PS4 NPL NNSW Round 8 Review

It may have been seven years between matches in the top flight between these two sides, but it seemed not much had changed when Maitland and Lake Macquarie met in the Match of the Round.

Match of the Round
Maitland Magpies 1 (Clarke 50’) defeated Lake Macquarie Roosters 0 at Cooks Square Park.

The fixture once again delivering a tight contest at Cooks Square Park.

On the last occasion, it was the Roosters who claimed a tight 1-0 victory, on Sunday the scoreline was reversed courtesy of a sole Ryan Clarke strike.

A tight first half saw both sides head to half-time locked at 0-0, it was Clarke who struck five minutes into the second half.

Liam Thornton intercepted a bouncing Lake Macquarie pass and using its momentum, he chipped the ball over the top of the Roosters defence and to Clarke who sped down the left edge, into the box, and finished powerfully inside Benn Kelly’s near post.


Hamilton Olympic 2 (Goodchild 40’, (p) 75’) defeated Weston Bears 0 at Darling Street Oval. 

Hamilton Olympic recorded their sixth consecutive victory against the Weston Bears on Sunday at Darling Street Oval.

A doubled from striker Kane Goodchild was enough for the home side to claim all three points in a ‘Man of the Match’ performance.

Both sides struggled to create chances in the opening half. Olympic’s leading scorer Scott Smith tried his luck from long range. Weston keeper Kane Runge was up to the task, making a solid save.

James Thompson and Cooper Buswell probed up front for the Bears but were unable to find an opener.


Valentine Phoenix 1 (Paul 42’) defeated Newcastle Jets Youth 0 at Cahill Oval. 

Valentine Phoenix recorded their fourth consecutive victory and kept their third consecutive clean sheet as they downed the Newcastle Jets Youth 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

They Phoenix have now gone five hours without conceding in the PS4 NPL Northern NSW as they consolidated their spot in the top two.

In a gritty affair at the multi-purpose Cahill Oval, the Phoenix were dealt a severe blow in the 36th minute when defender Zac Sneddon attempted to block a Leroy Jennings shot and had his ankle trodden on by the young Jets attacker.

Phoenix leading scorer Jalon Brown – who was on the bench, and had his right leg heavily strapped – was forced onto the park as Sneddon was carried off and took no further part.


Edgeworth Eagles 2 (Sanders 36’, Taylor 63’) defeated Charlestown City Blues 0 at Jack McLaughlan Oval.

Edgeworth coach Damian Zane described the Eagles second victory in four days as their “best of the season” after a 2-0 victory over the Charlestown City Blues.

Goals from Kieran Sanders and Brody Taylor were enough to earn the Eagles their third victory of the season as they consolidated a spot in the top half of the ladder for the first time this season.

Sanders opened the scoring in the 36th minute and in fine style. His first goal in the PS4 NPL Northern NSW swerving and dipping from on the edge of the box to beat Blues keeper Nathan Archbold and put the home side in front.

The Eagles headed to the sheds was a 1-0 advantage and when the sides returned Charlestown had their best period of the game, as they created a few half chances.


Lambton Jaffas 3 (Remington 29’, Kantarovski 45’, Griffiths 90+2’) defeated Adamstown Rosebud 1 (Berlin 61’) at Adamstown Oval. 

Lambton Jaffas continued their strong form against Adamstown in round eight of the PS4 NPL Northern NSW as they recorded a 3-1 victory to return to the top of the table.

Former Newcastle Jets and current Lambton midfielder, Michael Kantarovski, opened his goal-scoring account for the season with a clinical finish, as he joined Joel Griffiths and Luke Remington on the scoresheet.

After keeping a clean sheet on ANZAC Day against Broadmeadow Magic, it took just 29 minutes for the Rosebud defence to be breached by the visiting Jaffas.

Ridge Marpu’s shot from a tight angle on the right was well blocked by defender Owen Littlewood before Ben Hay calmly played in Luke Remington on his left. Remington slotted past keeper Paul Bitz to make it 1-0.

Kantarovski doubled the lead before the interval with an impressive chipping shot from an acute angle on the right edge of the box. The midfielder curled the shot, high and inside the far post with his left boot.


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