Broadmeadow Magic 1 def by. Edgeworth F.C 2
Review written during the game.
Both sides started with a fairly top-tier line-up and both started with an attacking mindset trying to catch the other side unaware. Edgeworth received a penalty just nine minutes into the game as Josh Piddington brought one of their attackers down. Bren Hammel stepped up for the penalty attempt and sent it bottom right, only to be saved by a diving Nathan Archbold.
Magic seemed to have no trouble getting the ball forward and to the feet of their attackers but Edgeworth were closing down all their chances and disallowing them from taking a shot. The Eagles managed to turn the table and would go on to score the first goal of the game through Keanu Moore who slotted it under Archbold and into the back of the net.
It was a short lead for the Eagles as a corner for Magic was whipped into the back of the net by Magic skipper Peter Haynes. Although the announcer called it a goal for Benjamin Higgins (have confirmation that it was indeed Haynes that scored.) Dino Fajkovic had a glorious chance to score as he broke away from the Edgeworth defence but could only smash it into Edgeworth keeper Jim Forgarty.
An early free kick chance for Magic in the second half was on target but saved by the Edgeworth reserve keeper Ben Smith after Fogarty was sidelined with some sort of arm or collarbone injury. Both teams created some good chances but were unable to break the deadlock throughout the earlier stages of the second half.
Ben Higgins was one of Magic’s best throughout the second half and was forced into blocking one or two shots, stopping Edgeworth's Brenton Olzomer from having a chance to score. Olzomer was one of Edgeworth's best on the day and I thought Brody Taylor had a decent second half too, frustrating the home crowd and seemingly enjoying it as well. Great to see although not from a Magic viewpoint. Taylor was fearless against imposing defender Josh Piddington.
Edgeworth were making some room down the wings and it'd eventually pay as Magic were caught out of position and Aaron McLoughlin scored from a one on one chance to out the visitors back in front with just minutes left in the match. The Eagles would hold on for a big victory and one that unofficially crowns them as "State Cup Champions" after both teams qualified for the FFA Cup.
Broadmeadow slump to a fourth consecutive defeat and they'll need to be wary of an in-form Maitland side next week or risk falling further away from the top four. The minor premiership is now surely out of reach for Magic, barring a horror second half for some of the higher teams, including leaders Hamilton.
Edgeworth now sit one point behind Hamilton and ironically face Olympic in a crunch top of the table clash at Jack McLaughlin Oval next week.
The 22's finished 2-1 to Edgeworth who were somewhat lucky to hang on. I arrived just in time to see Magic's Paul Sichalwe send a penalty attempt crashing into the crossbar. A bullet dodged for the top of the table Eagles. The 19's ended with a convincing 4-1 victory for the visitors.
Hamilton Olympic 2 drew. Adamstown Rosebud 2
I don't know what it is or why it is but ladder-leaders Hamilton Olympic just can't beat Adamstown. I can't speak too much on today's game as I wasn't there and have just been told scores and not what went down or who played well or anything along those lines.
Last time they played Adamstown stole a point and it finished 2-2 and the Buds frustrated the league-leaders again today. Olympic remain top by a single point over Edgeworth whilst Adamstown are now breathing down Magic's neck and not too far off fourth-placed Lambton either.
The lower grades finished with two wins to the home side. 5-3 in the Under 22's and a 4-0 clean sheet in the Under 19's. Olympic's 22's move into the top four with the 5-3 victory.
Newcastle Jets Youth 0 def by. Maitland F.C 1
I tipped Maitland to win this one so this result comes as no surprise. I've been told the Jets Youth were lucky not to be beaten by one or two more but as I wasn't there I can't really comment on that too much. Don't underestimate this win for the Maitland Magpies. It will go a long way towards securing safety in the NPL next season and for a club that started the season so poorly it's great to see them starting to string some form together.
The Emerging Jets were supreme in the 22's and 19's with a pair of 2-0 victories.
Charlestown City 1 def by. Lambton Jaffas 3
Three weeks ago Charlestown City produced one of the upsets of the season, downing Broadmeadow 1-0. Today they fell 3-1 to the Lambton Jaffas and fell four points behind 8th-placed Maitland. The Blues face the very real prospect of relegation and really need to turn things around.
Take no credit from the Jaffas who produced a big win that takes them four points clear of 5th-placed Broadmeadow. The defending champions started the season a tad slower than last year but are starting to produce results and looking on track for another finals appearance.
The Jaffas won in the 22's 4-1 whilst it Charlestown who won the 19's 2-1.
Weston Workers 1 def. South Cardiff 0
I've been told South Cardiff produced an honourable and gutsy performance but it wasn't enough to stop Weston from recording a 1-0 win. The Gunners are down on men at the moment and if they can have a full squad and play to their potential, I believe they can dig themselves out of the relegation-threatened hole they currently occupy.
Weston though deserved the three points and with Hamilton dropping two points, the Bears are certainly still a chance of lifting the minor premiership if they can keep in winning ways.
It was a crazy day in the lower grades with 19 goals scored in just 180 minutes of football. The 22's finished 6-3 to the visitors whilst top of the table Weston recorded an impressive 8-2 win in the Under 19's.