Monday, 10 August 2015

REVIEW: NNSW NPL Round 17


Newcastle Jets Youth 4 drew. Edgeworth F.C 4

A late free kick was headed home by Michael Kantarovski and gave the resurgent Jets Youth a draw with high-flying Edgeworth and not just a draw but a thrilling 4-4 draw. It's points dropped for the Eagles and it seemed the hangover from a big date with Melbourne City cost them a little bit of momentum. Edgeworth will now have to fight tooth and nail to secure the minor premiership next week.

In the 22's, the clash between two quality sides ended in a quality 2-2 draw. And in the 19's, the Under 16 Jets picked up a crucial win that keeps them alive in the race for finals football.

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Maitland F.C 1 def by. LAMBTON JAFFAS 2

The Jaffas took the lead through John Majurovski and gained a 2-0 lead when a horror moment at the back led to a Benn Kelly own goal from the Maitland keeper. Corey Thompson converted a penalty mid-way through the second half to put the Magpies back in the contest but the Jaffas held on for a win that keeps their minor premiership hopes alive. If Hamilton and Edgeworth lose next week, the Jaffas can steal the title on the final day. Maitland's loss isn't a favourable result but relegation is no longer a serious concern for Reece Thompson and his side.

In the Under 22's, Lambton kept their Semi Finals hopes alive with a comfortable 5-1 win over a Maitland side that are now confirmed wooden spooners. The Jaffas will have to rely on Magic dropping points mid-week against the Emerging Jets.

And in the 19's, the two sides produced a 2-2 draw. Maitland will need to win their final game next week against Hamilton Olympic to avoid the wooden spoon in that grade as well.

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Charlestown City 1 def by. HAMILTON OLYMPIC 5

Charlestown's 4-0 loss to the Jets Youth was a tough one to take for the Blues and it got tougher on Sunday as Hamilton Olympic stormed past the out-of-form Charlestown outfit. Kane Goodchild opened the scoring before a stunner from Simon Mooney made it two. A Goodchild header would triple the lead and it was extended further with goals from Ben Koina and young gun Rhys Cooper. Scott Smith scored a goal late on for the home side.

With Edgeworth facing a tricky trip to face an all-or-nothing Weston side, Olympic will be hoping the ladder leaders drop points and allow Hamilton a chance to secure the minor premiership. Hamilton were 1-0 winners in the Under 22's whilst it was a big result for Charlestown's 19's, winning 2-1 and keeping their slim finals hopes alive. 

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South Cardiff 1 def by. ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD 3

A spirited surge as of late kept South Cardiff's slim hopes of avoiding relegation alive but all is gone and the Gunners will play New-FM 1st Division football next year barring a 15 goal or so victory next weekend. It's simply impossible. The Gunners have fought tooth and nail and refused to throw in the towel but their fate is now sealed.

For what's it worth I'm keen to see what Southy will add to the New-FM 1st Division and they'll no doubt be up there with Lakes as promotion favourites in my personal opinion for next season. For Adamstown, it's a decent 3-1 win but one that doesn't change their final ladder position. The Buds will finish 6th regardless of what happens next week. A foundation to build on for Graham Law's side.

As for the match, Dayne Pawlik opened the scoring for the Buds before Jarryd Johnson equalised for Southy in the second half. Late goals to Aaron Niyonkuru and Kim Tae-Sung broke Ulinga Oval hearts and sealed South Cardiff's fate after an 18 year run in the top flight. Heads up Gunners, straight back up will no doubt be the plan for Greg Asquith's men next season.

Adamstown got the best of South Cardiff in the 22's (4-1) and the 19's (1-0).

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Weston Workers Bears 0 def by. BROADMEADOW MAGIC 1

Broadmeadow Magic picked up their most important win of the season, downing Weston 1-0 at Rockwell Automation Park. Luke Virgili was the lone goalscorer in a topsy-turvy match that threatened to boil over when Nick Thompson lost his cool late on. Thompson saw red and Weston saw their finals hopes take a big dent. It's all or nothing for both these sides in respective games next weekend.

In the Under 22's, Broadmeadow kept their final hopes on track with a 2-1 win and in the 19's, Weston took back top spot on the table with a 2-1 win. Magic's 19's still hold the cards though with a game in hand against the Emerging Jets.

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