Sunday, 31 May 2015

REVIEW: NNSW NPL Youth Round 13

Charlestown City v Weston


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Broadmeadow v Maitland


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Lambton v Hamilton


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Emerging Jets v Mid North Coast


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South Cardiff v Adamstown




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The Wrap-Up:

Under 13's:

This is a new feature of my weekly reviews for the NPL Youth. I'll only mention a few things from each age division and try and make it informative at the same time. Broadmeadow kept their good form in the 13's with a convincing 4-1 victory over Maitland on Saturday. The Magpies remain in 9th as does Magic in 1st position.

Weston's Under 13's returned to the winners' circle with a 3-0 victory over 8th-placed Charlestown City. The young Bears are now just two points outside the top four. The Under 12 Emerging Jets handed Football Mid North Coast their first defeat of the season at Lake Macquarie, winning 1-0.

Lambton remained winless as they went down 1-3 to a Hamilton Olympic side that kept their spot in the top four alive with a win. Finally, South Cardiff picked up their third draw of the campaign with a 2-2 stalemate against Adamstown at Ulinga Oval.


Under 14's:

I have to point out the very impressive 8-1 victory for Broadmeadow's Under 14's as they outclassed a winless Maitland on Saturday morning. The young Magicians inched closer to top spot after both Adamstown and the Emerging Jets dropped points.

Charlestown City and Weston played out a scoreless stalemate whilst Mid North Coast picked up an impressive win on the road against the Emerging Jets. Hamilton were far too classy for struggling Lambton whilst in the final match of the round, South Cardiff picked up one of the upsets of the season, defeating ladder-leaders and previously unbeaten Adamstown.


Under 15's:

Broadmeadow Magic kept touch with Hamilton at the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Maitland whilst Charlestown City were impressive in a 3-0 victory over Weston at Lisle Carr Oval. On Sunday, the Under 14 Emerging Jets saw off Mid North Coast in a vital mid-table clash whilst it was a close call for top of the table Hamilton as they saw off Lambton 1-0. In the final match, South Cardiff picked up an impressive 2-2 draw against fourth-place Adamstown.


Under 17's:

I could copy and paste the first sentence from the Under 15's as Broadmeadow Magic's 17's have picked up a 2-0 win over Maitland to stay in touch with Hamilton at the top of the table. Weston also remained in the top three with a 1-0 win over mid-table Charlestown City.

The Under 15 Emerging Jets saw off Mid North Coast to consolidate their spot in the top four whilst top of the table Hamilton did enough to just get over the line against a game Lambton side. Here comes the copy and paste job again as South Cardiff and Adamstown drew the final match of the round 2-2.

Full Results:




Ladders:




REVIEW: NNSW NPL Round 8


Edgeworth 3 def. Newcastle Jets Youth 1

With Broadmeadow losing on Sunday this victory took on much more importance for the Edgeworth Eagles as they now move to equal top spot on the NPL table. It was a second disappointing loss for the Jets Youth within five days. Tom Waller provided a goal for the Jets but it wasn't enough as Brody Taylor, Keanu Moore and Aaron McLaughlin fired the home side to their sixth win of the season.

Edgeworth's reserve side kept themselves on top of the table with a 2-0 victory over the Under 18 Emerging Jets on Saturday.

Meanwhile in the 19's, it was a much-needed for the Under 16 Emerging Jets as they kept touch with the top four with a win over fourth-placed Edgeworth.



Adamstown 3 def. South Cardiff 0

It was a crucial victory for the Adamstown Rosebud as they saw off South Cardiff with a 3-0 result at Adamstown Oval. Goals to Matthew Paul (x2) and Jordan Harrison helped the home side secure their 2nd win of the season and moved the Buds four points clear of the bottom three. For South Cardiff though it's a reminder that there is improvement to be made if they want to avoid being dragged back into a relegation dog-fight.

In the lower grades, Adamstown picked up a 1-0 win in the 22's and sent South Cardiff to the bottom of the table whilst the 19's produced a 2-2 draw in the opening match of the day.



Lambton 2 def. Maitland 1

Maitland fought hard but would ultimately go down to the defending champions at Arthur Edden Oval. John Majurovski was on hand for the Jaffas opener but it was cancelled out by an impressive Jye McKeller goal for the visitors. Luke Remington put the Jaffas back in the lead and they held on against a game Maitland side.

