Albion Park White Eagles 4 (Cameron Morgan 22’ 34’ 65’, Hamish Lamberton 90+3’) Tarrawanna Blueys 3 (Bonmyeong Koo 4’, Jacob Gjorsevski 56’, Dan Chapman 90’)
Albion Park edged past Tarrawanna 4-3 with a stoppage-time winner at Terry Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
Cameron Morgan once again starred for the White Eagles scoring his third hat-trick of the season.
It was the visitors who took the lead first just four minutes in when Bonmyeong Koo scored for the second week running.
Two quick-fire goals from Cameron Morgan later in the half ensured the home side went into the break in the lead.
Blueys substitute Jacob Gjorsevski netted in the 56th minute to restore parity before Morgan headed in his third goal nine minutes later to put the hosts back in front.
Tarrawanna looked to have secured a point when Dan Champan levelled the match in the 90th minute, however, substitute Hamish Lamberton made an impact by scoring a 93rd-minute winner for the home side.
This result sees Albion Park remain in third position, still three points behind league-leaders Wollongong Olympic.
APWE 4 Tarra 3
Tarra 1 APWE 1 / 8-9 in shootout (elimination final)
APWE 5 Tarra 4
APWE 1 Tarra 2 (minor semi)
Tarra 1 APWE 4
APWE 0 Tarra 5
Always something happening. pic.twitter.com/NEeapwgEPG
— Dylan Arvela (@dylanarvela) May 23, 2021
The White Eagles could move up to second next Saturday if they take all three points against Wollongong United at Macedonia Park.
Despite the Blueys’ defeat here, the side remains only three points away from a position in the top five, however, they will face a tough game next weekend against Wollongong Olympic at Tarrawanna Oval.
It was a trifecta for the hosts with the side winning youth grade 5-1 and second grade 7-2.
Wollongong United breezed past Woonona 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Ocean Park in the first meeting between the sides since last season’s grand final.
An early goal for the away side set the tone for the match with Danny Lazarevski scoring with only three minutes gone.
Maty Brennan doubled this advantage in the 19th minute before he scored again with eight minutes remaining in the half to send United into the break with a three-goal lead.
Dinko Terzic scored from the penalty spot not long after the restart to add a fourth for United in what was the fourth game in a row against the Sharks that the side had won without conceding a goal.
After this comprehensive win, Oli Vrtkovski’s side remains one of only two unbeaten outfits in the division this year and sit only a point behind Wollongong Olympic at the top of the division.
It will be a potentially season-defining couple of weekends for Wollongong United hosting third-place Albion Park before travelling to face Olympic in round 11.
Woonona will have a trying weekend next time around facing Bulli on Saturday who sits on the same points as Sharks in fifth position and Olympic on Sunday.
In youth grade, the Sharks got up 3-2 and a last-minute penalty for the home side in second grade saw the points shared with the score at 3-3.
Coniston 8 (Adam Voloder 2’ 76’, Steven Ugrinovski 25’ 79’ 86’, Ekoue D’Almeida 51′, Dylan Pelowski 65’) Cringila Lions 0
In the result of the round, Coniston put eight past Cringila in an 8-0 victory at JJ Kelly Park on Saturday.
Adam Voloder found the net just two minutes in the for the hosts before Steven Ugrinovski also scored midway through the half.
Anthony Krsteski added another five minutes before the break seeing the side go into halftime with a 3-0 lead.
Only six minutes into the second period, Ekoue D’Almeida found the net before just after the hour mark when Dylan Perlowski made it five.
In the final 15 minutes of the match, Voloder made it a brace with 76 minutes gone before two more goals from Steven Ugrinovski securing his hat-trick rounded out the game for the home side.
Goals galore in the IPL today – 26 in total.
Four more in the final game tomorrow will make it the highest-scoring round of the season.@FcConiston's 8-0 win against @Cringila_Lions is the biggest in the division since round 10 of 2018 when Wollongong Olympic beat Picton 9-0.
