Berkeley Vale delivered the surprise of the season when they defeated competition leaders Killarney District during Round 16 of Central Coast Football’s Battlewin Premier League.
It was a typically tough local derby, unfortunately spoilt by a rapidly deteriorating EDSACC pitch that negated the quality of football that these two teams are capable of.
Injuries, suspensions and unavailability also affected both sides, although they weren’t alone in this regard, with the long 22 round competition taking its toll.
The field condition together with the gusty winds no doubt contributed to the fact that all three goals in the match came from set piece situations starting with a penalty to Berkeley Vale converted by, Troy Mumford, in the 23rd minute.
The Terriers ensured a tense final 10 minutes with, Tim Knight, scoring from the penalty spot, but it wasn’t enough, and Berkeley Vale came away with a 2-1 win.
In a big match in regards to the BPL’s top five, third-placed Terrigal United looked to continue their eight match unbeaten run when they made the trip north to Hamlyn Terrace to face fifth-placed Woongarrah.
Separated by just three points, both sides knew that a win would provide a big boost to their finals’ aspirations as the competitions enters the home stretch.
The visitors were to make the initial breakthrough in Sunday’s match, with, Beycan Irmako, scoring midway through the first period, his fourth of the season, to give his side a 1-0 lead that they would retain into the half-time break.
As the second half wore on, it began to look as if the Terrigal side would hold on for a valuable point from this fixture, however it wasn’t to be, as Cat’s Striker, Kane Woolston, netted the all important third goal some 10 minutes from full-time to lift his side into fourth place with a 3-2 win.
Other results from the round saw Avoca beat Toukley 2-1, and Southern and Ettalong United beat Wyoming 1-nil.
These results see the margin between first and second placed Killarney and Ettalong shrink with the remainder of the top five and will make for some exciting football in the lead up to the finals.
Media release, Jul 16
Lachlan Herd, Central Coast Football