Monday, 20 April 2015

RESULTS: PS4 NPL (Northern NSW) Round 2

Northern NSW NPL Round 2

Magpies Downed By Unstoppable Magic:

It was a good view from near the benches at Cooks Square Park

I made the trip up to Maitland on Sunday for this one and was left fairly impressed by a clinical Magic side. First of all, high praise to Maitland FC for a great day out. Their ground isn't the biggest around but it had a real local feeling to it. Unfortunately for the Magpies, it wasn't to be their day.

I watched Magic struggle through last season and the opening half hour or so at Cooks Square Park brought those memories back. Players were blowing up at each other, passes were going astray, nothing was really working for the visitors as Maitland came close to scoring a few times if not for Nathan Archbold in between the sticks.

Two back to back goals before half time to Dino Fajkovic allowed Magic to go in 2-0 up at the break and in my opinion it was good timing for Maitland to get a break as they were at sixes and sevens as they let in two quick fire goals. 

Any hopes of a Maitland comeback were thrown right out the window as Peter Haynes opened his account for season 2015. Then to make matters worse for the Magpies, Dino Fajkovic scored his hat-trick and not long after slotted home a superb volley that even the Maitland fans I was sitting near applauded. A great day in front of goal for Magic's #17.

Alex Read got one back for the home side which brought a cheer from the home faithful but that was the only high point for Maitland on a day that belonged to the visitors. Credit to Matt Comerford as well who looked hungry to get a victory over one of his former sides. I thought he did pretty well for the Magpies.

Maitland are at home to the Jets Youth next week in a game where they'll be seeking their first win of the season whilst Magic travel to Edgeworth for what should be an entertaining Friday night clash. Hopefully the weather improves by the end of the week as I'm keen to see Magic and the Eagles go to battle.

In the lower grades, Magic's 22's recorded a second-straight draw in a 2-2 result that kept the Magpies in the top two whilst Maitland were not good enough to overcome Magic's 19's side. The Magpies are last in the Under 19's NPL whilst Magic are in 5th.

1st Grade: Maitland 1-5 Broadmeadow
Under 22's: Maitland 1-1 Broadmeadow
Under 19's: Maitland 1-3 Broadmeadow

Edgeworth Eagles Grounded By Hamilton:

Edgeworth arrived at Darling Street Oval after bagging nine goals in their last tw matches but were backing up from the 5-0 FFA Cup win over South Cardiff on Wednesday night. They started the better of the two sides and could have led through Brody Taylor, if not for the side netting.

Edgeworth's goalkeeper Jim Fogarty denied last season's top goalscorer Kane Goodchild but it didn't take long for Olympic to open their account for season 2015, with Simon Mooney tapping home into an empty net.

Jason Korotkich volleyed home Hamilton's 2nd goal not long after. Edgeworth pushed a couple of times during the second half but Danny Ireland was on hand to keep his side's two goal advantage. Ireland kept a clean sheet as Hamilton recorded a 2-0 win to move into 2nd place on the NPL table.

In the lower grades, Edgeworth made it two from two in the Under 22's with an impressive 5-2 victory over Hamilton whilst the Under 19's game finished 3-3 with the sides splitting the points. A much improved result for an Eagles 19's side that went down heavily to Charlestown in Round 1.

1st Grade: Hamilton 2-0 Edgeworth
Under 22's: Hamilton 2-5 Edgeworth
Under 19's: Hamilton 3-3 Edgeworth

Charlestown City Get Revenge Over Adamstown:

The Charlestown City Blues didn't need much reason to want to win this game after going down in a heartbreaking stoppage time loss to Adamstown in the FFA Cup mid-week. They didn't have to wait long to try and get revenge with a second game against the Rosebud in a week taking place on Sunday.

Veteran striker Scott Smith bagged a hat-trick mid-week and didn't take long to stamp his authority in this match, putting the home side up 1-0. Ben Hughes made it two nil with a stunner into the top corner of the net.

Daniel Bird's goal made it 3-0 for the home side in the second half which fired Adamstown into action. Nick Bale scored twice in quick succession to force a bit of worry into a Charlestown side that let in a stoppage time goal on Wednesday night but Scott Smith was on hand to make it 4-2 and seal the deal for the Blues.

In the Under 22's, Adamstown came out firing but Charlestown's defenders were on hand to defuse the situation. The Blues opened the scoring mid-way through the second half and went in 2-0 up at the break after Kieran Brackenbury finished off a nice attack for the Blues.

Nixon Ware put another one in for the Blues after half time but two injuries late on forced the Blues to continue with only 9 players on the field. Adamstown bagged two goals but were unable to find an equaliser.

In the 19's, there was no repeat of Charlestown's big win over Edgeworth last week as Adamstown hung on for a valuable three points.

1st Grade: Charlestown 4-2 Adamstown
Under 22's: Charlestown 2-3 Adamstown
Under 19's: Charlestown 1-0 Adamstown

Jaffas Undone By Weston Bears:

First of all, anyone who'd like to see some highlights of this game, coverage was provided by BarTV Sports who can be found on YouTube. So feel free to look them up and show them some support for their top-notch local content. If I had the money and the resources I'd be doing something similar. Local Newcastle sports deserves the same coverage you'd see in most big cities.

Anyway onto the game and the first chance for Lambton came from a John Majurovski in the 8th minute but he could only find the wall of Weston defenders. In the 18th minute, Majurovski's cross found Luke Remington who teed up former Edgeworth man Alex Palozzi who blasted it past Tim Pratt.

One of Weston's most important players, Troy Hearfield pulled out before kick-off but they proved they could manage the game without the former A-League player. Rob McBeth pounced on a heavy touch by a Lambton defender and slotted it past Brad Swancott to send the sides in locked at 1-1 at half-time.

Swancott was forced into action very early in the second half as he pulled off a spectacular diving save to deny Liam Thornton from putting the Bears ahead. The Jaffas brought on marquee man Michael Bridges mid-way through the second half but it was the Bears who pounced.

The breakthrough came when a neat little pass from midfield played Garry McDermott a one on one chance at goal and he converted, slotting it past Swancott and giving the Bears the lead in the process.

A late header from John Majurovski almost salvaged a point for the visitors but it wasn't to be as Weston held on for their first win of the season.

In the 22's, Weston came from 2-0 down to remain unbeaten whilst the Under 19 Bears moved to the top of the table with an impressive 3-0 victory.

1st Grade: Weston 2-1 Lambton
Under 22's: Weston 2-2 Lambton
Under 19's: Weston 3-0 Lambton

Gunner Salvage Draw At Ulinga Oval:

I tipped the Jets Youth during the week and I predicted Radovan Pavicevic to make an impact upon his return to the field where his season was cruelly cut short last year. It didn't take long for the A-League rookie to find the back of the net, giving the young Jets a 1-0 lead.

Sean Clerke equalised for the home side but Ryan Ensor and Jake Adelson were on hand to put the visitors up 3-1 going into the break. Mitch Wallace lowered the deficit to just the one goal before Dean Kelley equalised for the Gunners with a few minutes to go. A second-straight draw for the home side but a decent comeback nonetheless.

In the lower grades, South Cardiff's 22's were too strong for the Under 18 Emerging Jets whilst the Gunners 19's missed a chance to go equal top, losing 2-1 to the Emerging Jets Under 16 side.

1st Grade: South Cardiff 3-3 Newcastle Jets Youth
Under 22's: South Cardiff 3-2 Emerging Jets U/18's
Under 19's: South Cardiff 1-2 Emerging Jets U/16's


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