Sunday, 19 April 2015

RESULTS: New-FM 1st Division Round 7

NEW-FM 1st Division Round 7

Valentine Steal All Three Points At The Death:

The Valentine Phoenix have moved four points clear of 2nd-placed Lake Macquarie City after defeating the previously unbeaten Roosters 3-2 at Cahill Oval. The game was soured however by a Lakes player suffering a horror leg injury resulting in the game being held up for an hour or so. Results aside, nobody wants to see injuries like that. Here's hoping the player involved can make a speedy recovery.

*Update* The player's injury doesn't seem to be as bad as first thought according to Lakes' Facebook page. Good news for the Roosters.

In the lower grades, the Valentine 23's moved into top spot on the league table with a 6-2 win over the Roosters. The Phoenix 23's made it four wins in a row with 21 goals placed in the net during the last month. Impressive form to say the very least.

In the 19's, Valentine overtook Belmont-Swansea into top spot with a fifth win in a row and with a match against struggling Toronto-Awaba next week, the Phoenix 19's will like their chances of remaining top. For Lakes though they missed a chance to close the gap at the top.

Finally in the 17's, Lake Macquarie rocketed to an impressive 8-1 victory. The win makes it six from six in season 2015 for the young Roosters and keeps the gap between first and second at five points.

Cooks Hill Blast Their Way Past Toronto-Awaba:

Today's other game saw Cooks Hill United run out 6-1 winners over a struggling Toronto-Awaba side. The Stags had a huge off-day at the Athfield but were always going to struggle to match a Cooks Hill side playing in the style that they played today.

The Cookers were clinical as they eased to a 3-0 lead at half-time and never looked back. They were fast on transition and made the Stags defenders pay for their mistakes. They found the net again just before full time but it was correctly ruled for offside.

It was hard to see from my angle but I thought Cooks Hill's first goal was offside but there was no doubting the second which was a blatant penalty conceded by the Stags. It was converted by Peter Pryce who I thought was one of Cooks Hill's best in their big win today.

It was a bit of a surprise when I was told that Cooks Hill's Under 17 goalkeeper was playing for the 1st graders. The youngster really showed some talent in between the sticks I thought. He was on track for a clean sheet until Toronto scored late on but still a very impressive showing.

In the lower grades, Cooks Hill completed a clean sweep of the day. The Under 23's bounced back from last week's loss to Lakes with a big 4-1 win to remain inside the top four, depending on tomorrow's results.

The Under 19's made it three straight games without conceding and overtook Lake Macquarie City with a 2-0 victory. 270 minutes of football without conceding is a great stat and hopefully for the CHUFC 19's they can keep Thornton at bay during Tuesday night's catch-up game.

Finally the Under 17's completed a clean sweep for the home side with a 4-1 win over a Toronto side that had scored 11 in their past three. The result keeps the Cooks Hill 17's in second position as they try and keep the ladder-leading Lakes in their sights.

West Wallsend End Winless Run At Cessnock:

The West Wallsend Bluebells recorded their first win in three weeks with a 2-0 result over the Cessnock City Hornets at Turner Park. The win sees the Bluebells remain in third position and bounce back from what was a horror outing in their 6-0 loss to Valentine last weekend. Cessnock on the other hand drop to eighth with their third loss of the season.

In the 23's, Cessnock kept in touch with table-topping Valentine with a 2-0 win over the visitors. The Hornets 23's are still unbeaten in the New-FM competition this season and inflicted a sixth loss of the campaign for the Bluebells 23's side.

Cessnock's 19's recovered from what was a horrible loss last week but were still unable to overcome West Wallsend, going down 3-1 in the process. It is still a loss for the Hornets but after what happened last week (which I'm thinking was a lack of numbers) a 3-1 loss is sure to hurt a lot less.

In the 17's West Wallsend kept in touch with 2nd-placed Cooks Hill with a 4-2 victory over the Hornets. Again it would have been a bit less harder to cop this loss for the young Hornets as they've been on the end of some harsh scorelines recently.

Kahibah Make It Two Straight At Thornton Park:

The Thornton Redbacks fell to a second-straight home loss, going down 3-1 to Kahibah on Sunday. The Redbacks have now lost four straight whilst Kahibah moved to a second-straight win after recording their maiden New-FM victory last weekend.

The Under 23's drew 1-1 in their match-up with Thornton moving into the top four with the point whilst Kahibah remained in seventh position. The Redback 23's are unbeaten in five outings this season.

The 19's match saw Kahibah run out 2-1 winners which was just their second win of the season whilst in the 17's, Kahibah smashed the young Redbacks 8-0. Kahibah moved into third place with the impressive win whilst the Redbacks are still dead last with a match against a strong Cooks Hill side on Tuesday night.

Wallsend Complete A Clean Sweep At Howe Park:

The Wallsend Red Devils have recorded a fourth-straight victory with a 2-0 win over Singleton at Howe Park. With the win, Wallsend keep the gap between themselves in fourth and 5th-placed Cooks Hill at four points. The Red Devils are without doubt one of the form teams in the division at the moment.

As I mentioned in the headline, Wallsend completed a clean sweep over the Singleton Strikers and it moved the 23's away from Singleton at the bottom of the table. The Wallsend 23's gained their first win of the season.

In the Under 19's, a second win of the season gave the Red Devils the chance to move up to seventh whilst Singleton remain stranded at the foot of the table.

Finally, Wallsend's Under 17's kept themselves within one win of the top four with a 2-0 win over the Strikers. 

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