Heritage Cup Final Review
Edgeworth FC has lifted the 2020 Heritage Cup with a 4-1 triumph over Adamstown Rosebud FC on a special and historic day at West Wallsend’s, Johnston Park.
The football community came together to commemorate the late Gary Rowe and pay tribute to the former West Wallsend and Lake Macquarie City coach with black armbands worn by teams and a minute silence before the cup matches.
In the earlier games, Merewether Advance SFC was crowned the inaugural Heritage Plate champions, with a 3-2 victory over Minmi Wanderers FC.
Merewether raced to an early three goal lead before half-time.
Minmi staged a late comeback, grabbing two of their own, but couldn’t finish over the line.
The side from Merewether celebrated by lifting the Heritage Plate after the entertaining battle.
Earlier in the day, West Wallsend FC claimed the third spot in the third-place playoff match against Lake Macquarie City FC with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win.
The match finished 0-0 at the end of normal time before the Bluebells converted three penalties to one in the shoot-out to wrap up a successful Heritage Cup campaign for the NEWFM Northern League One side, finishing in third for the second year in a row.
The Heritage Cup final soon began with Edgeworth and Adamstown Rosebud colliding, with both clubs aiming to lift the coveted silverware for the second time.
Edgeworth started lively with Tyson Jackson causing headaches down the right, hitting the post from an acute angle.
Adamstown had a great chance when Luke Vallone went one-on-one with the keeper but scuffed his shot into the grateful palms of Josh Lowe.
The reigning NPL NNSW Champions hit the lead soon after, with Adam Cawley receiving the ball on the turn before releasing a stunning left-foot drive into the bottom corner from distance to make it 1-0.
Another chance went begging when Will Bower skipped around a few defenders and sent a great ball into the box, which wasn’t met by a teammate.
Tyson Jackson slotted away a second goal after scintillating lead-up play from the Eagles, with the side breaking away fast before Jackson combined with Bower to finish his chance.
The Eagles capped off a dominant first half making it 3-0, after clever work from Pat Wheeler down the left, with his cross pushed away by Daniel Eisenhauer, while Josh Rose was on hand to smash home the rebound.
Both sides came out for the second half, with Adamstown facing a mountain to climb to get back into the contest.
Harry Frendo pulled one back for the Rosebuds with a terrific shot from the edge of the area to keep the red and green in the tussle.
Eisenhauer pulled off a great save when Josh Rose broke through, but couldn’t deny Daniel Fabrizio, who hit a quality finish into the net with almost his first touch on the field.
Vallone almost brought back the deficit, after breaking away from the Eagles defence, before hitting the post from a tight angle.
The Rosebuds continued to probe for goals, with Josh Lowe again forced into an excellent save.
However, the Eagles would hold onto their 4-1 margin and celebrate an almost flawless display in the Grand Final.
Edgeworth made history by becoming the first club to lift the trophy twice with their second consecutive success in the pre-season tournament.
Eagles coach Damian Zane said he was elated with the win and praised his side for an impressive display.
“We love winning any competition, I was very happy with the first half, and we scored a few nice goals,” Zane said.
“A lot of these boys I’ve had for a while and I’m starting to see them maturing as well, we’ve got some very good combinations and great fluency, which is a good sign this early in the year.
“For a small town, we pride ourselves on our NPL team, and it’s a good competition, and it’s great to win it.”
Josh Rose was instrumental for Edgeworth, scoring a goal and playing a pivotal role down the left-wing and received the Col ‘Bunny’ Curran medal for his man of the match display.
Adamstown fought valiantly while player-coach Shane Cansdell Sheriff said his side were beaten by a superb team.
“The tournament has been very enjoyable and a good lead up to the NPL season, today, losing 4-1 was disappointing, but there are areas to work on,” Cansdell-Sherrif said.
“We need to be on our game 100% if we want to compete and we know what it is going to take.
“We’ve got a great culture and environment in the team, and we’re just going to keep building.”
The culmination of the Heritage Cup showcased significant clubs from around the region, with Edgeworth creating another slice of history to add to their growing list of silverware.
Heritage Cup Semi Final Review
Edgeworth FC and Adamstown Rosebud FC have earned the final shot at the Heritage Cup, with wins in their respective semi-finals at Adamstown Oval on 19 February.
The Eagles were the first team to book their place in Sunday’s decider, with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Lake Macquarie City FC.
