IPL crown waiting for Bulli

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Dean Heffernan scored Bulli's goal against South Coast United.

Dean Heffernan scored Bulli's goal against South Coast United.

Bulli have the league championship title all but sewn up after taking a point from their clash with South Coast United on Saturday.

The 1-1 draw puts them three clear of Dapto Dandaloo at the top of the competition with one round remaining.

Only a final-day catastrophe could stop the back-to-back runners-up from lifting the title, as Ben Smith's men have a far superior goal difference.

They'll meet Albion Park White Eagles at Balls Paddock with the chance to finally add to their trophy cabinet.

"We will see what happens next weekend, but it is a very happy club at the moment," Smith said.

"A lot of people have been involved at the club for a long time. Hopefully, a success next Saturday will be fantastic for everyone.

"Roy Hancox, who has a stand named after him at the ground, this is his 50th year at the club so it would be the best present we could give him, that is for sure."

Bulli could have sewn up the title with a win on Saturday after Dapto Dandaloo drew 1-1 with Woonona and Port.

However, the match was somewhat of a curtain-raiser for the finals.

Both Bulli and South Coast United are set to play a role in the post-season, with United locked into fifth spot.

Smith said the clash would be beneficial when finals time rolls around.

"It was definitely a good hit-out. Those are the sort of games you are going to play in the semis," he said.

"[We] look forward to that sort of contest in the semi-finals. We just have to get better for longer and take a few more chances."

Dean Heffernan and Cameron Littler missed chances to steal the win for Bulli.

Heffernan had earlier opened the scoring from a Guy Knight corner but couldn't make the most of his second big chance.

After receiving a cut-back from the left channel, the former A-League player put his first-time attempt wide of the mark.

It came after South Coast United had levelled the score in fortuitous circumstances when Bulli defender Stuart Lowrie bundled the ball into his own net.

"We played some good football at times but probably not for long enough," Smith said. "We created some good chances but we would like to create more. We need to play better for longer to create more.

"They obviously had a game plan and that obviously worked pretty well for them.

"They are a decent team so it was a fairly even contest."

In other matches on Saturday, Wollongong Olympic defeated Fernhill 3-2, Port Kembla hammered Bellambi 4-0 and Tarrawanna beat Albion Park 3-0.

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