Sunday 30th August
Rockwell Automation Park
Government Road, Weston
17 Years, 9am kick-off
Lake Macquarie FC v Cooks Hill United FC
In the first match of the NEWFM 1st Division Grand Final Series, Lake Macquarie City take on Cooks Hill United in the 17 Years NEWFM 1st Division Grand Final.
Entering the match as favourites after ending the season in 2nd place and 15 points clear of Grand Final opponents 4th placed Cooks Hill, Lake Macquarie progressed through the semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate over 3rd placed Wallsend. Cooks Hill however will take a huge amount of confidence into today’s fixture after knocking Premiers Kahibah out of Grand Final contention. With the sides locked 1-1 on aggregate following 0-0 and 1-1 draws, Cooks Hill’s goal on opposition turf was the deciding factor which progressed the side into the ultimate clash.
Lake Macquarie took two wins from two matches against Cooks Hill throughout the season and also scored the most goals of any side in the competition. With an impressive 88 goals to their name and just 17 against, Lakes are expected to dominate and Cooks Hill has a hard task ahead in today’s opening match. Despite remarkable form throughout the season, Lakes will need to be wary of Cooks Hill’s ability to cause an upset after dashing the Premiers’ hopes of a Grand Final appearance.
19 Years, 11am kick-off
Valentine FC v Lake Macquarie City FC
It’s 1st versus 2nd in the 19 Years NEWFM 1st Division Grand Final as Premiers Valentine take on Lake Macquarie City.
Valentine progressed to the Grand Final following a 3-0 victory over 4th placed Cooks Hill United on enemy territory in the first leg of the semi-finals, before their opposition attempted to stage a comeback in the second leg and in the process claimed a 1-0 win. Cooks Hill’s late resurgence wasn’t enough to halt the Premiers however, as Valentine claimed a place in the Grand Final 3-1 on aggregate. For Lake Macquarie, a single goal was the difference between bowing out in the semi-finals and a Grand Final appearance, as the side won the first leg of the semi-finals against Belmont Swansea United 2-1 and the second leg produced a 3-3 draw.
With just two points separating these two squads at the conclusion of the season, Lake Macquarie City has the best defensive record in the competition, leaking just 16 goals in 20 matches, with Valentine the 3rd best sitting on 24 goals against. In Round 7 it was Valentine who claimed the three points with a 2-1 victory, however Lakes struck back in the recent Round 19 clash with a comprehensive 7-0 win. With the trophy on the line today, expect both sides to be at their best and out for the win.
23 Years, 1pm kick-off
Thornton Redbacks FC v Lake Macquarie City FC
Thornton Redbacks take on Lake Macquarie City in the 23 Years NEWFM 1st Division Grand Final after both sides progressed to the much anticipated match after a win and a draw in the two legged semi-final series. Three semi-finalists; Thornton Redbacks, Cessnock City and Lake Macquarie City; sat equal on 38 points at the conclusion of the season proper, with Premiers Valentine in front on 53 points after losing just one match throughout the season.
4th placed Lake Macquarie City had a tough ask ahead of the side in the semi-finals up against Valentine after losing to the Premiers 6-2 and 6-0 in Rounds 7 and 19 respectively. Confirming that anything can happen in finals football, Lake Macquarie’s win on home soil during the first leg of the semi-finals proved the difference as Valentine was unable to make a comeback and the second leg ended in a goalless draw. After little separated 2nd and 3rd place throughout the season, both Thornton and Cessnock City won eleven, drew five and lost four matches, equal on goals against and just a sole goal for the difference between the two sides. The Redbacks progressed to today’s Grand Final on a 3-2 aggregate over Cessnock City.
Lakes may come into the match as favourites after knocking off the Premiers, but today could go either way as the Redbacks and Lakes took one victory each during their two meetings in Season 2015.