Playing our third game in 4 days was always going to be a tough ask, but with the weather hampering early fixtures, the round 3 match against Fernhill was finally able to be played on a balmy Tuesday night at Macedonia Park. Previously on the Saturday, United beat Woonona 3 nil, with goal scorers being, Robbie Shields, Brian Montinari & Adrian Nikolovski. The following day on the Sunday, United faced South Coast United in the quarters finals of the Bloorrail Bampton Cup & although going down 1 nil early, triumphed convincingly 7 – 2, with Mark Every & Johnny Martinoski both grabbing hat tricks. New signing Motoki Kinjo also got on the scoresheet, rounding a convincing win.
After a rain interrupted start to the season, the boys have found some form of late and recorded two solid victories in our last 2 outings. Firstly a 2 nil win over Woonona in a deferred mid week match played under lights at home and then on the weekend a comfortable 4 – 1 win over Albion Park White Eagles.
This weekend is a huge weekend for the club, as firstly on Saturday we welcome Cringila Lions to Macedonia Park for the first derby of the season. These matches are always tough encounters with both sides looking to continue some good recent form, and more importantly bragging rights on the line.
The club is pleased to announce that the new lighting on ground 2 is now complete. The 4 new poles & 15 lights were installed a couple of months back, but the bad weather that hampered the area in March & April, delayed the completion of the electrical work. Fortunately through a lot of hard work by a deducted few along with the generous support of John Whiddett, the club is pleased to see the finished product, with ground 2 now having 150 lux. The minimum requirement to play in the premier league is 100 lux, so this ground well exceeds this requirement. The new lights also had additional fittings installed to light up the car park, creating a safe environment for patrons attending night games.
The total cost of the project was approximately $65,000. This follows the installation of lights on the main ground less than 2 years ago at a cost of $140,000. A great investment towards the facility at Macedonia Park, which now boast the best playing & training venue of any club here in the Illawarra.
The club has future plans to further develop an additional 3 grounds, with lights over the coming years at Macedonia Park, to continually enhance the facilities at Macedonia Park and continue to strive and create a world class sporting venue.
United welcomed a fired up Woonona to Macedonia Park for the deferred round 1 match. Woonona, had put 4 goals past Olympic only a few days earlier and where bookies favourites to again claim the 3 points and maintain their unbeaten start to 2014. United were missing no fewer than 5 players through injury & suspension, with Donevski, Martinoski, Peralta, Montinari & Pegler, all unavailable for the deferred match.
Illawarra Premier League Round 13
Saturday 21st June 2014
Wollongong United v Olympic
Kick Off 2:30pm
Illawarra Premier League - Rd 3
Wollongong United FC 1 def Fernhill 0
Wollongong United FC 3 drew Fernhill 0
|3||Wollongong United FC||12||8||22|
|4||South Coast United||12||1||19|
|6||Albion Park White Eagles||12||1||16|