The first day of the Westfield FFA Cup Qualification Weekend saw goals rain down on the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility’s synthetic turf.
Overnight and morning rain had no impact on the facilities all weather playing surface as the eight remaining sides in the Westfield FFA Cup prepared to face off for a spot in tomorrow’s fixtures and a place in the Cup’s Round of 32 and the chance to take on Hyundai A-League sides.
The ‘Final Eight’ fixtures today saw PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues sides Adamstown Rosebud FC, Broadmeadow Magic FC and Edgeworth FC, NEWFM 1st Division teams Valentine FC and West Wallsend SFC, Newcastle’s Zone League 1 club side, Jesmond FC as well as South Armidale FC and Coffs City United FC battle it out for a place in the ‘Final Four’ fixtures and ultimately the opportunity to represent Northern NSW Football in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.
The first match set the tone for the day with both sides clearly eager to secure a spot in tomorrow’s Round of Four.
A close first half saw Jesmond and West Wallsend go to the break 0-0 but a flurry of goals early in the second half saw Dylan Murphy and Josh Knight put West Wallsend in the box seat leading Jesmond 2-0.
But a tenacious Jesmond fought back to within a goal of West Wallsend with the score 3-2 in the dying minutes of the match, with their commitment rewarded with seconds to go with a goal to Andrew Townsend to tie up the game 3-3 and send the match into extra time.
West Wallsend again took the lead in extra time with a goal from Tye James, only to be tied up again by Jesmond’s Townsend to lock scores at 4-4 and push the match into penalties.
After a thrilling battle between the two sides, it was West Wallsend who eventually come out on top 5-4 after the penalty shootout.
In game two Valentine FC took the field against Adamstown Rosebud and once again the sides were locked at 0-0 going into half time. Whatever was said in the Adamstown sheds during the break however paid dividends with Nick Bale opening the scoring for Adamstown early in the second half.
Bale’s goal opened the floodgates for Adamstown, with Travis Cooper scoring a double and Adamstown going on to convincingly win the match 4-0.
In game 3, Edgeworth established their dominance early over Coffs City United, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime thanks to a double from Aaron Pritchard.
Edgeworth went on with the job after halftime, with goals to Liam Spurway and Josh Carroll to close out a convincing win to Edgeworth 4-0 over the visiting North Coast side.
In the final match of the day, Broadmeadow took an early lead against South Armidale United thanks to Chris Berlin, with Rhys Tippett then scoring against the visitors to move to a 2-0 lead.
South Armidale then got on the scoreboard with a penalty from Cody Watts bringing the score line to 2-1.
Broadmeadow soon replied with another goal from Tippett, with Magic taking a 3-1 lead to the break.
The second half saw Broadmeadow assert their dominance over the visitors, with further goals to Tippett and Berlin with the match concluding with the final score line 7-1.
The winners of the ‘Final Eight’ matches now progress to the ‘Final Four’ fixtures tomorrow, once again at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, Speers Point. The ‘Final Four’ fixtures were drawn from the hat this afternoon at the conclusion of game 4 and tomorrows fixtures will be;
10am Adamstown Rosebud FC v Edgeworth FC
12pm Broadmeadow Magic FC v West Wallsend SFC
The two winners tomorrow will automatically qualify to represent NNSWF in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32