Monday, 13 July 2015

REVIEW: NNSW NPL Round 13


Lambton Jaffas 0 drew. Hamilton Olympic 0

The Newysports Match of the Round ended in a goalless stalemate that really did no favours for either side. Lambton missed a chance to move to within a win of top of the table Edgeworth and now have Broadmeadow Magic fast approaching the top four and of course Weston right below them. Hamilton on the other hand lost precious ground in the race for the premiership.

In the lower grades, the points were split with Hamilton winning in the Under 22's and Lambton winning in the Under 19's. A decent win for Hamilton's 22's, knocking off the higher-placed side and the same can be said for Lambton's 19's.





Newcastle Jets Youth 1 def by. WESTON WORKERS 2

*Correction: The score was actually 2-1 to Weston after the Bears came from behind to win. Can't remember where I saw 2-0 but that wasn't accurate. The Jets Youth's Ben Hay opened the scoring.

Weston picked up a much-needed win to keep their top four spot alive as they downed the Jets Youth 2-0 at Rockwell Automation Park. A Paul Clout double was enough to give the Bears an eighth win of the season and an important one on their club's "Old Bears' Day."

The Bears were outdone in the Under 22's as the Emerging Jets U/18's ran out 4-0 winners. It was better news for the home side though in the Under 19's as the top of the table Bears kept their unbeaten streak alive with a 2-0 victory.





Adamstown Rosebud 1 def by. BROADMEADOW MAGIC 4

Don't let the scoreline fool you, Adamstown were very game today and brought a lot to the table. The score only became stretched late on but for the majority of the game, I thought Adamstown really threatened to cause a dent to Magic's finals hopes.

A neat opener from Dino Fajkovic put Magic in the lead but a crazy scramble inside the box allowed Adamstown a chance and Nick Bale was the one who got the final touch after a bit of pinball-like action just outside the six yard box. 

As mentioned, Adamstown threatened but eventually they'd be outdone. Yours truly was in prime position to see Peter Haynes bury a free kick opportunity to put the visitors back in front. Not long after that, Fajkovic cut in from the left wing and smashed one past a frustrated Scott Carter in goals.

Let me say I thought the Adamstown stopper did well today and saved one or two really decent chances. It could have been more on a day that Carter's defence really let their captain and goalkeeper down. The Buds were struggling with the windy conditions.

It was good to see young Levis Dusenge get a run in first grade and after seeing him once or twice in the 22's this season I was excited to see what he could bring to the table. He didn't let down and bagged a goal of his own, complete with a acrobatic back-flipping celebration. A memorable moment for Dusenge as he bagged his first goal in the top grade.

All in all it was a superb second half performance from Magic and once they got going they really put Adamstown to the sword. Lambton next week will be a challenge and could see Magic jump back into the top four if they happen to win. The early-season favourites are back on track.

As for Adamstown, it seems as though their finals hopes are all but over after a fifth loss of the season. The Buds have won just four from thirteen games and it's just not good enough form to get to the playoffs. The departure of Guy Bates and the season-ending injury to Garry Kenneth hasn't helped their cause.





Maitland F.C 0 def by. EDGEWORTH F.C 2

There's just no stopping Edgeworth at the moment. Tied 0-0 at half-time, Maitland may have thought they were a chance but the ladder-leaders would still get over the line, as they have done multiple times this season. Goals from Brenton Olzomer and Dylan Holz were enough to give the visiting Eagles an important win that stretches their lead atop the PS4 NPL table to four points.

The visitors got over the line in the Under 22's to remain top of the table whilst it was a 2-2 draw in the Under 19's.




South Cardiff 0 def by. Charlestown City 2

When these sides met earlier this season, South Cardiff were 3-1 winners and it was a day where many believed Charlestown City would be the team to go down. Today, they returned the favour and put South Cardiff on the brink of relegation from the NPL.

The Blues struck earlier through Daniel Minors and then in the shadows of half-time, Rene Ferguson scored their second and it was all that was needed to beat a deflated South Cardiff outfit. I've seen some people say that it's still possible for South Cardiff to stay up but in my honest opinion, today's result was the final nail in the coffin.

The Gunners have a horror last five games and at this rate I can't see them winning any of them. It's been a tough season for the boys from Ulinga Oval across most grades and it looks like it's going to end with them going down to the New-FM 1st Division. It's unfortunate but someone's got to go down.




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