weekend.

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Harrison Taranto
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Cameron Morgan
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Morgan latches onto a cross and belts the ball into the net.
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Goal! White Eagles take the lead after just 4′.
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White Eagles 1 Cringila Lions 0
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Brendan Fordham
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Liam Wille breaks down the inside right.
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Wille crosses to Morgan who shoots with a first time drive.
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Goal! White Eagles lead 2-0 after 7′.
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Morgan brace.
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The Lions attack down the right looking to peg back the lead.
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White Eagles header stops Anthony Krsteski reaching the ball.
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The score remains 2-0.
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Stefan Dimoski surges down the right flank.
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White Eagles’ defence holds firm.
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Lions play around the box.
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White Eagles surround Ben Zucco.
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Stefan Dimoski hits a rocket.
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Goal! The Lions pull one back.
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White Eagles 2 Cringila Lions 1 (35′).
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Krsteski battles with Renji Shimizu in the White Eagles box.
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Krsteski is down in the box. No penalty.
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Zucco on the ball. Halftime: 2-1.
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Halftime flyover.
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White Eagles go tight on Ekoue D’almeida.
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Wille is down in the box.
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No penalty.
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White Eagles shot on goal.
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The ball flashes past the upright.
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Wille with another attempt. White Eagles pepper the Lions goal.
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The temperature rises between players.
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Peter Simonoski with a bullet header.
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Goal! Cringila draw level in the 63′.
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White Eagles 2 Cringila Lions 2.
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Simonoski celebrates his goal.
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Nikola Ristevski saves.
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Ekoue D’almeida
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Penalty appeal.
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The referee awards the penalty.
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The referee checks that Peter Simonoski has put the ball correctly on the spot.
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Simonoski sinks the penalty with aplomb.

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White Eagles 2 Cringila Lions 3 (76′).

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Simonoski celebrates with Lions fans.

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Cringila Lions are in front.

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White Eagles defend the break with three at the back.

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Full time: Albion Park White Eagles 2 Cringila Lions 3.

Cringila Lions secure their Grand Final place. Albion Park White Eagles will face off with Coniston FC in the Elimination Final next week.

Elimination Semifinal

Wollongong Olympic take on Coniston FC in the Elimination Semifinal. The winner plays the loser between White Eagles and Cringila Lions tomorrow afternoon.

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Teams enter the field for the do-or-die clash.
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Underway in the Elimination Semifinal.
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Samuel Matthews
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Nick Littler intercepts the ball down the right wing.
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Lukas Stergiou distributes the ball.
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Kaydin Harrison smothers Rick Goodchild’s shot.
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Jake Morlando and Yuto Sugiura in battle.
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Olympic defend the Cono attack.
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Rick Goodchild in space.
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Goodchild turns and sends the ball to Sugiura.
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Sugiura hits the volley.
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Goal. Olympic 1 Coniston 0 (15′).
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Olympic celebrate Sugiura’s goal.
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Kaydin Harrison pluck the cross out of the air under pressure form Christopher Price.
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Matthew Floro
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Tobias Norval is in-and-out around the box as Olympic sit-in deep under Cono pressure.
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Jason Zufic and Sugiura in a struggle for the ball.
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Cono header.
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The header flashes into the net.
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Cono celebrate Samuel Matthews’ goal. 1-1 in the 38′.
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The Half ends 1-1.
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The raven looks over the Halftime break: Olympic 1 Cono 1.
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Zufic on a Cono attack early into the Second Half.
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Olympic defend.
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Contest for the ball.
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Cono continue to press forward.
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Tight Second Half.
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Cono defence holds under Olympic pressure.
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Harrison saves another attempt on goal by Olympic.
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Battles all over the park.
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Zufic breaks out of defence.
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Tobias Norval is away at speed.
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Norval shoots from distance on the run.
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Olympic FC 1 Coniston FC 2 (75′).
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Cono celebrates the Norval goal in the 75′.
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Cono are in front.
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The game ends Olympic 1 Coniston 2.

Coniston move into the Elimination Final next weekend.

The Elimination Round is between Coniston FC and Bulli FC 1901 in this sudden death round.

