Friday, 26 June 2015

PREVIEW: NNSW NPL Round 11


Newysports.com's Match of the Round
1st Grade: Broadmeadow Magic (5th) v Edgeworth F.C (2nd)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 2:30pm
Last Time They Met: Edgeworth 1-4 Broadmeadow

The Match of the Round will be one to watch as out-of-form Broadmeadow come up against a very dangerous Edgeworth side. I say dangerous as some days the Eagles can lack (as exampled by their 4-1 loss to Broadmeadow in Round 3) whilst some days they can be the best team in the competition.

I've heard a few call this a "State Cup Final" of sorts and that is accurate as both sides won their way through to the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32, albeit in very different styles. Edgeworth were fairly comfortable in their 3-0 win over fellow NPL side Adamstown whilst Broadmeadow put the foot down and didn't let off in their 13-0 rout of New-FM strugglers West Wallsend.

I think the goalfest was exactly what Magic needed after some lacklustre results. It's no secret that I'm a Magic supporter and I've seen nearly each and every game for three years or so and their effort at Charlestown the other week was up there as the very worse I've seen. Nothing worked for them on that day.

I'll admit that I've never been the biggest fan of Edgeworth's style of play but I was impressed with their efforts in the FFA Cup last week. It was very entertaining to watch them pass it around and go on the attack over and over. This game on Sunday will be a great one to watch for the neutral so get down to Magic Park if you've got nothing on.

As for my tip I'm going to go with the home side. They were superb when they made the trip to Edgeworth in Round 3 and if they can produce a performance like they did that night they'll go a long way towards winning this. It's a crucial time for Magic as a loss here would all but end their hopes of claiming the minor premiership and the all-important spot in the National Premier Leagues Playoffs.

My Tip: Broadmeadow 3-2 Edgeworth


Newysports.com's Under 22's Match of the Round
Under 22's: Broadmeadow Magic (5th) v Edgeworth F.C (1st)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 12:45pm
Last Time They Met: Edgeworth 1-2 Broadmeadow

Just like the 19's, both these sides drew their matches 1-1 last week and looking at recent form I think this one could be tighter than the opening match of the day. The Eagles are flying high on top of the table but they won't forget that their lone loss of the year came against Broadmeadow and Magic's reserves on their day can beat anyone. I'm going with the draw here.

My Tip: Broadmeadow 2-2 Edgeworth


Newysports.com's Under 19's Match of the Round
Under 19's: Broadmeadow Magic (2nd) v Edgeworth F.C (5th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 11:00am
Last Time They Met: Edgeworth 1-2 Broadmeadow

Both these sides were held to draws last time out so you'd think this would be a tough one to predict but a look at recent form shows that Edgeworth have drawn their last two games and fallen out of the top four as a result. Magic's last home game saw them match it with ladder-leaders Weston and a win on Sunday wouldn't surprise me for the home side here.

My Tip: Broadmeadow 2-1 Edgeworth


Yes I'm making the bold prediction that Edgeworth will wear their alternate white away strip. I'm a bit of a jersey enthusiast, that's why the graphics are so colorful.



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1st Grade: Newcastle Jets Youth (7th) v Maitland F.C (8th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 2:30pm
Last Time They Met: Maitland 2-4 Jets Youth

The Newcastle Jets Youth started the NPL season strongly but their campaign has fallen apart in recent weeks and although they've only lost their last couple of games by a single goal, it's still not good enough for a side that should really be in the top four of this competition.

I'm going to be honest here and say that the Jets performance at Magic Park in on the Queen's Birthday where they lost 5-2 was up there as the worst effort by any side in any grade I've seen this year. The fact they scored twice was a shock and they could have lost by a lot more if Magic hadn't of fallen asleep in the second half. It was an awful game to watch.

Maitland have been decent in recent weeks and will know that this weekend could make or break their season. A win here would go a long way to securing them a spot in the 2016 NPL whilst a loss would see them fall right back into the relegation dogfight. Both teams will be desperate for a win.

