Tuesday, 16 May 2017

NPL WRAP-ROUND 6

NPL Under 18's

Round 10 Results:

Emerging Jets U/16's (Sascha Montefiore) 1 drew. Broadmeadow Magic (Tim Razmovski) 1

MAITLAND F.C (Isaac Hampson, Liam Ryan & Matthew Gardener) 3 def. Lambton Jaffas (Aaron Comerford) 1

HAMILTON OLYMPIC (Kane Treble x2) 2 def. Lake Macquarie City (Kurtis McRitchie) 1

Edgeworth FC (Josemari Atayde) 2 drew. Valentine F.C (Cameron Fitzsimmons & Connor Cromarty) 2

Weston Workers 0 def by. CHARLESTOWN CITY BLUES (Cameron Wamsley, Lachlan Bellenger & Lewis Smith) 3







Round-Up:

Newysports caught a game between Magic and Lakes earlier this year and it's good to see some familiar names from last year in New-FM scoring goals this week. Aaron Comerford, Kurtis McRitchie, Connor Cromarty and Cameron Wamsley are all ex-NewFM 17's players who scored goals last weekend.

Results-wise, Lakes put up a good fight against ladder-leaders Olympic but fell to a 2-1 loss. The U16's Jets were unable to get a win at Magic Park but got a point to move to 2nd place. Maitland were too good for the Jaffas. Struggling Valentine grabbed their first point of the season at Edgeworth and Charlestown put three unanswered past the Bears at Weston.


This Weekend's Games:

The pick of the games in Round 11 would have to be the Derby if you will between Magic and Olympic. Broadmeadow sit mid-table and this is a win they could use to really be the catalyst for the second half of the season. Olympic on the other hand could further their grip on top spot.

Lambton Jaffas host the Emerging Jets at Arthur Edden Oval in a game where the Jaffas simply need to win. Time is ticking by and a team that sits on just four points, Lambton are in great need of some form and fast. The Jets can try and gain some ground on Olympic at the top.

Valentine host Weston in a game where the Phoenix will be hoping to go one further than last week and pick up their first victory. Weston are eight points outside the top four and they'll want to avoid that gap becoming larger if they don't win on Saturday morning.

Adamstown play Maitland in a fairly crunch game at Adamstown Oval. The Buds are fresh off the bye and will want to put a foothold on the top four with a home win. Maitland though will be keen for a test against a top four side.

Lake Macquarie City have been a quality outfit in the U18's and despite last week's loss to Olympic, remain in the top four. Edgeworth have been a disappointment so far but will be a dangerous prospect on Sunday at Macquarie Field.

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NPL Under 20's

Round 10 Results:

EMERGING JETS U/18's (Isaac Sefo x2, Kent Harrison & Riley Smith) 4 def. Broadmeadow Magic (Wade Southall & Samuel Webb) 2

MAITLAND F.C (Jye Mackellar x2 & Blake Rutherford) 3 def. Lambton Jaffas (Jackson Burston) 1

HAMILTON OLYMPIC (Thomas Carias-Cox x3, Kaman Bol & Musa Kamara ) 6 def. Lake Macquarie City 0

Edgeworth FC (Joe Melmeth x2, Bailey arland, Chris Fayers & Bayley Appo) 5 def. Valentine F.C (Kaleb Pearson) 1

WESTON WORKERS (Jaidyn Kianou) 2 def. Charlestown City Blues 0






Round-Up:

The Under 18's Emerging Jets continued their good start to the season with a 4-2 win over Broadmeadow Magic. The Jets sit four points clear at the top despite 2nd-placed Olympic picking up a huge 6-0 win over struggling Lake Macquarie City.

In other games, Edgeworth cruised to a 5-1 win over Valentine, Maitland were winners over the Jaffas 3-1 and Weston secured an important 2-0 home win over Charlestown City.


This Weekend's Games:

The pick of the games in Round 11 just like the 18's is again Magic v Olympic. 3rd v 2nd at Magic Park, this rivalry is a fiery one across all grades and the U20's is no different. The Jets will be sure hoping these two sides cancel each other out and draw on Sunday.

The aforementioned Jets 18's are at Arthur Edden on Saturday taking on a Jaffas side that is low on the table but hungry for results at a crucial time of the season. A win here would see the Jets got to 9 wins and 1 draw at the halfway mark of the season.

Valentine will be in for a challenge on Saturday. Still searching for their first win of the season, the Phoenix will host a Weston side looking to keep in touch with the top four. The Bears will be hoping rivals Maitland can take points off Adamstown.

Adamstown will host Maitland and with that comes a chance for the Buds to really solidify their spot inside the top four. The four point gap could be more if Adamstown have their way.

Lake Macquarie City host Edgeworth in the other game. A squad featuring many 19's and 23's players from last year, the Roosters' U20's are struggling to adapt to NPL football. Edgeworth will want three points to keep right on the tails of Adamstown.

