Friday, 17 July 2015

PREVIEW: Northern NSW NPL Round 14


Newysports.com's Match of the Round
1st Grade: Broadmeadow Magic (5th) v Lambton Jaffas (3rd)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 2:30pm
Last Time They Met: Lambton Jaffas 2-2 Broadmeadow Magic

It's always an entertaining match when these two local rivals clash and with both teams coming into this game with some decent form under their belts, it should prove to be another memorable encounter between 5th-placed Broadmeadow and 3rd-placed Lambton.

The result is key in this one as it could do a lot to determine finals placings. Broadmeadow are back on the verge of re-entering the top four after a horror form slump saw them crash out of the race for the minor premiership. It'll be tough though with key defender Josh Piddington to be missing this game after injuring his ribs in last week's 4-1 win over Adamstown.

Lambton's season has built up steadily and they look in decent form ahead of the finals. Last week's 0-0 draw with Hamilton wasn't the best result for the Jaffas but it was better than a loss. The week before they pulled off a miracle come from behind win against Weston so they know how to produce results.

At Magic Park though I feel like this game is going to be a tough one for the Jaffas. Magic know that they will overtake Lambton and re-enter the top four with a win and I believe they can do just that on Sunday afternoon.

My Tip: Broadmeadow 3-1 Lambton



Newysports.com's Under 22 Match of the Round
Under 22's: Broadmeadow Magic (5th) v Lambton Jaffas (2nd)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 12:45pm
Last Time They Met: Lambton Jaffas 3-0 Broadmeadow Magic

It doesn't matter what grade it is, these two sides are going to be playing out some important match-ups across the day. Magic's 22's have suffered from the irregular form the first team have gone through this season. On their day I think Magic can outplay most teams in this grade if they're up for it. Lambton were big winners earlier in the season and Magic I think will remember that and they'll be fired up to get a better result on Sunday. It's an important game for both sides and to be honest I wouldn't be surprised by a draw.

My Tip: Broadmeadow 2-2 Lambton



Newysports.com's Under 19 Match of the Round
Under 19's: Broadmeadow Magic (2nd) v Lambton Jaffas (6th)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 11:00am
Last Time They Met: Lambton Jaffas 0-4 Broadmeadow Magic

This is a crucial match for both of these sides in the Under 19's. Broadmeadow will be trying to stay within reasonable distance of top of the table Weston and keep their minor-premiership chase in tact whilst a loss for Lambton could see them fall up to ten points outside the top four with four games remaining, in simple terms, their finals hopes would be all but over. 

Magic won the first meeting between these sides 4-0 and whilst I think this one will end a bit closer, the home side are my tip to win it.

My Tip: Broadmeadow 3-1 Lambton




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1st Grade: Hamilton Olympic (2nd) v South Cardiff (10th)
Kickoff: Saturday 18/7 2:30pm
Last Time They Met: South Cardiff 2-5 Hamilton Olympic

Some people are still believing South Cardiff are a chance of staying up but looking at their fixtures and considering their luckless form, I wouldn't be surprised to see them not win again this season. At the moment they need to win at least two games and considering they start that last five game run away to Hamilton, it could be a very tough ask.

Olympic were held to a scoreless draw by Lambton last week which did a bit of damage to their minor-premiership hopes but they'll see this game as one they really should be winning. Olympic were 5-2 winners when these sides met earlier in the season and with the squad they've got, they should be able to get the job done. They can't afford to be complacent though as South Cardiff will be throwing absolutely everything they've got at them.

My Tip: Hamilton 3-1 South Cardiff



Under 22's: Hamilton Olympic (4th) v South Cardiff (7th)
Kickoff: Saturday 18/7 12:45pm
Last Time They Met: South Cardiff 1-4 Hamilton Olympic

This is a key game for Hamilton on Saturday as they host South Cardiff at Darling Street Oval. The Gunners were big winners over Charlestown City last week and will look to build some form after that 3-0 win however Hamilton will be a very tough opposition. Olympic won this game 4-1 earlier in the season and if they're to stay in the top four, they'll need three points in this one.

My Tip: Hamilton 3-0 South Cardiff



Under 19's: Hamilton Olympic (3rd) v South Cardiff (8th)
Kickoff: Saturday 18/7 11:00am
Last Time They Met: South Cardiff 0-2 Hamilton Olympic

Hamilton Olympic's 19's have lost their last two games and have seen their tilt for the minor premiership fall by the wayside. If they can't get back in the winners' circle soon they may in fact lose their spot in the top four, depending on the form of other teams. Standing in their way this week is South Cardiff who can trouble some decent teams on their day but at Darling Street, I'm tipping the home side to pick up a vital three points.

My Tip: Hamilton 2-0 South Cardiff




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1st Grade: Edgeworth F.C (1st) v Adamstown Rosebud (6th)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 2:30pm
Last Time They Met: Adamstown 0-2 Edgeworth

The ladder-leading Edgeworth Eagles are just a few weeks away from the biggest game in their careers when they host Melbourne City in the FFA Cup and in the build-up to that encounter, I'm sure they'll want to keep their form in tact and secure the minor premiership.

After Hamilton and Lambton's scoreless draw last week, the Eagles are now in the box seat to lift the minor premiership come season's end and a win over struggling Adamstown could go a long way towards that. The Buds were gunned down by a late Broadmeadow surge last week and that 4-1 loss effectively ended any hopes of them making the playoffs.

Adamstown will offer a challenge but considering Edgeworth won the first game 2-0 and beat the Buds 3-0 in the FFA Cup not too long ago, I really like the Eagles' chances of strengthening their lead atop the table.

