ILLAWARRA PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND 13 REVIEW

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Cringila Lions 2 (Nick Morgan 10’, Jordan Prentoski 90’) Wollongong Olympic 4 (Van Elia 34’ PENALTY 62’, Tory Musumeci 75’ 78’)

Wollongong Olympic downed a spirited Cringila outfit on Friday night with a 4-2 victory at Crehan Park.

Nick Morgan gave the hosts an unexpected lead against the league leaders just 10 minutes in but Van Elia equalised for Olympic in the 34th minute.

The visitors took the lead just after the hour mark from the penalty spot through Elia which was the forward’s fifth goal of the season since joining the side.

A quickfire brace from Tory Musumeci in the final quarter-of-an-hour sealed the deal for George Antoniou’s men. 

The side remains the only undefeated team across either division of the men’s premiership three points ahead of Wollongong United in second. 

They will look to take another three points this weekend against Bellambi at home.

This defeat sees the Lions only one point ahead of South Coast United at the bottom and three points off Bellambi in 10th.

James Petreski’s team will travel to take on Tarrawanna on Saturday who is three places above them. 

In the lower grades, the points were shared in a 3-3 draw in youth grade while in second grade the Lions got up 2-1.

Bellambi Rosellas 0 Albion Park White Eagles 5 (Cameron Morgan 2’ 69’, Sam Munro 20’, Chris Nathaniel 21’, Julian Minutillo 49’)

White Eagle Sam Munro celebrating after scoring his first goal of the season. Photo – Kiah Hufton

The White Eagles continued their flying run with a 5-0 win against Bellambi at Elizabeth Park on Saturday.

It was a fast start from the away side finding the net three times in the opening quarter of the match.

Cameron Morgan scored just a couple of minutes in before Sam Munro netted in the 20th minute and a minute later Chris Nathaniel also scored.

Julian Minutillo scored for the second game running just after the break as Morgan completed the rout in the 69th minute with his 17th goal of the season.

Alvin Ceccoli’s side have been in sensational form losing just one of their last seven games and in the last three of those scoring 14 goals without reply.

The side will host Port Kembla on Saturday hoping to extend their superb run.

For Bellambi, this was their biggest margin of defeat this season and the seventh time they have failed to find the net. 

It will be another tough match-up this weekend travelling to face Wollongong Olympic.

Albion Park prevailed 5-1 in youth grade with Bellambi getting their first win in second grade this season getting up 4-3.

Bulli FC 2 (Guy Knight 4’ 79’) Tarrawanna Blueys 0

A Guy Knight brace on his return to the team guided Bulli to a 2-0 win against Tarrawanna at Balls Paddock on Saturday afternoon. 

Knight’s first came within the opening five minutes before he found the net again with just over 10 minutes to play.

That takes the midfielder’s tally to seven goals for the season in just 10 matches.

This was an important result for the side moving them two points ahead of Port Kembla in sixth.

After three wins in their past five games, Julio Miranda’s team come into their clash with Wollongong United this Saturday in good form.

For Tarrawanna, this defeat pushes them further away from a finals birth now failing to win in their past six matches and failing to score in the last three of those. 

This means it’s a must-win clash for the Blueys this Saturday at Tarrawanna Oval against Cringila.

The sides played out a 0-0 draw in youth grade with a 7-1 win for Bulli in second grade.

Wollongong United 5 (Seiji Kawakami 5’, Ben Brooks 23’, Mason Versi 29’, Mitsuo Yamada 65’, Maty Brennan 75’) Corrimal Rangers 0

Corrimal’s Toby Norval and Wollongong United’s Seiji Kawakami vying for the ball. Photo – Richie Wagner

Wollongong United cruised to a commanding 5-0 win against Corrimal at Macedonia Park on Saturday.

The hosts hit the front five minutes in through Seiji Kawakami with his first goal of the season before Ben Brooks scored for the second game running midway through the half.

Mason Versi scored for the first time since round five 29 minutes in seeing United head into the sheds with a three-goal advantage.

Mitsuo Yamada scored just after the hour mark making 13 goals for the season for the Japanese as Maty Brennan scored in the 75th minute.

Oli Vrtkovski’s men have now scored 46 goals this season which the highest rate in the division.

They will have a difficult task against Bulli at Macedonia Park on Saturday with a win for both teams essential. 

As for the Rangers, this was their fifth game in a row without a win.

Further, in the last four of those, the side has failed to score. 

Corrimal is in need of a win this Sunday against South Coast United at Memorial Park.

United was dominant in the lower grades winning 5-0 in youth grade and 7-0 in second grade. 

Port Kembla 1 (Jordan Nikolovski 45’) Woonona Sharks 1 (Damien Grew 27’)

Port Kembla and Woonona were unable to be separated in a 1-1 draw at Wetherall Park.

Damien Grew gave the visitors a lead 27 minutes in but Jordan Nikolovski restored parity for Port with his 13th goal of the season. 

A draw pushes both teams further away from finals football with Port Kembla now two points away from fifth while Woonona is four points off.

Stuart Beedie’s side will face tricky a run over the next few weeks facing four of the current top five teams in what could prove a season-defining set of fixtures.

As for the Sharks, this was their third successive draw in a row extending their winless run to seven matches.

The side has scored four goals in their past three games after failing to score in the three prior.

Dan McGoldrick’s team will host Coniston next Saturday who in round two battered the Sharks 4-0.

Port won the lower grades with a 5-0 win in youth grade and a 4-0 win in second grade. 

Coniston FC 2 (Lukas Stergiou 17’, Sam Matthews 78’) South Coast United 2 (Hayato Sadamori 66’, Berkay Eskin 87’)

South Coast United caused the upset of the round holding Coniston to a 2-2 draw at JJ Kelly Park on Sunday.

The home side took an early lead through Lukas Stergiou 17 minutes in before Hayato Sadamori equalised just after the hour mark.

Sam Matthews looked to have earned the points for Coniston scoring with 12 minutes in play.

However, in the 87th minute, United defender Berkay Eskin scored for the second game in a row to snatch a point for the visitors.

The draw for Coniston was only the second time in their past eight matches the side had dropped points or even conceded a goal. 

For Rob Jonovski’s side, seven of the 10 points they have dropped this season have been at home this season.

The point for South Coast United moves them to a point away from Cringila a place above them.

United will hope to continue the momentum heading into Sunday’s match with the ninth-placed Corrimal. 

In the lower grades, Coniston got up 4-1 in youth grade despite United leading at halftime, and in second grade, Coniston powered to a commanding 8-0 win.

Review by Timothy Gibson

Photo by Dana Walker

 

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