ILLAWARRA DISTRICT LEAGUE ROUND 13 REVIEW

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Berkeley 1 (James Walker 90+2) Shell Cove 4 (Daniel Krkovski 20’ 41’ 65’, Mimi Yaldo 85’)

A standout performance by Shell Cove’s Daniel Krkovski led his side to a 4-1 win over Berkeley on Saturday afternoon. 

Shell Cove entered the game as league leaders following their midweek two-all draw with Helensburgh and a 3-1 win over Oak Flats last Saturday. 

Berkeley snapped a six-game losing streak, nabbing a point against Thirroul. 

With the spotlight shining down on Mimi Yaldo and Tommy Markovski for the Cove this season, Daniel Krkovski stepped up in the side’s game against Berkeley. 

Three goals to the midfielder saw the Cove cruise out to a comfortable lead heading into the latter stages of the contest. 

Mimi Yaldo got his goal with five minutes to play and James Walker netted a mere consolation for the Goats in stoppage time. 

Shell Cove remains top of the ladder on goal difference. They travel to Thomas Gibson Park next weekend to take on Thirroul. 

Berkeley remain in 11th, five points clear of the bottom. Next weekend the Goats play University at Kooloobong Oval. 

The sides played out a one-all stalemate in second grade after the Goats ran out as 3-1 winners in youth. 

Picton 1 Fernhill 2

Fernhill celebrating a goal in their crucial win against Picton. Photo – Fernhill

The Foxes continued their fine run of form in recent weeks, picking up a 2-1 victory over Picton at Hume Oval. 

The Bushpigs earned a possible four out of six points in their last two matches as Fernhill ran riot in a 5-0 win over University last weekend. 

The sides battled through tough conditions in a hard-fought contest which saw the visitors come away with a gritty 2-1 win. 

Picton’s position remains unchanged after round 14 and will return to Hume Oval to play Oak Flats. 

Fernhill moved to outright fourth following the win, sitting one point ahead of Oak Flats in fifth. Dale White’s men will fancy their chances for another win next weekend, travelling to bottom-placed Kiama. 

In the earlier games, the Foxes prevailed 1-0 in both grades. 

Oak Flats 1 (Goldsmith 35’) University 0

Oak Flats edged University to pick up a crucial three points in their hunt for finals football in 2021. 

The Falcons fell to Shell Cove last time out as University were on the end of a 5-0 drubbing to Fernhill. 

The students controlled the majority of the game but it was the hosts getting on the scoresheet first when Jason Goldsmith headered in off a corner. 

Goldsmith’s goal proved to be the winner come the end of the 90 as the Falcons jumped the students into fifth spot on the competition ladder. 

In round 14, Oak Flats travel to Picton as University returns to Kooloobong Oval to face Berkeley. 

University grabbed a 4-1 win in youth grade earlier in the day before the Falcons won 4-2 in second grade. 

Unanderra 3 (Bradley Strudwick 20’, Mark Picciolini 57’ 74’) Thirroul 2 (Daniel Jorge OWN GOAL 19’, Daniel Bond 43’)

Unanderra edged Thirroul by just one goal for the second time this season at Unanderra Oval on Saturday afternoon. 

The Hearts dropped out of top spot for the first time since round four following their late 3-2 loss to Helensburgh last weekend whereas Thirroul had to snatch a draw at the death over Berkeley.

An unfortunate own goal by the home side’s Daniel Jorge opened the scoring for the Thunder before Bradley Strudwick equalised less than 60 seconds later. 

The Thunder went into the break with the lead thanks to a Daniel Bond strike in the 43rd minute. 

This lead was then cut short as a 17-minute brace by league top scorer Mark Picciolini ensured the Hearts would go on to win the match. 

Unanderra still sit level on points with both Helensburgh and Shell Cove in a three-way battle for top spot. They are back at Unanderra Oval next weekend to face Balgownie. 

The Thunder are now winless in their last four outings. It’s another tough contest next weekend as well, when they host ladder leaders Shell Cove at Thomas Gibson Park. 

Earlier in the day, Thirroul won in both grades, 3-2 in seconds and 1-0 in youth. 

Balgownie 2 (Nathan Bellinato 50’, Thomas Spargo 56’) Helensburgh 5 (Blake Currey 3’, Blake Hewson 53’, Kade Kinsella 60’ 65’, Liam Unicomb 87’)

Balgownie and Helensburgh played out a seven-goal thriller at Judy Masters Oval as the Thistle came away with a 5-2 victory with three goals in the last half-hour. 

The Rangers came into the contest on the back of a two-all draw with Kiama, where they gave away a 2-0 lead. 

The Burgh went equal top with a late win over Unanderra before a stalemate with Shell Cove on Wednesday night. 

The visitors got out to a flying start, scoring inside the opening five minutes through Blake Currey. 

The second 45 sprung the game into life with five goals in the matter of 15 minutes from the 50th minute. 

Nathan Bellinato netted to equalise for the hosts before Blake Hewson put the Thistle back up just three minutes later. 

Balgownie wouldn’t go away there, netting another equaliser in the 56th minute when Thomas Spargo found the back of the net. 

Kade Kinsella then turned saviour for the visitors, scoring his seventh and eighth goals of the campaign minutes later before Liam Unicomb rounded off the victory with a goal off the bench in stoppages. 

Balgownie play Unanderra away from home next weekend as Helensbugh face Warilla who are the only side who haven’t beaten them this season.

It was a clean sweep for the Thistle on Sunday, winning 8-0 and 1-0 in youth and second grade respectively. 

Warilla v Kiama (washed out)

The Warilla and Kiama youth grade fixture was the only game played on the day as the Wanderers came out as 4-1 victors. 

Review by Nathan Turner, on Twitter @nathanturner23_

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