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.