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Underway. Coniston defence wins the ball outside their area.
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Bulli are on the early attack.
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Kyle Jackson sets up a Bulli 1901 attack.
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Shot on goal.
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Coniston use their pace on the counter down the right.
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Jake Morlando in battle with Lachlan Bryce.
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Tobias Norval breaks through down the left.
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Norval drives the ball into the net.
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Coniston takes the lead.
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Coniston FC 1 Bulli 1901 0 (10′).
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Takayuki Kayano
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Braeden Kludass saves.
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Bulli 1901 counter.
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Yuki Hashimoto attacks Cono down the right.
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Cassidy Tanddo
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Kayano fires one into the Bulli penalty zone.
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Bulli 1901 drive up the left.
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No way through for Ryan Emerton.
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Cassidy Tanddo belts the ball in from the right wing.
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Kludass intercepts the cross.
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Jason Zufic builds a Cono attack.
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Tight Cono defence.
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Bulli 1901 with a narrow miss.
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Fans enjoying the game.
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Cono cross goes in.
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Christopher Arditti makes it 2-0.
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Coniston FC 2 Bulli 1901 0 (39′).
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Kludass saves.
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Halftime: Coniston 2 Bulli 1901 0.
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Halftime flyover.
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Bulli 1901 start the second half with an all out attack.
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Cono technical area.
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Jackson sets up the Bulli 1901 attack.
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Jarvis Paterson blasts the ball into the net.
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Coniston 2 Bulli 1901 1 (69′).
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Lewis Grimshaw shoots.
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Keeper saves.
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Christopher Arditti in a one-on-one with Braeden Kludass.
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Arditti gets his shot in.
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Goal.
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Coniston 3 Bulli 1901 1 (85′).
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Full time: Coniston FC 3 Bulli FC 1901 1.

Cono progress. Bulli 1901 are eliminated.

ROUND 22

The final round and four teams are vying for a Final Series spot. Cringila Lions FC play Bulli 1901 FC at home having already qualified for the 2 v 3 spot. Bulli 1901 however need a win to guarantee a spot in the Finals Series otherwise they will depend on other results. All games in the last round are played simultaneously to ensure there is no prior advantage.

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Players take to the field in a must win for Bulli 1901.
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Bulli 1901 are immediately on the attack.
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Steven Ugrinovski
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Miguel Clarino sets up an attack into the final third.
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Peter Simonoski has his penalty claim turned down.
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Kyle Jackson tackles Reo Hirose.
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Ryan Akhurst tackles Kyle Jackson.
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Simonoski bursts through the centre.
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Simonoski’s shot flashes just outside the upright.
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Bulli 1901 counter.
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Logan Mathie
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Penalty appeal is turned down.
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Anthony Krsteski is down in the box.
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Yuki Hashimoto clears for Bulli 1901.
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Miguel Clarino battles with Reo Hirose.
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Lewis Grimshaw drives down the inside left.
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Grimshaw shot across the keeper is saved by Nikola Ristevski.
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Deakin Brownlee belts the rebound back in.
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Ekoue D’almeida blocks the shot.
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Samuel Adnum sinks the D’almeida block.
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Cringila Lions 0 Bulli 1901 1 (24′)
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Bulli 1901 fans applaud the goal.
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Harrison Taranto drives a rocket into the net from outside the penalty area. Lions draw level 1-1 (32′).
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Peter Simonoski makes it 2-1 (33′).
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Halftime: Cringila Lions 2 Bulli 1901 1.
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Anthony Krsteski flick off the corner makes it 3-1 in the 72′.
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Lions celebrate their goal.
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Jarvis Paterson closes the scoreline to 3-2 in the 92′.
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The game ends Lions 3 Bulli 1901 2. Bulli scape into the Finals Series due to Wollongong United losing to Albions Park White Eagles.

ROUND 21

The penultimate round -the premiership goes to Albion Park White Eagles who continue their winning ways by defeating Coniston FC at home. Bulli 1901 FC win and move back into the Top Five. Wollongong United sit just outside the Top Five and need a win. A loss would see them in 6th spot with only one round left. For Wollongong Olympic a win will put them in 2nd position with the prize of a double nibble at the cherry in the Finals Series.

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Wollongong United in a huddle before the start of the game. They need to win to stay in the Top Five.
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Gabriel Zapata
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Jake Charlston prevents the Olympic header back into the six-yard zone.
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United feed the ball to Mitsuo Yamada.
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The Olympic defence allow no room for the Yamada turn.
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Harry Callahan drives directly through the centre.
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United shoot on the counter.
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Cristofer Fuentes holds the near-post cross-shot.
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David Hartas passes the ball centrally on the counter.
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United bring the ball down the right flank.
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Charlston punches the ball clear.
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Tynan Diaz is down in the box. No penalty.
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Olympic attack goes narrow.
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A Joshua Alcorn header puts Olympic in front in the 26′.
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Wollongong Olympic 1 Wollongong United 0 (26′)
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Olympic continue to control the ball and attack.
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Olympic defence dominates.
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Halftime: Olympic 1 United 0
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Fuentes clears up at the back for Olympic.
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The rain intensifies.
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Tynan Diaz turns the United defence.
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Nick Littler
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The ball is off the arm.
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Olympic players appeal for the handball.
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The United wall does its job. The score remains 1-0.
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Fuentes saves.
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Penalty is awarded to Olympic.
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Diaz makes it Olympic 2 United 1 from the penalty spot in the 64′.
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Solid defence ensures that Olympic move into 2nd Place and United into 6th Place.
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Full Time: Wollongong Olympic 2 Wollongong United 0.

