Five frenetic minutes stun Wollongong United

South Coast United's Anton Batur takes possession as Wollongong United's Stefan Donevski loses his footing at Ian McLennan Park. Picture: ADAM MCLEAN

South Coast United's Anton Batur takes possession as Wollongong United's Stefan Donevski loses his footing at Ian McLennan Park. Picture: ADAM MCLEAN

South Coast United staged a tremendous fightback to secure a memorable 3-2 win over Wollongong United on Sunday.

Trailing 2-0 with 10 minutes to go, South Coast scored three times to steal three prized points.

Dinko Terzic first gave the hosts hope at Ian McLennan Park with five minutes remaining before Chris Valic and Tommy Skara scored in quick succession to complete the amazing comeback.

"The boys fought right to the hooter," South Coast coach Alan Paine said.

The rally came after Robbie Shields had scored the game's opener right on half-time.

The reigning George Naylor medallist pounced on a loose, bouncing ball from a free-kick and finished well on the half-volley to take Wollongong to the sheds with the advantage.

His strike partner Brian Montanari then added the Bert Bampton Cup winners' second midway through the second half, finishing off a one-on-one.

Shortly after Montanari had the chance to close-out the match only to have his shot pushed onto the post by Jason Bleakley.

It was a miss that would ultimately haunt the men from Macedonia Park, who clocked off after the substitution of star player Shields.

"We threw it away," Wollongong United coach Oliver Vrtkovski said.

"We were up 2-0 and comfortable. Then I was forced to make a couple of changes and with the reshuffle, the players that came on didn't do it for me. Didn't do it for the team.

"That's where we crumbled."

Wollongong's castle first began to fall when Terzic nipped in and finished past Sam Nastic.

Valic then rose highest off a corner to head in and secure what looked, at the time, to be a valuable point for South Coast.

But it only got better from there as Skara fired past Nastic from a tight angle right on full-time to secure a remarkable result.

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