Sunday 11 March 2018
Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Grand Final 2018 Review
Weston Bears Claim Ampcontrol Heritage Cup
Jack McLaughlan Oval, Edgeworth, showcased the culmination of three days of enthralling football, the 2018 Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Grand Final, contested between Weston Bears and Adamstown Rosebud.
Adamstown were looking to once again claim the pre-season trophy and may have been favourited by many due to having played one less game than the Bears in the group stage.
Despite both clubs playing their stars sporadically throughout the competition, both coaches, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff and Steve Piggott, picked particularly strong starting line-ups for the final match.
With both sides winning every game so far, the stage was set for an exciting sixty minutes of football and the crowd certainly did not go home disappointed.
It was a frantic start to the match, with both sides having their chances early on including a Josh Maguire header that bounced off the crossbar, and down the other end, Rosebuds’ Connor Hayden missing from a volley.
Having not conceded a goal all tournament, Adamstown would have been hoping to continue that stat right until the end of the competition.
Goalkeeper Isaac Terry contributed by keeping Weston attacker Jamie Subat, from scoring in a one-on-one situation although he would have also given Cansdell-Sherriff a few shocks, with some shaky passes out from the back that luckily lead to no avail.
The game began to heat up after a crunching tackle from Adamstown’s Turki Alwesaidy that saw no yellow card, however, Chris Berlin quickly found himself in the referee’s book only seconds later for dissent.
In a sight, no Weston fan would have wanted to see, for both the Grand Final and the upcoming National Premier League (NPL) NNSW season, captain and former Hyundai A-League Newcastle Jet, Kew Jaliens, went down with an injury after making a crucial block in defence.
Although lots of goal-scoring opportunities were presenting themselves, both sides lacked the finishing blow and struggled in taking their chances.
Weston’s Nathan Morris and Jackson Burston and Adamstown’s Chris Berlin and Connor Hayden, all came close to scoring but ultimately the first-half finished in a goalless affair.
The second half began with Jaliens sitting on the bench for Weston and youngster Regan Payne being thrusted into the action.
Tensions started to rise with an altercation between Rosebud’s captain Ben Higgins and Burston leading to a yellow card for the Adamstown man and setting the tone for the remainder of the Grand Final.
As the match neared its conclusion, the frustration of both sides was becoming evident with yellow cards being handed to Max Foster, Robbie Turnbull, Judd Duncan and Alex Graham and from one of the fouls, Bears’ centre-back Morris launched a free-kick from long range that only narrowly missed the target.
With only seconds remaining, one last chance beckoned for young man Burston, but unfortunately for the Bears, his shot was blocked, and the referee’s whistle signalled the match would have to be decided with a penalty shoot-out for the second straight year.
Just as the match was, the penalty shoot-out was neck and neck and neither side was able to be separated after 6 penalties with Turnbull, Morris, Higgins, Maguire, Hayden and Josh Jackson all scoring from the spot.
However, the advantage was created when Weston goalkeeper Kane Runge, saved Matthew Sokulsky’s penalty followed by Burston just creeping the ball just inside the post.
With the game on the line, Thomas Carias-Cox, who performed well throughout the Grand Final, was unable to hit the target and jubilation ensued by the Weston players and fans, being officially declared the 2018 Ampcontrol Heritage Cup winners, winning the match 4-3 on penalties.
Weston coach Steve Piggott stated it was a triumph that would be celebrated throughout the whole of the club.
“It’ll [the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup] be held highly at the club,” said Piggott.
“We’re a proud club with a big history. The cup was about celebrating that history and the history that’s been made over the last 100 years at the club, so winning it will mean a lot.”
Piggott praised not only the team that won the Grand Final but every member of the squad that featured throughout their five games over the weekend, in particular, Josh Jackson, who was the only man to play in every single minute.
“The group shared the workload. It was very tiring for the players.
“Josh Jackson was huge for us. He was the only bloke who played every minute of the day, so he’ll be sore tomorrow.
“The workload was heavy, and a few U/20’s and U/18’s chipped in during the tournament. We did well to come out of those matches unscathed.”
The man of the match, and first-ever recipient of the Col ‘Bunny’ Curran Medal, Josh Maguire, was commended by Piggott for the experience he brings to the Bears this year.
“Having him in the middle with the ball at his feet, and barking orders around definitely helps.”“He didn’t play all that much over the weekend, but he was good for us today.”
