Round 15 of Central Coast Football’s Battlewin Premier League saw a shuffling of the leaderboard with five of the six participating teams changing places.
Kanwal’s frustrating season continues as, for the second time this season, they’ve gone down to the odd goal against the short priced competition favourites, Killarney District.
It was their seventh loss of the season by that margin which, together with four draws, leaves last season’s semi finalists sitting in second last place.
As is the norm by this part of the season, both teams went in without regular first graders.
Kanwal were missing, Brad Porter, Ryan Walker, RickLea, Callum Dunkerley and Aaron Hammond, while Killarney were missing all three Halls, Andy Klijn, Bryce Fielder, Blake Silvers and both first-choice Goalkeepers.
The depth of talent at Killarney has been unmatched by any other club for the past four seasons, but is now being tested.
These things are relative though, and there’s no sign of panic in the Terriers kennel, they’re still on top of the ladder in all three grades and the club championship.
Hamlyn Terrace hosted a big clash in reference to the finals race as the Wildcats welcomed Berkeley Vale looking to extend their unbeaten run to four matches.
After an even opening 10 minutes, the visitors found the back of the net, to take the lead, with, Troy Mumford, scoring from close range after just 14 minutes with his ninth goal of the season.
Only 15 minutes later, the Cats levelled the match, with Striker, Kane Woolston, scoring from 8-10 yards after a clever square ball picked him out.
The equalising goal really brought the game to life.
The sides continued to trade chances as the first half neared its completion.
There was a number of big second half saves that saw Grimmit keep his side in the match.
In a period that saw the Wombats come under significant pressure, they were also provided a gift after Wilson was adjudged to have taken down, Michael Tawyer, in the penalty area.
Troy Mumford stepped up to give his side the lead against the run of play, however he couldn’t convert, dragging his attempt wide to the left.
The penalty miss appeared to have significantly boosted the Woongarrah side and they were unlucky to be held out a mere three minutes later, with three separate attempts blocked on the line.
Called into action again, Grimmitt was on hand to deny, Jamie Bartlett, in the 79th minute, after the ball fell to him at the back post from a corner, before the Cats finally found the breakthrough in the 83rd minute, with, Alex Govorcin, finding the net after another goal mouth scramble saw the ball fall to him.
Berkeley Vale pushed hard in the closing 10 minutes for the equalising goal.
An inviting ball into the area then saw, Reece Caira, draw another good stop from Wilson as the Referee blew full time on an entertaining match and a 2-1 victory for Woongarrah.
The match was to end in unfortunate circumstances after Woongarrah’s, David McPherson, was issued a second yellow card following an incident after full-time.
Other results from Round 15 saw East Gosford beat Toukley 3-nil and Terrigal topple The Entrance 5-1.
Moving into Round 16, Killarney District retain top spot on the ladder with 35 points.
Fifth placed Woongarrah is the only other northern club in the top five.
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Lachlan Herd, Central Coast Football