Sunday, 19 July 2015

REVIEW: NNSW NPL Round 19



Hamilton Olympic 3 drew. South Cardiff 3

The word crazy gets thrown around a lot these days but this result is a crazy one to say the least. I'm sure no one would have predicted a 3-3 draw for this game. The way it played out was even crazier! South Cardiff were reduced to ten men when Hamilton were up 2-0 and it sent the desperate Gunners into action.

They forced it back to 2-2 and even when Hamilton scored a third goal four minutes from time, the Gunners wouldn't quit and if things weren't crazy enough, they'd equalise through an own goal. Then just as you'd think that was the end, Hamilton were awarded a penalty and in protest, South Cardiff lost their coach Greg Asquith and his assistant Brett Fawkes as they were given their marching orders.

With the topsy-turvy second half almost over, Olympic looked to win the game from the spot through Simon Mooney. The attempt however was saved by Gunners' keeper Tom Pullin, saving a point for his side after absolute mayhem in the final moments of the game.

Olympic missed a vital chance to make ground on ladder leaders Edgeworth whilst for South Cardiff, it was a hard-earned point but one that still keeps them locked to the bottom of the table and sitting precariously five points away from safety.

South Cardiff were big winners in the 22's, keeping their slim finals hopes alive and they did the same in the 19's as they held off Hamilton for a 1-0 win. It hasn't been often this year that South Cardiff go through all three grades without a loss so a decent day at the office, albeit one that could have ended more favourably in first grade.


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Broadmeadow Magic 0 def by. LAMBTON JAFFAS 2

Times were crucial at Magic Park as hosts Broadmeadow were looking to end Lambton's recent purple patch and move back into the top four. The game didn't see it's first goal until just before half time when John Majurovski opened the scoring for the visitors.

With Magic down to ten men and chasing the game, desperately trying to save at least a point, Riley McNaughton added a second nail into the coffin by scoring the Jaffas second goal just a few minutes from time. The goal sealed a crucial win for the Jaffas and a win that takes them to second, just two points behind top of the table Edgeworth. It's certainly a chance that the Jaffas will be lifting the minor premiership in a few weeks' times.

Broadmeadow on the other hand are back in panic mode after picking up back-to-back wins over Maitland and Adamstown. Magic sit three points outside the top four and if they don't pick up a win or two in the next two games than their finals hopes will be very slim. It's going to be a hugely important game when Magic visit Weston in three weeks' time but there's a lot of football to be played before then.

It was better news for Magic in the lower grades as the 22's won 1-0 and the 19's won 3-0. A quality win for Magic's 22's against a very decent Lambton side.


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Edgeworth F.C 0 def by. ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD 2

With time running out and a point for both sides growing ever likely, Adamstown scored two quick goals to stun the ladder-leaders and hand them their fourth defeat of the season. Edgeworth looked on track to secure a point and keep the gap at the top of the table to four points but a Travis Cooper double late on would seal the deal for the visitors and give the Buds their biggest win to date in their 2015 campaign.

It's very unlikely that Adamstown will make the finals but today will be a confidence-booster nonetheless ahead of a crucial run of games at the back end of the season. Edgeworth on the other will need to think twice and will need to bounce back quickly as they travel to Lambton for a crucial top of the table clash next Saturday.

Edgeworth were all class in the lower grades, winning the 22's 5-0 and the 19's 4-1. Times are tough for Adamstown in both lower grades but it's the opposite for Edgeworth who are flying high across the board.


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Weston Workers 0 drew. Maitland F.C 0

On paper this games sounds like it was a dull affair. After all it ended 0-0 but describing it as dull would be far from the truth. Maitland put on an inspired performance to produce a draw. The Magpies were reduced to ten men in the 25th minute or so and were forced to play a man down against Weston for over an hour. The Bears would end with ten men on the field as well after what was a fiery Coalfields derby.

I'm sure Weston will see this game as two points dropped a vital chance to move into third place and gain ground on top of the table Edgeworth. Maitland on the other hand will be disappointed with the draw but I'm sure they'll be delighted to have held on for so long with ten men.

In the lower grades, both sides will be fairly disappointed with a 1-1 draw whilst the 19's ended in an absolute shock as cellar-dwellers Maitland handed top of the table Weston their first defeat of the season.


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Charlestown City v Jets Youth POSTPONED

Charlestown City kept their finals hopes alive in the Under 19's with a 2-1 win over the Under 16 Emerging Jets. That's when the football would stop at Lisle Carr Oval. In somewhat comical circumstances, the Blues thought it would be a good idea to send a roller onto the field after they cancelled the Under 22's game.

Unfortunately for the Whitebridge-based side, the roller was bogged in the wet pitch and the first grade game had to be cancelled. A somewhat embarrassing end to the day for Charlestown City but hopefully the pitch will be good to go whenever the catch-up game is re-scheduled.






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