Hamilton Olympic made it three matches unbeaten against Edgeworth in the Round 7 ‘Match of the Round’ of PlayStation®4 NPL Northern NSW.
Match of the Round
Edgeworth Eagles 1 (Hammel (p) 68’) drew with Hamilton Olympic 1 (Swan 41’) at Jack McLaughlan Oval.
Eagles striker Daniel McBreen was sent off and coach Damian Zane was lucky not to follow him into the sheds on a heated evening in Edgeworth.
The Eagles started the match stronger – Bren Hammel spurning a golden opportunity to open the scoring.
But, Olympic soon clawed their way back into the contest as Scott Smith blazed over in the 40th minute from just inside the box.
It was Smith who would turn provider a minute later. He struck a low shot from outside the box which Eagles keeper Nate Cavaliere fumbled allowing Matt Swan to scramble the ball over the line and put the visitors ahead.
Valentine Phoenix 4 (McGinley (p) 18’, J.Brown 50’, 58’, Minors 78’) defeated Maitland Magpies 0 Cooks Square Park.
Valentine coach Darren Sills described the result as “the best performance I have seen since I’ve been at the club” as the Phoenix made it three wins in a row in on Saturday evening.
American import Jalon Brown scored a brace for the visitors in a match where the victors soared to second on the ladder.
Lambton Jaffas 2 (Waller 45’, Verity 59’) defeated Charlestown City Blues 1 (Ferguson 16’) at Lisle Carr Oval.
Jaffas recruit Nathan Verity scored the decisive goal as Lambton returned to the top of the table in the PlayStation®4 NPL Northern NSW. Verity started in place of the injured Dain Greentree and made the most of his promotion.
Coach James Pascoe praised his goal scorer post-match.
“Today was a good step in the right direction for [Nathan]. He played the role that he was asked to play very well and he was rewarded with a goal.”
But, Lambton were forced to work for the three points, coming from behind after Rene Ferguson opened the scoring for the Blues.
Weston Bears 2 (Hurley 52’, 90’) drew with Jets Youth 2 (Moric 53’, 90+4’) at Rockwell Automation Park.
There was plenty of late drama at Rockwell Automation Park on Sunday afternoon as the Jets Youth fought back twice from a goal down to claim a point against Weston.
Chris Hurley scored a brace for the Bears, but it wasn’t enough as Mark Moric did likewise for the Jets to ensure they shared the points.
Adamstown Rosebud 0 drew with Broadmeadow Magic 0 at Adamstown Oval.
Broadmeadow Magic extended their unbeaten run against Adamstown to 18 matches in the inaugural ANZAC day fixture on Tuesday, but it was comments from Magic coach Ruben Zadkovich which took most of the headlines after a gritty match of football.
Adamstown defended resolutely for 90 minutes and even had chances of their own to win it against a frustrated Broadmeadow side.
Zadkovich commented that the game was “the most boring game of football and all we did was try and break down a defensive block.”
“I’m really pissed off at my own team for not having any initiative to go out there and stick [to the plan] and go and win the game because if they stuck to how they played for the first 20-30 minutes they’d beat those guys three or four-nil.”
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