ILLAWARRA PREMIER LEAGUE
Nuno Pires bagged six goals as Port Kembla sealed the Illawarra Premier league championship in style with a 12-0 drubbing of Coniston Lions at J.J Kelly Park on Saturday.
Port embarrassed a Coniston club who conceded 12 goals in a match for the second time in three matches, and given up 30 goals in their past three games.
Port led 4-0 at halftime with Pires unstoppable, while five teammates also found the scoresheet.
Karouna Micheal scored twice, with Mitchell Scazzariello, Daniel Aliffi, Stephen Cosgrove and Jarryd Vinton also finding the net.
Port’s status as league champions was confirmed after second-placed Bulli lost 1-0 to Fernhill at Ray Robinson Field.
Josh Swinton grabbed Fernhill’s winner just before halftime.
Port coach Stuart Beedie said a second league title in four years was special given the club have now won 14 straight games.
‘‘That kind of a winning run doesn’t happen too often and what’s really pleasing is five or six of the team were here in 2010 when we won the league title,’’ Beedie said.
‘‘Having a loyal base of players means we’ve been able to build the squad rather than chop and change. To have great loyalty within the club makes days like this extra special.’’
In other games, Tarrawanna moved within two points of third-placed Wollongong United following a 4-1 home win over Woonona.
Ricky Goodchild scored two first half goals with Darren Stone making it 3-0 before halftime.
Cameron Banks pulled a goal back for Woonona on 64 minutes before Samut Kaynak made it 4-1.
Wollongong United and Dapto Dandaloo drew 1-1 at Macedonia Park.
Brian Montanari gave United the lead after just two minutes but Chris Smith equalised on 20 minutes.
Yesterday, Wollongong Olympic took another important step towards securing a finals spot in the IPL with a 5-2 trouncing of South Coast United at Ian McLennan Park.
Olympic led 3-0 at half-time with Burak Essen scoring in each half for the visitors.
The victory gives fifth-placed Olympic a three-point lead over Dapto Dandaloo, who drew 0-0 away to Fernhill yesterday in their catch-up match.
The Fury drew 1-1 with Wollongong United on Saturday but picking up just two points from two games leaves Olympic in pole position to claim fifth spot.
The Fury have the easier draw over the final two rounds – home to Albion Park White Eagles and relegated Coniston – while Olympic travel to Woonona and host Fernhill on the last day of the season.
A rampant Olympic had a three-goal lead by half-time against South Coast United following strikes by Julian Minutillo, Kyle Hazebroek and Essen.
Ricky Bertakis pulled a goal back for United early in the second half before Essen scored his second goal and Nathan Minutillo made it 5-1.
Junior Mushaba scored a late consolation goal for United, who remain in 10th spot.
On Friday night, Cringila came from 2-1 down to beat Albion Park White Eagles 3-2.
Meanwhile, Bellambi clinched the Peoplecare District League championship with a round to go, following a 2-1 home win over Picton.
The Illawarra Credit Union District League title will go down to the final round after leaders Helensburgh and second-placed Berkeley Sports both lost on Saturday.
Helensburgh still lead by a point despite a 4-2 defeat to Wests Illawarra, while Berkeley were beaten 2-0 by University.