PS4 NPL NNSW Preview: Round 11

In the PlayStation 4 NNSW NPL Match of the Round, Broadmeadow Magic host Edgeworth Eagles in a clash between two sides on a high after both qualified for the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 last weekend.

Broadmeadow Magic FC vs. Edgeworth Eagles FC
Sun 28 June 2:30 PM
Magic Park
Match of the Round

Broadmeadow have been in poor form in the NPL, losing their last three matches, failing to score in their last two. They found some form in the FFA Cup however, scoring twenty goals across the two matches last weekend, defeating South Armidale and West Wallsend 7-1 and 13-0 respectively, progressing through to the Round of 32.

They will be looking to use this momentum to get their first NPL win in over a month, however they face an extremely confident outfit, Edgeworth Eagles, who join them in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

The Eagles have won four of their last five NPL matches and cruised through the FFA Cup Qualifying weekend with a 4-0 win over Coffs City then a 3-0 victory of fellow NPL side Adamstown Rosebud.

Magic enter Round 11 of the National Premier League in fifth on seventeen points, just one outside the top four. They have won five, drawn two and lost three. Before their three consecutive losses the side in red were leading the pack and were favourites to finish the season at the top.

This outlines just how close the competition is this year, as the top six sides are within nine points, with sixth placed Adamstown on fifteen, and first placed Hamilton on twenty-one.

The Eagles sit second on the table after ten rounds, just three points behind leaders Hamilton on twenty one, following a competition equal high seven wins, and three losses.

If you cannot make it to Magic Park for kick off, you can watch the game live on Bar TV; this is a match not to be missed.


Hamilton Olympic FC vs. Adamstown Rosebud FC
Sun 28 June 2:30 PM
Darling Street Oval

In a match more than worthy of being labeled the Match of the Round, league leaders Hamilton Olympic host Adamstown Rosebud at Darling Street Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton have won seven of their ten matches in 2015, and drawn the remaining three. That gives them a total of twenty-four points, three clear of second (Edgeworth), and seven clear of fifth (Broadmeadow).

The Rosebud have won four, drawn three and lost three. They are on fifteen points in sixth, just three outside the top four.

Hamilton resume after the FFA Cup break fresh and ready to make a push for first place in the final two months of the competition. They are still undefeated with just eight games left and are in the box seat to finish as Premiers.

Adamstown are in great shape in the NPL season. In their first five rounds they picked up just two points, however in the next five games they scored thirteen of a possible fifteen points with four wins and a draw.

They had a mixed weekend in the FFA Cup Qualifiers, defeating Valentine 4-0 on Saturday thanks to a Travis Cooper double and goals to Nick Bale and Chris Bale. Just a win away from becoming the third NNSWF club to feature in the FFA Cup Round of 32 they could not get the job done, as they bowed out 3-0 to fellow NPL side Edgeworth.


Newcastle Jets Youth vs. Maitland FC
Sun 28 June 2:30 PM
Cooks Square Park

The Newcastle Jets Youth travel to Cooks Square Park this Sunday to challenge Maitland, seeking their first win since May following five losses in a row. The young Jets side have won just three games this year. Along with a draw and six losses they occupy seventh place on ten points.

The Magpies are also struggling to string wins together, winning just two games in 2015, drawing one and losing the remaining seven. The side who were promoted after dominating the NEWFM 1st Division in 2014 leapfrogged off the bottom of the table in Round 10 into eighth, after destroying South Cardiff in the second half of their match with four unanswered goals after a poor first half which saw them locked at 0-0.

Three games prior they defeated Charlestown 3-0, and in between those two wins they lost by just one goal to Lambton and Hamilton respectively, both 2-1.

Maitland have won two of their last four and scored in all four matches, drastically improving from the start of the season. This weekend, against a quality Jets side who beat them 4-2 in Round 3, will illustrate whether the Magpies have adapted to the NPL and are ready to give a strong push in the final half of the season, or whether they will be locked in a relegation battle for the remainder of the competition.


Charlestown City Blues FC vs. Lambton Jaffas FC
Sun 28 June 2:30 PM
Lisle Carr Oval

Charlestown will be desperate to put in a third straight quality performance against a top four side this weekend as they take on Lambton Jaffas at Lisle Carr Oval. The sky blue side defeated Broadmeadow two rounds ago who were fourth at the time, then gave up a 1-0 lead against Edgeworth last round to lose 2-1, despite putting in a challenging effort.

They are currently in ninth place on six points following two wins and eight losses this season. A win on Sunday however could see them rise to eighth, just a point off seventh and potentially two wins away from sixth.

Their opponents this weekend, the Lambton Jaffas, will be one of their biggest challenges of the season. They are undefeated in their last five matches, and have not lost a match since the 17th May when they were defeated by Edgeworth 2-1 away from home after they led 1-0 following a Jobe Wheelhouse strike.

The last time these two sides met was in Round 3, and the Jaffas won fairly comfortably 3-1. The Blues have played more to their potential in recent weeks, and will be keen to make it two from three against top four sides, and turn that Round 3 score line around in the process.


Weston Workers FC vs. South Cardiff FC
Sun 28 June 2:30 PM
Rockwell Automation Park

In the final match of Round 11 of the PS4 Northern NSW National Premier League Weston Bears welcome South Cardiff to Rockwell Automation Park. These two sides have had contrasting starts to the season with the Bears enjoying success towards the top of the table, and the Gunners fighting at the bottom.

The Bears won in the most recent match between these two teams, a rescheduled Round 3 match at Ulinga Oval. Despite South Cardiff taking the lead and the Bears going down to ten men it was the away side who took home the three points with a 2-1 win.

Weston are currently on track to surpass their 2014 performance. After ten rounds they are on nineteen points following six wins, a draw and three losses. At the same point in the competition last year they were four points short of their current total after four wins, three draws and three losses.

This match should be a tough battle between two sides that need a win for two completely different reasons, and is a great contest to conclude Round 11 of the PS4 NNSW National Premier League.


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