Bulli stay on top

BATTLE: Olympic's Ben Fordham stretches out for the ball in Saturday's duel with Bulli at PCYC. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS
BATTLE: Olympic's Ben Fordham stretches out for the ball in Saturday's duel with Bulli at PCYC. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Bulli coach Matt Bailey refused to get overexcited by his team’s important 2-1 victory over title rivals Wollongong Olympic on Saturday afternoon.

A Dylan Lewis penalty in the final minute of normal time paved the way for the defending champions to maintain their unbeaten record and keep top spot in the Illawarra Premier League.

It was a determined performance from the reigning premiers, who edged out Coniston to progress in the FFA Cup during the week. 

They enjoyed a fascinating battle with Olympic for last season’s League Championship and were facing off again in another top of the table stoush at PCYC.

Lewis’ winner came 16 minutes after Vaughan Patterson had scored a vital equaliser for the hosts.

“The result was good after the week we have had,” Bailey said.

“It’s tough to back up after a big game during in the week [in the FFA Cup].

“To play the way we did within a couple of days of that game was really impressive.

“We didn’t dominate the game, but we were great defensively against a really good attacking side like Olympic.

“It wasn’t so much about the performance, but the three points were the most important thing on the day.

“We are realistic and know that we are only four games into the season so don’t want to get carried away.”