Friday, 15 May 2015

PREVIEW: NNSW NPL Round 6


1st Grade: Adamstown (9th) v Maitland (10th)
Kickoff: Saturday 16/5 2:30pm

These two will be keen to notch up a win on the weekend and move away from the foot of the NPL table. Adamstown I think are likely to find some form soon and I don't consider them as a relegation candidate. I can't say the same for Maitland who have so far lacked in the NPL competition.

This is a big game for the Rosebuds. I was there for their comeback draw with Hamilton last week and they almost got over the line against ladder-leaders Broadmeadow in this week's catch-up game. This isn't a game the Buds should be losing and that's with all due respect to Maitland.

The Magpies have struggled to find goals and are leaking a few at the back. Away from home against Adamstown will be a test that I don't think they can match. Adamstown can move away from the bottom with a win here and I'm backing them to do it. 


Under 22's: Adamstown (10th) v Maitland (4th)
Kickoff: Saturday 16/5 12:45pm

The Buds are lacking in reserve grade and are yet to pick up a point in five starts during season 2015. I don't know how much of a chance I give them against a Maitland side that have found a fair bit of success this season. The Magpies were held by Weston last week but bounced back with a mid-week win over the in-form Jets. Maitland should be good enough to get the points at Adamstown Oval on the weekend.


Under 19's: Adamstown (9th) v Maitland (10th)
Kickoff: Saturday 16/5 11:00am

Another bottom of the table clash will open the day's proceedings at Adamstown Oval on Saturday and looking at recent form I'd consider Maitland the slight favourites as they've conceded less goals than the Buds in recent times. Still, I don't have much confidence in either side so I'm going to back a draw.



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1st Grade: Hamilton (4th) v Jets Youth (2nd)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 1:30pm

The Jets Youth have started the season in style but face a tough test in Hamilton on the weekend. Hamilton hit some form last week with a 5-2 victory at South Cardiff and if they can play like that did at Ulinga Oval last weekend I think they can overcome the visiting Jets Youth.

I personally think Olympic have one of the strongest sides in the competition this year with goal threats like Kane Goodchild and Simon Mooney, as well as good up and coming players like Tom Davies and Rhys Cooper and I can't leave out one of the best keepers in the league in Danny Ireland. It'd be a failure if Olympic don't play finals this year and I think they'll move further into the top four with a win on Sunday.


Under 22's: Hamilton (5th) v Emerging Jets U/18's (2nd)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 11:45am

This one is a tough one to predict as two decent sides clash at Darling St Oval. The Under 18 Jets recorded impressive wins over Weston and Charlestown before being outdone by Maitland in their mid-week catch-up game. Hamilton are also in decent form and after putting four past South Cardiff last week I think Olympic will get the points here as well. It's a game that could go either way though.


Under 19's: Hamilton (2nd) v Emerging Jets U/16's (4th)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 10:00am

The Under 16 Emerging Jets travel to Hamilton on Sunday hoping to record a victory in what will be their toughest test of the season to date. They were held by Charlestown City last weekend and against a side that have yet to lose this season I don't think I can back the visitors in this one.



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1st Grade: Edgeworth (6th) v Lambton (5th)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 1:30pm

Edgeworth bounced back to form last weekend with a win over Adamstown but face a tougher test this time out when the Jaffas come to town. Lambton showed a fair bit of character in their 2-2 draw with Magic last week and put Charlestown to the sword mid-week. I think the visitors should get the points here, they've got a strong squad and if they can fire they'll be able to overcome Edgeworth.


Under 22's: Edgeworth (1st) v Lambton (3rd)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 11:45am

This is a tough one to predict as two decent sides clash at Jack McLaughlan Oval. The Eagles are three from three and averaging three goals a game. The Jaffas won 3-0 against Magic last weekend and 2-0 against Charlestown during the week but this is a much tougher opponent. I'm going to back the home side to get the points.


Under 19's: Edgeworth (7th) v Lambton (6th)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 10:00am

Lambton's Under 19's are above Edgeworth on the league table but their results last weekend couldn't be any more contrasting. The Eagles picked up a 4-0 win over Adamstown whilst Lambton went down to Magic by the same 4-0 scoreline. To be fair the Jaffas did pick up a mid-week win over Charlestown so I can't completely write them off for this game but I think the Eagles will get the points.


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1st Grade: Charlestown City (7th) v Weston (3rd)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 1:30pm

Charlestown City need to find something in front of goal as they're really struggling to find results as of late. The Bears however are in some form after two straight wins and should be strong enough to get the points at Lisle Carr Oval on the weekend. Weston haven't scored that many goals but their defence has been helping them over the line recently. 


Under 22's: Charlestown City (9th) v Weston (6th)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 11:45am

This is another tough one to predict but looking at recent form I'd probably go with the visitors. They have copped a few goals recently but turned a corner with a win against Maitland last weekend. However I have a feeling this one might finish in a stalemate. 1-1 draw is the way I'm going.

Under 19's: Charlestown City (5th) v Weston (1st)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 10:00am

Weston are unbeaten in the Under 19's and will be looking to consolidate top spot on the table with what will be a third-straight victory. Charlestown did pull off an impressive win over the Emerging Jets 16's last week however a loss to Lambton mid-week would play on their confidence going into this clash with the ladder-leaders. Weston should be too strong here.


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1st Grade: Broadmeadow (1st) v South Cardiff (8th)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 2pm

The top of the table Broadmeadow Magic take on struggling South Cardiff at Magic Park on Sunday in a fixture that like the others has been moved forward to allow fans to watch the A-League Grand Final. Unlike Sunday's other games, this game has only been brought forward by half an hour.

Anyway onto the actual preview and with no offense to the Gunners I just cannot see them getting the victory here. They're yet to win this season and against a Magic side that just got over the line mid-week against Adamstown, this is no doubt a tough test for the boys from Ulinga Oval.

Dino Fajkovic could be on hand to inflict pain on his former side and Magic's top goalscorer this season will surely be a big chance of finding the back of the net again on Sunday. Magic by a few here.


Under 22's: Broadmeadow (8th) v South Cardiff (7th)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 12:15pm

Broadmeadow's reserves have endured a difficult start to the season and will be hoping to turn things around against the Gunners on Sunday. I'm actually going with the draw here. I can see either side taking the points but really can't split it. I know Magic's got some very decent players in their reserve squad and surely it's only a matter of time for them to hit form. Still, the draw sounds like a good tip here.


Under 19's: Broadmeadow (3rd) v South Cardiff (8th)
Kickoff: Sunday 17/5 10:30am

After putting four goals past Lambton last week and recording a clean sheet against Adamstown mid-week I cannot see Broadmeadow's Under 19's losing this one against a struggling South Cardiff side. The Gunners have only won the one game all season and I think this isn't a game that'll be easy. Magic by one or two.




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