Maitland's defence was a lot stronger this week which is impressive considering that their striker Alex Read was forced to play in central defence after an ankle injury forced Zac Hill off the field. The injury to Hill will leave the Magpies with a gap to fill ahead of a tough test at home to Hamilton next week.

In the lower grades, Lambton picked up an impressive 4-1 win whilst the visiting Magpies' 19's picked up their first win of the season, a 2-1 result over Lambton.




Hamilton 4 def. Charlestown City 2

Only the one game was played at Darling St Oval today which was disappointing to see considering there wasn't too much rain over the weekend. It was a cracker of match though as Hamilton saw off struggling Charlestown 4-2 and hoisted themselves into top spot on the NPL table.

Jarrod Ross gave the visitors a shock early lead but it was swiftly cancelled out by Jacob Bailey. Goals to Simon Mooney and Mathew Swan had Olympic up 3-1 at the break. Bailey scored his second ten minutes into the second stanza before Scott Smith gave the visitors a slight bit of hope. It wasn't enough as Charlestown slumped to another defeat.

Olympic will like their chances next week against Maitland whilst it doesn't get any easier for the Blues as they host Broadmeadow at Lisle Carr Oval, a game I will be making the trip out to Whitebridge to watch and cover on the Newysports Facebook page.




Broadmeadow 3 def by. Weston Workers 4

The Match of the Round lived up the hype and then some as the Weston Workers Bears pulled off a gutsy come from behind win against ladder-leaders Broadmeadow in front of a loud Magic Park crowd.

The visitors started very poorly as Magic went up through Peter Haynes in the opening ten minutes. A whipped in corner was blasted into the net by Haynes, scoring his fifth goal of the season. Weston's defending in the opening 20 minutes reminded me of the poor performance at the back from the Jets Youth on Monday night.

The Bears struggled in the back line and were pounced on by a hungry Broadmeadow attack. The home side stole possession and top goalscorer Kale Bradbery added to his season goal tally. At this stage I was in firm belief the game would end with an embarrassing scoreline for the Bears but it fired them into action.

The game slowly turned and the Bears would get one back before half-time through Garry McDermott. A sloppy tackle from Troy Hearfield saw Peter Haynes have to leave the field with injury. Hearfield would see yellow for the incident which ended a quality first half.

Without Haynes on the field, Magic began to lose grip on the match and poor man-marking gave Bears captain Carl Thornton a perfect chance to score off a free kick with a free header. Magic stalwart Josh Piddington was forced off with injury and the home side was forced to slot Daniel Casciaroli into the unusual spot of central defender.

Jamie Subat gave the visitors the lead in the 72nd minute but it was cancelled out by a cool Dino Fajkovic finish at the other end. Jake Millsteed would be on hand to break Magic's unbeaten streak with a late goal on the back of what I thought might have been a missed offside call in the build-up. 

It was a crucial win for the Bears and a confidence-boosting one at that ahead of a big home game with Edgeworth next week. Magic will know this one slipped away and will be keen to make amends at Lisle Carr Oval next weekend.

Weston picked up the three points in the Under 22's, sending Magic crashing out of the top four in the process. Meanwhile, it was a 1-1 draw in the top of the table Under 19's clash.


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Saturday, 30 May 2015

REVIEW: New-FM 1st Division Round 13


1st Grade: Valentine F.C 1 def. Cooks Hill United 0

I made it back to Cahill Oval for the final twenty minutes or so and to their credit, Cooks Hill pushed hard for an equaliser for the time I was their and almost stole a point with the final kick of the game but unfortunately for the team in black and white they'd go down 1-0 to the ladder-leaders.

It was an important win for Valentine as they take one more step towards NPL promotion and the minor premiership. I enjoyed my day at Valentine and was delighted to see my previews feature in their match program. Good ground and good people. Well wishes for the rest of the season.


Under 23's: Valentine F.C 2 def. Cooks Hill United 1

Not much I can say about this one as I had to duck out for my own game at Kahibah (finished 2-2 if you wanted to know). Valentine remained at the top of the table with a 2-1 win, seeing off a Cooks Hill side that had troubled the higher-placed sides in recent weeks.


Under 19's: Valentine F.C 2 def. Cooks Hill United 1

The Under 19's match I thought would be a good encounter and it didn't let down as two quality sides went toe to toe. Cooks Hill were lucky to get a lead at all as Valentine showed some real threat in front of goal in the first half but were unable to convert their chances. Cooks Hill would strike first but the home side wasn't finished.

