PS4 NPL NNSW Round 11 Preview

After an upset victory over unbeaten league leaders Hamilton Olympic in the FFA Cup, Lambton will have a renewed sense of vigour when Broadmeadow travel to Arthur Edden Oval for the Match of the Round.

Match of the Round

Lambton Jaffas v Broadmeadow Magic
2.30pm, Saturday 25th June
Arthur Edden Oval

Last Meeting: Broadmeadow 2 Lambton 1 at Magic Park, 27th April, 2016

Ladder: Broadmeadow 3rd (19pts) Lambton 7th (8)

Past 3 Starts (Most Recent First):

Lambton – Lost Eagles 5-0 (a), Drew Jets 1-1 (h), Won Rosebud 5-0 (h)

Broadmeadow – Won Magpies 3-0 (h), Drew Rosebud 3-3 (a), Won Blues 4-2 (a)

Bottom Line

The home side shocked many on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Olympic to book their place in the final 32 of the prestigious Westfield FFA Cup. Especially after their performance just a week earlier, when they fell away badly in the second half to lose 5-0 to Edgeworth.

Lambton may well have rediscovered their mojo and with Rhys Tippett fit and firing the Jaffas could present Broadmeadow with another tough task. The last time they met, back in round 2, in a midweek catch-up match, Broadmeadow got out to an early 2-0 lead. But in the second half the Jaffas fought back and could have easily snatched a late point after Jamie Byrnes got on back for the visitors.

Broadmeadow have been very up and down of late, with dominant performances such as wins against Charlestown and Maitland intertwined with a couple of 3-all draws with Valentine and Adamstown. While they have been impressive in those wins, it has been Magic’s defence which has been their issue.

But, after just their second clean sheet of the year against Maitland last Wednesday, it seems Magic made be turning things around. The return of Matt Hoole from overseas will no doubt be of benefit to the visitors in this clash.

In a crucial match for both sides, a win here for Magic and Lambton’s finals hopes appear remote, while if Lambton can claim the three points, they may be hard to beat for the rest of the year.

Ben Higgins and Scott Pettit will play 22s for Magic in their return from hamstring injuries while Michael Kantarovski could miss the match with a hamstring strain. Matt Hoole will start on the bench with Bobby Naumov saying he is ‘yet to regain full fitness’ after his overseas trip.

For Lambton, Alex Palozzi and Joel Grenell are both overseas and will miss the match. Riley McNaughton will most likely return in the 22s.

Key: Both have been on a rollercoaster ride of late, so which side can get it together on Saturday?

 

Charlestown City Blues v Jets Youth
2.30pm, Sunday 26th June
Lisle Carr Oval

Last Meeting: Charlestown 5 Jets Youth 2 at Lisle Carr Oval, April 17th, 2016

Ladder: Charlestown 5th (14) Jets 6th (11)

Past 3 Starts (Most Recent First):

Charlestown – Lost Phoenix 3-2 (a), Lost Magic 4-2 (h), Lost Eagles 6-1 (a)

Jets Youth – Won Valentine 4-3 (h), Won Weston 3-0 (h), Drew Jaffas 1-1 (a)

Bottom Line

Charlestown’s season has taken a turn for the worst in recent weeks, with three losses in a row, and it won’t get any easier taking on a Jets Youth side who after a slow start to the season, have hit their straps of late.

After conceding just six goals in their opening six matches the Blues were sitting second on the ladder and only two points off top spot. Not bad for a side who was written off at the start of the season, and expected not to feature in the finals.

However, in just three matches the Blues have dropped to fifth, and in doing so conceded 13 goals. They are in desperate need of a win to keep in touch with fourth placed Maitland, who are two points ahead of them.

Key: Charlestown’s defence will need to return to its early season dominance against the Jets. If not, the likes of Krisitan Brymora, Cameron Joice and Cody Carroll could have a field day.

 

Weston Workers Bears v Edgeworth Eagles
2.30pm Sunday 26th June
Rockwell Automation Park

Last Meeting: Edgeworth 2 Weston 0 at Jack McLaughlan Oval, April 15, 2016.