With all the excitement and merriments of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup finished for another year, the focuses of the clubs will be now be set on next week’s opening round to the 2018 National Premier League NNSW and NewFM Northern League One seasons.
In preparation for the season kick-off next week, be sure to listen to Shouts From The Sideline – Sports Podcasts’ 2018 Season Preview special episode featuring myself, Ben Homer and Edgeworth’s Daniel McBreen tomorrow on Facebook.
Round 3 Results
Sunday 11 March 2018
Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Day 3 Review
The first match of the day at Jack McLaughlan Oval starred the ‘Battle of the Eagles’ with both Edgeworth and New Lambton facing off. With Weston already booking themselves into the final later in the day, both sides used the opportunity to trial some younger talent.
As anticipated, the defending National Premier League (NPL) NNSW premiers Edgeworth, took a commanding lead in the first half, going into the break three goals up following a goal from Jose Atayde and a double from Bailey Garland.
But the ‘blue’ Eagles weren’t going to go down easily, scoring back-to-back in Luke Homer and Luke Rodgers and pushing Edgeworth right until a late goal to Matt Dobson securing Edgeworth the brace and the three points to end their Ampcontrol Heritage Cup with a 4-2 victory.
The final Pool A match was an interesting tussle between Zone Premier League side Dudley-Redhead United and the cup finalists, Weston Bears with an early penalty goal to Todd McSorley giving the Thistles a first-half lead and putting the Bears on the back foot.
But Weston were able to recover in the second half, taking the lead through goals from Zac Jokinen, Sam Ford and Jamie Subat. Despite a late goal to Dudley-Redhead’s Mark Worral, the Bears were able to keep their perfect record heading into the final against Adamstown Rosebud.
Also, a special mention must be made to young, Weston centre-back Jordan Jackson, who has played every minute of all four games the club has played this weekend.
Pool A Day 3 Results
Edgeworth Eagles 4 (Bailey Garland x2, Jose Atayde, Matt Dobson) def. New Lambton 2 (Luke Homer, Luke Rodgers)
Weston Bears 3 (Zac Jokinen, Sam Ford, Jamie Subat) def. Dudley-Redhead United 2 (Todd McSorley, Mark Worral)
Pool A Final Table
Weston Bears 12pts 5
Edgeworth Eagles 6pts 2
Lake Macquarie City 6pts 2
Dudley-Redhead United 3pts -1
New Lambton 3pts -2
Turner Park, Cessnock, had the chance to host the final group matches of Pool B and the first match featured Adamstown Rosebud and Wallsend FC, with the Rosebud’s needing at least a draw to send them through to the final later on.
Adamstown came out of the gates quickly and would have had an early lead if it had not been for Wallsend goalkeeper Joel Magnee saving a penalty. But only minutes later, Chris Berlin was able to find the back of the net and after a strong second half defensive performance, the Rosebud’s booked themselves into their second consecutive Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Final against Weston.
New Adamstown coach, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff praised his side for their performances over the weekend and stated that the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup meant much more than just a pre-season cup for the club.
“It’s [the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup] something we want to win. We made that pretty clear to the boys before starting this weekend” Cansdell-Sherriff said.
“The boys have done well overall.”
“It’s great to have that depth. I’m very happy with how they’ve played and how they’ve listened to what I’ve instructed.”
“After winning the cup last year, it’s definitely a focus of ours to try and win ir again.”
The second and last match of the day at Cessnock featured the home side up against Maryland-Fletcher in a clash that would decide second place in Pool B.
After a gallant performance and effort in yesterday’s fixture, the Bulldogs weren’t able to finish off their cup campaign with a victory, after the Hornets nabbed two first-half goals to send the home crowd back happy and give themselves a boost for the NewFM Northern League One season opener next weekend.
Pool B Day 3 Results
Adamstown Rosebud 1 (Chris Berlin) def. Wallsend FC 0
Cessnock City Hornets 2 def. Maryland-Fletcher 0
Pool B Final Table
Adamstown Rosebud 9pts 3
Cessnock City Hornets 6pts 1
Maryland-Fletcher 3pts -2
Wallsend FC 0pts -3
The 2018 Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Final will see Weston Workers and Adamstown Rosebud battle it out at Jack McLaughlin Oval, Edgeworth at 4:30 pm, in what is set to be a hard-fought contest between two sides that have won every game of the cup thus far.