A defensive slip-up allowed Valentine to equaliser and from there it was never going to be a surprise to see them take the lead as the visitors dropped their heads and became frustrated. Dissent sent the visitors down to ten men late on and they paid the price as Valentine struck on a pacey attacking ending with a simple tap in that sent the home fans into celebration.

The Cookers will bounce back as they've got a strong side in the 19's. I thought the keeper Andrew De Souza (apologies if I've got the wrong keeper but that's what my team sheet says!) had a strong game apart from one or two moments. Jackson Gosling I thought was decent for the away side as was Seb Lewis in midfield. They'll like their chances against a struggling Wallsend side next week.

For Valentine it's back to the top for them as they record their 8th win of the season and remain unbeaten. They showed urgency when it was needed and got the result they needed to return to the summit.


Under 17's: Valentine F.C 1 def by. Cooks Hill United 5

Cooks Hill's Under 17's moved into the top two with a third impressive victory in a row as they saw off Valentine 5-1 in the opening match of the day. It was the first 17's match I've seen this year and the quality was fairly impressive.

Valentine were always going to be up for a challenge against an in-form Cooks Hill side. The visitors were up 1-0 at half-time and Valentine weren't too far off the pace but the second half was all Cooks Hill as they showed their class and skill to put four more in the back of the net.

It was a third-straight win for the Cookers and they took their tally in those three games to sixteen goals, not bad at all. Only goalscorer I got for the Cookers was Harrison Owens but the majority of the team looked good in the 5-1 victory.

Valentine's loss is their sixth of the season and the 17's is probably somewhere the Phoenix will look at strengthening next season. As for Cooks Hill, they now move into second spot with a crucial clash between Wallsend and Lakes tomorrow to determine their final standing after this weekend. More importantly it's another step towards finals football for the Cookers.




1st Grade: Thornton 2 drew. Cessnock City 2

This result did no favours for either team as they both remain down in the lower part of the NewFM 1st grade table. The Hornets in particular will have to look over their shoulders as Toronto-Awaba have two games in hand. Still, a decent result for a Cessnock side that were beat 5-1 last week. 

*Update*: I've received word that Thornton scored an injury-time goal to equalise which obviously is a much better result for the Redbacks than it was for the Hornets.


Under 23's: Thornton 1 drew. Cessnock City 1

The team that got the most out of this match was Valentine as they stretched their lead atop the table in the Under 23's with Thornton and Cessnock producing a 1-1 draw. Both these sides have had their fair share of draws in season 2015.


Under 19's: Thornton 3 def. Cessnock City 2

The Thornton 19's moved into 6th position with a 3-2 victory over an out-of-form Cessnock City side. It could prove to be an important three points in Thornton's race for a finals spot.


Under 17's: Thornton 0 drew. Cessnock City 0

The result from the 17's was a 0-0 draw between two sides that are struggling this season. It's never good to see bottom of the table sides produce a scoreless draw but at least both sides avoided another defeat on Saturday afternoon.


SUNDAY:


1st Grade: Kahibah 2 drew. Belmont-Swansea 2

Belmont-Swansea have ended Kahibah's winning streak with a gutsy 2-2 draw at Kahibah Oval on Sunday. The Belswans stayed in eighth place but got some 
confidence in front of goal ahead of a visit to top of the table Valentine mid-week whilst Kahibah's form has stalled ahead of Wednesday's catch-up game with fellow top four side Wallsend.

Under 23's: Kahibah 2 def. Belmont-Swansea 1

Kahibah's 23's have jumped the Belswans on the league table with a 2-1 victory at Kahibah Oval. The Green and Blacks can push for a top four spot with a win over struggling Wallsend mid-week whilst Belmont-Swansea will face a tough test when they travel to top of the table Valentine.

Under 19's: Kahibah 2 def by. Belmont-Swansea 5

It was another impressive win for the top of the table Belswans 19's side as they overcame Kahibah 5-2 on Sunday. The win takes the Belswans back ahead of Valentine and takes their goal difference to an impressive +31. Kahibah will look to bounce back against Wallsend mid-week whilst it will be a juicy clash for Belswans as they take on Valentine in a top of the table clash.

