Conditions limited Bulli: Coach Ben Smith

Bulli coach Ben Smith said ordinary conditions were to blame for his team's dour 1-1 draw with Woonona at Ocean Park.

The beachside ground was battered by strong winds for much of the second half of the round 14 fixture, making it difficult for either side to play their usual high quality football.

"It wasn't a great game. It was ordinary to watch but the players were dealing with horrendous conditions," Smith said.

"It was pretty even. They had chances to score a couple more and so did we really but a draw was probably a fair result."

Ben McDonald got the 2013 runners-up only goal, pouncing on errant Sharks defending to finish well on 30 minutes.

Trent Worthington scored Woonona's equaliser shortly after from the penalty spot to bring the hosts level before half-time.

The Sharks came close to adding to their total in the second half, but could only find the woodwork.

The best of the chances fell to Nino Merxhushi, who had his shot tipped on to the crossbar midway through the second stanza.

After a frustrating 45 minutes, the pair had to be a content with a point a piece.

Bulli lost top spot on the competition ladder after Dapto Dandaloo Fury took three points on Sunday.

"It is a disappointing result but Woonona will probably be disappointed as well because they could have got more out of it also," Smith said.

Woonona coach Rob Bemi shared Smith's thoughts on the conditions but was pleased his side could arrest their free-falling season.

The Sharks picked up just one point in four games before the match.

"It was good. It was good timing for us to get that derby game and I think we got up for it and competed well," Bemi said.

"We were a bit unlucky, I think we could have got more out of the game. Overall it was a fairly pleasing display from the boys which was good."

Elsewhere on Saturday, Tarrawanna continued their turnaround with a 1-0 win over Wollongong Olympic. At Ray Robinson Field, Robbie Shields late penalty gave Wollongong United a hard fought 1-0 win over Fernhill.


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