Broadmeadow Magic closed the gap to the PlayStation®4 NPL Northern NSW top four in the ‘Match of the Round’, defeating Valentine 3-1 on a wet afternoon at Cahill Oval.
Match of the Round
Valentine Phoenix 1 (J.Brown 42’) defeated by Broadmeadow Magic 3 (Fajkovic 20’, Virgili (p) 26’, 57’) at Cahill Oval.
After a tight opening period, Broadmeadow took the lead in the 20th minute through Dino Fajkovic who was allowed space down the left edge, angling his left foot strike across goal from close range to put the visitors ahead.
Just over five minutes later Valentine were in deeper trouble as a Zac Sneddon bump on James Virgili in the box brought a penalty Magic’s way. Virgili converted and Broadmeadow were quickly away to a 2-0 advantage.
However, after conceding the second Valentine fought their way back into the contest via Jalon Brown.
Chris Brown clipped a ball over the top of Magic’s defence to Jalon Brown who missed the initial header. Matt Hoole couldn’t clear the danger and Brown was given another chance and prodded home his eighth of the season to reduce the deficit to one, three minutes before the break.
Phoenix headed to the break with confidence and when they returned, they went close to equalising, but couldn’t finish off any of their chances and Magic made them pay in the 57th minute.
Lambton Jaffas 5 (Hay 19’, (og) 25’, Sessions 43’, R.Griffiths (p) 47’, Brymora 81’) defeated Weston Bears 0 at Arthur Edden Oval.
It was a sombre afternoon at Arthur Edden Oval on Saturday with the local football community rallying behind Weston coach Steve Piggott after the passing of his wife during the week.
A minute’s silence was held before the match, and all of the Lambton staff and players expressed their condolences to Piggott.
Jaffas coach James Pascoe said it was a tough afternoon for all involved.
“I’ve known Steve for a long time and I didn’t even feel like playing today after knowing what he has been through.”
While his side claimed all three points it was the last thing on Pascoe’s mind.
“It was a nice result, but I just wished it had come on a different day, to be honest with you.”
Edgeworth Eagles 3 (Sanders 17’, Bower 18’, Taylor 54’) defeated Adamstown Rosebud 0 at Adamstown Oval.
Edgeworth carried on from where they left off in the Westfield FFA Cup against Adamstown, as they clinically swept aside the bottom-placed Rosebud.
Two goals in two minutes in the opening half put Adamstown out of sight and Brody Taylor sealed the three points with a goal in the second half.
Kieran Sanders opened the scoring for the visitors in the 17th minute when Will Bower sped down the left edge and curled a low cross to the Englishman. The Adamstown defence couldn’t deal with it and Sanders tapped in just his second PS4 NPL NNSW goal of the season.
A minute later Bower turned from provider to scorer. Daniel McBreen found Adam Cawley with plenty of room down the left edge.
Cawley darted infield and fired a shot which was well saved by Rosebud keeper Riley Hill. However, unfortunately for Hill, the ball fell into the path of Bower who finished into an open goal to make it 2-0.
Maitland Magpies 6 (Dutton-Black 9’, Fayers 23’, Comerford 28’, L.Thornton 64’, C.Thornton 66’, Martin 74’) defeated Newcastle Jets Youth 1 (Smith 75’) at Cooks Square Park.
Maitland thumped the Jets Youth to go within one point of Hamilton and the top four on Sunday afternoon.
Four Magpies scored their first goals of the season, as Maitland ran away with the match at a sodden Cooks Square Park.
Josh Dutton-Black opened the scoring for the home side with a stunning free-kick – his first goal in the PS4 NPL NNSW. Dutton-Black curled the free-kick from just outside the box into the top left corner in the 9th minute.
Chris Fayers then got himself on the scoresheet in the 23rd minute, in just his second appearance for the club. The former Edgeworth midfielder ran onto a pass from Matt Comerford down the right edge and shot across Jets keeper Tristan Esquilant to make it 2-0.
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