Tuesday, 27 March 2018

PREVIEW: South Cardiff v New Lambton (Round 1 Catch-Up)

1st Grade:
South Cardiff (5th) v New Lambton FC (10th)
Kickoff: 7:00pm
2017 Meetings: SOU 4-0 NLE & NLE 0-3 SOU

Southy kicked off their season with a 2-2 come-from-behind draw on Sunday against Wallsend. It wasn't without controversy though with the Red Devils furious about an incident late in the game that lead to a Southy goal. No point going into that now but it was a drop-ball that didn't quiet go the way Wallsend were expecting. Either way, Southy were lucky to get a point in that outing.

This game is at Ulinga Oval and is Southy's first official home 1st Grade match this season after Wallsend hosted them at the ground on Sunday. New goalkeeper Keegan Pulik is avaliable for the first time and could line up in an intriguing battle against his old club but youngster Kyle Furness may get the nod for now. Southy will be looking to sure things up defensively after conceding twice on the weekend, something they rarely did last year. 

New Lambton despite being just one game into the season need to answer some questions after a lacklustre display at Turner Park on Sunday. Cessnock's drought-breaking win came against an Eagles side that lacked communication and lacked urgency until it was all too late. Defensively the Eagles were off their game and they were unable to create a lot of chances in the final third.

Looking back at last season's results, Andrew Packer and his side will have a lot of hope they can pick up a big victory. Southy won 4-0 and 3-0 respectively in the games last year so no doubt there's some pressure on the away side to up the ante. It will be very interesting to see how the Eagles bounce back from their underwhelming display on Sunday.

Prediction: This looks to be a battle of two attacks. New Lambton's can be a very potent one as seen in the Heritage Cup whilst Southy will be hoping the likes of Nathan McAllister and Klaudon Ahmataj can gel a bit more in their second game together. It's a tough call but Southy might just edge over the line in this one.

My Tip: South Cardiff 2-1 New Lambton

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