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Match of the Round
Kahibah FC 3 defeated Thornton Redbacks FC 1
Sunday, July 17, 2.30pm
Kahibah all but ended the finals hopes of Thornton Redbacks with a 3-1 win in the NEWFM First Division Match of the Round at Kahibah Oval on Sunday.
Kahibah led 3-0 at half-time and gave away a goal with about 10 minutes remaining, just after Thornton went down to 10 men following the send off of Ben Henry for a second yellow card.
Skii Webster opened the scoring off a goalmouth scramble midway through the first half in controversial circumstances, when the goal was allowed despite the referee blowing his whistle a moment earlier.
Jarrod Penfold made it 2-0 off a Jayden Demir cross. Another ball in from Demir gave Kahibah a third goal, this time with the final touch coming off a Thornton player.
Henry was given two yellow cards in quick succession with about 15 minutes remaining, but Thornton rallied late to score via Jamie Subat and create other chances.
It was all too late, though, as Kahibah stayed second on the ladder, moving to 40 points, six points behind leaders Lake Macquarie with a game in hand.
Thornton coach Darrel McAllister said his side failed to recover from the opening goal and the mental frailties of some players again proved costly.
“I think we were a bit rattled from that first goal and lost the plot for 10 minutes or so,” McAllister said.
“Then they scored again when we left a man free and then we turned the ball over for the third goal.”
“Apart from that, I was pretty happy with the effort. We created a lot of chances but couldn’t take them.”
“There’s good spirit in the club, but we just can’t get up for a full game.”
The loss left Thornton on 22 points in fifth place, now nine points behind fourth-place Wallsend. The Redbacks finish the season against Toronto Awaba, Cooks Hill, and Cessnock and can only mathematically still make the finals.
Kahibah are still in the race for the minor premiership and finish with games against Singleton, Wallsend and Toronto Awaba.
Assistant coach Matt Moncrieff said it was a solid effort from Kahibah.
“It was OK, we just did the job,” Moncrieff said.
“They had everything to start with, then they missed a couple of chances. We took ours and built some confidence from there,” Moncrieff concluded.
Cooks Hill United FC 1 defeated by Lake Macquarie City FC 3
Saturday, July 16, 2.30pm
Newcastle Athletics Field
Lake Macquarie stayed six points clear of the field with a 3-1 win over Cooks Hill at Newcastle Athletics Field on Saturday.
Cooks Hill led in the 27th minute via a penalty from Mal Hinchliffe after Anthony Carter was adjudged to foul Asher Beasley.
The Roosters, though, were in front at half-time after Sam Walker scored in the 40th minute and Blake Green struck two minutes into injury time. Walker’s goal was a corner kick that eluded everyone and Green hit a strike from just outside the 18-yard box after a cross from Cameron Le Gay Brereton.
Cooks Hill’s hopes of a second-half revival were dealt a blow when Payton Tagaroulias was given a straight red card for verbal abuse on the hour.
Steve Rospigliosi then extended the lead for Lake Macquarie, scoring in the 68th minute with a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box.
Roosters coach Anthony Richards said it was a solid performance from his side.
“We were going along nicely and then they got a penalty from nowhere, but I still thought we were doing OK,” Richards said.
“Sam’s corner and a good shot from Blake gave us the lead. In the second half we were doing OK, but not brilliant, then they had a player sent off and it was always going to be hard for them from there.”
Lake Macquarie went to 46 points with their 15th win of the season and seventh in a row. They have games against Cessnock and South Cardiff to finish their regular season.
Cooks Hill have lost their past four games to sit ninth on goal difference on 16 points.
The match was Cooks Hill’s first since the departure of coach Blake Glennie, who quit midweek. Hinchliffe has taken over as coach for the rest of the season and was pleased overall with the effort on Saturday.
“Our game plan was to sit deep against a better footballing team, play to our strengths with our pace up front and try to catch them on the counter,” Hinchliffe said.
“It worked well until the 40th minute when they scored off a schoolboy error from us really. Then they scored with basically the last kick of the half.”
“When we had Payton sent off, that was pretty much the ball game. “
“Overall, I was happy. We kept our structure and everyone put in a top effort and tried hard,” Hinchliffe concluded.
Toronto Awaba FC 0 defeated by West Wallsend SFC 1
Sunday, July 17, 2.30pm
Lyall Peacock Field
A stunning strike from Zac Parkes gave an understrength West Wallsend a 1-0 win over Toronto Awaba at Lyall Peacock Field on Sunday.
