Payback time as South Coast United target Bulli


They've picked off two of the league's top three already this campaign but South Coast United are hungry to add the most high-profile scalp to their collection before the finals.

Fourth-placed United face a trip to league leaders Bulli on Saturday, looking for redemption after the back-to-back League Championship runners-up handed them a 4-0 thrashing early this season.

"Of the top three, we have beaten Wollongong United and Dapto Dandaloo but they are the ones who touched us up last time," United coach Alan Paine said.

"I suppose if we want to be in the finals we have got to be able to deal with them as well. It will be a good test for us."

Both sides have everything to play for, with United yet to lock in their semi-finals spot and Bulli closing in on an elusive League Championship crown.

The Northern Suburbs club kicked four points clear after the Fury were unable to get on the pitch last weekend and have long been the team to beat this season.

Paine expects they will pose a difficult test at Balls Paddock.

"They are very well coached and they move the ball around really well, when you are down they press hard," Paine said.

"We expect a football game, so we need to go back to how we play. We have shown we can match it with any team at that style of game.

"I would go in there, not over confident, but reckon we are in with a shot."

A win would secure South Coast's spot in the finals, while a loss could open the door for Albion Park White Eagles to keep alive their slim finals hopes.

"We don't want to come down to the last game having to win, so we want to get something out of it," Paine said.

"We have been so hot and cold. We had a poor one last week, so logic tells that this is a good one."

In other matches this weekend, Dapto Dandaloo Fury and Port Kembla face a double-header weekend of football.

The Fury play Woonona, while Port face Bellambi on Saturday before the pair meet in a crucial catch-up game on Sunday.

Wollongong Olympic host a Fernhill outfit desperate for points, Albion Park White Eagles play Tarrawanna and on Sunday, Cringila Lions host Wollongong United.


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