Match of the Round
South Cardiff FC 0-3 Wallsend FC
It was a wonderful celebration and display of what Indigenous Round represents as South Cardiff hosted Wallsend at Ulinga Oval on Sunday.
The club arranged a Welcome to Country with a smoke ceremony and Aboriginal dancing as the players walked onto the pitch as part of Northern NSW Football’s inaugural Indigenous Round.
Wallsend’s Sam Bradshaw put his team in the lead in the first half before the Red Devils were awarded a penalty midway through the second half which Bradshaw put away to double the visitors’ advantage.
Bradshaw completed his hat-trick to seal the result, though some South Cardiff players questioned whether the ball had crossed the line.
“We created a few opportunities and chances but didn’t take the opportunities,“ South Cardiff coach Mick Hugo said.
“There were some good parts in our game and some parts we need to fix. It is the same things we keep going over each week. It is the little things we need to get better at and hopefully things will start to come together.
“It is what it is. We have got to move on and keep working hard.”
South Cardiff return to Ulinga Oval to host Thornton next week.
Wallsend picked up four points out of six this week following their 2-2 draw with Cooks Hil on Wednesday.
“We played really well. We were a bit down on energy, when you play midweek that happens,” Wallsend coach Craig Tslembis said.
“Playing into the breeze we did really well and controlled the game after being up 1-0 at half-time.
“I thought we dominated a lot of the game and controlled it how we wanted to.
“The boys did really well especially defensively. They did all those little things we talk about each week.”
Wallsend also thanked and commended South Cardiff for their efforts in celebrating Indigenous Round, which Wallsend were delighted to be part of.
Singleton Strikers 1-2 Cooks Hill United
Cooks Hill United bounced back from their midweek setback to down Singleton 2-1 at Howe Park on Saturday.
Cooks Hill were held to a 2-2 draw by Wallsend on Wednesday night but did not make the same mistake against the reigning champions.
The first goal came in the 16th minute when Cooks Hill were awarded a penalty for a hand ball. Cody Carroll stepped up to the spot and put it away to put his team in the lead which is how it would stay for the rest of the half.
The visitors doubled their lead one minute into the second half as Cooks Hill quickly attacked with some quality link up in front of goal before Dan Yaxley finished the move.
The match turned ugly midway through the second half as a fight broke out with it ending in a red card being shown to a Cooks Hill player.
With around 10 minutes to go in the game a straight red card was given this time to a Singleton player for fighting off the ball.
Singleton pulled a goal back from a corner with six minutes to play with Jackson Cox eventually firing the ball home.
“There was a bit of tension between the two sides. Neither wanted to lose,” Singleton coach Brendan Slade said.
“We are disappointed we don’t go away with one point [but] credit to our boys going 2-0 down and fighting back.”
Slade gave credit to Cooks Hill keeper Joshua Cox after making a one on one save with Jake Barner and making a full stretch save to deny a Hayden Nicol hit from range.
It will be a tough challenge ahead for Singleton as they play heavyweights Belmont Swansea United and leaders New Lambton in the next fortnight.
Cooks Hill coach David Tanchevski said his side held a lot of possession in a very rough and physical game.
“Very happy with the minimal chances against us,” Tanchevski said.
Cooks Hill lost their centre back through injury in the first half and Tanchevski said he was happy with how they adapted to injury and being reduced to 10 men.
“[I’m] happy with the chances we created, amount of possession and limiting chances for the opposition,” he said.
“The boys are really looking forward to playing Wallsend this week. We will lose another two players and will test our depth, we get Jamie Byrnes back this week
“Dan Yaxley was enormous for us. Tommy Smart and Robbie Turnbull also had big games.”
New Lambton FC 4-1 Kahibah FC
New Lambton continued their unbeaten streak as they downed Kahibah 4-1 on a cold and windy afternoon at Alder Park on Saturday.
The game started in a close battle with the game scoreless at half-time.
Chase Lattimore was first on the scoresheet for New Lambton who received a diagonal ball and rounded the keeper to finished.
New Lambton’s Morgan Okeno got the second for his side to double the lead.
Kahibah got a goal back before New Lambton’s Luke Jovcevski scored two goals late on to finish the game 4-1.
“We were against the wind in the first half which made it very difficult in creating chances,” New Lambton coach Tom Davies said.
“We spoke about creating opportunities in the second half with the wind behind us. Then we took the game to them. Really positive, another [good] result.
“Its positive to be where we are after finishing round one, playing every team at least once. Now we’re looking forward to the game against West Wallsend.”
New Lambton are back at home next weekend where they host West Wallsend in the Match of the Round.
“We had the wind the first half and had plenty of chances,” Kahibah coach Mat Moncrieff said.
“We were right in it. I’m happy with boys’ effort.”
Kahibah’s injuries took a toll on the side as the team lined up with no fresh subs.
“Everyone on the park was doing a job but we probably ran out of legs,” Moncrieff said.
“We work hard and get on top of games but don’t punish teams and we get punished at the other end.”
Kahibah is hoping to get some more bodies back so that they can begin to climb the table. Their next challenge will be against Toronto Awaba at Lyall Peacock Field next Sunday.
Belmont Swansea United 0-3 West Wallsend SFC
Belmont Swansea United were unable to build on the success of their mid-week FFA Cup victory as they were ambushed 3-0 by West Wallsend on Sunday.
Ethan Coulter was first to score for this side with a cross that ended in the back of the net putting his team up 1-0 at half-time.
Josh Knight scored with a header from a set piece before Josh Carroll also finished off a free kick to secure the result.
“I thought we played pretty well,” West Wallsend coach Darren Sills said.
“We were fortunate enough to have Jarrod Olivieri and Bailey Jensen play who were injured but they play injured.
“They threw everything but the kitchen sink at us. We defended very well, especially set pieces.
“Take nothing away from our boys, they dug in well.”
West Wallsend move back to fifth place after the win.
The Bluebells face another tough assignment against top of the table New Lambton at Alder Park in the Match of the Round next weekend.
Cessnock City 2-1 Toronto Awaba FC
It was a great crowd at Turner Park for Sponsors Day as Cessnock City hosted Toronto Awaba.
The Stags opened the scoring at Turner Park in the 50th minute and looked to have another only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.
Cessnock found the back of the net in the 85th through a Curtis Johnston hit from distance.
Zac Kronholm then scored the latest of winners for the Hornets, securing a result that might help kick start their season.
Cessnock coach Michael Gatt said it was a “good hard game, good level game.”
“Lino had his boys fired up for the game. We matched it with them.
“We fought right to the end. The determination to win was there. We deserved it after the close games we’ve had.”
Cessnock sit in eighth on the table and have the bye next weekend.
Toronto coach Lino Gatti said his side let themselves down as they threw away three points late on.
“We didn’t play like we did in the previous three games,” Gatti said.
“We can’t seem to close out the game in the last 10 or15 minutes. It is becoming a common problem. We looked like we were going through the motions.”
“The Cessnock boys were determined and that’s what got them over the line and good luck to them.
“The boys were very disappointed.”
Toronto remain 10th on the table and have welcome Kahibah to Lyall Peacock Field next weekend.