Round Two of the Battlewin Premier League returns to Pluim Park tonight, for another full round of fixtures based at the home of Central Coast Football. Round Two’s fixtures are as follows:
Friday 29th, Reserves 6:30pm, Firsts 8:15pm:
- Gosford City FC vs Toukley FC
- Terrigal United FC vs Kanwal FC
- The Entrance FC vs Woongarrah FC
Saturday 30th, U/21s 3:30pm, Reserves 5:30pm, Firsts 7:30pm:
- Killarney SC vs Southern FC
- East Gosford FC vs Wyoming FC
- Berkeley Vale SC vs Avoca FC
Gosford City FC vs Toukley FC:
Gosford City FC will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result in their opening round clash with Terrigal, after going down 6-1. Although the score-line blew-out in the second half, coach Errol Baker suggested that ‘it was no true reflection of the on-field performance from a team that will improve going forward’. The loss of captain Nathan Baker to a broken leg will be a huge blow to the young Gosford side as they look to bounce back this weekend.
Toukley on the other hand managed to snare a hard-fought win over The Entrance in their last outing, thanks to goals from Josh Hall and Troy Runge. The Gunners will be looking to build on this win when they face Gosford City tonight, with the opportunity to make it two wins from as many starts.
Terrigal United FC vs Kanwal FC
Off the back of a big win over Gosford City last weekend, Terrigal will look to make it two wins from two against a Kanwal side who suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Southern and Ettalong United last weekend. A Hat-Trick to Cameron Wilkinson, a brace for Ben Flakus, and a lone goal for Erik Requelme propelled them to a convincing victory over Gosford City, albeit with 5 goals coming in the second half. A short turn-around after a successful trip to Pagewood Botany FC in the FFA Cup during the week will be a hurdle this young Terrigal side will have to overcome if they want to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
Kanwal are coming off the back of a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of Southern and Ettalong United last weekend and will be faced with a tough assignment as they look to bounce back against a young and talented Terrigal side. Coach Brad Porter remained optimistic after the loss: ‘I was happy with the performance overall. I thought we did enough to get something from the game but missed chances in the end cost us’. Brad Mclean will be looking to continue his good form in front of goal after notching a brace in the loss to Southern. Like Terrigal, Kanwal were also in FFA Cup action midweek, albeit a 4-0 loss to State league side UNSW FC.
The Entrance FC vs Woongarrah FC:
After a disappointing first round result against Toukley, The Entrance will be looking for improvement when they face the newly promoted Woongarrah wildcats on Pluim One tonight. A late goal to Adam Blunden gave the Entrance hope that they could push for a result of some sort, however it was not to be, falling to a 2-1 defeat. With no FFA Cup commitments midweek, they will be fit and firing as they look to secure their first points of the season.
On the back of a big first round win over East Gosford, Woongarrah will be looking to build momentum as they look to establish themselves as a legitimate threat in their first season in the Central Coasts Premier competition. A double to Ben Runge and goals to Alex Govorcin, Lachlan Jones, and Kane Wilson in the second half proved enough to wrap up the three points in their last outing. A tough 4-0 away loss in the FFA Cup during the week at Dulwich Hill may take its toll on the Woongarrah side during the latter stages of tonight’s match.
Killarney SC vs Southern and Ettalong United FC
Killarney kicked off their season with a 4-2 victory over Avoca last weekend as they look to mount a challenge for a fourth successive championship under head coach Chris Ackerley. Although not the most convincing performance, the Terriers quality shone through with goals coming from Bryce Fielder, Brandan Ahll, Daniel Rodger and an Own Goal. A tough FFA Cup matchup with the Albion Park White Eagles on Wednesday night at Pluim Park saw Killarney progress to the fourth round with a 3-2 victory.
Southern and Ettalong United FC will be looking to build on their winning start to the season, after dispatching Kanwal last weekend. In what was a very even match, goals to Rob Ward, Thomas Patterson, and James Steer proved to be enough to bag the three points. Similarly to Killarney, the Lions were also involved in midweek FFA Cup action, with an away trip to Abbotsford Juniors FC seeing them knocked out of the competition after a 3-2 loss. Saturday night’s match-up with the defending champions looms as a stern test for coach Dale Eggleton’s side as they look to build on a positive first round performance.
East Gosford FC vs Wyoming FC
A tough result for East Gosford in the first round saw them fall to a 5-1 defeat to newly promoted Woongarrah. After heading to the sheds in the ascendency, a lack of fitness seemed to catch up with the Rams in the second half as they faded significantly, leading to a heavy defeat. No midweek FFA Cup match could provide them with a leg up over the opposition as they look to kick start their season on Saturday night against the other newly promoted side, Wyoming FC.
Wyoming were provided a stern first round test against last season’s runners-up Berkeley Vale, falling 3-0 to the talented Wombats side. Wyoming certainly showed plenty of promise throughout the match, however struggled to find a cutting edge against a settled Berkeley side. The Tigers endured a tough outing on Wednesday night in the FFA Cup against a classy Bulli outfit from the Illawarra Premier League. After matching the South Coast team for the opening 30 minutes, Bulli’s class began to shine through as they overran the Tigers on their way to a 5-1 result. Ian McAndrew’s side will be looking for a positive response in Saturday’s match-up with the Rams.
Berkeley Vale SC vs Avoca FC
After a well fought 3-0 victory over Wyoming last weekend, Berkeley Vale will be looking to continue their form into this weekend as they face off with Avoca FC. Goals from Alex Burrell, Michael Tawyer, and Brenton Westley were enough to secure the three points for Mark Pratt’s side, and with no FFA Cup commitments midweek you can expect the Wombats to be fit and firing for Saturdays match.
Avoca are coming off what was a promising performance against defending champions Killarney, despite the 4-2 loss. After missing a handful of quality chances in the first half, they were eventually overrun by a well-oiled Killarney side, but certainly showed that they have what it takes to match it with the top sides. Avoca were also free of FFA Cup commitments midweek as they did not elect to enter the competition, allowing them to focus on the tough task facing them on Saturday night as they aim to pick up some points from what is undoubtedly the toughest start in the league.