Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Grand Final Review
Edgeworth Eagles FC have been crowned the 2019 Ampcontrol Heritage Cup champions, after claiming a 2-0 win over Lake Macquarie City FC in a fair and steady grand final.
Rockwell Automation Park played home to the decider, with the third and fourth play-off kicking off before the big game, seeing hosts, Weston Workers FC go up against NEWFM Northern League one outfit, West Wallsend.
It was the Bluebells who came out third on the ladder with a 2-0 victory over the home side, with Cameron Smart and Tye Jones grabbing goals to wrap up their campaign.
Attention then turned to the main game with the two in-form sides of the tournament going toe-to-toe.
The Roosters notched a stunning 14 goals in three games on their road to the final and the Eagles only conceded one goal – making for a highly anticipated clash.
Edgeworth tasted success early on with Jose Atayde finding the back of the net in the 6th minute with a driven shot finding the bottom corner and Josh Ciarelli, caused headaches for Lakes’ defenders down the left wing, creating some half-chances as the Eagles continued to dominate the opening stages of the first half.
Before half-time, both sides started to trade possession, when Lake Macquarie was presented a golden opportunity with captain Sam Walker and strike-partner Mitch Hunter combining before Walker scuffed a shot from close range.
The Roosters were then forced into a substitution with youngster Adam Mitchell, coming on for the injured Jayden Barber.
The half time whistle blew with Edgeworth taking the 1-0 lead into the sheds.
The Roosters hit the ground running in the second half with wing-back Sam Webb looking lively down the left-hand side.
While Mitch Hunter continued to cause problems for the Eagles as he was brought down outside the box while Eagles captain Josh Evans earning himself a yellow card.
Soon after, Sam Walker broke away from the defence and teed up Hunter but the forward put it over the bar.
Edgeworth provided the sucker-punch when Jose Atayde put away his second goal from a deflected shot, wrong-footing Stuart Plant in goals.
Josh Ciarelli continued to show his quality, showcasing blinding pace and putting Plant into work again with two impressive saves.
The full-time whistle soon blew with Edgeworth holding onto the two-goals and lifting the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup for the first time.
Coach Damian Zane said his players were deserving of picking up the pre-season silver.
“The first half we played very good and were unlucky not to convert a couple of more chances,” Zane said.
“Second half, Lakes played really well and credit to them, but overall I thought we dominated the game and looked dangerous – it was just about getting that second goal.”
The Eagles have relied upon many of their younger players for the campaign and coach Zane said the tournament has been a great learning curve for his team.
“All the boys have been excellent and some of those guys are turning just 16 and 17 so to have this opportunity with the more experienced players and to get some game-time has been fantastic.”
“We’re in a decent position heading into the season but we still have some improvement in us so fingers crossed we can play well,” said Zane.
Lake Macquarie served up some entertaining football and will again look to improve in the upcoming National Premier League NNSW season.
Coach Nick Webb praised his players for their performance against the reigning NPL Premiers.
“Second-half we played really well, which changed the game, though all-in-all, Edgeworth are still the yardstick of the competition, today shows we can compete against the top four sides,” Webb said.
The Roosters have made some recruitments in the off season and coach Webb said his new-look side is coming together well.
“The more games the better we’ll get. We’ve picked up a lot of confidence and belief heading into the season,” said Webb.
Teams have shown their talent and picked up valuable game-time across the 2019 Ampcontrol Heritage Cup. The tournament has provided many highlights across all the games whilst showcasing the Hunter Region’s proud football culture.
Edgeworth’s Jose Atayde took home the honourable Col ‘Bunny” Curran Medal for Man of the Final, in response to his two goals.
Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Semi-Finals Review
Edgeworth Eagles FC and Lake Macquarie City FC have secured their place in the 2019 Ampcontrol Heritage Cup grand final on Saturday 16 February with convincing victories across two scintillating semi-finals.
Edgeworth came up against the highest 2nd placed team from the pools in NEWFM Northern League One side, West Wallsend in the first match at Macquarie Field.
The match was a tight affair. The first half saw the reigning National Premier League (NPL) NNSW Premiers grab a 1-0 lead at half time through an early goal from Josh Ciarelli. The Eagles proved too strong in the second half, with Oliver Smith grabbing a double while Will Bower also got on the scoresheet to secure a convincing 4-0 win.
Coach Damian Zane said the game was a good test for his side.
“The boys started a bit slow, credit to West Wallsend for providing tough opposition but we were improving as the game went on,” Zane said.
West Wallsend’s run in the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup is now over, however, coach Brendan Slade said there were many positives to take away from their overall performance.
“We still have areas we need to work on but these games against Edgeworth and Lake Macquarie have been exactly what our players need to be up-to-speed in both attack and defence come Round 1 of the 2019 season,” Slade said.
In the second semi-final of the night at Macquarie Field, hosts Lake Macquarie took on Weston Workers FC.
The Roosters got off to a flying start with three goals in the first fifteen minutes with Mitch Hunter grabbing his 7th goal in three games while captain Sam Walker struck twice including a contender for goal of the tournament with a 30-yard chip.
