Match of the Round
West Wallsend 1 V Wallsend 2
It was an impressive turnout for the much-anticipated Wallsend Derby as fans from both sides came out to support their teams in an entertaining match.
The match did not disappoint – it fast-paced with both teams taking every challenge hard and showing guts in true derby style.
The 33rd minute saw the first goal when Wallsend were awarded a free kick outside the 18-yard box which was headed in by Angus Hall.
Minutes before half-time West Wallsend were forced into an early substitution due to injury with Brendan Frost replacing Luke Willard.
Frost proving his place; the super sub coming out and scoring a minute onto the pitch leveling the game 1-1.
Wallsend were resilient and got one back from another set piece – this time with Trent Richards putting it past the keeper.
West Wallsend Coach Darren Sills said it was a different sort of game.
“We dominated 75% of the game but just couldn’t finish our chances. We hit the crossbar and side netting plenty of times.”
“Wallsend had a lot of desire, they showed they wanted it more than us this week,” says Sills.
In terms of moving on to the next round against Singleton Strikers just one below on the ladder, Sill said:
“We learn from that and regroup, this week we were too impatient in front third and we need to defend set pieces much better – that is what we’ll work on this week”.
Cessnock City Hornets 1 V 1 Singleton
Tighter score lines showed much better outcome for both Cessnock and Singleton teams.
Cessnock Coach Michael Gatt said he’s witnessed a massive turnaround for his players from, particularly since the team’s 11-0 loss against Cooks Hill in Round 2.
Cessnock showed their determination and resilience by opening the scoresheet through Isaac Peak.
Singleton lined up without one of their key players, Lachlan Nicol and the tough start continued for the side when Joel Barner was brought off in the first five minutes due to an ankle injury.
However, Singleton found grace when goal scorer, Joseph Civello, came to the party to finish the game drawn at 1-1.
Singleton coach Brendan Slade said it was a pretty tough game, they (Cessnock) came out firing. They were setting the tempo and challenging hard.
Cessnock coach Michael Gatt is proud of his sides efforts.
“There is still a lot of things to work on, but to go on against the defending the Premiers of and to hold them to 0-0 at half time – it’s a positive result”.
With Nicol and Barner out, Singleton found their side light on forwards forcing midfields to play up top.
Strikers Coach, Slade commended his side with the positional rotations.
The players did a good job – we haven’t had a game [this season] where everyone has been right” says Slade.
“It was evenly contested, and a draw was the best outcome.
“If there is anything we need to improve on it is our speed of play. We just need to get better against Wallsend next weekend,” concluded Slade.
Kahibah 1 V Thornton 2
Saturday, saw Kahibah host Thornton Redbacks in a hotly contested with plenty of chances being created by both sides from end-to-end.
Kahibah made the game 1-0 in the 22nd minute from a quality cross from the right side which was flicked into the goal off the head of a Thornton defender, Blake Thompson.
It took until the second half for Thornton to level the match when in the 62nd minute when Jye Mackellar slotting it into the bottom corner.
Thornton continued to attack fiercely with Mackellar scoring another goal just minutes later resulting in the 2-1 result to Thornton.
It was another frustrating game for the green and black as they played another tight contest but are yet to pick up any points.
Kahibah Coach Mat Moncrieff reflected that the team while playing well simply can’t put teams away.
“I thought we had our chances, [but] the second half they dominated” says Moncrieff.
Kahibah were without Jamie Hadlow and Rhys Tippett who should hopefully return to the side soon.
“We well keep working at it, we had our chances to win, and they took theirs”.
“We’ll continue to work hard to get off the bottom of the table.”
Thornton now move to fourth place on the table sitting on nine points from their five games.
Belmont Swansea 1 V Cooks Hill 2
With both teams coming off strong wins from last weekend there were high expectations for the match and the teams did not disappoint.
Both showed the quality this league has to offer. In a high-speed game both sides created plenty of chances, keeping fans on their toes.
In the first half BelSwans played a clever pressing strategy which forced an error from Cooks Hill. BelSwans took full advantage of this with Kane Woolston making it 1-0 before half time.
