PS4 NPL NNSW Review: Round 10

Darling Street Oval was the setting of the PlayStation® 4 NPL Northern NSW Match of the Round as Hamilton Olympic welcomed rivals Broadmeadow Magic.

Hamilton Olympic FC 2 def. Broadmeadow Magic FC 0
Sun 14 June 2:30 PM
Darling Street Oval
Match of the Round

The sides had met already this season, playing out a stalemate and being forced to share the points in Round 1 at Magic Park. Broadmeadow welcomed back Kale Bradbury, who started at the point of attack, and Chris Berlin, who was on the bench, but were without Peter Haynes who is still suffering from an injury sustained two weeks ago against Weston.

It was the home side who took the lead, in the eleventh minute. Simon Mooney fired in his seventh goal of the season from a 30-metre free kick that travelled through a pack of bodies untouched and into the bottom right hand corner.

Two minutes later Kyle Hodges produced an effort that could be argued was as important as a goal. The centre back showed why he is the side’s captain chasing down Kale Bradbury, sliding in and winning a brilliant challenge before Bradbury could release an unmarked Dino Fajkovic.

15 minutes into the derby and the atmosphere in the crowd was intense, a mood that matched the game being played on the field.


Newcastle Jets Youth 2 def. by Lambton Jaffas FC 3
Sat 13 June 2:30 PM
Arthur Edden Oval

There were two matches played on Saturday afternoon, the first being the Lambton Jaffas at home to the Newcastle Jets Youth. The Jets opened the scoring in the tenth minute through Braedyn Crowley who was making his return after injury.

Neither side could add to the score sheet, so the Jets Youth went into the break leading 1-0. The Jaffas were dealt a huge blow at half time as Kevin Davidson was forced from the field with a groin injury, so youngsters Grant Brown and Michael Williams were challenged to step up and anchor the centre of defence.

Jamie Byrnes leveled the scores ten minutes into the second half, calmly tucking away a one on one chance after being released by an Alex Palozzi through ball.


Weston Workers FC 1 def. by Adamstown Rosebud FC 2
Sat 13 June 2:30 PM
Rockwell Automation Park

The second match on Saturday afternoon was a match between two of the form sides of the competition in Weston and Adamstown at Rockwell Automation Park. The last time these two sides met they contested a 0-0 draw in Round 1, and both sides were eager to score a victory in this match.

The home side opened the scoring early in the first half as Robbie Turnbull took advantage of a defensive mistake, tapping into a virtually open net.

Troy Hearfield was forced from the field midway through the first half, which was a blow for Weston, and they found themselves back level not long after as Adamstown’s Nick Bale scored before the break, making it 1-1 at half time.

Both sides pushed for the third goal of the match in the second half, but half an hour in, the score was still 1-1.


Maitland FC 4 def. South Cardiff FC 0
Sun 14 June 2:30 PM
Cook Square Park

In one of the most crucial matches of Round 10 South Cardiff travelled to Cook Square Park to challenge the Maitland Magpies in a must win match for both sides.

Maitland were last going into the match, and the Gunners ninth, so a win would take Maitland off the bottom, or South Cardiff four points clear.

The last time these two sides clashed was in Round 1. Maitland went into the break ahead 2-0 in that match, only for the Gunners to make a second half comeback and draw 2-2.

Both sides were missing a host of players. The Gunners were without Dean Kelley, Mitch Wallace and Matt Darr, and Maitland were without Zac Hill, Justin Broadley, Joel Wood and Dennis Fajkovic.

The Gunners went close in the first half as Ash Balcomb struck the cross bar with a good strike, and Sungdeok squandered three clear scoring chances.

Neither side could find the net by half time as the sides went into the break drawn at 0-0.


Charlestown City Blues FC 1 def. by Edgeworth FC 2
Sun 14 June 2:30 PM
Lisle Carr Oval

The final match of Round 10 of the PS4 NPL saw Charlestown City Blues host the Edgeworth Eagles.

The Blues were determined to make up for a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Edgeworth in Round 1, and were hoping that their win against Broadmeadow in Round 9 could give them some form and confidence.

Weston’s loss to Adamstown the day before meant that a win would guarantee the Eagles second place at least at the completion of Round 10

Both sides created a number of chances in the first half, however both goal keepers and defence were standing strong as they went into the break locked at 0-0.

Charlestown opened the scoring in the second half, as Jarrod Ross produced a screamer of a free kick into the right hand side of the Eagles goal to put the home side ahead.

Unlike last week against Magic they could not hold onto a 1-0 lead against a top four side.


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