The reigning Heritage Cup holders had some excellent early chances from set-pieces, with Josh Rose having a shot cleared off the line.
Lake Macquarie was dangerous on the break with speed in wide areas and continued to prove at the Edgeworth defence.
All took a turn, just before half time when Will Bower opened the scoring after breaking away from the defence to tee up a shot, which cannoned in off the crossbar to give the Eagles the all-important lead.
The second half was a tight affair, and the game got harder for the Roosters when Reece Newton received his second yellow for a late challenge resulting in Edgeworth holding onto their lead and marching forward to the Grand Final.
Eagles coach Damian Zane said his side weren’t at their best but are proud to be playing for another piece of silverware.
“A lot of guys backed up from two matches, (so) it was a good sign we kept a clean sheet and won the match,” Zane said.
“We’re creating chances, and some of our combinations were good, but we will start to ramp that up in the next four weeks in the lead up to the NPL season.”
“The key to winning things is to win when you’re not at your best, and it’s a good competition, we’re defending it, so hopefully we can do that on Sunday,” said Zane.
Lake Macquarie fought valiantly and showed some positive aspects of play, while coach Josh Rufo said there is plenty to look forward to.
“It’s good to be part of the competition, we don’t like to lose, but there were lots of positives (out of the game).
“On another day, we might score a few more, they might score a few more, I thought we showed some really promising signs, especially defensively,” he concluded.
In the second semi-final, Adamstown proved too strong for NEW FM Northern League One outfit, West Wallsend finishing the match clear winners 3-1.
Luke Vallone got the ball rolling for the Rosebuds early in the first half with a composed finish into the net.
The Bluebells would strike next, with Matt Turner burying his chance to level the score.
It didn’t take long for Adamstown to regain their lead shortly after, with West Wallsend scoring an own goal.
Adamstown would take their one goal advantage into half time.
Rosebud controlled possession when play resumed, forcing the West Wallsend to come forward.
From there, the home side controlled the game with Vallone adding another goal to make it a double to secure Adamstown’s place in Sunday’s Grand Final at West Wallsend’s Johnston Park on Sunday 23 February.
Heritage Cup Final
Edgeworth FC v Adamstown Rosebud FC, 6:00 pm, Johnston Park
Lake Macquarie City FC v West Wallsend FC, 2:30 pm, Johnston Park
Inaugural Heritage Plate Final
Merewether Advance SFC v Minmi Wanderers FC, 4:15 pm, Johnston Park
Heritage Cup Round 3 Review
Adamstown Rosebud FC has booked its place into the final four of the 2020 Heritage Cup, with a convincing 8-0 triumph over Merewether Advance SFC.
It was all one-way traffic in the opening game at Johnston Park with Luke Vallone and James Lowe both bagging doubles, while Tallan Martin, Flynn Goodman, Joe Licata and Kyle Munns all put away their chances.
Later the same day, West Wallsend also joined the semis circle with a 3-1 victory over Minmi Wanderers to see the Bluebells progress through to the semi-final phase as the highest placed second on seven points.
Ryan Cole, Bailey Jensen and Matt Turner scored the goals for the home side as they fought hard to hold onto their lead after going a man down.
Wanderers’, Liam Carroll notched the lone goal for the team, as the Zone Premier League Two side bowed-out of the competition.
However, they will take plenty of confidence from their spirited performances and will compete in the Community Plate Final against Merewether Advance FC.
In Pool B, Lake Macquarie City FC advanced as pool winners with a huge 7-0 win over Wallsend to stamp their claim for the Heritage Cup silverware.
A Nick Charlesworth hat trick paved the way for the Roosters, with Callan Lewis, Jamie Witherspoon, Chris Berlin and Campbell Ross all finding the back of the net.
The Roosters have set up a mouth-watering clash with Edgeworth FC in the first semi-final after the Eagles made it three from three with a 4-0 victory over New Lambton FC.
Pool A proceedings ended with Weston Workers FC comfortably beating Kurri Kurri FC 14-0.
After a thrilling end to the pool games, with 37 goals scored across the five games, four teams are now locked in for a highly-anticipated finals series.
West Wallsend will take on Adamstown Rosebud while Lake Macquarie will do battle with Edgeworth in a rematch of last year’s final, with the winners to advance to the Heritage Cup final.
Semi-final action will take place this Wednesday 19 February at Adamstown Oval.
