ILLAWARRA PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND 8 REVIEW

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Cringila Lions 1 (Alessio Morena 45’) Port Kembla 3 (Jordan Nikolovski 17’ PENALTY 50’, Keegan Matias 59’)

Port Kembla picked their first win of the campaign since the opening round of the season in a 3-1 victory over Cringila at Crehan Park on Friday night.

Just 17 minutes into the match, Jordan Nikolovski put the away side into the lead.

On the stroke of half time, Alessio Morena equalised for the Lions.

Nikolovski found his second of the game early on in the second period, converting a penalty to put Port back in the lead.

As Keegan Matias scored his first goal for Port Kembla just before the hour mark.

The result continues the side’s impressive recent form after last weekend’s draw with Bulli and a commanding 4-1 win over Bellambi in the Bert Bampton Cup in what was just their second win of the league season.

Port will fancy their chances of making it back-to-back victories in the league next weekend when they take on 10th-place Bellambi at Wetherall Park.

Cringila remain in 11th spot just one point above South Coast United who sit at the foot of the table.

The side have a must-win encounter with Bellambi at Crehan Park next Wednesday night before facing Coniston at the weekend at JJ Kelly Park.

Bulli 0 Coniston 2 (Adam Voloder 30’, Steven Ugrinovski 78’)

Bulli continued their recent slump in form going down 2-0 to Coniston at Balls Paddock on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors took the lead half an hour in through Adam Voloder before Steven Ugrinovski doubled this advantage in the 78th minute.

This result lifts Coniston into fourth position and just three points off the top of the league.

The side will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins next Saturday afternoon when they face Cringila at JJ Kelly Park.

Bulli are now winless in their last three matches which has seen them fall out of a finals position.

This sets up a crucial clash for the side on Saturday night at Ian McLennan Park against a South Coast United side who are yet to pick up a point this season.

However, before the weekend, the Fraternity Club Cup champions will host District League powerhouse Helensburgh on Wednesday night in the Bert Bampton Cup.

Wollongong Olympic 1 (Van Elia PENALTY 4’) Albion Park White Eagles 1 (Cameron Morgan PENALTY 90’)

In a top of the table clash at PCYC, Wollongong Olympic and Albion Park played out a 1-1 draw.

Olympic’s latest signing Van Elia put the hosts ahead just four minutes in from the penalty spot.

Midway through the second period, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Sam Munroe was given his marching orders.

Cameron Morgan scored a last-minute penalty in what was his ninth goal of the campaign to ensure the points were shared.

This was the first time Olympic had dropped points this season and sees the gap at the stop slashed to just one point although the side does have a game in hand over the second-placed Wollongong United.

Wollongong Olympic will play host to Corrimal Rangers next Sunday hoping to respond after dropping their first points of the season.

Despite an impressive point for the White Eagles, the side drops down the third place and are now only a point ahead of fourth-placed Coniston.

Albion Park will now face Tarrawanna at Terry Reserve next Saturday afternoon.

Wollongong United 5 (Mitsuo Yamada 12’, Klime Sekutkoski 45’ 71’, Jeremy Flanagan 62’ 88’) South Coast United 0

Wollongong United battered South Coast United 5-0 at Macedonia Park on Saturday afternoon.

Mitsuo Yamada put the home side ahead 12 minutes in before Klime Sekutkoski and substitute Jeremy Flanagan earned braces for United.

The victory sees the side move into second place just a point off top spot after Olympic and Albion Park played out a draw.

Wollongong United will face District League side Balgownie on Tuesday night at Macedonia Park before next Saturday’s 2020 Grand Final rematch against Woonona at Ocean Park.

South Coast have another tricky task next Saturday Night hosting Bulli at Ian McLennan Park.

Tarrawanna 1 (Bonmyeong Koo 35’) Woonona 1 (Darren Stone OWN GOAL 14’)

Tarrawanna and Woonona shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Tarrawanna Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors hit the front within 15 minutes when veteran Darren Stone knocked the ball into his own net.

The Blueys restored parity 10 minutes before the break, through Bonmyeong Koo who netted his first goal for the club in the top grade.

The result sees the Sharks move into fifth place while also ending a four-game winning streak for the side in the league.

Woonona next Saturday will take on Wollongong United at Ocean Park – the side who they pipped to the League Championship by just one goal differential.

Tarrawanna will travel to face the third-placed Albion Park on the same day.

Corrimal 4 (Zane Wilson 25’ 45’, Tobias Norval 70’, Rick Goodchild 90’) Bellambi 1 (Brett Wilson 82’)

Corrimal earned their third win of the campaign with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Bellambi at Memorial Park on Sunday.

A first-half brace from Zane Wilson saw the Rangers head into the sheds with a two-goal advantage.

Tobias Norval added a third for the hosts in the 70th minute before Brett Wilson pulled one back for the Rosellas with eight minutes to play.

In the dying embers of the match, Rick Goodchild scored his fifth goal of the season to make it four.

The result lifts Corrimal to within two points of sixth-placed Bulli, however, they face a tricky venture to Wollongong Olympic next weekend.

Bellambi will face a midweek fixture on Wednesday against Cringila in a Round 7 catch-up game which could have significant ramifications for both sides at the bottom of the table.

Review by Timothy Gibson, on Twitter @timg123_

Photo by Kiah Hufton

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