Even though the Jets are listed as the home side, this game is still a home game for Maitland and playing for their fans at their ground I think will get the Magpies over the line. Their last few games haven't been bad at all and coming off a 4-0 win over South Cardiff the Pies won't want to let that form slip away now. 

My Tip: Newcastle Jets Youth 0-2 Maitland


Under 22's: Emerging Jets U/18's (3rd) v Maitland F.C (7th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 12:45pm
Last Time They Met: Maitland 1-0 Emerging Jets U/18's

The Emerging Jets Under 18's will go into this one seeking revenge after an upset loss to Maitland when these sides met in their Round 3 encounter. The Magpies are part of a bottom four that is slipping away from the rest of the competition and with a fair few teams locked on 16 or 15 points on the table, the Jets' 18's need a win here.

My Tip: Emerging Jets U/18's 2-1 Maitland


Under 19's: Emerging Jets U/16's (4th) v Maitland F.C (10th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 11:00am
Last Time They Met: Maitland 0-2 Emerging Jets U/16's

Maitland have picked up a win or two in recent times in the Under 19's but their record against top four sides isn't pretty to say the very least. The Jets' 16's have been decent against lower-table sides this season and when these sides met back in Round 3 they were 2-0 winners. I'll go for the same scoreline this time round.

My Tip: Emerging Jets U/16's 2-0 Maitland



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1st Grade: Hamilton Olympic (1st) v Adamstown Rosebud (6th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 2:30pm
Last Time They Met: Adamstown 2-2 Hamilton

I was there for these side's 2-2 draw in their re-scheduled Round 3 fixture and let me tell you it was one of the best games I've seen this season. Adamstown were saved by Guy Bates that night with a spectacular late goal but now they have to face Olympic without their star-import after he was removed from the team due to incorrect paperwork.

The Buds' newest recruit Kin Tae Sung I thought was one of their best in the FFA Cup last week and looked very skillful on the ball and very attacking-minded. I was impressed with the quality that former Jet Travis Cooper brings to the side as well. The Buds are in some good form in the NPL and they certainly won't lay down for the ladder-leaders.

I had my own playing commitments so missed the majority of Olympic's 2-0 win over Broadmeadow Magic but I've been told that Danny Ireland was superb on the day and having a quality keeper like Ireland between the sticks goes a long way towards securing decent results, something the men in blue have done a few times this season!

I think Hamilton will get over the line but with the form the Buds are in I wouldn't be surprised if they leave Darling St Oval with a point on the weekend.

My Tip: Hamilton 2-1 Adamstown


Under 22's: Hamilton Olympic (6th) v Adamstown Rosebud (10th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 12:45pm
Last Time They Met: Adamstown 1-2 Hamilton

The gap between 6th-placed Hamilton and the bottom four sides is a fair one to say the very least and with a game against bottom-placed Adamstown on Sunday, Olympic will like their chances of a win. A win could take Hamilton as far as third and with the business part of the season fast approaching, I think they'll get an important three points in this one.

My Tip: Hamilton 2-1 Adamstown


Under 19's: Hamilton Olympic (3rd) v Adamstown Rosebud (9th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 11:00am
Last Time They Met: Adamstown 2-5 Hamilton

Hamilton will no doubt be frustrated by the fact that their mid-week catch-up game with Charlestown was disappointingly called-off but they have a great chance to make up for it on Sunday if the game goes ahead of course with a win against Adamstown.

The Buds' 19's haven't impressed too much this season and don't have a very good record against top four sides. Combine that with the fact that Hamilton won 5-2 when these sides met back in Round 3 and you get a good idea why I'm tipping Olympic to record the double in this one.

My Tip: Hamilton 3-1 Adamstown



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1st Grade: Charlestown City (9th) v Lambton Jaffas (4th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 2:30pm
Last Time They Met: Lambton 3-1 Charlestown

I'm going to be brutally honest here, having two of their top players suspended due to abusing an official is not a good look for the Charlestown club and quiet honestly in this level of football, things like this shouldn't happen. The players should know better and the last thing Charlestown need is players on the sideline suspended. 