The Swan continued to play well in the first half, scoring another goal moments before half time only for it to be disallowed for offside.
At half-time Cooks Hill’s Roger Dowdell was replaced by Tom Walker due to a hamstring injury, the side shuffled players and changed their shape which brought them success, bringing the game back to 1-1 through goal scorer Jamie Byrnes.
They were on a hot streak scoring another which was also disallowed due to offside.
Cooks Hill continued to bring the pressure up the front and were awarded a penalty which they failed to convert.
Their chances did not stop here with 15 minutes to go a Jamie Byrnes shot hit the post which Daniel Clements heading it in to finish the game 2-1.
In the last ten minutes of the game Belmont Swansea were down to ten men after being shown two yellow cards.
Belmont Swansea Coach Andre Gumprecht says it was a game that could have gone either way on the day.
“There were good chances for both teams, I was looking forward to being up against, what could potentially be, the best team in the competition.
“I felt this was our first real test to see where we are at – and I am very happy with my team at this point of time in round 5”.
“There were moments where we could have been more lethal especially converting chances.
“Playing a team like that it is very important to put chances away. If you do not, you’re putting yourself in a position where it could go either way”.
“Overall very proud, very happy and very much looking forward to move forward from here. There are lots of things to take into the next game”.
“We were able to shut players down which they weren’t used to”.
“What we wanted to do has worked now it is just up to us to control moments and be lethal in some key moments. Then we can compete against the top teams.”
“The team has set the benchmark very high with this performance – There is so much of positive from the team to take away”.
Cooks Hill Coach David Tanchevski said he was happy with the result and that it’s good to get the point”.
“It was a tough game, and it was hard to break them down in the first half.
Tanchevski continued and commended the opponents.
“They [BelSwans] made enough chances to win, it was a pretty tight game they were good on the counterattack”.
“They were the better team in the first half and we were the better team in the second half.”
Cooks Hill and Belmont now sit at second and third on the table respectively, each just 3 points behind league leader New Lambton.
Cooks Hill have a game in hand which is scheduled to be played on Tuesday the 18 May at Fearnley Dawes Athletics Field against Thornton FC.
South Cardiff 1 V New Lambton 4
On Sunday afternoon, South Cardiff hosted New Lambton at Ulinga Oval.
South Cardiff came out with something to prove after their 1-7 loss last weekend to Belmont Swansea.
South Cardiff were the first on the scoresheet, scoring from a counter attack mid-way through the first half scored by 18-year-old Piaget Abayo.
New Lambton came out with more belief in the second half finding the back of the net four times.
Their first goal was from the kick off with the opportunity being created by Chase Lattimore with his shot deflecting off a South Cardiff player for an own goal.
New Lambton continued to create chances and found another goal through Luke Jovcevski heading the ball in from a cross.
Tyson Cummings also found himself on the scoresheet to score the third for his side.
Tom Siderovski finished off the game with another goal to finish the game 4-1.
South Cardiff saw a reshuffle of coaching staff through the week with reserve coach Geoff Allen stepping up as interim head coach.
“I am happy with the performance. We had our backs against the wall to some extent” says Allen.
The side were without experienced players Nathan McAllister due to an ACL injury and Jock Thompson who is recovering from a long-term ankle injury.
Allen congratulated the players who stepped up including Jarryd Johnson who stepped into the centre back position and Tom Peterson who played in left back and said the two were outstanding. Rourke Armstrong had his first-grade debut for the side.
“The performance in the first half against a pretty god New Lambton side was amazing” says Allen. “It was a good competition to watch in the first half.
Allen say he is “happy with the response and the dramatic improvement”.
New Lambton Coach Tom Davies said it wasn’t the best first half.
“I’m not sure if coming off a bye we were a little flat, we stuck to our guns and come out the second half”.
“It was good to get the win and continue momentum” says Davies.
“To Southy’s credit they put the work rate in.”
After their performance, New Lambton are at the top of the table with 12 points from four games.