If you’re unable to attend, be sure to follow @NNSWF on Twitter to keep updated with the final’s scores.
Round 2 Results
Saturday 10 March 2018
Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Day 2 Review
Day Two of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup saw all nine teams in action across two venues with Pool A returning to Rockwell Automation Park, Weston and Pool B kicking off at Adamstown Oval.
Weston and New Lambton began the day at Rockwell Automation Park with a cracking end-to-end contest. Having defeated last year’s National Premier League (NPL) NNSW premiers, Edgeworth the night before, the Bears found themselves surprisingly down early following a counter-attacking goal scored by Lachlan Haynes.
After missing a multitude of chances and New Lambton goalkeeper, Josh Cox making many great efforts, including saving a Zac Jokinen penalty, Weston were finally able to score through Jackson Burston before new boy, Tega Marcus put them in the lead late on, ultimately giving them a 2-1 victory much to the delight and relief of the home crowd.
The next game to follow featured the second all-NPL NNSW match of the competition and again it was Edgeworth who found themselves unexpectedly under the pump early on from Lake Macquarie City. With only ten minutes gone, one of their new signings Paul Sichalwe was able to pounce on a low cross to give his side the early lead.
In the second half, the Eagles started to regain possession, looking much more like the side we’ve come to expect, however, they still struggled offensively. Morgan Okeno scored for Lakes on the stroke of full time to end the game 2-0.
The third match of the day featured an absolute cracker between Dudley-Redhead United, who were playing their first game of the day, and New Lambton. Their freshness was displayed promptly after taking an early, shocking 2-0 lead through Cal Hector and Luke Lawless but their lead wasn’t around for long, after Eagles youngster Lachlan Jones got one back only a few minutes later, nailing it in the top corner of the goal.
Jones was once again instrumental in setting up an equalising goal in the second half for fellow U/23’s man, Liam Watson. However, with the game looking like it’d be a certain draw, Dudley-Redhead winger, Luke Lawless put his side back in front to give the Thistles a 3-2 win and their first ever in the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup in an exciting affair.
Lake Macquarie City returned to play their third straight match against an NPL opponent, as they faced the home team, Weston, in a tense challenge that would a vital role in deciding who would qualify for the Final.
After a scoreless first half, Chris Hurley finally got his team in front with a stunning strike, just minutes after the Roosters missed a penalty. It seemed as though Lakes would equalise after receiving yet a second penalty kick, but another miss from the spot meant the Bears would run out 1-0 winners and take the driver’s seat heading into tomorrow’s final day of play.
The fifth game saw Dudley-Redhead face off with Edgeworth in a game the Eagles would have definitely been looking to take all three points from following two poor, prior performances.
Fortunately for them, youngster Joe Melmeth starred scoring a hat-trick along with a goal from Matt Dobson to win the match 4-0 in one of the most comprehensive victories from the competition thus far.
Both Lake Macquarie and New Lambton walked out for their third match of the day for the final game of the day and it was surprisingly the NEWFM Northern League One team that took their chances quickly and took a 2-0 lead in the first half with goals from Justin Maddelena and Riley Taylor.
The second half saw the (blue) Eagles retain their 2-0 lead to win their first match in their first appearance in the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup and despite losing their first two matches, New Lambton coach, Andrew Packer stated he was extremely happy and proud of his squad.
“I was really happy to be honest, especially with the performance against Weston at their home ground,” said Packer.
“I think we really showed what we’re capable of.”
“Had we taken our chances against Weston, we could have been leading by more at halftime and probably have won that game.”
After selecting sides heavily loaded with U/23’s and U/19’s, Packer believed his youngsters stepped up to the task.
“I couldn’t be more proud of some of the young boys.”
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the club to show our young players.”
