Hamilton coach Michael Bolch described his team's 2-1 come-from-behind victory over local rivals Broadmeadow as 'season-turning' in the PlayStation 4 NPL Northern NSW ‘Match of the Round’.
Hamilton Olympic 2 (Goodchild (p) 26’, Smith 40’) defeated Broadmeadow Magic 1 (Sunada 14’) at Magic Park.
Down 1-0 early in the opening half, Olympic fought back and took the lead before half-time – one they would never relinquish – in a spiteful clash at Magic Park.
Speaking post-match to BarTV Sports’ Damien Smith, Bolch felt his side dug deep.
“I thought the boys showed a lot of determination to come back from 1-0 down,” Bolch said.
“We changed the shape a little bit today, put a couple of young boys in there and I thought they worked really hard through the middle of the park.”
He felt it was a challenge from captain and Man of the Match, Kyle Hodges, that turned the derby.
“In about the 15th or 20th minute, Kyle Hodges won three really important challenges in the space of two minutes and I thought we lifted from there and I thought that really showed how much we wanted the game.”
Valentine Phoenix 2 (Murray 7’, D.Pettit 90+2) defeated Weston Bears 1 (Barner 36’) at Cahill Oval.
Westfield FFA Cup hero one minute, PS4 NPL NNSW hero the next. It has been some week for Valentine’s Dean Pettit.
On Wednesday night he saved the Phoenix from embarrassment against Zone Premier League side the Newcastle Suns, scoring two goals later to ensure a 4-2 victory.
However, he took it up another notch against the Weston Bears, scoring in the final minutes to secure three crucial points for Valentine.
It seemed that a word from coach Darren Sills earlier in the afternoon was the catalyst for Pettit’s late performance.
Newcastle Jets Youth 2 (Brymora 18’, 65’) defeated Lambton Jaffas 1 (Wheelhouse 83’) at Arthur Edden Oval.
The Newcastle Jets Youth caused the biggest upset of the PS4 NPL NNSW season to date, as the side sitting in the last place before the round began, knocked off the ladder-leading Jaffas on Saturday afternoon.
Just ten days after it was announced that he was receiving a scholarship and would be staying on at the Jets next season, Kristian Brymora starred for the youth side, scoring twice on the day and making it four goals in his last three PS4 NPL matches.
The Jets opened the scoring at a sunny Arthur Edden Oval when Cameron Joice curled a ball over the top of the Jaffas backline to Brymora who raced onto it, went one-on-one with Jaffas keeper Brad Swancott, and calmly slotted with his right boot across Swancott and into the bottom left corner.
The Jets took the lead into the sheds, and when they returned Brymora scored his second. On this occasion, it was Cody Carroll who threaded the pass to Brymora who fired low and hard with a high right boot across Swancott once more from just outside the box.
Lambton were always coming though and following a corner, Jobe Wheelhouse turned onto his right boot, and from an acute angle on the left curled and dipped his shot inside the far post.
A coat of paint was between the Jaffas and stealing a point when Riley McNaughton thumped his shot into the apex of the Jets goal from 45 degrees on the right, but, it wasn’t to be for Lambton in the end as they fell just short.
Edgeworth Eagles 2 (Moriyasu 83’, Brice 90’) defeated Lake Macquarie Roosters 1 (Toohey 32’) at Macquarie Field.
Edgeworth returned to the top of the table following a late fightback against the Roosters at Macquarie Field.
Down 1-0 heading into the final ten minutes, Keigo Moriyasu and Ayden Brice stepped up to ensure the Eagles headed home with all three points.
Edgeworth controlled much of the ball, however, it was Lakes who opened the scoring.
Sam Walker’s corner was headed out of the box to Justin Broadley on the right edge who curled a cross onto the head of defender Matt Toohey at the back post.
Toohey placed his header back over Edgeworth keeper Nate Cavaliere who rushed towards him and the Roosters took the lead.
The home side took the advantage into the break and held on stoutly until the 83rd minute when Keigo Moriyasu struck.
Ayden Brice rolled a low cross from the right to Moriyasu at the top of the box who dove to his right, swung his right foot sweetly through the shot which nestled inside the near post.
In stoppage time Brice turned from provider to scorer and he did it all on his own. The Eagles defender stepped past a couple of tired Lakes defenders and from the right edge of the box, placed his shot inside the near post of Benn Kelly.
Adamstown Rosebud 3 (Niyonkuru 3’, Read 40’, (p) 66’) defeated Maitland Magpies 1 (Martin (p) 83’) at Adamstown Oval.
The upsets continued in round 11, as Adamstown claimed their first win of season 2017, and in fine style with a 3-1 win against Maitland.
An Alex Read double, along with Aaron Niyonkuru’s first of the season lead the Rosebud’s to a huge three points at home.
It only took three minutes for the home side to take the lead through Niyonkuru who cut through Maitland’s defence and curled his shot into the top corner.
Alex Read doubled the Rosebud’s lead five minutes before the break, darting through the Magpies backline, went one-on-one with Maitland keeper Matt Trott and slotted home.
Adamstown took a 2-0 lead into the break and midway through the second half Alex Read scored his second from the penalty spot after he was pulled down in the box.
Ben Martin grabbed a late consolation for Maitland after they received a spot-kick, but, it was all too little too late for the visitors as they went down 3-1.
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