*Update*: I just read that the club is trying to appeal a suspension to Scott Smith. Heard Shane Tull was suspended too. Apologies if I've offended with my comments and happy to hear the club's view on the suspension. I only have one side of the story so may sound a bit too harsh. 

Although Lambton are sitting just inside the top four, one could say that they've underachieved a little bit in 2015 compared to last season. On their day, the Jaffas can beat anyone in the competition but they've had one or two unfavourable results this season.

Charlestown City are certainly still a big chance of facing the drop to the New-FM 1st Division if they can't produce results. The Blues are missing some key players including defender Damien Cox who I thought was one of their best when I watched their win over Broadmeadow. The Jaffas need a win here and I think they'll get it.

My Tip: Charlestown 0-2 Lambton


Under 22's: Charlestown City (8th) v Lambton Jaffas (2nd)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 12:45pm
Last Time They Met: Lambton 2-0 Charlestown

Looking at these side's positions on the league table, one would be excused for tipping Lambton to win without much thought into it. A look at recent form shows that Charlestown drew 1-1 with top of the table Edgeworth in their last outing which in my opinion throws a massive spanner into the works. The Blues won't go down easily but I think Lambton will get over the line.

My Tip: Charlestown 1-2 Lambton


Under 19's: Charlestown City (7th) v Lambton Jaffas (6th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 11:00am
Last Time They Met: Lambton 2-0 Charlestown

Charlestown are five points behind Lambton on the league table but with two extra games in hand, the Blues are certainly not out of finals contention by any means. A win on Sunday would boost their confidence and could very well kick-start a strong run into the finals.

The Blues picked up a decent result last time out, drawing 1-1 with Edgeworth. Lambton don't have any draws yet in ten games so you'd think they're due for one soon enough. I might tip the draw here.

My Tip: Charlestown 1-1 Lambton



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1st Grade: Weston Workers (3rd) v South Cardiff (10th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 2:30pm
Last Time They Met: South Cardiff 1-2 Weston

Both these teams have been hit by omissions recently however the return of central defender Matt Darr will boost the hopes of the desperate visitors on Sunday. South Cardiff are in grave danger of relegation if they can't turn things around soon. A 4-0 loss to Maitland last time out wasn't what they were hoping for and they'll need to put in a big shift to beat the Bears.

Weston had been in great form with victories over Broadmeadow and Edgeworth but losing to Adamstown at home last time out brought their run to a stop and left them sitting in third. A shock loss to the Gunners on Sunday could very well cost Weston a top four spot depending on other results so it's definitely a crucial game for both sides.

Rockwell Automation Park is a tough place to travel to but the Gunners did win 1-0 there last season. I'm not sure I like their hopes too much this year though. Even though Weston have been hit hard by suspensions and work commitments, I think they'll get the all-important three points on Sunday.

My Tip: Weston 2-1 South Cardiff


Under 22's: Weston Workers (4th) v South Cardiff (9th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 12:45pm
Last Time They Met: South Cardiff 4-0 Weston

Weston had a horror show when these sides met in their re-scheduled Round 3 fixture, going down 4-0. Since then however the Bears have picked up one or two decent results, including a win against Broadmeadow. The same Broadmeadow side that demolished South Cardiff 8-1. I think the Bears will get some revenge it this one.

My Tip: Weston 3-1 South Cardiff


Under 19's: Weston Workers (1st) v South Cardiff (8th)
Kickoff: Sunday 28/6 11:00am
Last Time They Met: South Cardiff 1-2 Weston

Weston's top of the table Under 19's side bounced back from back-to-back draws with a dominating 5-1 victory over Adamstown in their last outing. The Bears are unbeaten and shouldn't have too much trouble getting past lowly South Cardiff on Sunday. The Gunners weren't easybeats last time these sides met but if Weston play like they did against Adamstown, you'd think they're a very good chance of scoring a goal or two in this one.

My Tip: Weston 3-1 South Cardiff


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