Pool A Day 2 Results
Weston 2 (Jackson Burston, Tega Marcus) def. New Lambton 1 (Lachlan Haynes)
Lake Macquarie City 2 (Paul Sichalwe, Morgan Okeno) def. Edgeworth Eagles 0
New Lambton 2 (Lachlan Jones, Liam Watson) def. by Dudley-Redhead United 3 (Luke Lawless x2, Cal Hector)
Weston 1 (Chris Hurley) def. Lake Macquarie City 0
Edgeworth 4 (Joe Melmeth x3, Matt Dobson) def. Dudley-Redhead United 0
Lake Macquarie City 0 def. by New Lambton 2 (Justin Maddelena, Riley Taylor)
Pool A Table
Weston Bears 9pts 4
Lake Macquarie 6pts 4
New Lambton Eagles 3pts 0
Edgeworth Eagles 3pts 0
Dudley-Redhead United 3pts -3
At Adamstown Oval, the Rosebud’s were up first against Maryland-Fletcher, who are representing the Minmi Rangers. New Adamstown coach Shane Cansdell-Sherriff picked a relatively young side and they seemed to struggle with the physicality that their Zone League One opposition brought.
With the first half ending a stalemate, Adamstown youngster Turki Alwesaidy was able to get in behind the defence and slot it past the Maryland-Fletcher goalkeeper Joel Fisher, to give the home side the lead midway through the second half and eventually hold on to win the first game of Pool B, 1-0.
The second match of the day featured two NEWFM Northern League One sides in Wallsend FC and Cessnock City Hornets. Both sides featured many of their newly acquired players and just like the first match, neither team were able to break the deadlock in the first half.
Just as it was last season for both teams, making the most of their chances was a problem, however, late on in the match, Cessnock’s Ben Priest was finally able to find the back of the net for his team, slotting the ball into the right corner of the goal from the left edge of the box and scoring the only goal of the game to give his side the 1-0 victory.
In the third match of the day, Maryland-Fletcher shook off an early loss to perform well above their weight against Wallsend FC. The Bulldogs missed a few early opportunities but kept the pressure on to eventually take a shocking lead after an own goal following a Wallsend defensive mix-up.
Despite many close chances for both sides, the own goal would prove to be the difference between two evenly matched teams, with Maryland-Fletcher winning their first ever match in the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup, 1-0.
In the final match of the day at Adamstown Oval, the home team and Cessnock City squared off in a tight, apprehensive encounter that would see the victor stamp one foot firmly in the final.
Neither side really created any clear-cut opportunities with most the match being contested back-and-forth in the midfield until Thomas Carias-Cox jumped onto a swerving cross late in the second half which was followed up by a Connor Hayden penalty to seal the victory for the Rosebuds and place them in a commanding position for tomorrow’s final fixtures.
Cessnock City coach, Brendan Slade praised his side for their efforts against some quality oppositions.
“I’m really proud of their efforts today,” said Slade.
“The standout for me was our possession and ability to keep the ball for long periods of the game and making the other team work.”
Slade suggested that although he was pleased with the performance that their defence was the area which they let themselves down.
“When defending our goals, we need to be more alert and not as sloppy.”
“There’s those little periods we fall asleep and have a lack of concentration. That’s something we need to work on.”
Pool B Day 2 Results
Adamstown Rosebud 1 (Turki Alwesaidy) def. Maryland-Fletcher 0
Wallsend FC 0 def. by Cessnock City Hornets 1 (Ben Priest)
Wallsend FC 0 def. Maryland-Fletcher 1 (own goal)
Adamstown Rosebud 2 (Thomas Carias-Cox) def. with Cessnock City Hornets 0
Pool B Table
Adamstown Rosebud 6pts +3
Maryland-Fletcher 3pts 0
Cessnock City Hornets 3pts -1
Wallsend FC 0pts -2
Day 3 sees four teams from Pool A take to Edgeworth’s Jack McLaughlin Oval while Pool B teams will head to Turner Park, Cessnock to decide the participants of this year’s Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Final being played at Jack McLaughlin Oval at 4:30 pm.
Follow @NNSWF to keep up-to-date with all the concluding action of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup.
Round 1 Results
Friday 9 March 2018
Rockwell Automation Park, Weston
Friday night saw Day One of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup kick-off featuring four of the fives sides from Pool A on a cool summer’s night at Rockwell Automation Park, Weston.
With three National Premier League (NPL) NNSW sides, Lake Macquarie City, Edgeworth Eagles and Weston Bears, alongside the first Zone Premier League team to be a part of the competition, Dudley-Redhead United FC, the stage was set for an exciting first night of quality football.
The opening match featured the home team Weston, up against the reigning NPL Premiers Edgeworth.
Both sides showcased much different looking sides than the ones we saw last year with Edgeworth coach, Damian Zane picking a whole bunch of youngsters while Weston coach Steve Pigott selected new signings, Tega Marcus and Nathan Morris, to start.