ROUND 20

Wollongong United need to win the rest of their games if they are to ensure progression to the Finals Series. Bulli 1901 are just three points behind them in Sixth Place. South Coast United who seem eternally tied to second from bottom are out of relegation danger because Bellambi Rosellas who have had a very disappointing season are already relegated.

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Underway. Martin Joseski pushes the ball wide in a South Coast build-up.
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Danny Lazarevski clears the ball out of defence for United.
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United stop the right-wing attack. Foul.
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Seiji Kawakami
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United control the early play in the middle of the park.
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Jason Bleakley punches the United cross to safety.
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Thomas Kasunic
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Bleakley holds the shot.
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United break-up the South Coast attack.
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Under South Coast pressure United defence scramble the ball away.
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Plenty of well-timed tackles go in by both sides.
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Thomas Kasunic
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It is a high-paced counter-attacking game.
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Mitsuo Yamada
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James Brodnik attacks the ball.
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Brodnic shoots.
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Jake Charlston saves for United.
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Bleakley saves at the other end for South Coast.
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United hold off the South Coast attack.
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Bleakley punches in the end-to-end game.
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Preston Ridley
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United launch an attack.
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Halftime: Wollongong United 0 South Coast United 0.
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Halftime flyover.
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Second half begins high paced.
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South Coast United coach looks on.
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Tight marking.
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United continue attacking.
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Tackle.
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Relentless closing down.
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Bleakley clears the ball.
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Mitsuo Yamada takes the direct.
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The ball swerves and dips at pace.
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South Coast appeal the goal.
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Yamada celebrates the break-through goal.
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Wollongong United 1 South Coast United 0 (74′).
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United take all three points.

ROUND 19

The Tarrawanna Blueys play Bulli FC 1901 in the Battle of the North. Bulli 1901 are relying on results going their way to make the Finals Series whilst the Blueys are out of contention and well above Bellambi Rosellas who sit in the relegation spot at the foot of the table. The weather is cool with a light southerly breeze.

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Matthew Naylor receives a Guard of Honour for recognition of his contributions to the Blueys.
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The game is underway.
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Adam Rodriguez is bravely down to nullify the Bulli 1901 break down the leftwing.
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Lewis Grimshaw is down on the edge of the penalty area. A direct is awarded to Bulli 1901.
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The direct is driven home.
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Ben McDonald makes it 0-1 (4′).
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Blueys counter. The ball drops on and bounces off the crossbar back into play.
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Matias Toro Suazo
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Dylan Hogan slides in to win the ball.
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Bulli 1901 press and defend high.
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The Blueys launch an attack through midfield.
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Daniel Chapman clears the ball from the defensive lines to start a Blueys attack.
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Kyle Jackson pressures the Blueys defence.
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Rodriguez saves the Bulli 1901 shot across the keeper. 0-1.
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Ben McDonald header from the corner.
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McDonald brace.
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Blueys 0 Bulli 1901 2 (20′).
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Bulli 1901 continue the press and tackle.
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Rodriguez saves.
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Deakin Brownlee fires one at goal.
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Rodriguez saves.

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Logan Mathie is on the ball as the halftime whistle blows.

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Halftime flyover.

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Blueys tighten up.
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Bulli 1901 are given little room.
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Daniel Chapman
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Chapman fires a long-range effort.
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The ball curls into the top left-hand corner.
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Blueys 1 Bulli 1901 2 (64′).
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Penalty is awarded to the Blueys.
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Braeden Kludass saves. 1-2.
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Planning the attack.

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McDonald drives the ball.

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Hattrick. Blueys 1 Bulli 1901 3 (90′).

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Full-time: Tarrawanna Blueys 1 Bulli FC 1901 3.

ROUND 18

Bulli FC 1901 are in crunch moment. They need points to stay in touch with the Top Five. Their opponent Albion Park White Eagles FC are flying high on the table. A win for the White Eagles would almost certainly be the Premiership title bar a catastrophic end in the final rounds of the season.

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Bulli 1901 enter the field.
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Bulli 1901 on the attack. The cross is in from the right flank.
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Ben McDonald hits the cross from the right over his head.
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Hayden Durose saves.
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Cameron Morgan pressures the Bulli 1901 build from defence.
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Bulli defend.
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