Thriller: Port Kembla show resolve three times over

Tarrawanna’s Paul Robaard lies in the net after Port Kembla scores the winning goal in the dying seconds of the match at Wetherall Park. Picture: DAVE TEASEDefending champions Dandaloo returned to the top of the tree, Bulli dropped points after an injury-time equaliser and Port Kembla went behind three times before snatching a thrilling win in a dramatic day of football yesterday.Dandaloo reclaimed first place with three rounds remaining when they conquered Wollongong United 4-2, while Bulli conceded in the last minute of injury time to finish with a 2-2 draw against South Coast United.However, Wetherall Park was the venue for the the round’s most thrilling affair, where Port Kembla prevailed 4-3 against Tarrawanna.Substitute Peter Richardson headed home a corner in the second minute of stoppage time to put the black and whites into second spot by virtue of a better goal difference than Albion Park, who started the weekend as competition leaders.That moment was an appropriate climax to a match that featured a hat-trick by Tarrawanna golden boot leader Ricky Zucco and clutch double by Port talisman Matt O’Shea.Zucco drew first blood – and submitted his entry for goal of the year – when he drove a free kick into the top right corner of the net from 25m in the 33rd minute.O’Shea equalised eight minutes later when he was first to the ball after Blueys custodian Christian Pretto parried a goal-bound shot by Peter Gaffney.Zucco bent in another free kick five minutes after the restart and the visitors seemed certain to claim all three points until Jonathon Ramos tapped in after another Pretto save in the 76th minute.However, Zucco completed his hat-trick two minutes later when he outpaced the defence and produced a sublime finish for 3-2.O’Shea then turned the game on its head – again – when he bent a shot around Pretto eight minutes from time.Port Kembla coach Stuart Beedie declared the grit his side displayed yesterday could prove telling in the premiership scramble.”Massive win, to come from behind three times shows the character of the side,” Beedie said.”We conceded two free kicks and a breakaway, you can only defend them so well.”If we keep producing 90-minute efforts like this, we’ll be a chance, it’s totally in our own hands.”At Macedonia Park, Dandaloo came from two goals down to defeat top-five aspirants Wollongong United.The hosts looked good things thanks to goals by Jacob Miller (12th minute) and Save Treneski (30th), but the visitors pulled a goal back through Chris Jackson two minutes before half-time.Dandaloo kicked on in the second period, with Jason Kencevski (57th minute), Ilija Prenzoski (63rd) and David Reid (78th) hitting the target to deliver a famous – and vital – win.Pave Corak’s 92-minute equaliser secured South Coast a point against Bulli at McLennan Park.The 2009 league and grand final runners-up looked like leaping to second spot when Matt Naylor and Ben McDonald struck within 60 seconds of each other in the 79th minute to trump Julian Minutillo’s 12th-minute goal for South Coast.However, Corak got a telling toe to the ball in a goal-mouth scramble to snatch an all-important stalemate for the hosts, who moved two points above the drop zone.Bulli remain in fourth place after Tarrawanna’s thrilling, but unprevailing effort kept them fifth.
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