Neither team could quite grapple the advantage from one another when a sudden penalty decision on Pat Wheeler saw Morris step up and successfully put his team into the lead.
After scoring, the Bears were electrified in attack and took control of the game leading to a second goal from new forward, Tega Marcus, who completed a sensation volley from a corner to double the home side’s lead.
The Eagles continued to struggle in the second half and it looked all but over for them when Dominic Bizarri was awarded a straight red card after a sliding tackle on Max Foster.
Despite playing against 10-men and looking like they would score on multiple occasions, the Bears weren’t able to put another one past Edgeworth goalkeeper Nate Cavaliere, with the match finishing 2-0. Pigott said he was very pleased with the side’s performance, particularly the returning Morris.
“He’s a leader,” Piggott said.
“That experience – that ability to keep the ball and talk to players – it’s invaluable.”
“They’ve [Edgeworth] been the yardstick for the season so to beat them is obviously good.”
The second match of the night saw a very young Lake Macquarie City take on a side sitting two leagues below in Dudley-Redhead United. Although the Roosters would have been backed as the heavy favourites, Dudley-Redhead were out to prove that they could play with the big-boys.
Both sides had early chances and were troubling each other’s defences and it eventually took multiple shots and efforts from the Lake Macquarie attack to finally get one past the Thistles. Defender Andrew Baker made two goal-saving blocks before Joey Cacic finally scored deflecting off Baker’s head on its way into the back of the net.
Lakes’ attacker, Cooper Brayshaw proved to be the danger man and didn’t give the Dudley-Redhead defence a moment’s rest, continuously troubling them with his speed and quick touches and with only around five minutes remaining in the second half, his hard work paid off, beating a couple of Dudley-Redhead defenders, and slotting Jack Diebold in on goal who, although missing it the first time, made no mistakes on the rebound.
The Thistles didn’t give up though and continued creating opportunities, including an almost deflected goal had it not been for a great save from Lakes goalkeeper Kyle Abrahams. However, their attacking prowess just wasn’t of the same calibre as their NPL opponents.
A Michael Wright penalty late in the second half wrapped up the match for Lake Macquarie and saw them run out 3-0 victors and atop of Pool A after the first matchday.
Dudley-Redhead coach Brad Davies praised the team and club despite going down in their first Ampcontrol Heritage Cup fixture.
“It was brilliant, the boys were up for it. We always knew we were going to be up against it but I thought the boys went really well.”
“Defensively, we made a few silly errors, and to be honest they’re [Lake Macquarie] a bit more clinical.”
“We’re still five weeks away from our season though, so we’re still getting into the swing of things.”
After playing a side consisting of mostly U/20’s and U/18’s, Lake Macquarie City coach Nick Webb praised his young team for getting the result, particular Jack Diebold, who has joined this year from Tamworth.
“I was very happy with our performance,” Webb said.
“Jack [Diebold] is going to be a star. He’s sixteen years old and he’s 6’3. Tonight he scored one and set another one up.”
“We’re lucky we have a good mix of young kids and experienced boys.”
Webb suggested that although the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup is only a pre-season tournament, his team are still well and truly focused on winning it all.
“At the end of the day, it’s another trophy. That’s how we’re treating it.”
“We’re in it to win it. We’re going in to win every game and if we don’t, we’ll be disappointed.”
Tomorrow will see all nine teams in the competition playing at least two matches each on Day 2.
The Pool A sides return to Rockwell Automation Park including NEWFM Northern League One side, New Lambton who will feature for the first time in the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup, in the opening match against the home team, Weston, at 10 am.
Pool B, featuring Adamstown Rosebud, Cessnock City, Maryland-Fletcher and Wallsend, will kick off at Adamstown Oval with the home team taking on Zone League One outfit, Maryland-Fletcher, at 10 am also.
Follow @NNSWF on Twitter to receive updates on the matches as they happen.
Day 1 Results
Weston Bears 2 (Nathan Morris, Tega Marcus) def. Edgeworth Eagles 0
Lake Macquarie City 3 (Joey Cacic, Jack Diebold, Michael Wright) def. Dudley-Redhead United 0
Pool A Table
Lake Macquarie City 3pts +3
Weston Bears 3pts +2
Edgeworth Eagles 0pts -2
Dudley-Redhead United 0pts -3