— Dylan Arvela (@dylanarvela) May 22, 2021
After two defeats in a row, Coniston are now unbeaten in their last four games seeing them into fourth position.
The side will now travel to Elizabeth Park to take on Bellambi who are currently 10th.
As for Cringila, despite earning their first win of the season on Wednesday night against Bellambi, the side will drop below the Rosellas into 11th.
This sets a must-win encounter against South Coast United next Friday night at Crehan Park with a win for Lions sending the side seven points clear of United in last.
It was three-from-three for the home side with youth grade winning 4-2 and second grade 5-1.
Port Kembla 1 (Jordan Nikolovski 30’) Bellambi Rosellas 0
Jordan Nikolovski proved the difference again for Port Kembla scoring the only goal in the side’s 1-0 victory over Bellambi at Wetherall Park on Saturday afternoon.
Nikolovski scored his 11th goal of the season half an hour in, which was enough for his side to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
This result lifts the hosts into seventh and only two points away from a final position.
The side will now take on Corrimal Rangers at Memorial Park this Sunday hoping to extend their winning run to three games.
Bellambi have now lost three games in a row since their 2-1 win against Bulli in round six.
The side will be up against it next weekend going head-to-head with an in-form Coniston side.
In the lower grades, Port Kembla were dominant, winning youth grade 4-0 and second grade 5-1.
South Coast United 0 Bulli 6 (Guy Knight 2’ PENALTY 33′ 53’, Jake Levy 60’, Nick Littler 76’, Ben McDonald 90’)
Guy Knight was the star of the show for Bulli scoring the third hat-trick of the round in Bulli’s 6-0 win against South Coast United at Ian McLennan Park on Saturday night.
Knight got his first goal of the match two minutes in before scoring his second just after the half-hour mark from the penalty spot.
He would go on to score his third just after the break before his replacement Jake Levy found the net on the hour mark.
Nick Littler made it five in the 76th minute as Ben McDonald scored for the first time since round four in the dying embers of the match.
This was an important win for the visitors as it ends a three-game winless run in the league with the result also pushing the side into fifth.
Next Saturday, Bulli will look to build momentum against local rivals Woonona at Balls Paddock.
South Coast United’s dismal form continued with the side now zero and nine this season.
United have also failed to find the net since round four, and since then they’ve also shipped 19 goals.
Despite this, a result against Cringila at Crehan Park next Friday night could be the key for the side to kick on in the second half of the season.
Bulli also won in the lower grades with a 3-1 scoreline in youth grade and a 7-0 victory in second grade.
Wollongong Olympic 3 (Hikaru Kawasakiya 72’, John Martinoski 87’, Van Elia PENALTY 90’) Corrimal Rangers 1 (Fabian Iacovelli 57’)
Wollongong Olympic left it late to overcome Corrimal Rangers 3-1 at PCYC on Sunday afternoon.
After a goalless first period, it was the visitors who took the lead 57 minutes in with Fabian Iacovelli getting his third goal of the season.
Hikaru Kawasakiya equalised for Olympic in the 72nd minute before substitute John Martinoski got his first goal of the season with three minutes to play to put the side into the lead.
Van Elia scored against his former club in the dying stages of the match, netting from the penalty spot – as he had done for the Rangers in the 2019 grand final against Olympic.
IPL Round 9 FG – FT @ PCYC:
Wollongong Olympic 3 – Corrimal Rangers 1
An early 2nd half Corrimal goal was cancelled out by an equalizer. A late second goal & 90’ pen sealed the victory for Olympic. @FSC_Official #rangers
— Corrimal Rangers Football Club (@corrimalrangers) May 23, 2021
This result ensures George Antoniou’s side remain top of the division heading into next weekend’s away doubleheader at Tarrawanna and Woonona.
Corrimal will welcome Port Kembla to Memorial Park next Sunday with a win sending them above Port on goal difference.
The Rangers got the better of Olympic in both youth grade and second grade 2-1 and 4-3 wins respectively.
Review by Timothy Gibson, on Twitter @timg123_
Photo by Dana Walker