In another big match in regards to the Battlewin Premier Leagues 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.
The second period started much livelier than the first as both sides found the net within the opening 10 minutes of the second half. Ben Flakus notched his eighth of the season for the visitors whilst Alex Govorcin scored for the Cats to keep them in the game as they looked for three points that would really tighten up the fight for a finals position. After working hard to establish a lead in yesterday’s match, Terrigal took a huge blow as Tion Gerasimou was dismissed for a second bookable offence before a goal to Woongarrah midfielder Jamie Bartlett compounded their woes as he leveled the scores up at 2-2.
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 ‘Cats striker Kane Woolston netted the all-important third goal some ten minutes from full-time to lift his side into fourth position on the BPL table, just four points off the competition lead.
Whilst disappointed in his sides defensive performance, Terrigal coach Martyn Griffiths was keen to turn his sides focus to their upcoming match with East Gosford, adding: “Basic defensive mistakes and the sending off of Tion cost us dearly. We haven’t defended that poorly as a team since I took over here at Terrigal and it’s very disappointing when we were in a good position to take something from the game being 2-1 up.
Terrigal’s coach said, “at the beginning of the season that Woongarrah would be the surprise package this year and with their physical presence and some decent footballers can get results and they will be in the mix come the end of the season”.