BY ADAM BLUNDEN
ROUND 14 | 5th OCTOBER
FIRST GRADE SCORES –
|Southern & Ettalong||0||Berkeley Vale||3|
|Killarney District||3||East Gosford||3|
WYOMING TIGERS FC 3 – WOONGARRAH WILDCATS FC 3
Heading into this weekend’s highly anticipated matchup between Wyoming FC and Woongarrah FC, both teams where in need of the 3 points to hope to keep their finals chances alive. Both teams coming off a very disappointing round 13 that saw Wyoming draw to East Gosford while Woongarrah went down 3-1 at home to Woy Woy. When these two sides met earlier in the year it would be Woongarrah who would come out victorious beat Wyoming 2-0. In very hot conditions both teams played a very fast paced end to end game that saw both sides create early chances but neither side would capitalize until the halfway mark of the first half when Ben Glachan would score the first goal of the game for the visitors. The game wouldn’t have to wait long to see the second goal as Woongarrah where awarded a penalty for a foul in the box which Nathan Chakanetsa stepped up and put Woongarrah 2-0 up heading into half time. It would once again be Woongarrah who would find the back of the net first in the second half as Jamie Bartlett would score from a corner that would take this side up 3-0. Woongarrah would continue to create chances but failed to convert which would come back to hurt them. Despite being down three goals Wyoming would not give up and go away and would punish Woongarrah for their missed opportunities as 3 unanswered goals from Wyoming’s Conor Fitzpatrick, Jared Mcnee and Timothy Hopkins saw the home side level the game at 3-3. With minutes to go Wyoming where handed a golden opportunity to win the game with a spot kick that would be saved by Woongarrah goalkeeper Lachlan Raychaudhuri which saw the game finish 3-3.
SOUTHERN & ETTALONG UNITED FC 0 – BERKERLEY VALE SC 3
Berkeley Vale would come out victorious in this top 4 clash that saw both teams fighting for the 3 points to help cement their finals spot. This 3-0 win marks Berkeley Vales 3rd straight game having kept a clean sheet with previous wins over Terrigal (2-0) and The Entrance (2-0). Southern & Ettalong would be the one who started the game the better of the two sides as they would create the better chances in the first half but were unable to break Berkeley Vales defence and open the scoring. The first half would remain scoreless at 0-0. The game turned early in the 2nd half as Berkeley Vale were awarded a penalty which saw the Southern & Ettalong goalie Alex Wardle given a yellow card. Alex would step up and save Jai Kelly’s spot kick but unfortunately was deemed to have left his line by the linesmen which saw him sent off as he received his second yellow card. Replacement goalkeeper Lucas Fleming came on and also saved the spot kick that was again taken by Jai Kelly. Southern & Ettalong would fight hard but due to the extra player for 40 minutes Berkeley Vale would take full advantage as Joey Little opened the scoring with a header 15 minutes into the second half. Berkeley Vale’s centre back Alex Burrell would be the next on the score sheet when a volley from a set piece saw his team go 2-0 up 5 minutes later. The last goal of the game would come with 10 minutes left to go as Berkeley Vale winger John Griffin would pick the ball up on the right-hand side as he cut onto his left foot that saw his shot beat the Southern & Ettalong Goalkeeper. That win sees Berkeley Vale go clear into 3rd spot on 25 points as Southern & Ettalong remains in 4th position on 22 points.
