South Coast United earned their first win of the campaign on Friday night downing Cringila 2-1 at Crehan Park.
Kieren Brodnik gave the visitors an early lead just six minutes in before Toni Musumeci added a second midway through the half.
Jordan Prentoski pulled one back for the Lions just before the break but a scoreless second period saw United hold on to secure the victory.
This result sees Greg Valic’s side move onto three points and was also the first time the side had scored the opening goal in a match this season.
United will look to build on this momentum heading into next Saturday night’s encounter with 10th-placed Bellambi who are without a win in four games.
A win for South Coast would lift them off the foot of the table.
Cringila will have to pick themselves up after a disappointing last two rounds with a heavy defeat to Coniston before the defeat to United.
They will travel to Ocean Park to face Woonona next Saturday in a crucial clash for the Lions.
Cringila won the lowers grades with a 4-2 win in youth grade and a 1-0 win in second grade.
Wollongong United 2 (Mitsuo Yamada 3’, James Stojanovski 65’) Albion Park White Eagles 0
Wollongong United remained undefeated in the league this year with a 2-0 win against Albion Park at Macedonia Park on Saturday.
It was a fast start from the home side with Mitsuo Yamada scoring his seventh goal of the season only three minutes in.
Youngster James Stojanovski doubled United’s lead just after an hour to earn United’s third win in a row.
After keeping just one clean sheet in the opening seven games, the side have now kept three in a row.
Oli Vrtkovski’s team remain two points off Wollongong Olympic who sit at the top of the division.
This sets up a match of the round encounter next Sunday with Wollongong Olympic and Wollongong United going head-to-head at PCYC.
For the White Eagles, this sees the side drop into fourth after just two wins in their past five games.
Albion Park will need to pick up a result next weekend when they take on Bulli at Terry Reserve with a loss for Alvin Ceccoli’s side seeing them drop below next Saturday’s opponents into fifth.
United won in the lower grades getting up 3-0 in youth grade and 2-1 second grade.
Tarrawanna Blueys 1 (Dan Chapman 51’) Wollongong Olympic 1 (Hikaru Kawasakiya 65’)
Tarrawanna and Wollongong Olympic played out a 1-1 draw at Tarrawanna Oval.
Wollongong Olympic went behind first for the second game in a row when Bluey’s midfielder Dan Chapman opened the scoring in the second half.
Hikaru Kawasakiya made it six goals for the season when he found the net in the 65th minute for the visitors.
This was only the second occasion this season where Olympic had failed to pick up maximum points both which have come in the last three games.
George Antoniou’s men are now only two points ahead of Wollongong United in second meaning defeat to United next Sunday would see the side drop into second.
Tarrawanna have now only won once in their last five, seeing them drop into eighth.
Next Sunday at Tarrawanna Oval will be an important game for the Blueys taking Corrimal who with a win could go level with the side.
Tarrawanna got the better of Olympic in lower grades winning 2-0 in second grade and 3-2 in youth grade.
Bulli FC 2 (Nick Littler 14’, Joel Beattie 87’) Woonona Sharks 0
Bulli picked up their second victory in a row getting up 2-0 against Woonona at Balls Paddock on Saturday afternoon.
This match also saw the Charity Shield awarded with both clubs raising money for Beyond Blue.
Nick Littler opened the scoring for the home side 14 minutes in with the defender’s fourth goal of the season before Joel Beattie scored later on in the second period.
Bulli remain fifth but now only three points away from Albion Park in fourth who they play next Saturday at Terry Reserve.
Bellambi Rosellas 0 Coniston FC 3 (Steven Ugrinovski 48’ 70, Adam Voloder 56’)
Coniston continued their superb start to the season with a 3-0 win against Bellambi at Elizabeth Park on Saturday.
After a goalless first period, Steven Ugrinovski opened the scoring early in the second period.
In the 56th minute, Adam Voloder scored his fourth goal in three matches since joining Coniston.
Ugrinovski added a third for the away side 70 minutes in making it five goals in his last three games.
Since Coniston’s defeat to Wollongong Olympic in round five, Rob Jonovski’s team have dropped just two points while keeping four clean sheets in the five games since.
This sees the side into third and only four points off the top.
It will be a different task next Saturday taking on an in-form Port Kembla team.
South Coast United’s win on Friday night sees the Rosellas dragged into the battle at the bottom now sitting only a point above United who are at the foot of the table.
It’s a must-win fixture for Bellambi next Saturday night taking on South Coast in a match that could have significant implications at the bottom.
In the lower grades, Coniston got up 6-3 in second grade and 4-1 in youth grade.
Corrimal Rangers 0 Port Kembla 1 (Peter Richardson 69’)
Port Kembla made it three wins in a row edging past Corrimal 1-0 at Memorial Park on Sunday.
Captain Peter Richardson got the goal for the away side with just over 20 minutes to play.
This result sees Port move six points above the Rangers who sit in ninth and only two points off the sixth-placed Woonona.
It will a tough task next weekend for Stuart Beedie’s side taking on a Coniston side that are flying at the moment.
This was Corrimal’s second defeat in a row which sees the side stay in ninth.
The Rangers will travel to take on Tarrawanna next Sunday who have seen a similarly inconsistent 2021.
Port also took out the lower grades winning 3-1 in youth grade and 5-2 to second grade.
Woonona Sharks 0 Wollongong Olympic 1 (Tory Musumeci 72’)
Tory Musumeci scored Olympic’s only goal in a 1-0 win against Woonona at Ocean Park in a round-seven catchup game.
Sharks’ fullback Jeremy Lopez was sent off early in the second half before Musumeci scored in the 72nd minute.
The visitors were also reduced 10 men six minutes later when Ben Zucco was given his marching orders.
Woonona had a dominant 4-0 win in second grade which was preceded by a two-all draw in youth grade.
Review by Timothy Gibson
Photo by Graham Brown