The youthful Weston side hit back through Jamie Subat before the break to hold a slim chance of a comeback, however, it wasn’t to be, with the in-form Lake Macquarie scoring another two goals through Jack Diebold and Tyson Cummings to post an impressive 5-1 victory.
Lake Macquarie Coach Nick Webb said his side are on a roll.
“We put the cue in the rack after going 3-0 up, but momentum is what we’re looking for and the winning mentality is going strong.”
The Bears couldn’t replicate their 2018 title-winning success in the same competition although assistant coach Chris Atkins said the tournament has provided a great experience for Weston’s younger players.
“The club and first team coach, Kew Jaliens, should be praised for having faith in such a young squad and it has helped the Under 20’s and Under 18’s preparation for the coming season hugely,” Atkins said.
The stage is now set for the two form sides of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup to battle it out for the exclusive title.
Lake Macquarie coach Nick Webb said the Roosters will have to be at their best to topple the high-flying Eagles.
“Edgeworth will be tough, no doubt and are the benchmark of the NPL NNSW so we’re looking forward to seeing how we perform against the best.
“We’ll stick to the same setup with some minor changes but our entire club is pumped for the grand final,” Webb said.
Edgeworth only conceded one goal on their road to the final and coach Damian Zane said the expectations are there to claim silverware.
“A trophy is a trophy and as a club, we want to win everything on offer.
“Ampcontrol Heritage Cup is a competition we’re proud to be a part of and we’ll be looking to win it for the first time come Saturday,” Zane concluded.
The Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Grand Final kicks-off at 6:30 pm, Saturday 16 February at Weston’s home, Rockwell Automation Park with West Wallsend and Weston contending the third-place play-off from 5:00 pm.
2019 Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Grand Final
Edgeworth Eagles FC v Lake Macquarie Roosters FC
Location: Rockwell Automation Park, Weston
Time: 6:30 pm
Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Round 3 Review
The 2019 Ampcontrol Heritage Cup is now set for the semi-finals after a thrilling end to Round 3 which saw plenty of goals scored across the three games.
NEWFM Northern League One outfit West Wallsend, played home to Zone League Three side Minmi Wanderers, in the final pool game at Johnston Park and it was the home side who came away with an emphatic 6-2 win over the tournament debutants to book themselves into the final four edging out rivals Wallsend FC on goal difference.
Joseph Holt grabbed himself a double while Ryan Cole, Brendan Frost, Josh Knight and Bronson Marshall all found the back of the net in a rampant second-half display.
West Wallsend coach Brendan Slade said it took a while for his side to find their form.
“It felt a bit flat. We got off to a bad start and it was 1-1 at half-time but we ran over the top of them in the end,” Slade said.
“We were missing five regular first-graders so it was good to give our 23’s a go, but in saying that, Minmi are a good side and definitely gave us a scare.
“We will be up for the semi-finals that’s for sure.”
Kane Rodgers and Jay Dobinson scored the goals for the Wanderers in a gallant display.
Minmi Wanderers FC coach Lachlan Shrume said the scoreline didn’t reflect how well his side played.
“It wasn’t a 6-2 game as we held our own for most of the game, but it was probably our fitness that let us down in the end,” Shrume said.
Despite being the Hunter Region’s oldest established club after being founded in 1884, Minmi were making their maiden Ampcontrol Heritage Cup appearance and Shrume said it was an extremely proud moment.
“It was definitely emotional being our first time in this competition and to see how far we have come as a club in testing ourselves against the top sides,” coach Shrume said.
“We’ve been competitive in our two games and we’ve got a great culture growing here because everyone is great mates aswell.”
Earlier at Johnston Park, NPL Northern NSW side Edgeworth Eagles took on New Lambton in a ‘Battle of the Eagles’.
The reigning NPL NNSW premiers came out on top with a convincing 4-0 victory to top Pool C and march onto the semi-finals.
Will Bower picked up the match ball with three impressive strikes while Archie Finn also got on the scoresheet.
Round 3 provided plenty of highlights including the original ‘Coalfields Derby’ played out between Weston Workers Bears and Cessnock City at Turner Park.
An entertaining 3-1 win saw the Bears take the three points and finalise a place in the final four, finishing first in Pool A.
Liam Nivision, Sam Kamper and Jamie Subat found the back of the net for Weston while Lachlan Hodgetts scored Cessnock’s sole goal.
The semi-finals of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup will be played this Wednesday night with two games to be held at Macquarie Field, Speers Point kicking off at 6:30 pm.
Edgeworth Eagles will face West Wallsend in the first match of the night, while the hosting side, Lake Macquarie City will take on Weston in the second semi-final at 8pm.
The two winning sides will square off in the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Final next Saturday night at 6:30pm, while the losers of those matches will play in a 3rd Placed Playoff at 5:00pm beforehand.
