PS4 NPL NNSW Preview: Round 12

PlayStation® 4 NPL Northern NSW Round 12 Match of the Round will be contested between the top two sides on Sunday afternoon as Edgeworth Eagles host Hamilton Olympic.

Edgeworth FC vs. Hamilton Olympic FC
Sun 5 July 2:45 PM

Jack McLaughlan Oval
Match of the Round


It is one of two hotly anticipated top four clashes in Round 12, as the third placed Bears take on the fourth placed Jaffas away from home. Edgeworth enters Round 12 in amazing form, having won seven of their last eight matches, most recently a 2-1 win over Broadmeadow Magic. They have won the most games this season with eight, and along with three losses they sit in second on 24 points.

Hamilton lead the competition, however only by a sole point after their Round 11 draw with Adamstown. This season they have won seven and drawn four, remaining the only undefeated side in the competition.

Edgeworth’s Westfield FFA Cup fate was decided yesterday in the live draw on Fox Sports News Channel 500, as they drew host to Hyundai A-League club Melbourne City, a massive opportunity for the players, coaching staff, fans, and the club itself.

The grandstand at Jack McLaughlan Oval will be the best place to watch this crucial match, however if you are not able to attend the game will be streamed live on Bar TV, along with post match interviews with Zane, Bolch and the man of the match.


Lambton Jaffas FC vs. Weston Workers FC
Sat 4 July 2:30 PM

Arthur Edden Oval

Lambton Jaffas welcome Weston Workers to Arthur Edden Oval this weekend to contest the second grand final rematch of the season. The last time the sides met was in Round 2 when Weston won 2-1 at home. The Jaffas opened the scoring through Alex Palozzi, but the Bears equalised before half time through Rob Macbeth, and then Garry McDermott scored the only goal of the second half, which turned out to be the winner.

Since then Lambton have been in good form, racking up 18 points in nine games. They are currently fourth on 21, just four points behind leaders Hamilton.

A win for the Jaffas this weekend would see them finish at least third, and at the most, four points off the top spot. If the Edgeworth Eagles lose to Hamilton and Lambton win, they will finish the round in second place.

The Bears are one place ahead of the Jaffas, and one point ahead. This season they have won seven, had one draw, and lost three.

Weston also have an opportunity to go to second if the Eagles lose, as they are just two points behind the second placed side.

This match will be a huge event for both sides and the PS4 NPL itself, and is a brilliant way to kick off Round 11, as it is one of two top four clashes between two sides determined to finish the round in second place.


South Cardiff FC vs. Newcastle Jets Youth
Sat 4 July 2:30 PM

Ulinga Oval

The latter of the two Saturday matches sees the Newcastle Jets Youth travel to Ulinga Oval for the second time this year to challenge the South Cardiff Gunners.

Both of these sides are desperate for a win after poor recent form in the PS4 NPL competition, as both sit far lower on the table than where they would ideally like to be.

Both sides have lost their last five, in fact combined they have lost their last 13, the Gunners having lost seven, and the Jets six. The Gunners have won just once in 2015, and combined with two draws they occupy last place with five points.

The Jets Youth have won three matches this season, drawing one and losing their remaining seven. They are in seventh place on ten points.

The last time these two teams met, the Gunners overcame a 3-1 deficit to draw the match 3-3. Both sides will be hoping to score a similar amount of goals this weekend, but will be intent on keeping their first (Gunners) and second (Jets) clean sheets respectively as they look to end the second third of the PS4 NPL season with a win.


Adamstown Rosebud FC vs. Charlestown City Blues FC
Sun 5 July 2:30 PM

Adamstown Oval

In the second of three Sunday matches, Adamstown Rosebud host Charlestown City Blues at Adamstown Oval.

The Rosebud are in hot form in the PS4 NPL, having won four of their last six, remaining undefeated in the two month period by drawing the other two. They are currently in sixth following their four wins, four draws and three losses in 2015.

The Blues remain in ninth after a 3-1 loss to Lambton last weekend. It was their ninth loss of the season, however their two wins keep them ahead of South Cardiff by a point.

Adamstown were disappointed to learn that Garry Kenneth’s hamstring injury that he suffered in a Westfield FFA Cup win over Valentine two weekends ago has sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Kenneth has been solid at the back for the Rosebud, and has chipped in at the other end of the pitch with five goals of his own.

Both of these sides have huge motivation to get the win, and as a result the Adamstown Oval crowd will have witnessed a hard fought match from both teams when the full time whistle blows, regardless of the score line.


Broadmeadow Magic FC vs. Maitland FC
Sun 5 July 2:30 PM

Magic Park

The final match of Round 12 of the PS4 NPL season takes place just around the corner from Adamstown Oval, as Broadmeadow Magic take on the Maitland Magpies at Magic Park.

Broadmeadow’s fall from the top four continued last weekend as they lost 2-1 to second placed Edgeworth Eagles. They are now four points outside the top four on 17, following five wins, two draws and four losses this season.

Maitland recorded their third win for 2015 last weekend, after a Matt Thompson strike was the difference between them and the Newcastle Jets Youth. Alongside a draw and seven losses the Magpies are on ten points in eighth spot.

Maitland have improved drastically since that match, and now have some stability with Reece Thompson at the helm and former First Grade coach Anthony Richards as his assistant. 


Click here for a full preview of all the Round 12 matches.