ILLAWARRA PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND 11 REVIEW

R11 1st vs Olympic (427)

Woonona Sharks 1 (Corey Haines-Grose 86’) Cringila Lions 1 (Valentino Merxhushi 57’)

At Ocean Park on Saturday Woonona and Cringila were unable to be separated in a 1-1 draw.

Former Shark Valentino Merxhushi put the visitors ahead just before the hour-mark before Corey Haines-Grose scored the equaliser with four minutes to play.

Salvaging a point at the death means the Sharks are still in seventh position and two points away from a place in the top five.

The side is now winless in their past five matches gaining just two points in that time.

Dan McGoldrick’s men will hope to improve this record next Saturday when his team take on Bellambi at Ocean Park.

The point sees latest Cringila coach James Petreski claim his first point in his first game at the helm and pushes them to two points ahead of South Coast United at the bottom.

The Lions have a very tough run coming up taking on the five of the top six from last season in their next five matches starting with Albion Park this Saturday.

Albion Park White Eagles 4 (Chris Nathaniel 14’, Hamish Lamberton 46’, Cameron Morgan 86’, Brandan Kellett 90+3’) Bulli FC 0

Albion Park earned a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Bulli at Terry Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Nathaniel put the home side ahead early in the first half as Hamish Lamberton found the net just after the break to double the lead.

The away side’s task got harder when Luke Foster received a red card in the 61st minute.

Two late goals from Cameron Morgan and Brandan Kellett rounded out the rout.

This result elevated the White Eagles into third place and was also just the third clean sheet the side had kept this season. 

Alvin Ceccoli’s men will be looking to build on this result over the coming weeks travelling to two of the bottom three in Cringila and then Bellambi.

Bulli who have endured an indifferent first half of the campaign will have another tricky test next weekend hosting Wollongong Olympic.

Coniston 1 (Adam Voloder 57’) Port Kembla 0

Adam Voloder continued his fast start since joining Coniston scoring the side’s only goal in a 1-0 win against Port Kembla at JJ Kelly Park.

Voloder scored his fifth goal in four games in the 57th minute to earn the home side their fourth win in a row.

The victory means Rob Jonovski’s team move up to second while also having the equal best defensive record conceding only 10 goals in the first half of the season.

Coniston will now travel to face Corrimal this Sunday at Memorial Park after an action-packed fixture earlier in the season with the side getting up 3-2. 

The defeat for ends Port’s three-game winning run and was only the second time Stuart Beedie’s men had failed to find the net.

The side will be hoping for better fortunes this Saturday night taking on South Coast United at Ian McLennan Park.

South Coast United 0 Bellambi Rosellas 3 (Jordan Grinham 25’, Chris Gomez 61’ 62’) 

Bellambi moved four points clear of their opponents on Saturday night with a 3-0 win against South Coast United at Ian McLennan Park.

Jordan Grinham put the away side in the lead midway through the first half as Chris Gomez scored a quick-fire double at the hour.

This was Bellambi’s second win of the season and ends a four-game losing streak.

Jeff Allport’s team move up into 10th and only three points away from Corrimal in ninth.

The side will make the short trip to Woonona this Saturday before facing the current top three teams in their next four games.

A win for United would’ve lifted the side off the bottom of the table but the side is now two points away from Cringila in 11th.

Greg Valic’s side will host Port Kembla this Saturday night at Ian McLennan Park. 

Wollongong Olympic 5 (Tory Musumeci 6’ 37’ 73’, Van Elia 35’, Chris Price 80’) Wollongong United 4 (Mitsuo Yamada 19’ 33’ 54’, Sean Thomas 81’)

The match of the round at PCYC certainly lived up to expectations with Wollongong Olympic prevailing 5-4 against Wollongong United on Sunday.

Tory Musumeci gave the home side an early advantage before Mitsuo Yamada equalised 19 minutes in. 

Yamada scored again with 33 minutes played and three minutes after that Van Elia scored Olympic’s equaliser.

Two minutes after Elia’s goal, Musumeci scored his second of the match giving the hosts the lead heading into the break.

Yamada earned himself a hat-trick scoring a penalty not long after halftime resorting parity once more for United.

Musumeci put Olympic back in front in the 73rd minute – which was his hat-trick before Chris Price gave the league-leaders a two-goal buffer.

That didn’t last long though as visitors’ substitute Sean Thomas scored just a minute after Price’s goal.

Olympic held on for the victory moving them four points clear of the now second-placed Coniston. 

Tarrawanna Blueys 0 Corrimal Rangers 0 

Tarrawanna and Corrimal played out the first 0-0 draw of the season at Tarrawanna Oval.

The Blueys have now drawn four matches this season which is the most out of any team in the division this year.

Peter Willis’ men remain in eighth but the point gained narrows the gap to the top five to four points.

The side will face a difficult next couple of games facing Wollongong United at home before travelling to Bulli a week later. 

For the Rangers, the scoreless draw was just their second clean sheet of the season with the side staying in ninth.

Corrimal will host Coniston this Sunday before travelling to Macedonia Park six days later to take on Wollongong United. 

Review by Timothy Gibson
Photo by Richie Wagner

 

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