Final Pool Tables:
1st – Weston Workers FC 6pts +5
2nd – Cessnock City FC 1pt -2
3rd – Merewether Advance SFC 1pt -3
1st – Lake Macquarie City FC 6pts +7
2nd – West Wallsend FC 3pts +3
3rd – Minmi Wanderers FC 0pts -10
1st – Edgeworth Eagles FC 6pts +5
2nd – Wallsend FC 3pts 0
3rd – New Lambton FC -5
Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Round 2 Review
Round 2 of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup kicked off with a double-header at Cessnock’s Turner Park.
Zone League Two side Merewether Advance SFC took on hosts Cessnock City Hornets FC and built on their strong initial Round 1 showing with an impressive result against a side three tiers above them.
Lachlan Hodgetts got the Hornets rolling early in the second half with a goal but Merewether equalised late through Josh Dinnery to earn themselves a 1-1 draw and a point in their first appearance in the pre-season tournament.
Merewether Captain Adrian Mannell said the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup has been a great experience for the entire club.
“Being our 125th year, it’s been great to kick off the year in this format and take on sides a couple of divisions higher than us,” Mannell said.
“We’re stoked with the result and hopefully we can take this experience into the new season.”
On the other side of the fixture, Cessnock City coach Arthur Hodgetts said he’s disappointed that his side didn’t come away with the win.
“I thought we can play better than what we did,” Hodgetts said.
“It was our first hit out this pre-season so we suffered a bit in our first game, but we’re a work-in-progress and I believe the best is yet to come from the Hornets.
“Overall it was a good first game because Merewether are a tough side.”
In the earlier game of the night, Wallsend FC claimed the three points with a 2-1 victory over New Lambton FC to equal with Edgeworth Eagles FC at the top of Pool C.
Matt Williams and Ty Goldsmith grabbed the goals for Wallsend while Luke Rodgers got on the scoresheet for New Lambton.
Round 2 finished with Lake Macquarie City FC playing home to Minmi Wanderers, who proudly feature in the competition for the first time.
The NPL Northern NSW side proved too strong in the end though, running out 6-0 victors to make it two wins from two in Pool B and book their spot in the semi-finals.
Mitch Hunter put four past the Wanderers to take his impressive tournament tally to a six, while captain Sam Walker and Campbell Ross also found the back of the net.
Weston Bears FC, West Wallsend FC and Edgeworth Eagles all had the bye and will return to the field this weekend in Round 3 fighting for a position in the semi-finals.
The final fixtures of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup will see the Hornets taking on the Bears at Turner Park this Saturday at 6:30 pm in an Original Coalfields Derby, while Edgeworth will take on New Lambton in an ‘Eagles vs Eagles’ match that will decide top spot in Pool C.
That fixture has been revised to a 3:30 pm kick off this Sunday at West Wallsend’s Johnston Park, as has the penultimate pool game which sees the Minmi Wanderers travelling to play the Bluebells at a revised kick-off time of 5:00 pm.
The winners of each of the three Pools will go onto play in the semi-finals and will be joined by the highest 2nd placed team from the pools.
Ampcontrol Heritage Cup Round 1 Review
The annual Ampcontrol Heritage Cup kicked off for another season with nine sides from across the Hunter Region battling it out for the prestigious pre-season title.
The tournament, which hosts clubs that have been established for 100 years and over, began with National Premier Leagues (NPL) Northern NSW side Lake Macquarie City Roosters playing home to NEWFM Northern League One club West Wallsend at Macquarie Field.
The Roosters began the game strong, notching two early goals through Mitch Hunter to take the lead, however, West Wallsend didn’t lie down as Tye Jones and Joe Holt got on the scoresheet to level the match.
Lakes would go onto to claim all three points in Pool B though, as Charles Cox scored the winner late on in the second half.
Roosters Head Coach Nick Webb praised his opposition in his side’s victory.
“Westy [West Wallsend] were well structured, resilient and frustrated us at times but it was good to get the win in the end,” Webb said.
“We had eight boys missing but I was very happy with the result and to build on some of our combinations.”
West Wallsend coach Brendan Slade said he was proud of his player’s performances in the defeat.
“We’re happy with how we went against a quality NPL Northern NSW side as only a couple of errors cost us in the end,” Slade said.
“But it was great to get game time heading into the season.”
Elsewhere, reigning NPL Premiers, Edgeworth Eagles claimed victory against NEWFM Northern League One outfit, Wallsend FC at Rockwell Automation Park winning 2-1 to go atop of Pool C.
The first round of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup concluded with Weston Bears taking on tournament debutants Merewether Advance at Rockwell Automation Park.
The NPL Northern NSW side proved too strong scoring three second-half goals to seal a 3-0 victory and take first spot in Pool A.
Cessnock City, Minmi Wanderers and New Lambton FC all had the bye in the opening round but will play their first matches on Tuesday or Wednesday night.
New Lambton face Wallsend FC on Tuesday night, 6:30pm, at Turner Park before the hosts Cessnock City play Merewether Advance at 8pm. Minmi Wanderers will travel to Macquarie Field to take on Lake Macquarie City on Wednesday at 6:30pm.
The Ampcontrol Heritage Cup will be played out across the next couple of weeks, culminating with the Grand Final on Sunday 16th February.
The full draw of the competition can be found below: