1st Grade: Cooks Hill United 1 def by. Kahibah F.C 4
I got to first grade just in time to see a goal by Kahibah which was headed in nicely by one of their attackers, didn't catch the number. Cooks Hill didn't take too long to get one back though through striker Peter Pryce.
Both teams were playing an entertaining attacking brand of football and the second goal wasn't far off as Kahibah scored a superb goal through their number three I believe.
The second half began well for the a Cookers but it'd be Kahibah who'd strike again through their number 15, giving them a very healthy 3-1 lead. The lead would be stretched later as their number six scored a tap-in that he almost squandered.
I've been told that Matt Lee and Brendan Trummel featured on the scoresheet for the visitors but not sure how many or what not. What I am sure of is that this was arguably Kahibah's biggest win of the season. They had players out and produced a great effort to overcome a decent Cooks Hill outfit.
The finals race is heating up and this 4-1 victory over the 5th-placed side consolidates Kahibah's spot inside the top four and in my opinion will go a long way towards securing finals football for the Green and Blacks in their maiden New-FM 1st Division season. A great effort by all involved at Kahibah but a day to forget for Cooks Hill.
Under 23's: Cooks Hill United 1 def by. Kahibah F.C 2
I can't say too much about this game as I was at my own game at National Park but I've been told Kahibah won in the final moments of the game which whilst heartbreaking for the home side, lifted Kahibah into fifth spot and threw them right back into the race for a finals spot.
Under 19's: Cooks Hill United 5 def. Kahibah F.C 1
Cooks Hill starts the better of the two sides in the Under 19s and created the first couple of chances as they tried to catch out Kahibah with an early goal. A handball from Kahibah gave Cooks Hill penalty in the 15t minute and it was cooly converted by the number 6. The next real chance came from the visitors and they were cruelly denied by the crossbar.
Kahibah received a free kick in the 37th minute and tested Cooks Hill keeper Andrew De Souza into a decent save. The Cookers then turned the tables and went through on goal with Jayden Wiggins who calmly slotted one past the keeper to make it 2-0.
The scorned half started with much of the same as Cooks Hill broke away from the Kahibah defence and created another one on one chance with the keeper that was smashed in by Jackson Gosling. It was at this point of the game that I had to duck out for my own match so I can't speak too much on the remaining half hour or so.
Cooks Hill's 19's are a very entertaining side to watch and with today's result they went a very long way towards securing a spot in the finals. 5th-placed Kahibah will now need to make up lost ground if they want to send the Cookers out of the top four.
Under 17's: Cooks Hill United 0 def by. Kahibah F.C 7
The top four Under 17's clash kicked off with both sides cautiously trying to string some passes together and avoid any early slip up. The Cookers had the first one or two chances of the game but it wasn't long before Kahibah created their first chance from a header. The home side were missing the crucial last pass whilst poor finishing I thought cost the visitors slightly during the first half.
It was interesting to see Kahibah use three substitutions at once at the half hour point of the game. The Green and Blacks were looking like a formidable opponent thought the first half hour or so. The first goal of the game would eventually come as Matthew Hughes scored a fairly neat goal from around 15 yards. A deserved lead for the visitors.
The Cookers had their heads down and Kahibah took advantage as Hughes broke through the defence again and slotted a second in off the post. The half time whistle wasn't too far away and despite a good late chance for the home side, I thought the first forty-five belonged to the visitors.
The second half started with some controversy as Cooks Hill were reduced to ten men and Kahibah’s number 68 converted from the penalty spot. I for one thought it was a soft penalty but I am of course a Cooker’s man so take that with a grain of salt. The visitors had played well up to this point and deserved their lead.
The visitors received another penalty not long after as a Cookers defender handled the ball in the box. The spot kick was converted by their number 74 straight down the middle and a fifth wasn't far off as the number 65 bagged one as well. I thought number 66 for Kahibah did very well and he picked up two late goals as well as the Cookers lost their shape and their direction when the scoreline became stretched.
All in all it was a great effort by Kahibah and a very bad one by a Cooks Hill. Once the lead got to four or so the Cookers threw in the towel but it's not all but as they're still in the top four. A big win for Kahibah though and one that sends a message to Lakes at the top of the table. It'll be an interesting run-in for Kahibah and Lakes in this grade.
For Cooks Hill it was a very tough day at the office but their top four spot is still assured and they'll bounce back. Every team has an off day and for the Cookers it was today and it was today in both 17's and 1st grade. Kahibah did very well throughout the day though and deserved their wins.
*Update 17's*: Other goalscorers for Kahibah were Jarrod Hamment (x2), Luke Jones and Bailey Cooper. Think Hamment was the 66 who scored two goals late on. Anyway all in all a very good team effort by all of the Kahibah 17's
Valentine F.C 8 def. Toronto-Awaba 2
Wow! That was the first word that came to mind when I saw this result pop up. Valentine Phoenix have sent a direct message to Wallsend F.C and more importantly Lake Macquarie City that they are not dead and buried in the race for the minor premiership and of course possible NPL promotion.
The bottom-placed Stags met the full force and fury of a side that have bounced back from one or two poor results with thirteen goals in two games. Valentine will sit top of the table for at least 24 hours and have left the ball in Lakes court when it comes to the promotion race. Of course Wallsend can still block both teams from promotion so there's still everything to play for. This is a huge result for Valentine though.
The Phoenix were supreme across the day with the 23's winning 6-0, the 19's winning 2-0 and the 17's winning by the same 2-0 scoreline. A very decent day at the office for Valentine.
Cessnock City 1 def by. Lake Macquarie City 4
With no disrespect to the Hornets, I'm not surprised at all by this result and a look over at my preview shows that I correctly predicted the 4-1 result. Anyway it's an important result for Lakes considering the shock result at The Gardens. The ball is no in the Roosters' court when it comes to promotion and it'll be a crucial match for them when they travel to Toronto-Awaba on Wednesday night.
Goalscores for Lakes in 1st grade were Sam Walker (x2), Tom Walker and Josh Witherspoon.
In the lower grades, Lakes won 3-1 in both the 23's and 19's. A decent result for their 23's as it lifts them above Cessnock into second place. 23's scorers for Lakes were Kane Rodgers (x2) and James Ward. In the 19's, Ashah Roberts, Cody Chappell and Jordan Harper scored for the visitors.
In the 17's, Lakes bounced back to form in some style, beating Cessnock City 7-0 and taking back their spot on the top of the table. Goalscorers were Ben Roberts with four, Darko Nikic, Jack Russo and goalkeeper Christopher Teasdale. It was another tough day for a Cessnock side that have struggled for numbers and consistency this season.
Wallsend F.C 1 def by. Belmont-Swansea 2
Those Belswans have done it again! After ending Valentine's run on the top of the table, Belmont-Swansea have defeated Wallsend F.C 2-1 at the Gardens and effectively ended the longest winning streak in the New-FM 1st Division this season. An amazing result for Belmont-Swansea and one that boosts their finals hopes greatly.
In the lower grades, Wallsend were 2-1 victors in the 23's. In the 19's Belmont-Swansea kept their lead atop the table at four points, downing Wallsend 3-2 whilst in the 17's it was the hosts running out 3-0 winners.
Thornton v Singleton