Bulli triumph to set up final day title stoush

FIGHT IT OUT: Bulli's Scott Best and Corrimal's Nicolas Bernal battle for possession at Memorial Park. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

FIGHT IT OUT: Bulli's Scott Best and Corrimal's Nicolas Bernal battle for possession at Memorial Park. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Harry Callahan

Harry Callahan

Ladder leaders Bulli set up a final day showdown with Wollongong Olympic for the League Championship title after coasting by Corrimal Rangers in a 5-1 victory at Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon.

Needing to win to snatch back top spot from Olympic, the northern suburbs powerhouse were at their commanding best in the penultimate round of the season.

Dylan Lewis scored a double as Guy Knight, Ben McDonald and Daniel Careno all chipped in with goals to complete the rout.

The result sets up a blockbuster final round clash between Bulli and Olympic which will decide who wins the title.

“I think it is fantastic for the league,” Bulli coach Matt Bailey said. 

“Rob Birkin and [Chad Bishop] have done fantastically well at Olympic.

“They have been super consistent all year, as have we. It will come down to who can execute best in a 90 minute match.

“I think it is good for the league but ultimately it is our objective to try and get the job done as well.”

Bulli will only need a draw in the round 22 encounter at Balls Paddock to lift the silverware. 

They jumped one point clear of Olympic with a dominant performance against the Rangers.

Knight got them off to the perfect start when he headed in from close range in the 11th minute. Lewis doubled the advantage six minutes later before scoring his second in the 35th minute to have Bulli 3-0 up at the break.

When McDonald finished neatly eight minutes after the half the remainder of the match appeared to be a mere formality. 

But Mark Picciolini gave Corrimal an outside chance of a miraculous comeback when he cut the deficit to three goals in the 57th minute.

The revival was short lived as Careno sealed an emphatic Bulli victory with six minutes remaining. 

“I think we controlled the tempo of the game,” Bailey said.

“We really had a lot of possession, our shape was excellent and we moved the ball quite well on a hard pitch.

“We executed quite well throughout. 

“We were 3-0 up early on so to start like that really sets the tempo of the game.

“I am pleased. We have had two really good performances last week against Cringila and this weekend against Corrimal in dangerous games,”

“I think we had a lot of quality today.

“We made minimal mistakes and executed really well so for me there is no better build up heading into that final round game against Olympic.”

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