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NPL 1ST GRADE

Round 10 Results & Wrap-Up:

Newcastle Jets Youth (Kristian Brymora-31'-PEN) 1 def by. BROADMEADOW MAGIC (Kale Bradbery-25' & 52', James Virgili-67' & 80' & Peter Haynes-12') 5

Magic were completely embarrassed last week in a 7-0 loss to Maitland but returned to form in fairly easy fashion against the struggling Jets Youth. Kale Bradbery and James Virgili scored braces whilst Peter Haynes opened the scoring after just 12 minutes.

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Maitland F.C (Ryan Clarke-44')  1 def by. LAMBTON JAFFAS (Dain Greentree-15' & Rhys Tippett-61') 2

A top of the table clash between Maitland and Lambton at Cooks Square Park went the way of the ladder-leaders. Dain Greentree endured a mixed day for the Jaffas, opening the scoring after 15 minutes but seeing two yellows in the second half and being sent off.

Ryan Clarke equalised for Maitland on half-time but Rhys Tippett fired Lambton back ahead in the 61st minute. A 10-man Jaffas had to deal with injuries and the send-off and held on against Maitland to secure a big three points away from home.

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Hamilton Olympic (Grant Brown-86') 1 drew. Lake Macquarie City (Blake Green-17')

The Roosters took a huge 1-0 away lead at Darling St in the 17th minute through Blake Green but Olympic were never going to back away from the match and kept pressure on Lakes until the 86th minute when Grant Brown scored from range. A point for Olympic isn't a great result whilst Lakes will be happy with a point but disappointed not to hang on for that last five minutes.

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EDGEWORTH F.C (Daniel McBreen-14') 1 def. Valentine F.C 0

Amazingly it was Daniel McBreen's first goal of the NPL season, nine weeks in as Edgeworth saw off Valentine in a fairly scrappy low-scoring game. The Phoenix were held out by a resilient Edgeworth defence and McBreen's goal would be the only thing that separated the sides at the end. Edgeworth into second spot but it definitely wasn't easy.

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WESTON WORKERS (Zac Thomas-25', James Thompson-63' & Adam Smith-90+5') 3 def. Charlestown City Blues 0

Weston have waited a while but picked up a breakthrough win, their first of the season against Charlestown at Rockwell Automation Park. Zac Thomas' header put them ahead and then goals from James Thompson and Adam Smith in stoppage time secured a 3-0 win for Steve Piggott's young side. Rene Ferguson missed a Charlestown penalty at 2-0 down.

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Westfield FFA Cup:

A few NPL sides are in action tomorrow night for Round 5 of the FFA Cup, the penultimate round before next month's Round of 32 Qualifiying Weekend.

Lake Macquarie City will host ZPL side Cardiff City, the lowest side left in the Southern region at Macquarie Field. The Roosters have never been to the neighbouring LMRFF for the FFA Cup weekend and this is a real chance for them to make history and go one step closer to an unlikely national round appearance.

There's three all-NPL games, the first of which sees Lambton Jaffas against Admastown Rosebud. The Jaffas are the home side but the game has been moved to Adamstown. The table-toppers went to the Round of 32 last year and this will no doubt be a very tough ask for the so far winless Rosebuds.

Broadmeadow Magic will be hoping to get back on the national stage and their next match is going to be at a packed Alder Park tomorrow night against NewFM side New Lambton F.C. The Eagles are mammoth outsiders but will provide some atmosphere against the NPL heavyweights.

Maitland and Weston will do battle again in the Coalfields Derby, this time with an added incentive of progressing in the FFA Cup. The Magpies will want to progress all the way but Weston won't go away easy.

The Match of the Round sees Hamilton Olympic and Edgeworth F.C lock horns at Darling Street Oval. Both sides are no doubt keen to get to the Round of 32 but only one can progress. Edgeworth have been the region's front runners for two season's now but Olympic will want to put year after year of big-game losses behind them. It's a mammoth clash for both sides.

Finally, Valentine F.C will be off to play John Majurovski and the Newcastle Suns at Connolly Park. Maj is a familiar rival for the Phoenix but the Suns are a force to be reckoned with and this is in no way an easy game. Valentine will likely show respect and send their best possible lineup to Carrington.


This Weekend:

Just like the lower grades, the Match of the Round sees Magic host Olympic in what is always a fierce fixture. The two clubs and supporter bases just simply don't like each other and on the field it's not much difference. After Magic's thrilling Semi Final win last time they met, Olympic will want to heap misery on Ruben Zadkovich's side.

It's first v last at Arthur Edden Oval as the high-flying Jaffas host the lowly Jets Youth. James Pascoe and Clayton Zane will face off on the sidelines but on the field, no doubt Pascoe's men will be looking to avoid the proverbial banana peel and pick up a solid victory to keep their form in tact.

Valentine do battle with Weston in a key fixture for the Phoenix. A loss would surely spell the end of their time in the top four for now whilst a win and some results elsewhere could see them potentially gain ground. A young Bears side won't roll over easy though.

Adamstown Rosebud host the 2nd-placed Maitland F.C. The Buds aren't travelling very well so far and Maitland have been spectacular with a fair few wins from what was a crazy backlog of wash-out matches in the past month or two.

Finally, Lakes will host Edgeworth at Macquarie Field. The Roosters have been gallant in their return to the NPL. A 4-1 win over Magic was so far their brightest moment but surely a win over the defending champions will top that.


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