R7 Shell vs Bulli (128)

On a wet Sunday afternoon, Bulli did well to fight back with a late equalizer, sharing the points with Shellharbour at Myimbarr Park.

The home side secured a first half lead through Rilee Wagner, but it was Mikaylee Air who found the equalizer in the 87th minute for Bulli, setting the final score at 1-1.

It was a slow paced start, as the two sides were shy with their attacking chances in the first 20 minutes of the match.

22 minutes in, the home side’s Shante Lenartowicz was sent for a run right down the middle of the pitch before Bulli’s defense line would interrupt a goal-scoring opportunity for the forward.

It wasn’t until four minutes later when Shellharbour would shoot their shot, scoring their first goal for the afternoon.

Midfielder Katelyn Leadbeatter stepped up for a free-kick just outside the 18-yard box, before sending her shot straight into the crossbar where winger Rilee Wagner picked up the ball inside the box and finished her first time shot for a 1-0 lead.

Not long after, a through ball into the front third saw Bulli’s Kitty Dubourdieu send her strike toward the hands of Alana Smith who would palm the ball out and into the feet of Holly Penning who was also denied at close range.

The home side nearly doubled their lead when a precise cross from Ariana Fleming flew into the head of Leadbetter whose effort went just wide off the far post.

Shellharbour’s lead was unable to be broken before half-time, as the visitors would head into the sheds 1-0 down.

The second half kicked off with an exceptional slip in ball from Wagner out wide and into Leadbeatter which resulted in an angled strike from the forward but was saved once more by Sayaka Koyama.

In the 60th minute, the pair were involved once again when Leadbeatter took the line at pace before sending a high cross into the head of Wagner who was unable to bring the ball down.

With just 20 minutes left of the match, chances from both Penning and Stephanie Marie Coates were executed nicely but their long-range shots for a potential equalizer were soon denied.

However, it wasn’t until the 87th minute where Bulli pulled through in the attack and created their goal scoring opportunity.

A ball into Mikaylee Air saw her speed through the midfield and past her defenders before a one on one chance flew nicely into the bottom left corner.

A late equalizer saw the two sides head home with a 1-1 draw at the full-time whistle.

Shellharbour, who currently sit in first position, will take on Julie Porter Cup Champions University FC next Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, Bulli will host a very dominant Woonona Sharks side in an afternoon fixture at Balls Paddock.


Report by Alison Dinh

Photos courtesy – Richie Wagner

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