Bulli and Wollongong Olympic played out a 1-1 draw at Balls Paddock on Saturday Afternoon.
Olympic took the lead through a Van Elia penalty in the 33rd minute before being reduced to 10 men five minutes later when defender James O’Rouke was sent off.
Bulli youngster Deakin Brownlee scored just after the break to restore parity ensuring the points would be shared.
After a disappointing defeat to Albion Park the week before, this result ensured Bulli remained in fifth position with Port Kembla now level on points with the side.
"It was disappointing but we'll move on. It is what it is."
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Julio Miranda’s men will host Tarrawanna Blueys this Saturday hoping to end a winless run of two matches.
This was only the third time Olympic has dropped points this season, however, Coniston is now only two points behind the side.
They will be favourites heading into Friday night’s match against Cringila at Crehan Park.
In the lower grades, Bulli got up 3-2 in youth grade while Wollongong Olympic earned a 2-1 win in second grade.
Woonona Sharks 2 (Thomas Burke 8’, Corey Haines-Grose 74’) Bellambi Rosellas 2 (Jordan Grinham 62’, Jonathon Leayr 87’)
Woonona were held to a 2-2 draw with Bellambi at Ocean Park on Saturday.
Thomas Burke gave the home side an early advantage which they took into halftime, however, Jordan Grinham equalised just after the hour mark.
Corey Haines-Grose scored for the second game running to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead but Jonathon Leayr netted a late equaliser denying Woonona all three points.
Dan McGoldrick’s team are now without a win since round six with the side two points away from a finals place.
This sets up a crucial clash with Port Kembla this weekend who are two points above the Sharks in sixth.
A point for Bellambi pushes them further away from last on the table now five points ahead of South Coast United.
The Rosellas are unbeaten in their past two matches but they will have a very tricky task this weekend facing Albion Park.
Woonona won the lower grades with a 3-0 win in youth grade and a 3-2 win in second grade.
Cringila Lions 0 Albion Park White Eagles 5 (Cameron Morgan 44’ 53’, Julian Minutillo 69’ 90+2’, Hamish Lamberton 90’)
Cringila were on the end of another one-sided scoreline with a 5-0 defeat to Albion Park on Saturday.
The Lions did hold the White Eagles scoreless for the majority of the first period before Cameron Morgan’s first goal in the match right at the end of the half.
Morgan scored his second just after the break making it 15 goals in 12 games this season for the striker.
Julian Minutillo found the net in the 69th minute before two goals in the dying embers from Hamish Lamberton and Minutillo who picked up his second of the game.
Cringila remains in 11th now three points away from Bellambi who are 10th.
James Petreski’s men will host Wollongong Olympic this Friday night in what will be another tough ask for the side.
The White Eagles are still fourth after this win although nine goals in their past two matches without reply has them in great form.
The side will travel to face Bellambi this weekend who is one of the few sides to take points off Albion Park this year.
Albion Park won youth grade 3-2 while the Lions picked up a win by the same scoreline in second grade.
Tarrawanna Blueys 0 Wollongong United 3 (Mitsuo Yamada PENALTY 43’ 82’, Ben Brooks 50’)
Wollongong United responded to their first defeat of the season with a commanding 3-0 win against Tarrawanna at Tarrawanna Oval.
A first-half Mitsuo Yamada brace and Ben Brooks’ goal just after halftime moved United to three off Olympic at the top.
The Blueys have struggled to put a consistent run of results together so far this season.
From a possible 15 points in their past five games, the side has managed just three.
Peter Willis’ team are still only five points away from Bulli who occupy fifth place and they will face the Balls Paddock club this weekend.
United will look to earn another three points this weekend hosting Corrimal who are ninth.
It was a perfect round for United with 3-0 wins in youth grade and second grade as well.
South Coast United 1 (Berkay Eskin 70’) Port Kembla 2 (Daniel Carella 18’, Jordan Nikolovski 57’)
Port Kembla made it four wins in their past five games with a 2-1 win against South Coast United at Ian McLennan Park on Saturday night.
Daniel Carella gave the visitors the lead in the 18th minute before Jordan Nikolovski scored for the first time in two matches with 57 minutes played.
United defender Berkay Eskin halved the deficit with 20 minutes to go but the side was unable to get back into the match.
Greg Valic’s men have lost two games in a row since their win against Cringila seeing them stay at the bottom two points off the Lions.
It doesn’t get any easier for the side taking on the second-placed Coniston on Sunday.
Port are now level on points with Bulli in fifth but they will host Woonona this Saturday who are two points below them.
Port Kembla also won the lower grades with a 4-1 in youth grade and a 2-0 win in second grade.
Corrimal Rangers 0 Coniston FC 2 (Adam Voloder 60’, Steven Ugrinovski 67’)
Coniston continued their fantastic form this season with a 2-0 win over Corrimal at Memorial Park.
Two goals around the hour mark from dynamic-duo Adam Voloder and Steven Ugrinovski extended Coniston’s winning run to five matches.
Corrimal hasn’t won in their past four games scoring only one goal in that run.
— Coniston FC (@FcConiston) June 13, 2021
The Rangers are now only two points ahead of Bellambi in 10th with the side facing Wollongong United this weekend.
Rob Jonovski’s team’s sixth clean sheet in their past seven games sees them as the best defence in the league.
They will look to extend that run this weekend welcoming bottom-side South Coast United to JJ Kelly Park.
Coniston were dominant in the lower grades as well getting up 4-0 in youth grade and 5-2 in second grade.
Review by Timothy Gibson
Photo by Kiah Hufton