SF1: 6:15pm Edgeworth FC v Lake Macquarie City FC
SF2: 7:45pm Adamstown Rosebud FC v West Wallsend FC
Final Standings Heading into Semi-Finals and Heritage Plate
1st – Edgeworth FC
2nd – Weston Workers FC
3rd – New Lambton FC
4th – Kurri Kurri JFC
1st – Lake Macquarie City FC
2nd – West Wallsend FC
3rd – Wallsend FC
4th – Minmi Wanderers FC
1st – Adamstown Rosebud FC
2nd – Merewether Advance SFC
3rd – Cessnock City FC
Heritage Cup Round 2 Review
Edgeworth FC has put one foot into the Heritage Cup semi-finals with a dominant 9-1 victory over Kurri Kurri FC.
Also in Round 2, West Wallsend SFC achieved the three points with a gritty 1-0 win over rivals Wallsend FC, while Weston Workers FC and New Lambton FC played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
Edgeworth took themselves to six points in Pool A with the win over Kurri Kurri.
Josh Rose notched a clinical hat trick, Ayden Brice scored a double and Archie Finn, Pat Wheeler, Will Bower and Mitch Hunter also got on the scoresheet.
Eagles coach Damian Zane said he was pleased with the recent performances from his side.
“I’m pretty happy where we are at, the results have been good, and the performances have been good,” Zane said.
“If there is a trophy in it, we want to win it, its good winning habits to get into and we’re proud to be a part of this tournament.”
“It’s an important competition, we’re proud to be a club that is over 100 years (old), and it’s a great chance to test players out against first graders.”
Aaron Comerford scored the lone goal for Kurri Kurri, who will next play Weston to wrap up their first Heritage Cup appearance.
Mitch Maxton was also the sole scorer in Pool B’s Wallsend derby, as the Bluebells picked up the victory.
West Wallsend will next play Minmi Wanderers FC in the final pool match while Wallsend will take on Lake Macquarie FC.
In Pool A, a late first-half goal from Joel Caldwell proved the breakthrough for New Lambton before a deadly free-kick from Nathan Morris late on, levelled the scores for Weston.
It will be do or die for New Lambton when they next take on the high-flying Edgeworth while Weston will tackle Kurri Kurri to wrap up the pool games in Pool A.
In Pool C, Merewether Advance SFC and Adamstown Rosebud FC will do battle this Saturday while Cessnock City FC serves the bye.
Heritage Cup Round 1 Review
Edgeworth FC, New Lambton FC and Wallsend FC have all kick-started their campaigns with victories in a rain-affected Round 1 of the Heritage Cup.
The pre-season tournament kicked off with an exciting double-header at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility with Edgeworth taking on Weston Workers FC in an all National Premier League NNSW affair.
At the same time, New Lambton matched up against competition newcomers, Kurri Kurri FC.
The reigning NPL NNSW Grand Final winners celebrated a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Bears with goals coming to Eagles young gun Archie Finn and Adam Cawley to open their tournament with three points.
On the opposing field, New Lambton put the debutants to the sword, amassing 11 goals on their way to an 11-3 rout.
Riley Taylor and Luke Jovcevski both notched an impressive four goals each, while Jack Wetney, Lachlan Sessions and Bradley Andrews also got their names on the scoresheet.
Kurri Kurri put away three goals of their own with Aaron Comerford, Sam Whyburn and Liam Stephenson all finding the net.
On Sunday, Wallsend moved to the top of Pool B with a determined 3-2 victory over a gallant Minmi Wanderers FC side.
Jordan Tselembis and Zac Parkes scored for the NEWM Northern League one outfit before a 90th-minute winner by Cody Faulks achieved the win for the Red Devils.
The Wanderers led for the majority of the game but fell just short with their goals coming through Courtney Perry and an own goal.
The Pool B match between Lake Macquarie FC and West Wallsend SFC was cancelled due to rain along with the Pool C fixture between Adamstown Rosebud FC and Cessnock City FC.
Merewether Advance SFC started with the opening-round bye.
Round 2’s fixtures will see Weston take on New Lambton in Pool A on Wednesday, while Kurri Kurri will face the tournament holders, Edgeworth.
Pool B will play host to the Wallsend derby with West Wallsend and Wallsend locking horns at Johnston Park this Wednesday, while Minmi Wanderers will go up against Lake Macquarie.
And Pool C will see Cessnock City play home to Merewether Advance at Turner Park to begin the tournament for both teams.