Wednesday, 3 June 2015

REVIEW: Mid-Week Catch-Up Games (WEDNESDAY)

1st Grade: Cooks Hill United 2 def. West Wallsend 1

Let me start by saying I was in a minor car crash on my way into town tonight so I'll only be doing a write up for 1st grade in each fixture tonight. Anyway I missed the opener at Cooks Hill but I've been told it was a chip from Peter Pryce over the keeper.

West Wallsend had a one on one chance mid-way through the first half but it was batted away by Cookers keeper Kaia Roth. Apologies for not having names but Westy's number 9 looked very pacey and skillful on the left wing. The Bluebells were certainly threatening and went in at half-time knowing the game was still in the balance.

The second half was physical and the home side were always going to need to score a second to cushion their lead. The second didn't come, despite one or two good chances and it came back to bite them as West Wallsend earned a penalty. I thought it probably was a penalty but the theatrics were a bit much.

The Cookers have given away a few penalties as of late and young Roth in goals has come close to saving one or two of those. He saved it tonight but was unable to stop the rebound being blasted into the top of the net. The Bluebells had their tails up and looked the better side for a good ten minute period.

Cooks Hill's defender who was carded for the penalty was given his marching orders not long after as he brought down an attacker on the half-way line. It was at that point that it looked like it wouldn't be the Cookers' night but to their credit they hung in there.

The number 17 for West Wallsend was very vocal towards the referee and linesmen and I'm fairly sure he was carded twice for dissent. The second yellow was definitely for backchat. He looked a decent player though for his size and pulled off one or two tricky touches.

Both teams pressed hard for the winner and it came from a superb Jackson Pett finish from outside the box. West Wallsend will know this is a game that got away and against ten men for a good twenty minutes or so, they'll know they should have created more chances. A big win for Cooks Hill in the race for the finals but another tough pill to swallow for the boys from the west.

The Under 23's finished 3-1 to the home side in a result that takes them up to sixth on the table.

1st Grade: Wallsend F.C 2 def. Kahibah F.C 0

Wallsend Red Devils have recorded their eighth-straight victory with a 2-0 win over fellow top four side Kahibah F.C at the Gardens. The big win leaves the Red Devils just two points off of top spot with a game in hand on Valentine. Good times for the boys in red and white.

The Under 23's finished 1-1 in a result that favours Wallsend more than Kahibah.

1st Grade: Valentine 1 def by. Belmont-Swansea 3

As good as Singleton's 3-0 win over Lakes was I think this has to go down as the upset of the season in the New-FM 1st Division so far. I've been told Belswans were extremely lucky to get the points but at the end of the day, beating the undefeated ladder-leaders is a massive victory in any league.

The loss leaves Valentine just two clear of Wallsend who have a game in hand. More importantly they'll be watching over their shoulders for Lakes who have two games up their sleeves. The Phoenix will have to put this behind them and get their promotion chase back on track.

The 23's ended 2-1 to the ladder-leading Valentine. R.E, both 17's and 19's games are to be played at Croudace Bay Complex tomorrow night and not Cahill Oval. It should be a cracker in the 19's.

*Update: My source wasn't correct. Turns out Valentine were lucky not to get beat by more and played very poorly compared to recent weeks.

1st Grade: Thornton 1 def by. Lake Macquarie City 6

A Tom Walker hat-trick helped Lakes to an emphatic 6-1 victory at Thornton Park. After a near month-long layoff, the Roosters returned to action and did it comfortably over a struggling Thornton side. With Valentine losing their match, the race for promotion is starting to look a bit tighter.

The 23's finished 1-0 to the visitors. It was just the second loss of the season for the Redback 23's and sees them drop behind Lakes on the table.

The results for Edgeworth's NPL 19's and 22's matches will be posted tomorrow when they filter through the grapevine.

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