Match of the Round
Kahibah F.C 2 (Rhys Tippett, Jayden Demir) def. New Lambton Eagles 0
Sunday 14 July, Kahibah Oval
Kahibah have produced a tremendous performance to knock over New Lambton in a pivotal Match of the Round at Kahibah Oval.
Two goals from Jayden Demir and Rhys Tippett put the Rams on the way to victory and propel them up to sixth spot on the ladder, while Blake McDonnell stood strong in goal to keep the Eagles at bay and hold onto a clean sheet.
New Lambton would have their own chances but couldn’t execute and have now slipped down to eighth on the table after being in the top four only a few rounds ago.
Kahibah are undeniably one of the form teams of the competition, amassing their fourth win in five games while Tippett’s goal takes him to outright second on the golden boot list with eleven strikes.
The green and black’s impressive run has seen them leapfrog the Eagles on the table, and put them within four points of South Cardiff and with a game in hand to play against Wallsend.
Wednesday night’s fixture looms as a huge opportunity for Kahibah as they travel to play Thornton, who sit just above them on the table while New Lambton will also play this Wednesday at home against South Cardiff.
The Eagles’ finals hopes have taken a hit with the loss, leaving them five points away from the four, while coach Jim Foley said they’re still in with a fighting chance.
“We had our chances and were competitive,” Foley said.
“Win or lose today, we had left ourselves a lot to do, but we remain focused on making the most of forthcoming opportunities.”
Belmont-Swansea United 3 (Ty Goldsmith x2, Clayton Poole) def. Thornton Redbacks 1 (Rob Macbeth)
Sunday 14 July, Blacksmiths Oval
The second-placed Belmont-Swansea have come from a goal down to defeat Thornton at home, 3-1 with a stirring display in a high-quality battle.
Belswans striker, Ty Goldsmith, continued his impressive start with the defending champions, notching a double and making it four goals in three games for his new club while consistent performer, Clayton Poole, also bagged a goal in the victory.
The Redbacks fought valiantly but couldn’t hold off the Belswans attack and again sustained a number of untimely injuries, while Rob Macbeth scored the lone goal for the Redbacks.
The win puts Belswans onto a commanding twenty-nine points and locked in second position and are now only six points away from Cooks Hill and their current form warrants them pushing the black and white all the way for the premiership.
The Redbacks drop down to fifth and two points away from the four, but will now have a crucial fixture midweek against Kahibah to stay in the hunt for finals football while Belswans will play away to Toronto.
Belswans continue to find a way to win stretching their unbeaten run to five games while notching their eighth success of the campaign, and coach Mick Stafford said he was jubilant with a great victory.
“It was a good win, to come back from behind against an in-form Thornton was pleasing and showed great character,” Stafford said.
“We have started to create a lot more chances around goals which is great, after that performance it’s evident the boys are motivated to do something special.
“The mix is right with experience and youth, we have a greater balance now across the park, we aren’t looking behind us, we want to continue to move forward and look ahead to an important midweek game against Toronto.”
Thornton will now focus on a mammoth match coming up against Kahibah, while coach Gary Wand said his battle-hardened Redbacks might just need an element of luck.
“We did very well early and scored and created a few more good chances but lost Jye McKellar after 25 minutes which hurt us big time,” Wand said.
“They go other end and score with a great finish and then get a penalty.
“We used all our subs with thirty minutes to go and have copped some more injuries today, we just can’t take a trick at the moment, and if it doesn’t change we are going to be doing it tough.”
Wallsend F.C 2 (Jay Olivares x2) def. Cessnock City Hornets 0
Sunday 14 July, The Gardens
Wallsend has claimed another stirring victory, downing Cessnock City 2-0 at the Gardens to lift themselves off the dreaded wooden spoon position.
Jay Olivares was the key man for the Red Devils grabbing a brace while the often-leaky Wallsend defence, stood firm to propel the Hornets attack and keep a clean sheet – their third of the season.
The result lifts the Red Devils up to tenth in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon and onto eleven points, a point above Toronto Awaba.
Recent outings against Cessnock and New Lambton have shown Wallsend’s quality and have been a shining light in what has been a tough season, but they will be eager to back it up midweek in another home game against Singleton.
As for the Hornets, this result leaves them in seventh spot, and they have also played a game more than their rivals in the mix for finals, while the result leaves them four points away from the coveted positions.
The triumph was Wallsend’s third scalp of the season and coach Jesse Pryce said the players have had a turnaround in attitude.
“Biggest point has to be that the boys have started playing for each other and as a group instead for themselves,” Pryce said
“The win was a huge relief, no one wants to finish last and we want to make sure we are clear before the last game of the season.”
South Cardiff Gunners 4 (Dino Fajkovic, Tom Butzmann, Riley Taylor, Jayden Carmody) def. Singleton Strikers 0
Sunday 14 July, Ulinga Oval
South Cardiff have shown their brute force in accounting for Singleton 4-0 at Ulinga Oval, which sees them move back into the top four.
It was all one-way traffic as the Gunners were determined to achieve a big victory while Dino Fajkovic scored his eight goal of the season with a stunning free-kick while Tom Butzmann also grabbed a goal.
Riley Taylor and Jayden Carmody added two more as the Gunners prevailed with a stunning display and move to twenty-four points on the table.
Singleton’s finals hopes are now over, with the defeat their third on the bounce and they’ll want to turn it around quickly when they travel to face a firing Red Devils side midweek.
The Gunners will also have a big task on their hand to stay in the top four when they come up against New Lambton away from home, while a victory could put them eight points in front of the Eagles in the race for the finals.
The result was the Gunners seventh win of the season and captain-coach Denis Fajkovic said the side has to continue to play with the same drive.
“It was a good performance today, few boys will definitely be sore as it was a 14-man performance today,” Fajkovic said.
“The most pleasing things were that Dino Fajkovic had a massive performance, controlling the game start to finish, and Tom Butzmann showed his class.
“The boys definitely know what needs to happen for the rest of the season including the game against New Lambton this Wednesday night, so in terms of form it needs to be winning.”
Toronto Awaba Stags 1 (Jarrod Purcell) def. by West Wallsend 6 (Tye Jones x3, Brendan Frost x2, Ethan Coulter)
Sunday 14 July, Lyall Peacock Field
West Wallsend has smashed Toronto Awaba for six, claiming a big victory at Lyall Peacock Field.
Golden-boot leader, Tye Jones, took his tally to a stunning sixteen goals with an incredible hat-trick which happened to be all from the penalty spot, while Brendan Frost got himself a double, including a delightful free-kick, and Ethan Coulter put the icing on the cake with a great strike.
Toronto Awaba’s lone goal came the way of a penalty which Jarrod Purcell put away, while the crushing defeat drops them to the eleventh spot on the table and will have a tricky task in facing Belmont-Swansea midweek.
The Bluebells continued their great winning form and amassed their eighth win of the season, taking their tally to 27 points and cemented in third spot, but they will now focus on a huge midweek game coming up against the top of the table, Cooks Hill.
The huge triumph also took West Wallsend’s goals scored to a whopping 38 all up and interim head coach, Steve Thomson, said the attacking play was brilliant to watch.
“It was pleasing, great team effort to get six goals, three from the spot and the others were from good build up play and we probably had another five or six chances aswell,” Thomson said.
“We will just take it one game at a time, if we can get better and build onto today, we are heading in the right direction.
“As for the Cooks Hill game (this Wednesday) we will be a couple down and won’t have Tom Sparre and Josh West while Tye Jones is a question mark, if we can come away with something we will be happy.”