Match of the Round
Belmont Swansea 0 V 1 New Lambton
New Lambton stay top of the table after battling BelSwans in the host’s annual Old Boys Day at Blacksmiths Oval.
The hosts held the league leaders to a 1-0 result in a physical and entertaining match.
The game’s single goal came in the 46th minute from a well-timed ball to Riley Taylor, beating the defence and calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
A polarising red card had BelSwans down to ten men, with fifteen minutes remaining, after a throw in hit a New Lambton player in the head.
Minutes later BelSwans threatened to make it 1-1, with line call, but a judicious decision from the match officials denied the equaliser.
BelSwans assistant coach Mick Stafford said “It was an exciting game and hard for both teams.
I can’t fault the effort of our players. They did the club proud against a really good New Lambton side.
The send off was one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen but it worked in our favour. The boys lifted and pushed to the end.”
The BelSwans coach praised his team’s attitude considering all the dramas off and on the park as they keep working to sneak into fifth spot.
New Lambton coach Tom Davies describes the match as a good tight, physical game.
“They were a well organised team who were up to the fight” said Davies.
“We handled pressure well today but could have put the game away in the second half.”
“Overall our play was good but we turned it over too much in the midfield and gave them an opportunity to counter attack.”
“We sucked up the pressure and it was good to get three points and now we move on to next week.”
Round 20 sees New Lambton travel to Turner Park as they take on Cessnock who had a dominate 4-1 win over Wallsend this weekend.
Cooks Hill 5 V Toronto 1
Cooks Hill have bounced back from their loss last week with a dominate performance at No. 2 Sportsground over Toronto Awaba on Saturday.
Nick Russell bagged two for his side as he celebrated 100 first grade games with Cookers. Jamie Byrnes, Daniel Yaxley and Sam Marr also found the back of the net with a goal apiece.
Cooks Hill continue show they are threat in front of goal this season, racking up 59 on the scoreboard, seven ahead of closest rival New Lambton. Jamie Byrnes leads the team with 17 goals to his name.
Round 20 sees Cooks Hill take on Kahibah at Kahibah Oval who are coming off a 1-0 win over South Cardiff.
Despite their ladder position, Toronto have fired in front of goal, with 31 in the back of the net, led by Nick Roberts and Jacob Dundas.
Toronto is now tied with Kahibah for the eighth position on 14 points. Round 20 sees them at Lyall Peackock Oval hosting Belmont Swansea.
Thornton 2 V Singleton 1
A tough and physical game was slugged out, in a fight to remain in the top five, as Thornton hosted Singleton at Thornton Park on Saturday.
Thornton were leading at half time 1-0 thanks to a Jye Mackellar header from a free kick. In the second half, the hosts doubled their lead after a scramble in front of goals from a corner which Ryan Broadley back heeled the ball just over the line.
With 20 minutes remaining, Singleton turned up the heat with an attacking formation putting the Redbacks under pressure.
The impact was manifest as Joseph Civello, brought down in the box and awarded a penalty. Captain, Hayden Nicol stepped up to the spot to put it away finishing the game 2-1.
Moments later Singleton had their chance to pick up a point with a Hayden Nicol free kick hitting the cross bar.
It was an emotional and heated game between both players and spectators as the vocal home crowd cheered their side over the line.
Thornton co-coach Scott Winsalde says “the difference between us this year and previous years is even if we are not playing as well as we could we are still grinding out a result.”
Last year the side finished in tenth in the shortened 15-week season. Currently they remain in third, with a nine-point cushion from sixth place BelSwans who continue to be a threat to the top five.
Thornton have only Wallsend and Cessnock left to face in the regular season, with this game being an important result to hopefully promise a spot in the finals.
Singleton coach Brendan Slade says, “we just couldn’t score, that was our problem.”
“We had lots of possession and the ball in their half but couldn’t do anything with it.”
However, Slade commends his opponent saying “Thornton set up defensively and were therefore very hard to attack against.”
Slade said “There were lots of big efforts from his side as they all went out to win. This includes the return of Joel Barner who has been out since Round Five.”
The Strikers have a quick turnaround as the back up again on Wednesday night against Cessnock in their rescheduled Round 17 washout. This is an important game for the side to pick up points to put themselves six points ahead of BelSwans.
South Cardiff 0 V Kahibah 1
Kahibah put one goal away to earn three points against South Cardiff at Ulinga Oval No 1.
South Cardiff continues to face bad luck. Ninety minutes before kick-off they lost a player due to sickness impacting their formation.
They were then reduced to ten men early in the second half after receiving a second yellow card. Kahibah capitalised after some good build up with Jacob Kepreotes tapping the ball into goal from a crossed ball.
South Cardiff coach Mick Hugo describe the tough game as “a long slog fest”.
He was happy with his side’s efforts as they played hard before going down to ten men as they dug deep to keep the game scoreless for a long time.
South Cardiff travel to Johnston Park next week as they face West Wallsend who will be fresh off their bye.
Kahibah coach Mat Moncrieff indicated the match was a good one for his side to keep off the bottom of table. Kahibah now sit in eighth, six points ahead of last place South Cardiff.
Moncrieff says in the first half his side were very comfortable. South Cardiff made changes at half time that evened out game.
Moncrieff said “South Cardiff going to ten men helped to opened up the game. In addition to the send-off, the second half also saw the wind pick up in their favour which Kahibah used to put the game away. Overall it was a pretty even game and we are very happy to have finished on top”
Next weekend won’t be an easy one for Kahibah as they host Cooks Hill who continue to push for the first position.
Wallsend 1 V Cessnock 4
Sunday evening at the Gardens played host to a travelling Cessnock hungry for goals, slotting four in an impressive 4-1 win.
Zac Kronholm found the back of the net twice and Curtis Johnson put his name on the score sheet. Jacob Golding also slotted a goal on his return from long-term injury.
Wallsend found consolation as they scored in injury time with a finish from Ben Schieb.
Wallsend coach Craig Tselembis was left wondering what happened after he thought his side played some of their best football.
Wallsend began the game on the front foot hitting the woodwork early, headed off the line by Cessnock defender Michael Wright to keep his side in the game. Tselembis says all the luck changed as Cessnock continued to put their chances away.
The Devils’ coach suggested he couldn’t fault his side’s efforts as they are not playing badly but conceding soft goals. He is happy with their efforts considering they were down a few players. However, he says this is no excuse and they didn’t convert their chances.
“The score line doesn’t reflect the effort” says Tselembis. “We didn’t have a bad player out there.”
Cessnock coach Michael Gatt indicated his side showed when they take advantage of their chances they are hard to beat. The side continued to build and take chances and were rewarded.
This win has given Cessnock a four-point cushion from the bottom of the table.
The Hornets will look to continue this performance in their quick turnaround when they travel to Howe Park to play their rescheduled round 18 game against Singleton.