My Tip: Edgeworth 3-1 Adamstown



Under 22's: Edgeworth F.C (1st) v Adamstown Rosebud (10th)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 12:45pm
Last Time They Met: Adamstown 1-3 Edgeworth

It's first versus last when Edgeworth host Adamstown in the Under 22's and looking at recent form, you'd think they'd be able to win this one fairly easily. Adamstown aren't pushovers and have taken the fight to higher-placed teams on some days. Other days they've been awful and gone down by three or four goals.

Edgeworth have proven they have what it takes to win well and put a few goals in the back of the net. They've also proven that they're prepared to win ugly and get over the line with a one goal cushion. I'm not quiet sure what the scoreline will be but I'm confident Edgeworth will come out winners.

My Tip: Edgeworth 3-0 Adamstown



Under 19's: Edgeworth F.C (4th) v Adamstown Rosebud (9th)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 11:00am
Last Time They Met: Adamstown 0-4 Edgeworth

Edgeworth F.C's Under 19's were flying high after wins over Broadmeadow and Lambton but last week's 2-2 draw with bottom side Maitland brought their form to a halt. They'll be hopeful of returning to the winners' circle as they host struggling Adamstown at Jack McLaughlan Oval. It's an important game for the Eagles and considering they won the original meeting 4-0 on the road, I think they can get the job done on their home turf.

My Tip: Edgeworth 3-1 Adamstown




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1st Grade: Charlestown City (8th) v Newcastle Jets Youth (7th)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 2:30pm
Last Time They Met: Newcastle Jets Youth 3-1 Charlestown City

Charlestown City's big win over South Cardiff last week in my opinion assured them of a place in the National Premier Leagues for next season and not too long ago staying up seemed like a big ask. Still, the season isn't over yet and the Blues will want to finish it out strongly and perhaps finish higher than their opponents this Sunday, the Newcastle Jets Youth.

The Jets were 2-0 losers at Weston last time out and will no doubt be keen to turn that result around when they travel to Whitebridge on Sunday afternoon. They were 3-1 winners last time they played at Lisle Carr Oval and despite losing one or two players back to the A-League squad, they'll be relatively full-strength for this weekend's game.

The Jets will be hopeful of impressing new A-League coach Scott Miller and his staff ahead of the pre-season and will be fired up but I'm going to tip the home side to pick up a big win.

My Tip: Charlestown 2-1 Jets Youth



Under 22's: Charlestown City (8th) v Emerging Jets U/18's (3rd)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 12:45pm
Last Time They Met: Emerging Jets U/18's 3-1 Charlestown City

There's not much going for Charlestown in the Under 22's this season and this weekend's game will be a tough one as they host the 3rd-placed Emerging Jets Under 18's at Lisle Carr Oval. The Jets were big winners at Weston last weekend and considering they won the original match against Charlestown, I think they'll like their chances of victory on Sunday.

My Tip: Charlestown City 0-3 Emerging Jets U/18's



Under 19's: Charlestown City (7th) v Emerging Jets U/16's (5th)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 11:00am
Last Time They Met: Emerging Jets U/16's 0-1 Charlestown City

Looking over recent form, this one certainly won't be an easy one to predict as neither side are in the best of form. The Under 16 Emerging Jets could go a long way towards securing a top four berth if they come out winners at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Charlestown on last time these sides met but I think it'll go the other way this time round. Jets by one.

My Tip: Charlestown City 1-2 Emerging Jets U/16's





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1st Grade: Weston Workers (4th) v Maitland F.C (9th)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 2:30pm
Last Time They Met: Maitland 0-1 Weston

This is a key match up for both Weston and Maitland as they meet in the second Coalfields Derby of the season. The Bears are sitting precariously in fourth position and with Magic breathing down their neck, a slip up against Maitland could very well see the Bears drop out of the top four.

Maitland themselves have a bit riding on this game. I still believe they've done enough to avoid relegation but a win here would do the job without doubt. Importantly though, this is a derby and Maitland will want to win it regardless of ladder position or anything along those lines. There's a rivalry between these sides and a win for Maitland would be sweetest of the season.

Weston need to start building some form as finals fast approach and with one or two inclusions on Sunday, they'll be hopeful of securing a decent result. Maitland will be close enough to full-strength so I feel like this will be a close one like their last encounter. At home in front of their fans I think Weston will get the job done. It's a key game in the Bears' season and a win would be a big help for their finals hopes.

My Tip: Weston 2-1 Maitland



Under 22's: Weston Workers (6th) v Maitland F.C (9th)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 12:45pm
Last Time They Met: Maitland 0-1 Weston

With this game included, there are only five games remaining in the NPL this season and Weston's 22's need to get a win on the weekend to remain a realistic chance of making the finals. The problem for them though is that arch rivals Maitland will be seeking just their third win of the campaign and more importantly, three valuable points to move them away from bottom spot.

Last time these sides met it was Weston who got over the line and at Rockwell Automation Park I think they can get back into winning ways and keep Maitland at bay.

My Tip: Weston 2-1 Maitland



Under 19's: Weston Workers (1st) v Maitland F.C (10th)
Kickoff: Sunday 19/7 11:00am
Last Time They Met: Maitland 0-2 Weston

Maitland recorded a decent 2-2 draw with top four side Edgeworth F.C last week but this week they face a much tougher opposition and a much tougher test as they take on unbeaten ladder-leaders Weston at Rockwell Automation Park. The Bears are coming off the back of four-straight wins and in my opinion in will be five straight come Sunday. Last time these sides met, the Bears were 2-0 victors and considering they've won their last two by the same scoreline, I'll stick with it as my prediction.

My Tip: Weston 2-0 Maitland





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