ILLAWARRA PREMIER LEAGUE
League championship winners Bulli locked in their spot in this season's decider with a 3-0 win over Dapto Dandaloo Fury at Balls Paddock on Sunday.
Leading 1-0 at the break, Bulli refused to take their foot off the pedal and finished off their finals rivals with two more goals to book their spot at WIN Stadium in a fortnight.
"We took our chances but didn't give them many, if any, good chances at all," Bulli coach Ben Smith said.
"We have been able to score every game this year and have kept a lot of clean sheets.
"It is not rocket science, if you score and the other team doesn't you are going to win.
"Overall we played pretty well and collectively we were pretty strong.
"To beat a very good opponent like the Fury with a grand final berth on the line was very pleasing."
Cameron Littler opened the scoring for Bulli just after the half-hour mark with a neat finish just outside the 18-yard box.
After a well-worked move, Littler received the ball from Hayden Mowbray before making no mistake to place his effort in the bottom corner.
The lead was doubled on the hour mark after the referee gave a spot kick for a handball in the box.
Matt Naylor stepped up and was as reliable as ever.
Dean Heffernan put the game to bed five minutes later with a volley at the back post.
It made up for his miss just 15 minutes earlier and guaranteed Bulli another chance at breaking their grand final drought.
"When the chances came our way we were able to take them and we got better as the game went on," Smith said.
"They came out firing and got in our faces but the boys matched it and as the game wore on we started to play more of the football that we try and play."
Bulli now have another week off and wait for the winner of Dapto Dandaloo Fury and Port Kembla to see who they meet in this year's grand final.
Meanwhile in the District League, Warilla Wanderers booked their place in the grand final with a 5-0 win over Shell Cove, while Picton Rangers sent Corrimal Rangers packing in a 3-0 result.
It sees Picton play Shell Cove next weekend for the right to face the Wanderers at WIN Stadium on September 27.