KILLARNEY DISTRICT SC 3 – EAST GOSFORD RAMS FC 3
These 2 sides met at Pluim Park this weekend as the battle of 1st place on club championship Killarney District would verse last place on the club championship East Gosford. Despite also being on top of the ladder in first grade Killarney Vale would go down 1-0 with an East Gosford goal after 12 minutes thanks to Jamie Kabbout. Due to the heat a drinks break was issued where Killarney Coach Chris Ackerly would fire his squad up and East Gosford’s lead would not last long as Killarney’s Andy Klijn would equalize. The raining premieres Killarney would find themselves in the lead going into half time thanks to a goal from Matt Hall. 2 minutes after the start of the second half Killarney defender Bryce Fielder would commit a foul inside his own box and East Gosford where awarded a penalty which saw Jamie Kabbout score his second to make the game 2-2. East Gosford would reclaim the lead 15 minutes later with Jamie Kabbout completing his hattrick, putting East Gosford in front. Killarney Vale would start to dominate possession as they looked to level the game and through constant pressure a goal from the BPL leading goal scorer Daniel Rodger would even the score 3-3. Red cards to both sides made for an exciting finish as both teams created chances but failed to capitalize as the game would finish 3-3
WOY WOY FC 3 – KANWAL WARNERVALE ROVERS FC 2
Woy Woy not only took 3 points in First Grade against Kanwal, but they also took all Club Championship points which sees them only 11 points away from relegation safety. Both teams would head into the game full of confidence as Kanwal beat Woy Woy 2-0 earlier in the year and Woy Woy coming off a 3-1 win the week earlier against Kanwal’s rivals Woongarrah. Goals from Woy Woy’s Jayke Browne, Brady Holmes and Scott Leo saw Woy Woy victorious with a 3-2 win. This win for Woy Woy marks the first time this year that they have put on back to back wins in BPL. Goals from Brendan Hodges and Logan Moore would not be enough for Kanwal as that loss sees them on their biggest losing streak of the year with 3 consecutive losses. Woy Woy are now only 1 point behind Kanwal who are sat on 15 points. Kanwal will look to bounce back next week as they host Wyoming in round 15 while Woy Woy travel to Edsaac Oval to take on raining premiers Killarney District.
AVOCA FC 0 – TERRIGAL UNITED FC 2
Terrigal looked to bounce back this weekend and get back to winning ways after their only loss of the season occurred the previous week to Berkeley Vale which saw them drop to second place on the ladder. Avoca coming off a 2-0 win over Umina in Round 13 would give them plenty of confidence heading into the game despite losing to Terrigal 4-1 earlier in the year. Terrigal would get off to a perfect start when Zach Allen latched onto a through ball and slotted it past Avoca keeper to give Terrigal the lead after 15 minutes. Both teams failed to muster up any further clear-cut chances in a closely contested midfield which would see the score line 1-0 to Terrigal at the break. Avoca and Terrigal both produced some great end to end football in the second half. Avoca grew in confidence as the score line remained 1-0 and where unfortunate not to level the game that saw an Avoca header just off target. Goalkeeper Craig James made a very important save for his Terrigal side in the 90th minute which soon after Ben Flakus broke down the left-hand side and cut back for Daniel Tuddenham who fired home at the edge of the area to secure Terrigal the 3 points with a 2-0 win. That result saw Terrigal go back to the top of the ladder where they are on an equal amount of points as Killarney, but Terrigal have a significant better goal difference that may be the difference when it comes to League Champions.
THE ENTRANCE FC 1 – UMINA UNITED FC 1
The Entrance where looking to get back to winning ways this weekend as they have failed to pick up 3 points since round 10 when they beat Avoca 3-1. The Entrance who have only lost one game at home this year would look to reclaim their spot in the top 4 if able to beat Umina. Umina would come into the game knowing that they have what it takes to win as they beat the same Entrance side 1-0 back in round 3 earlier this year. It would not take for the first goal of the game as a through ball over the top of Umina’s defence from Dante Paolicchi saw Jameson Flynn 1on1 with the Umina keeper as he calmly took it around the goalie and opened the scoring for The Entrance. It was a very attacking game from both sides who created many chances, The Entrance would be in anger failing to score from one of their many goal scoring opportunities. The score would remain 1-0 at half time. The second half mirrored the first half as both sides played a very attacking style of football but once again it would be The Entrance who should of taken the lead to 2-0 through a header from Adam Blunden of a set piece that hit the crossbar that was then cleared away from a Umina defender. In the closing minutes of the game Umina would continue to build pressure on The Entrance defence and with just 20 seconds left on the referees watch a beautiful cross from Joshua Schumann found the head of Matt Fullwood who would level the game for Umina with basically the last kick off the game. The Entrance face 1st place Terrigal at home next week who will need to win if they want any chance of playing finals football. Umina will play their peninsular rivals Southern & Ettalong.