Ruben Zadkovich grabbed his first Playstation®4 NPL Northern NSW victory with Broadmeadow Magic defeating Weston Bears in a gritty encounter at Magic Park.
Broadmeadow Magic 2 (Paul 53’, Virgili 90+2’) defeated Weston Bears 0 at Magic Park
In the only match of a rain-affected round two, Broadmeadow went clear at the top of the table, but they didn’t have it all their own way.
The first half produced limited chances as Weston’s youthful side did well to deny the experienced Magic frontline. In his club debut goalkeeper, Kane Runge, was superb as he defused countless Magic corner’s swinging in with the strong south-easterly breeze at Magic Park.
While Broadmeadow dominated most of the field position with the wind behind them in the opening 45, it was Weston who had arguably the best chance. Former Emerging Jet turned Bear, James Thompson, found himself with acres of space on the right side of the box and a clear sight on goal. But, Thompson could only hit his strike over the bar.
The two sides headed to the sheds all locked up at 0-0, but, on resumption Magic found the breakthrough just eight minutes into the half. Lawrence Foteff found himself unmarked at the back post and headed a Scott Pettit cross from the left across goal to an onrushing Shane Paul who tapped his finish into an open goal to give Magic the lead.
Things soon got worse for the visiting Bears when Jordan Jackson was given his marching orders for a rash challenge, which earnt him a second yellow card in the 65th minute.
But, the Bears refused to go away. Magic had a few nervy moments including a Jamie Byrnes header which Broadmeadow keeper Niko Giantsopolous did well to hold onto.
Broadmeadow would have the final word though sealing the match in the 92nd minute as James Virgili broke free from inside his own half. The speedster rounded Runge and slotted home to ensure the three points were staying at Broadmeadow.
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Washed Out Fixtures
Northern NSW Football is currently working with clubs to reschedule the washed out fixtures on the weekend.