Ladder: Weston 10th (2) Edgeworth 2nd (22)

Past 3 Starts (Most Recent First):

Weston – Lost Jets 3-0 (a), Lost Rosebud 2-1 (a), Lost Magpies 3-0 (h)

Edgeworth – Won Jaffas 5-0 (h), Won Magpies 3-1 (a), Won Blues 6-1 (h)

 Bottom Line

The last time these two sides met at Rockwell Automation Park, it was the Bears who claimed a 1-0 victory courtesy of a Carl Thornton header, but it seems for the Bears those are distant memories, after their performances this season.

Weston have now lost six matches in a row, and haven’t tasted victory in the PlayStation® 4 NPL since round 15 last year when they beat Charlestown – a run of 12 matches without a win.

In defence they have been stout, hard to break down and determined and in the process have only conceded 20 goals this season. Which for a side who are sitting dead last, is an incredible effort. But this season, after every match bar round one, it has been like groundhog day for Weston. The focus has been their attack. It’s hard to look elsewhere with just two goals – both penalties – in eight matches.

Key: It will be a great opportunity for Weston’s youngsters to test themselves against the Eagles. Can they rise up to the challenge against the visitors?

 

Adamstown Rosebud v Hamilton Olympic
2.30pm, Sunday 26th June
Adamstown Oval

Last Meeting: Hamilton 3 Adamstown 1 at Darling Street Oval, April 16, 2016

Ladder: Adamstown 9th (7) Hamilton 1st (23)

Past 3 Starts (Most Recent First):

Adamstown – Drew Magic 3-3 (h), Won Bears 2-1 (h), Lost Jaffas 5-0 (a)

Hamilton – Drew Maitland 1-1 (h), Won Phoenix 5-0 (a), Won Jets 5-0 (a)

Bottom Line

The big question about this match is: How will Hamilton respond after their first loss of 2016 on Sunday? Many expected Olympic would get through to the final 32 of the Westfield FFA Cup when they met Lambton on Sunday after a tremendous start to the season. But it wasn’t to be.

There is no doubt Olympic players will be hurting, but they can’t forget what they have already done this season from their nine matches. Seven wins and a couple of draws against Maitland have Hamilton leading the competition with an outstanding defensive record, where they have conceded just five times.

There is still plenty more for Hamilton to achieve this season without worrying about the Westfield FFA Cup, with a place in the PlayStation® 4 NPL Finals if they can win the minor premiership. How well the players respond this weekend against Adamstown will provide a huge indication of where Hamilton’s confidence is at.

Key: Were Hamilton’s defensive frailties which Lambton exposed last weekend a flash in the pan or have sides finally found out how to break Olympic down?

 

Maitland Magpies v Valentine Phoenix
2.30pm, Sunday 26th June
Cooks Square Park

Last Meeting: Maitland 3 Valentine 2 at Cahill Oval, April 16th, 2016

Ladder: Maitland 4th (16) Valentine 8th (8)

Past 3 Starts (Most Recent First):

Maitland – Lost Magic 3-0 (a), Drew Olympic 1-1 (a), Lost Eagles 3-1 (h)

Valentine – Lost Jets 4-3 (a), Won Blues 3-2 (h), Lost Olympic 5-0 (h)

Bottom Line

If this match is half as action packed as the round two thriller at Cahill Oval, fans heading to Cooks Square Park on Sunday are in for an entertaining contest. Two red cards, five goals and plenty of feeling was witnessed last time these two sides did battle. It took a Matt Thompson goal in the final minutes after he blocked a Beyhan Irmako clearance to separate the two sides.

Recently, Maitland have come through their three toughest tests of the season in their last three matches and unfortunately for the Magpies they have just one point to show from them. Coming up against the three sides above them on the ladder the Magpies have struggled to find the back of the net – scoring just twice in the three matches.

Key: Maitland’s attack has wavered in recent weeks, as has Valentine’s defence. So if Maitland can find some goals, the question will be whether Valentine can breach Maitland’s solid defence.

 

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