Monday, 20 July 2015

REVIEW: Zone Football League Round 14

NEW LAMBTON EAGLES 3 def. Mayfield United 2

It was a crucial game at Alder Park and the home side stepped up to the plate when they needed to the most. After some recent irregular form, the Eagles got the job done and now sit just one point outside the top four. It's very open in the race for top four in this grade and the Eagles did their chances no harm by securing what was a crucial three poins.

CARDIFF CITY 2 def. University F.C 1

In what was their biggest win of the season, Cardiff City produced the goods in a 2-1 victory over University. The Tigers jumped University into second place with the win and now sit four points clear of the Uni. The minor premiership is realistically out of Cardiff's reach but finishing second would be a decent effort for a club that didn't start the season in the best of form.

BERESFIELD UNITED 5 def. Barnsley 3

Credit to Barnsley for taking the fight to the ladder-leaders and scoring a few goals in the process. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it wasn't enough as the high-flying Eagles recorded their 11th win of the season and stretched their unbeaten streak to fourteen.

NEWCASTLE SUNS 9 def. Garden Suburb 3

I've been told the conditions for this match were ugly to say the very least but at the end of the day, both teams have to play on the same pitch and on this day, it was the Newcastle Suns who got the job done on the day and got the job done very well. It's curtains for Garden Suburb's finals hopes but the Suns look like a threat to the top four.

Dudley-Redhead 1 def by. SWANSEA F.C 2

Dudley's finals hopes took a dent with the 2-1 loss to Swansea F.C but the Swans did no harm to their own finals hopes as they secured a vital three points to stay ahead of a few teams below them. 

ZPL Ladder:


Cooks Hill United 2 drew. Jesmond F.C 2

I made it to the second half of this game and actually watched it with a few of the guys from my All-Age team which was nice. I'm a firm believer in teams watching their higher grades play. The Cookers produced a decent second half and scored a deserved equaliser. Both sides pushed for a winner but neither could grab it. An entertaining back end of the game anyway. There's some decent players in both teams.

Nelson Bay 3 def by. WARNERS BAY 4

Other results opened the door to second place and Warners Bay got over the line at Tomaree to move into the top two. A 4-3 win wasn't that convincing but it was good enough to hand struggling Nelson Bay their 11th loss of the campaign. Warners Bay will look to keep their form together and strengthen their spot inside the top four over the remaining few games.

CHARLESTOWN JUNIOR 5 def. Westlakes Wildcats 0

The season from hell for Westlakes continued as they fell to a in-form Charlestown 5-0 on Saturday evening. Charlestown's win came at a good time for the Hammers as it brings them to within four points of the top four and with teams above them dropping points, the boys in claret and blue will know they're a good hope of playing in the finals.

Morisset United 2 drew. Beresfield F.C 2

After their stunning come-from-behind win against Kotara South last weekend, Beresfield F.C again produced the goods and secured a decent 2-2 draw against ladder-leaders Morisset United. It's not a win but I think Beresfield will be proud of their effort against the premiership-favourites.

Kotara South 1 def by. STOCKTON SHARKS 4

After a shock loss to Beresfield F.C last week, Kotara South went on to lose again, this time to Stockton as they fell to a disappointing 4-1 defeat on their home turf at Nesbitt Park. A decent win for Stockton though and one that lifts the Sharks above the Tigers on the ladder.

ZL1 Ladder:


Kurri Kurri 3 drew. Muswellbrook 3

I tipped a draw in this one but only a 1-1 so credit to both sides for putting a few in the neat and provided those in attendance with some highlights. It was an important point for both sides as they both jumped Tenambit on the league table. Still, it's a very tight race to avoid the wooden spoon in Zone League Two.


Merewether Advanced picked up another win and their second victory over Tenambit this season. Unlike the 4-3 thriller earlier in the campaign, this one was a tad more one sided as Advanced fired themselves to a 4-0 victory. It's not that far-fetched to consider Merewether as a finals chance; this win has them six points outside the four. Who knows what could happen.

University F.C 0 def by. RAYMOND TERRACE 3

A big thanks to one of the Raymond Terrace players for sending me through a match report of sorts. It'd be extremely helpful if more Zone guys could do this. Anyway, after a scoreless first half, the game came to life in the second. The visitors scored first, tapping in a ball that had been stopped by the Uni goalie.

A dangerous ball into the box was tucked under the keeper to make it 2-0 with 15 minutes to go. The ladder-leaders would seal the deal from the spot in the final few moments, converting a penalty and sealing a 3-0 win over University. With the Rangers now eight clear at the top, only a dramatic slump would deny them the minor premiership. I've been told Uni played well though. 

Goalscorers for Raymond Terrace were Taylor Reynolds, Kevin Roberts and Pete Petryk. Again cheers for the report from the ground.

Hunter Simba 1 drew. Maryland-Fletcher 1

Hunter Simba knew that a win would have moved them further ahead of 5th-placed Medowie but they were unable to overcome a gutsy Maryland-Fletcher outfit at Tighes Hill. It's a decent result for the visitors but two points dropped for Simba.

HAMILTON OLYMPIC 5 def. Medowie 0

Medowie's form has been a bit poor as of late and they were totally outclassed by Hamilton Olympic in this one. Olympic's win lifts them to within two points of second-placed University.

ZL2 Ladder:


KAHIBAH F.C 2 def. Edgeworth F.C 0

With the RAAF side in very good form, Kahibah knew they had to win against Edgeworth or face seeing their finals hopes slip away. Fortunately for the Green and Blacks they produced and came out 2-0 winners. It's still an uphill battle for Kahibah as they sit five points outside the top four.

MAYFIELD UNITED JR. 4 def. Jesmond F.C 1

Mayfield United are still technically a chance of making the finals, although they'd need to win four from four and turn around a -19 goal difference. More importantly, their impressive 4-1 win over Jesmond eliminated any chance of the Tigers being handed the wooden spoon. I actually picked the score in this one, sorry Jesmond!

RAAF WILLIAMTOWN 6 def. Abermain Rams 0

If you're named the Rams in this competition then you're not having the best time right now. Abermain were on the back end of a 6-0 loss to RAAF Williamtown. To be honest it's not that bad as a fair few teams have felt the wraith of the RAAF in recent times. Yes I said wraith of the RAAF.

WALLSEND F.C 4 def. Dudley-Redhead 1

Dudley-Redhead's fall from grace continued as they dropped outside of the top two. Wallsend F.C's 4-1 win lifted them above Dudley on the league table. It's going to be a tight race for the minor premiership in Zone League Three this season.

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