PS4 NPL NNSW Round 6 Review

Hamilton Olympic continued their good run of form against Broadmeadow Magic in the PlayStation® 4 NPL Northern NSW Match of the Round with a 3-1 victory in front of a big crowd at Darling Street Oval.

Match of the Round
Hamilton Olympic 3 (Mooney 38’, Bird 45+1’, Bertos 70’) defeated Broadmeadow Magic 1 (Virgili 7’)
Darling Street Oval
Sunday, May 14, 2.30pm

Fresh from knocking off last seasons minor and major premiers in Round 5, Hamilton came out of the blocks slowly in front of the home crowd.

James Virgili found his way inside Hamilton’s defence early on, as he kept Hamilton’s Captain Kyle Hodges at bay to slide his shot under Danny Ireland and score Magic’s first goal against their rivals since 2014.

But, that was as good as it got for Broadmeadow. Hamilton gradually clawed their way back into the contest, when Tommy Spencer played a perfectly timed through ball to Kane Goodchild, who chipped Magic’s keeper Nick Hartnett with Luke Virgili only to clear it off the line but only into the path of Simon Mooney, who equalised for the home side.

Then just when everyone thought the game would go into half-time at 1-1, Tommy Spencer cut down the right side of Magic’s box. His left foot shot, was sliced away by Jon Griffiths into the path of Daniel Bird at the back post, who finished with an exquisite right foot volley.

In the second half, the match was more of an arm wrestle, until Simon Mooney found Rhys Cooper with a well weighted chip of Broadmeadow’s backline with the ball trickling into the net for what many thought was Olympic’s third.

However, referee Andrew Digby had already blown his whistle for a penalty after Hartnett knocked over Cooper after his chip, then it was left to Leo Bertos, who finished from the spot to give Hamilton a 3-1 lead.

Broadmeadow had much of the ball at the back end of the match, but couldn’t find another goal, as Olympic extended their unbeaten run against Magic to six matches.


Edgeworth Eagles 4 (Moore 17’, Taylor 33’, McBreen 46’, Moriyasu 59’) defeated Valentine Phoenix 0
Cahill Oval
Saturday,May 14, 3pm

Normal transmission for the Edgeworth Eagles resumed in Round 6, as they put the sword to a Valentine Phoenix side who were buoyed by a win over Weston in Round 5.

Keanu Moore got things started for the visitors when he played a perfect one-two with superstar signing Keigo Moriyasu. Moore cut inside the left edge of the box and smashed his shot home over Beyhan Irmako in the Valentine goal to make it 1-0 in the 17th minute.

Brody Taylor extended the visitors lead after 33 minutes when he a headed in a free kick at the back post from Keigo Moriyasu.

Just a minute into the second half, Taylor was at it again finding Bren Hammel with a pinpoint ball from the middle of the field out to the right, where Hammel cut into the 18-year box and hit a shot which deflected off Valentine Captain Scott McGinley and into the path of Taylor. Taylor’s shot thumped into the underside of the crossbar, before Daniel McBreen headed home into an empty net for his first goal in the PlayStation 4 NPL.

A ‘Keigo Moriyasu special’ finished off the rout in the 59th minute, when he struck a shot from outside the box on the right and found the top left corner. The goal completing an outstanding performance from Edgeworth’s dynamo, with 2 assists and a goal.


Maitland Magpies 0 Lambton Jaffas 0
Cooks Square Park
Sunday, May 14, 2.30pm

Maitland and Lambton played out a scoreless draw at the notoriously windy Cooks Square Park on Sunday afternoon.

In an even contest, Lambton controlled possession for a majority of the match and had the better of the chances against a Maitland side who were slightly fatigued after a heavy schedule where they had to play 3 matches in the last 8 days.

Lambton’s best chance came through skipper John Majurovski, when his shot hit the crossbar while Maitland’s Jye McKeller also hit the bar for Maitland from outside the 18-yard box.


Charlestown City Blues 1 (Smith 65’) Weston Bears 0
Lisle Carr Oval
Sunday, May 14, 2.30pm

Charlestown continued their undefeated start to the year with a gritty and determined 1-0 victory over Weston at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday.

With three of their regular first graders out of the side; Daniel Laiman, Sam Hudson and captain Ben Hughes. Charlestown had to dig deep against a Weston outfit looking for their first win of 2016.

It was Scott Smith who scored his fourth goal of the season midway through the second half which broke the deadlock. Jarryd Johnson took a free kick midway into Weston’s half on the left and curled it with his right foot towards the back post where an oncoming Smith flicked over Weston keeper, Benn Kelly, with the back of his head.

For Weston they had some good chances throughout the match, but were unable to find the back of the net. Outstanding defence from Charlestown holding the visitors at bay.


Newcastle Jets Youth 3 (Brymora 33’, 64’, 80’) Adamstown Rosebud 0
Adamstown Oval
Sunday, May 14, 2.30pm

Krisitan Brymora starred for the Newcastle Jets Youth side as they got their first win for the 2016 season against a depleted Adamstown side on Sunday at Adamstown Oval.

Brymora grabbed a hat-trick for the Jets, as they moved off the bottom of the ladder. Brymora’s first goal came from a well-positioned cross from Tyson Jackson on the right. Brymora headed it in at the near post past Rosebud’s keeper Jake Hamilton for the lead.

His second came midway through the second half, when he turned on the edge of the 18-yard box and got a shot away with his right boot, which dipped and curled inside the far right post.

His hat-trick was completed on the 80-minute mark, where Brymora chested and controlled a ball inside the box before turning and scrambling it home with his right foot from the left edge of the six-yard box under the onrushing Jake Hamilton.


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