Match of the Round
Edgeworth Eagles 1 (McBreen 14’) defeated Valentine Phoenix 0 at Jack McLaughlan Oval.
Daniel McBreen’s first goal of the season was enough for the Eagles, as they held out a late Valentine charge.
The Eagles controlled much of the opening part of the match, with crisp ball movement down their attacking end of the ground. Valentine were forced to defend and opened up in the 14th minute.
Ayden Brice angled a diagonal pass from right back to Keigo Moriyasu, in the centre, who flicked the ball over the top of Valentine centre-back Reece Pettit, to McBreen, who chested down, controlled and volleyed under Phoenix keeper Scott Carter to open the scoring.
After conceding, Valentine got themselves into the contest, as they controlled the ball in the front third but just couldn’t find the right pass to crack the Edgeworth defence led by Josh Evans and Pat Wheeler.
Broadmeadow Magic 5 (Haynes 12’, Bradbury 24’, 51’, Virgili 66’, 80’) defeated Jets Youth 1 (Brymora (p) 30’) at Magic Park.
Broadmeadow Magic ended a five-match winless run in the sole match on Saturday in the PS4 NPL Northern NSW.
A brace from James Virgili and Kale Bradbury led the side to the much-needed victory after a demoralising 7-0 defeat at the hands of Maitland last weekend.
After scoring just once – from the penalty spot – in the previous seven hours of football, Broadmeadow took just 12 minutes to open the scoring.
Josh Piddington’s header at the back post from Luke Virgili’s corner stung the palms of Jets Youth keeper Pierce Clark who parried the ball straight up straight up. It fell to Peter Haynes at the near post who headed home to make 1-0.
Lambton Jaffas 2 (Greentree 19’, Tippett 57’) defeated Maitland Magpies 1 (Clarke 45’) at Cooks Square Park.
Dain Greentree turned from hero to villain for the Lambton Jaffas, as he scored the opening goal and set up the second, before being sent off in the top of the table clash at Cooks Square Park.
It was a back to the wall effort from the Jaffas who lost Jobe Wheelhouse to a stomach bug before kick-off, along with Michael Kantarovski (groin) and Ridge Marpu (hamstring) during the match.
Dain Greentree scored the opener after Ridge Mapu darted down the right edge and crossed to Greentree who headed home at the back post from the top of the six-yard box.
Weston Workers Bears 3 (Thomas 31’, J.Thompson 67’, Smith 90+2’) defeated Charlestown City Blues 0 at Rockwell Automation Park.
It may have taken until round ten, but, finally, Weston have won their first match in the PS4 NPL Northern NSW for 2017.
Zac Thomas, James Thompson and Adam Smith all scored for the Bears in front of a strong home crowd at Rockwell Automation Park.
On his starting debut for the Bears, Zac Thomas opened the scoring, rising above the Charlestown defence after a Weston corner to head home and make it 1-0.
Hamilton Olympic 1 (Brown 86’) drew with Lake Macquarie City Roosters 1 (Green 17’) at Darling Street Oval.
Hamilton and Lake Macquarie finished all locked up at 1-1 at Darling Street, as both recorded their second draw in successive weeks.
Lightning struck twice for Hamilton defender Grant Brown who saved Olympics’ blushes for the second week in a row with an 86th-minute wonder-goal.
Under an overcast sky, it was the Roosters who opened the scoring and led for much of the afternoon. Sam Walker darted down the right edge and squared back a pass to Blake Green who slotted from next to the penalty spot into the bottom left corner.
Lakes held the lead at the break and well into the second half. They defended stoutly as Olympic threw everything at them.
Finally, the dam wall burst though – and it took an incredible strike to do so. Following an Olympic free kick from 45 degrees on the left edge, the ball fell to Marcus Duncan who crossed towards the back post where Kane Goodchild headed back to Brown. From about 30 metres out, Brown unleashed a bullet of a strike which nestled in the top left corner and ensured Olympic shared the points for the second week in a row.
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