Football South Coast teams on fire at State Cup

The Woonona under-13s boys' team after beating Lake Heights in a penalty shoot-out at the State Cup.

The Woonona under-13s boys' team after beating Lake Heights in a penalty shoot-out at the State Cup.

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Football South Coast picked up the most wins of any association at the State Cup in Blacktown on Sunday with four titles.

Albion Park All Age Women's team headlined the swag of wins, which included triumphs in the boys' under-13s and 14s and the girls' under-16s.

The region's top women's club side capped off a dominant year in the Cup with a 3-1 win over Brookvale.

Illawarra also had success in the under-13 boys where Woonona defeated Lake Heights 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out after the scores were locked at 2-2 in the decider.

"It is a great day for the club," Woonona Junior Soccer Club president Paul Hennessey said.

"We have had a little bit of success this year. We got a $10,000 grant through the IGA Supermarket promotion and John Aloisi is coming to Ocean Park on the 17th of August. So it has been a great year for us and this just tops it off."

Wollongong Olympic beat North Epping 2-1 in the under-14s, while Shellharbour girls' under-16s defeated Barden Redbacks 2-1 and their under-14s lost 4-0 to Colo.

Corrimal call in Lloyd

Former South Coast Wolves coach Richard Lloyd will take over at District League promotion aspirants Corrimal Rangers for the remainder of the season.

Lloyd replaces David Cuda, who stepped down from the role due to work commitments last Saturday.

Rangers are  fifth on the competition ladder and will have their seven remaining matches with Lloyd in charge.

The former Wolves gaffer was dumped by the South Coast suddenly after a slow start to the campaign earlier this year.

He said he was looking forward to returning to coaching, after arriving home from a trip to Brazil for the World Cup.

‘‘I came back [from Brazil] and this presented itself and I like the people down there,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘I thought I could give them a hand and help them out. Dave Cuda has done a wonderful job setting them up.

‘‘I have come in at a time where I can enjoy my coaching and put that other stuff behind me.’’

Lloyd’s friendship with the former coach was a key contributor to his arrival in the north of the Illawarra. 

‘‘Dave had done a hell of a lot of work there to build it up and didn’t want it to fall down. He asked if I could help out and I said I would come down and help with the coaching sessions,’’ Lloyd said. 

‘‘He said he preferred to break clean from it and let someone new take over for the remainder of the season.

‘‘I played for Corrimal a few seasons ago and knew a few people down there and they were happy for me to come help them out.’’

Shell Cove are in the box seat to take out the first grade competition with a seven-point lead over second-placed Warilla Wanderers.

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