Under 17's: Kahibah 3 def. Belmont-Swansea 1

Kahibah's Under 17's returned to form after a mid-week loss to ladder-leading Lake Macquarie City with an impressive 3-1 win over mid-table side Belmont-Swansea. The Green and Black 17's now move into second place, jumping Cooks Hill in the process. Both these sides are in action mid-week, Belswans away to Valentine whilst Kahibah will travel to Wallsend.





1st Grade: West Wallsend 1 def by. Toronto-Awaba 2

At long last Toronto-Awaba have lifted themselves off the bottom of the New-FM 1st Division table at the expense of West Wallsend. The Stags recorded their second-straight victory and jumped both Cessnock and Thornton into 9th place. It's a much needed result for a side that started the season in horror form.

For the Bluebells the door to the top four is closed over a bit more as they miss a chance to close the gap between themselves and Lakes. The ball is now over to the Roosters who have four catch-up games compared to West Wallsend's one, which comes on Wednesday night against Cooks Hill United.

Under 23's: West Wallsend 1 def by. Toronto-Awaba 2

West Wallsend's 23's suffered another disappointing defeat as they went down 2-1 to Toronto-Awaba at Johnston Park. The Stags moved up to 8th place whilst the Bluebells remain rooted to 10th and it doesn't get easier for Westy as they now have to play Cooks Hill mid-week.

Under 19's: West Wallsend 6 def. Toronto-Awaba 2

It was a crucial victory for West Wallsend's Under 19's as they kept in touch with the top four and saw off Toronto-Awaba in an impressive 6-2 result. Goalscorers for Westy were Matt Turner (x3), Sam Jones, Liam Muir & Greg Mason. The Bluebells will need to keep this form up with a vital game against fourth-placed Cooks Hill on Thursday night.

Under 17's: West Wallsend 2 def. Toronto-Awaba 1

West Wallsend's Under 17's also picked up a crucial win with a 2-1 victory over Toronto-Awaba on Sunday morning. The win keeps West Wallsend in fifth and just three points behind Wallsend in fourth. Goalscorers for the Bluebells were Tom Muir and Brady Coe. It'll be a tough test for West Wallsend mid-week as they travel to in-form Cooks Hill.


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Friday, 29 May 2015

PREVIEW: NNSW NPL Round 8


1st Grade: Adamstown (7th) v South Cardiff (8th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 2:30pm

It's going to be a crucial clash at Adamstown Oval this weekend as the Rosebuds welcome South Cardiff to their home ground. Both these teams have one win under their belts from seven starts and the Buds are just one point ahead of the Gunners on the league table.

The important thing to take in here is that a loss for either team could throw them straight back into the relegation dog-fight at the bottom end of the table. I've seen both these sides play this season and was generally unimpressed by South Cardiff. They put on a decent display against Edgeworth last weekend but they're going to find it tough to break down the Buds.

Adamstown was boosted by the inclusion of former Jet Travis Cooper and the pacey forward will no doubt add to a side that when I saw play lacked a little bit of speed up front. Guy Bates is firing this season as well and in my opinion this is a game that the Buds will be aiming to win. It's a genuine six-pointer and I think Adamstown are a bit too good not to win this.

*Update* Adamstown have lost the services of Guy Bates for the remainder of Season 2015 after it was revealed he failed to correctly tie up all loose ends on an international transfer. The Buds will escape punishment for the unintentional error but will lose one of their attacking weapons. Good thing Travis Cooper is on board now. P.S, my tip remains the same. 3-1.

My Tip: Adamstown 3-1 South Cardiff


Under 22's: Adamstown (10th) v South Cardiff (9th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 12:45pm

It's a bottom of the table clash in reserve grade as Adamstown seek their second win of the season against fellow strugglers South Cardiff. After picking up their first win of the season two weeks ago against Maitland, the Buds' reserves went down 3-2 to Lambton last week. The Gunners last outing was the 8-1 horror show against Broadmeadow so I'm tipping the home side on Saturday.

My Tip: Adamstown 2-1 South Cardiff


Under 19's: Adamstown (9th) v South Cardiff (8th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 11:00am

Neither of these sides are having the best season in 2015 and have just four wins between them after 13 matches combined. Still it's an important fixture as a loss would leave one of these sides behind the eight-ball in the race for mid-table and even further into the top four.