With the likes of Tye Jones, Ryan Cole, Bryson Cox and Jarrod Olivieri missing, the Bluebells appeared set for a tough day against the Stags, who were coming off wins over Belmont Swansea and Cooks Hill.
However, Parkes’ long-range strike midway through the first half proved the difference as Toronto Awaba let slip several excellent chances to score.
West Wallsend coach Gary Rowe said his side truly stole the points in what was a change in luck for them this season.
“They had one bloke who had three one on ones in the first half and a couple more in the second,” Rowe said.
“We had shots but didn’t really test their keeper.”
“We’ll take the points but they will feel very hard done by.”
Stags coach Tony Jovcevski said it was “one of those days” for his side and “a frustrating but good effort”.
“Parkesy’s goal was a terrific goal, top corner and just beautiful, but after that, we dominated the game,” Jovcevski said.
“We had chance after chance after chance. There were eight great chances and six one on ones I can think of, but it was just one of those days where they just wouldn’t go in.”
“The players played very well and I was very pleased with the effort, but if you don’t score, you don’t win.”
The Bluebells, who sit sixth on 19 points, are set to play their rescheduled match against Belmont Swansea on Wednesday night at Johnston Park from 7.45pm.
Toronto Awaba are 10th, on goal difference, on 16 points.
Wallsend FC 2 defeated Singleton Strikers FC 0
Sunday, July 17, 2.30pm
Wallsend player-coach Dave Hodgson praised his side’s defence after they moved nine points clear of fifth place with a 2-0 win over
Singleton Strikers at The Gardens on Sunday.
Tega “Marcus” Adjeke scored with a header off a ball in from a rebounded corner to give the Red Devils the lead after 15 minutes and Hodgson got in behind to score off a long-range free kick in the final minutes to seal the win.
The victory pushed Wallsend to 31 points, nine points clear of Thornton in the battle for the last finals spot.
Hodgson said Singleton made Wallsend work hard for the win.
“I thought we dominated early and then Marcus got the goal,” Hodgson said.
“But it was pretty even after that. They had a lot of possession, especially in the second half.
“I thought they played quite well and kept the ball well. There wasn’t a lot of shots on goal, though, and I thought our defence was good. Heath Kepreotes and Kyle Macorig at the back were strong for us.”
Singleton coach David Willoughby said his side held possession well but lacked a spark up front.
“We kept the ball a lot but conceded two soft goals from set pieces,” Willoughby said.
“We didn’t generate too many good opportunities. The players did well and my only criticism was that we didn’t move the ball quick enough in their defensive third. We just weren’t sharp enough at the attacking end.”
Wallsend, who beat Singleton 3-1 earlier in the year, finish the regular season against South Cardiff, Kahibah, and Belmont Swansea.
The Strikers returned from the bye and remained eighth on 16 points with goal difference.
Cessnock City FC 0 defeated by Belmont Swansea United FC 3
Sunday, July 17, 2.30pm
A refreshed Belmont Swansea dominated a 10-man Cessnock 3-0 on Sunday at Turner Park.
The last-placed Hornets gave penalties either side of half-time before substitute Matt Ellis got in behind off a long, angled ball and chipped the keeper to seal the win.
Kyle Wilson scored the first penalty after Josh Sutton was pushed from behind and Luke Cook slotted the second after Cessnock’s goalkeeper fouled a runaway Jamie Hadlow.
Cessnock had Anthony Bower sent off for a second yellow card with about 15 minutes left.
The victory moved Belmont Swansea to third on 38 points, eight points behind leaders Lake Macquarie and two off Kahibah, ahead of a catch-up game against West Wallsend on Wednesday night from 7.45pm at Johnston Park. They then have the bye before playing South Cardiff and Wallsend.
Belswans coach Brad Paul said his side were hungry for the win, which completed a clean sweep of the grades at Turner Park on Sunday.
“I was pretty happy with how the boys went,” Paul said.
“After the missing a game last weekend, they seemed freshened up and they started with intensity. They dominated the game from the start.
“We got two penalties and could have had more. The third goal was a good one and we had one or two good chances after that.
“It was pretty comprehensive and good to come away with a clean sheet.”
Cessnock coach Stephen Thomson said his side suffered after losing Jake Peters, Jayden Gunther, and Connor Heydon before the match.
“We were patchy,” Thomson said.
“Same again really, the same as last week.
“We started with a lot of intensity but then gave away two soft penalties.”
Cessnock upset Belmont Swansea 3-2 in their first game this year and they had wins over Wallsend and Toronto Awaba before the loss the previous week to Kahibah. The remain last on 11 points.
South Cardiff FC – Bye