New Lambton Eagles 0 drew with Toronto Awaba Stags 0
Saturday, May 11th, Alder Park
Round 10 kicked off with New Lambton hosting Toronto Awaba with both sides cancelling each other out to earn a draw.
Both teams had their chances however the two defensive outfits proved resolute to hold onto clean sheets and a point.
The result doesn’t do any favours to either team on their ladder position as the Eagles remain in 6th spot but are now four points away from the top four while the Stags are still stuck in 10th spot on six points.
New Lambton will look to reduce the gap to the top four when they travel to play Singleton next round while Toronto will hope to move clear of the wooden spoon when they host Wallsend.
Belmont Swansea United 1 (Cameron Lodge) drew with Cessnock City Hornets 1 (Brodie Williams)
Sunday, May 12th, Blacksmiths Oval
The second-placed Belmont-Swansea have been held to a draw by Cessnock City with the two sides playing out a 1-1 draw at Blacksmiths Oval.
Belswans would create several chances in the opening half and soon found their reward as Cameron Lodge notched the first goal off a Chris Gazzard free kick.
The home side would take their 1-0 lead into the break but would be left to rue their missed opportunities as the determined Hornets would hit back through Brodie Williams in the second half.
1-1 would remain the scoreline as both sides earned a point for their efforts.
The defending premiers are now five points away from Cooks Hill ahead of their mammoth fixture against the black and white this weekend while the ever-improving Cessnock have picked up another good result under new coach, Lino Gatti to be sitting in 7th.
Belswans now have 18 points to be still sitting in a strong 2nd spot however coach Mick Stafford believes there is still plenty of improvement left in the squad.
“We can improve a lot, both the players and myself as a coach, but 18 points is a decent base as I believe we are not close to full tilt yet,” Stafford said.
“We were flat against Cessnock, again we were wasteful in attack in the first half and it came back to bite us.
“We were missing a few due to sickness, injury, so we’ll concentrate on recovery and freshening up this week, every game is massive in this competition now.”
Kahibah F.C 4 (Rhys Tippett x2, Asher Beasley, Matthew Parker) def. by Cooks Hill United 5 (Martin Raines, Dan Yaxley, Alex Gillespie, Jack Wilkinson, Dan Clements)
Sunday, May 12th, Kahibah Oval
Kahibah and Cooks Hill have played out one of the games of the season, with the Cookers rallying late to overturn a three-goal deficit to claim a remarkable 5-4 win away from home.
The green and black got off to a great start with Asher Beasley opening the scoring early on with a neat finish however Cooks Hill would fire back with Martin Raines picking up his first goal of the campaign to level the scores.
Just before the break, Kahibah’s talisman, Rhys Tippett, would grab his first goal to hand the home side the lead against the ladder leaders.
Kahibah would again hit the ground running in the second stanza making it 3-1 through Tippett who would claim his second of the day and his eighth of the season so far while the home side would notch another goal through Matthew Parker to build a 4-1 lead with twenty minutes to go.
Cooks Hill was staring down the barrel of their first defeat in 2019 however Dan Yaxley got the ball rolling for the Cookers, hitting the back of the net to make it 4-2 before Alex Gillespie continued the momentum with another goal.
The stunning comeback was complete when Jack Wilkinson produced a strike to level the scores at 4-4 before a 90th-minute winner from Dan Clements sent the Cookers players and coaching staff into euphoria to seal a superb come-from-behind win.
The black and white continue their unbeaten streak to remain in top spot and assistant coach, Jarrod Gorsuch, said he was incredibly proud of the Cookers player’s performances.
“Great effort from the boys to play the 90 minutes out, credit to Kahibah they challenged us with the second ball as we knew they would,” Gorsuch said.
“Football’s a funny game, it’s been proven over the past week, we just kept grinding to the final whistle and we had the belief we could dig in.
“We move onto Belswans now, another top game, top vs second and these games against Belswans are always good.”
Kahibah will be regretting missing a huge opportunity to secure a great win at home and have now dropped to 8th on the ladder while coach Andre Gumprecht said his side would look to the positives in the gut-wrenching loss.
“We were 4-1 up with fifteen minutes to go, it’s an absolute nightmare as a coach,” Gumprecht said
“We still competed and delivered the game plan to a tee, we had the best team in the competition on the ropes but we paid the price for our FFA Cup clash midweek with three injuries and a red card.
“The worst thing is the team hasn’t been rewarded for their sensational efforts and if my team can display what I have witnessed this week, I have no doubt we will turn our campaign around.”
South Cardiff Gunners 1 (Dino Fajkovic) drew with West Wallsend 1 (Tom Sparre)
Sunday, May 12th, Ulinga Oval
The final game of the round saw two top four sides do battle in South Cardiff and West Wallsend at Ulinga Oval with the match finishing 1-1.
Both teams came into this game in red-hot form to set up an enticing fixture and it was South Cardiff striker, Dino Fajkovic who grabbed the first goal to hand the Gunners the lead.
The Bluebells wouldn’t lie down though as Tom Sparre showed his skill to produce a goal and level the scores.
The Gunners would blow a couple of chances in the second half as the game finished 1-1 to seal a well-earned point for both outfits.
Both sides remain in the top four while the Gunners have now recorded back-to-back draws against top four opposition.
The result caps a giant week for South Cardiff and captain-coach, Denis Fajkovic, said he’s content with their current form.
“Three games in a week is hard, probably ran a little out of legs, next week is our bye and probably a well-earned rest,” Fajkovic said.
“Admittedly, we were hoping to win and we had more chances but we re-group and keep working hard as we are now unbeaten in five.”
The Bluebells still sit in third spot on the ladder and coach Brendan Slade said he was pleased with his side’s resilience.
“I’ve got to applaud my players in both senior sides as it shows good club depth to come away from Ulinga with a draw as it was a very gutsy effort,” Slade said.
“I was aware with the calibre of players South Cardiff have we knew it would be tough, it wasn’t free flowing, a bit ugly at times but we will take a point.”
Thornton Redbacks vs Singleton Strikers was Postponed