As of my tip I'm going out on a limb and backing the home side. In front of their own supports I think the Buds can return to form with their third win of the season in the Under 19's.

My Tip: Adamstown 3-1 South Cardiff




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1st Grade: Lambton (6th) v Maitland F.C (9th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 2:30pm

It was a big win for Maitland last week as they overcame Charlestown City on an important fundraising day for the whole Maitland football community. Beating the Blues is good but it'll be a much tougher task when they travel to Arthur Edden Oval to take on the out-of-form defending champions.

Lambton need to start winning some games as I'm fairly certain it's a top four finals competition this year and finishing fifth or sixth won't cut it. Plus Lambton aren't a club that will be satisfied with three draws and two losses after seven matches.

Maitland need to get any points they can in the next few games but Saturday's match is one I can't see them getting much out of to be honest. The addition of Jamie Byrnes will no doubt add to an already potent Jaffas attack and I can't see the home side slipping up in this one, despite a couple of omissions.

My Tip: Lambton 3-0 Maitland F.C


Under 22's: Lambton (3rd) v Maitland F.C (7th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 12:45pm

The Jaffas have lost just one game in reserve grade this season and it came all the way back in Round 1 so they have a bit of form behind them. They'd be top of the table if they managed to draw one or two less games than the three they've already drawn so far from seven starts.

Maitland won't be a walkover but I think the Jaffas will make it a fourth home win in a row.

My Tip: Lambton 2-0 Maitland F.C


Under 19's: Lambton (5th) v Maitland F.C (10th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 11:00am

Lambton were on of just four sides to play in the Under 19's last weekend and they'd be happy they managed to play considering they pulled off a 5-2 win over Adamstown. The Jaffas 19's are now on the edge of the top four and a win against struggling Maitland could lift them into the top four.

The Jaffas should be strong enough and classy enough to grab another win this week.

My Tip: Lambton 4-1 Maitland



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1st Grade: Edgeworth F.C (3rd) v Jets Youth (5th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 2:30pm

The Jets Youth looked absolutely horrendous at the back in the 1st half at Magic Park on Monday night. I don't like being too harsh but it wasn't good enough for a Jets Youth side that had been decent in the opening month and half of the season.

This weekend they travel to Jack McLaughlan Oval to take on an Edgeworth side that are in some good form. Damien Zane's men have won a few games in recent times and will like their chances against a slightly depleted and low on confidence Jets side.

The Eagles will be there or there abouts when it comes finals time and I think they'll make it another three points on Saturday. The Jets need some improvement after a horror show at Magic Park last week and I'm not sure they'll be able to overcome the Eagles in this one.

My Tip: Edgeworth 3-1 Newcastle Jets Youth


Newysports.com's Under 22's Match of the Round
Under 22's: Edgeworth (1st) v Emerging Jets U/18's (2nd)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 12:45pm

Consider this to be the match of the round in reserve grade as ladder-leaders Edgeworth host the 2nd-placed Under 18 Emerging Jets. Any slip-ups by either side will all but see them lose their spot on the ladder as it's congested at the top of the Under 22's table.

As for my prediction, Edgeworth's last outing was a mid-week loss to Broadmeadow and they'll need to improve if they want to beat an Emerging Jets side that have overcome Hamilton and Charlestown in recent times. I'm going to tip a draw but could very well see either side coming out winners.

My Tip: Edgeworth 1-1 Emerging Jets U/18's


Under 19's: Edgeworth (4th) v Emerging Jets U/16's (6th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 11:00am

Edgeworth's Under 19's have a big game on Saturday against the sixth-placed Emerging Jets U/16's and despite losing Tuesday night's catch up game to Broadmeadow, the Eagles will be full of confidence. Before Tuesday's game they'd scored four against struggling teams Lambton, Adamstown and Maitland. This is a tougher test but Edgeworth have my tip.

My Tip: Edgeworth 2-1 Emerging Jets U/16's



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1st Grade: Hamilton (2nd) v Charlestown (10th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 2:30pm

I can't give Charlestown any chance here and that's with all due respect to everyone involved in the club. The 1st grade boys are out of form and have just one win to their name all season and six losses. Going down 3-0 to fellow strugglers Maitland last weekend was the worst possible result for the former powerhouse and the relegation worry must be taking it's toll by now.

