PS4 NPL NNSW Preview: Round 2

The second round of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NNSW season kicks off with the Match of the Round, which sees Maitland welcome Broadmeadow Magic to Cook Square Park.

Match of the Round
Maitland FC
 vs. Broadmeadow Magic FC
Sun 19 Apr 2:30 PM
Cooks Square Park

This is a colossal game for Maitland. The club itself, the players, and the fans will all be inspired as they participate in their first home game in the top flight in twelve years.

They made their home ground a fortress last season, winning all twelve of their matches there in the NEWFM 1st Division.

The Magpies looked set for their first victory in the 2015 season last weekend, leading 2-0 at half time thanks to a Joel Wood double, however their opposition South Cardiff pulled two goals back in the second half to draw the game 2-2.

Broadmeadow managed to keep a clean sheet last weekend at home against rivals Hamilton Olympic, however failed to score in a goalless draw where they picked up their first point of the season.

The away side enjoyed the midweek, only completing training sessions after they drew the bye in the Westfield FFA Cup, meaning they move through to the final eight in the Northern NSW Division without the headache of a midweek game.


Hamilton Olympic FC vs. Edgeworth FC
Sun 19 Apr 2:30 PM
Darling Street Oval

Hamilton Olympic play host to the red-hot Edgeworth Eagles this weekend at Darling Street Oval, in their first home match of the 2015 PS4 NPL Season.

The Eagles have scored nine goals in two games, beating Charlestown 4-0 in Round 1 and South Cardiff 5-0 in the Westfield FFA Cup last night.

Hamilton could be the team to thwart Edgeworth’s goal streak, after keeping a Magic side full of attacking pedigree scoreless in their 0-0 draw in Round 1.

Keeper Danny Ireland and his backline consisting of Cody Lucas, Tom Davies, Mason Campbell and Andrew Swan were rock solid in the derby clash, and rarely looked like conceding as Magic struggled to create many meaningful chances.


Charlestown City Blues FC vs. Adamstown Rosebud FC
Sun 19 Apr 2:30 PM
Lisle Carr Oval

The Match of the Round is at Maitland, the Grand Final rematch is at Weston, but ironically the most anticipated match of the Round will take place at Lisle Carr Oval.

Charlestown were devastated last night in their Westfield FFA Cup clash, coming from behind to draw level twice, only to be beaten with the last kick of the game by Adamstown, who they meet for the second time in five days on Sunday.

Despite losing 5-4 there were an abundance of positives for Charlestown. A formation that looked confusing for the players in a huge Round 1 loss looked extremely comfortable. They often outnumbered the Rosebud in the front third, and in the first half especially looked lethal in their ball movement and transition.

After Wednesday night’s affair this is certainly a must see clash between two sides looking for their first PS4 National Premier Leagues win of 2015, and will do anything to get it.


Weston Workers FC vs. Lambton Jaffas FC
Sun 19 Apr 2:30 PM
Rockwell Automation Park

Grand Final rematches only happen twice a season in the regular PS4 National Premier Leagues season, and in 2015 we are lucky enough to witness this great event in just the second round.

Hosts, Weston Workers FC were edged out 2-0 in the Grand Final in September 2014 by the visitors, Lambton Jaffas.

Riley McNaughton and Jobe Wheelhouse both scored in that match, as well as playing starring roles last weekend in a 3-2 win over the Newcastle Jets Youth.

Weston’s Round 1 clash ended in a goalless draw at Adamstown Oval, despite Buds forward Guy Bates striking the woodwork three times.

The sides met twice in the regular season in 2014, with Weston winning their Round 3 away clash 2-1, whilst drawing 2-2 at home with the Jaffas in Round 12. Expect a tight but competitive fixture at Rockwell Automation Park on Sunday.


South Cardiff FC vs. Newcastle Jets Youth
Sun 19 Apr 2:30 PM
Ulinga Oval Fantastic

The final match of Round 2 sees the South Cardiff Gunners play their second home game of the season, where they will challenge the Newcastle Jets Youth.

The Gunners came back from a 2-0 half time deficit last weekend against Maitland to draw 2-2 and pick up a valuable first round point.

Sean Clerke and Dan Johnson cancelled out two first half Joel Wood strikes, after a formation change saw the Gunners dominate the second half.

The match should be blockbuster event to cap off a round full of huge fixtures. Expect this match to be fast and physical given to competitive nature of both sides, and the rivalry that had been brewing in the last few years between them.


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