Bulli roll Wollongong taking streak to 10 wins

Scott Curran takes the ball up for Bulli. They won 1-0 against Olympic. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN
Scott Curran takes the ball up for Bulli. They won 1-0 against Olympic. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Bulli extended their unbeaten streak to 10 matches with a 1-0 win over Wollongong Olympic at Balls Paddock on Saturday.

The 2013 runners-up have won nine and drawn one in an impressive stretch which dates back to the first weekend of May.

Jared Fish's second-half header ensured that record stayed intact and moved the Northern Suburbs club back to the top of the competition.

Fish came on midway through the second stanza and wasted no time making an impact, latching on to Ben McDonald's header with one of his own to seal the points for Bulli.

"I was not as comfortable as we would have liked but we got the job done," coach Ben Smith said.

"We missed a fair few chances which would have made it easier but they had a really good chance with about a minute to go and our keeper made a good double save.

"It would have been tough to swallow with the chances that we had but we got away with it in the end."

Bulli gloveman Bryce Daenell and defender Dane Hamilton took the credit for ensuring the hosts kept the points with a number of quick-fire stops before the final whistle.

It came after a young Olympic outfit grew in confidence throughout the second half despite a number of regular first graders still absent.

Smith gave credit to the visitor's spirited display against the odds of their dwindling squad.

"Olympic worked hard all game and they had a few young boys play who did well for them. It was a tough afternoon," Smith said.

"They still had six or seven regular first graders and it makes it tough with that many players out. But their younger fellas did well as the game went on."

Like Olympic, the hosts too were missing regular first graders.

But a week off next weekend for the Bert Bampton Cup final should see the title contenders move closer to full strength.

"Corey Horner has been away and Stuart Lowrie has been suspended, so they will be back which is good," Smith said.

"It will create more competition for spots and it will be good to have everyone back on deck."

In other matches on Saturday, Albion Park added to Woonona's woes with a 1-0 win, while Tarrawanna stayed right on the White Eagles's heels in a 2-1 triumph over Fernhill.

South Coast cemented their spot in fourth with a solid 2-1 victory against Bellambi.


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