Monday, 15 June 2015

REVIEW: Northern NSW NPL Round 10

Newcastle Jets Youth 2 def by. Lambton Jaffas 3

For the second time this year, the Jets Youth have gone down 3-2 at Arthur Edden Oval. Ben Hay put the home side on the day up 1-0 with an early goal and the young Jets held a 1-0 lead at the half-time break. It all went south for the Jets in the second forty-five though.

Jamie Byrnes scored early in the second half to draw the home side level and then two quick fire goals from John Majurovski and Alex Palozzi put Lambton up 3-1. Reece Pappas scored late on for the Jets but it wasn't enough as they went down to the Jaffas 3-2.

The 22's ended with a 2-2 stalemate between two top four sides whilst the Emerging Jets Under 16's picked up a confidence-boosting 3-0 victory in the Under 19's fixture.

Weston Workers 1 def by. Adamstown Rosebud 2

Weston's superb form as of late came to an end on Saturday as they were stunned at home by a resurgent Adamstown side. Not too long ago the Buds were almost falling into the relegation dog-fight but now they one win outside the top four and with three straight wins under their belts, their confidence will be high as a kite at the moment.

Robbie Turnbull put the home side in front after half an hour but Nick Bale's goal right on half-time threw a spanner into the works and no doubt would have changed Weston coach Trevor Morris' half-time speech. With the game on the line, big Scottish defender Garry Kenneth scored from a free kick. Weston were denied a penalty shout in the dying seconds as they fell to their third defeat of the season.

In the lower grades, Weston were far too strong, winning 4-0 in the 22's and 5-1 in the Under 19's.

Hamilton Olympic 2 def. Broadmeadow Magic 0

I got to this game with ten minutes remaining so can't really comment too much on how it went. Olympic opened the scoring from a Simon Mooney free kick. Magic threatened but couldn't get past Danny Ireland who I've been told had a decent day in between the sticks for the home side.

Andrew Swan doubled Olympic's lead mid-way through the first half and that's how it would stay. I've been told Nathan Archbold didn't have his best game in goal for Magic but not being there I can't comment. It's probably good timing for the FFA Cup weekend next week as it gives Magic a chance to focus on something other than their lacking form in the league.

For Hamilton, it's a huge win over the old enemy and one that boosts their premiership hopes and keeps their unbeaten streak alive. Things really seem to be clicking at Darling Street this season.

In the lower grades, it was a pair of 1-1 draws.

After a scoreless first half at Lisle Carr Oval the game came to life the second period. A superb Jarrad Ross free kick put the home side in the lead as they looked for their second shock upset of a top four side in as many weeks. Their lead didn't last long as they were on the back end of an own goal just two minutes later.

A draw still would have been a decent result for the lowly Blues but they were unable to hold on for a result. With nine minutes remaining in regular time, Edgeworth were given a penalty and Justin Tannock made no mistake from the spot as he sealed the win for the high-flying Eagles. The three points keeps Edgeworth right on the tails of Hamilton at the top of the table whilst Charlestown remain locked in ninth, sitting dangerously close to the drop zone.

Just like the games at Darling Street, the lower grades ended in a pair of 1-1 draws. The Edgy 22's keep their spot at the top of the table but it was a superb result for the Charlestown reserves who haven't had the best year so far in 2015.

Maitland 4 def. South Cardiff 0

It was a scoreless first half at Cooks Square Park as well as the Maitland Magpies and South Cardiff went into the sheds locked at 0-0. In the second half though, the home side showed some class to get over an injury-plagued South Cardiff side.

Matt Comerford picked up a double and was one of Maitland's best on the day. Marquee man Matt Thompson scored his first Magpies goal whilst substitute Connor Hayden got his name on the scoresheet late on. It's a crucial win for the Magpies and lifts them off the bottom of the table whilst South Cardiff will need to improve soon or face the real possibility of relegation. The Gunners will be hoping another red and white team can keep winning in the New-FM league and close the possibility of relegation this season.

A 5th 1-1 draw in the lower grades on Sunday took place in the 22's whilst Maitland's 19's picked up a much-needed 3-1 victory.

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