Best defence, good offence

If the best defence truly is a good offence, then United coach Oliver Vrtkovski knows exactly how his men can sure-up their recent frailty at the back against Kemblawarra Fury this weekend.

Considered one of the Illawarra Premier League’s top defensive units, United have conceded 10 goals in their past two matches across all competitions.

They’ll face another stern defensive assignment against the Fury, who average three goals per game.

Vrtkovski is wary of the challenge, but believes United can change their fortunes with renewed confidence in front of goal.

“By not putting away our chances in [previous games], it can be a bit demoralising and that’s caused us to lose focus defensively,” he said.

“We’ve talked through and I know if we bounce back in front of goal, that will help us find some form at the back.”

Saturday’s match is somewhat of a local rivalry, with the two clubs sharing Macedonia Park this season.

“From that aspect [of us sharing a ground] I guess it is a bit more of a rivalry but it is always a rivalry with the Fury,” Vrtkovski said.

“We’ve built one up over time, but I think most clubs do a bit because they are what I believe to be the pinnacle of clubs down here.

“They attract the best players, play good football and win trophies consistently so clubs aspire to do that sort of thing which helps create the rivalry.”

In other matches on Saturday, Woonona play Albion Park, Wollongong Olympic face Picton Rangers, Tarrawanna take on Port Kembla while Corrimal host South Coast United on Sunday. 

RIVALRY: Wollongong United's Maty Brennan (red) and his teammates are keen to bounce back into form when they meet Kemblawarra Fury. Picture: Georgia Matts

RIVALRY: Wollongong United's Maty Brennan (red) and his teammates are keen to bounce back into form when they meet Kemblawarra Fury. Picture: Georgia Matts

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