Hamilton are just too good a side to do anything but win this game on Sunday and I know that's a big call to make but they're unbeaten and coming off an impressive win at Weston last week. Charlestown will be kicking themselves if former star striker Kane Goodchild continues his goalscoring form against his old side which I wouldn't be surprised happens at some stage. Hamilton by a few.

My Tip: Hamilton 4-0 Charlestown


Under 22's: Hamilton (5th) v Charlestown (8th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 12:45pm

Hamilton are coming off the back of an impressive 4-2 victory over Weston Workers last weekend whilst Charlestown's last outing was a 3-2 home loss to the Bears so based on that, Olympic are the favourites here and looking at how compact it is in the top six of the Under 22's I think Hamilton will get the job done here and pick up a valuable three points.

My Tip: Hamilton 2-0 Charlestown


Under 19's: Hamilton (3rd) v Charlestown (7th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 11:00am

Hamilton were previously unbeaten in the Under 19's before going down 4-1 at Weston last weekend. They'll be keen to bounce back against a Charlestown side that haven't been that impressive in 2015. At home Olympic are a tough side to beat in any grade so they've got my tip for the 19's clash.

My Tip: Hamilton 3-1 Charlestown City



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Newysports.com's 1st Grade Match of the Round
1st Grade: Broadmeadow (1st) v Weston (4th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 2:30pm

Weston went down disappointingly at home to Hamilton last week and now have to face an in-form and free-scoring Broadmeadow side. I say free-scoring because it seems Magic can just flick a switch and go into attack at will. It was an easy victory against the Jets Youth on Monday night but Magic will need to show some improvement as I thought Monday's second half wasn't very impressive and if the Jets were closer to finding the target, the 5-1 scoreline may have been a tad closer.

I've heard there's one or two injury concerns for Broadmeadow but as long as Kale Bradbury and Dino Fajkovic can retain their match fitness, Magic will continue to find the back of the net. It'll be tough against a decent Weston side but I can't tip against Magic as their form is just too good as of late. It'll be an entertaining clash on Sunday and I will be there to provide live updates to the Newysports Facebook page.

My Tip: Broadmeadow 4-2 Weston


Under 22's: Broadmeadow (4th) v Weston (6th)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 12:45pm

Broadmeadow's 22's have been in impressive form as of late. Ignoring a 3-0 loss to Lambton a few weeks backs, the Magic reserves have scored fourteen goals in their two most recent home games and should be considered the favourites on Sunday.

I can't see the home side scoring for fun like they've done in their past two home matches but Weston will need to do well to bounce back from last weekend's 4-2 loss to Hamilton.

My Tip: Broadmeadow 3-1 Weston


Newysports.com's Under 19's Match of the Round
Under 19's: Broadmeadow (2nd) v Weston (1st)
Kickoff: Saturday 30/5 11:00am

Magic won their catch-up game at Edgeworth 2-1 and could put pressure on top of the table Weston with a win on Sunday morning. The Bears are unbeaten in the Under 19's and put four past Hamilton last weekend so it's definitely not an easy match-up for Broadmeadow.

Since losing their opening match of the season, Broadmeadow have won five straight so I can't tip against them but I will split it down the middle and back a draw as I think these sides are evenly matched.

My Tip: Broadmeadow 1-1 Weston



Thursday, 28 May 2015

REVIEW: Kahibah v Lakes 17s/19s

Under 17's: Kahibah 1 def by. Lake Macquarie City 2

I've been told this was a highly entertaining match between two evenly matched sides. I've also been told it could have gone either way but it was Lakes who grabbed all three points and kept their impressive winning streak alive. Not the best night for Kahibah's side but they'll bounce back and they've still got the lowest goal conceded column in the whole New-FM competition. 

The return leg will be interesting as it will come when both sides will be gunning for the finals but for now Lakes remain unbeaten and could be six points clear at the top if they can see off Wallsend on Sunday morning. 


Under 19's: Kahibah 1 def by. Lake Macquarie City 3

Guess who picked the correct score in this match! Kahibah's 19's were always going to find it tough against a Lakes side that have lost just once this season. The visitors were just that bit too classy for the Green and Blacks and with the 3-1 victory now jump Cooks Hill into 3rd position.

It doesn't get any easier for Kahibah's 19's as they now have to face unbeaten Belmont-Swansea on Sunday whilst Lakes will like their chances against Wallsend, also on Sunday.


The updated ladders are as followed: