NPL NNSW – Finals Week Three Review

November 2nd, 2020

 James Ward

 Sproule Sports Focus

Preliminary Final

Broadmeadow Magic 0-2 Maitland FC

Maitland FC have qualified for its second consecutive grand final after defeating Broadmeadow Magic 2-0 at Magic Park on Sunday.

Broadmeadow had an array of chances in the first half with Sam Walker and James Virgili going close with efforts but the scores remain locked at half-time.

Maitland would weather the storm and, similar to the previous finals win over Newcastle Olympic, the side would turn it on in the second half.

Magic goalkeeper Kane Runge saved a Joel Wood penalty but Maitland would strike in the 77th minute with Ryan Clarke scoring with a superb shot on the turn to open the scoring.

Braedyn Crowley sent Maitland on their way minutes later after Wood won the ball back in a high area and played in Crowley who made no mistake.

Maitland would rejoice at the full-time whistle as they advanced to the 2020 grand final and gain a shot at the championship and grand final redemption.

Maitland coach Mick Bolch said his side kept delivering when it mattered most.

“We have been playing sudden death football for the last six weeks for six wins a row and that has galvanised the group,” Bolch said.

“We rode our luck at times in the first half especially. We were lucky to be level at half-time.

“They are mentally strong and I believe they feel they are never out of a contest.”

Broadmeadow coach Anthony Richards said his side would rue a missed opportunity but was proud of their season.

“It’s about taking your chances and when our opportunities arose we didn’t take them,” Richards said.

“I was proud of how we played and extremely proud of the boys in how they’ve conducted themselves this year.

“It’s only onwards and upwards for the Magic boys now. They’re going to be strong and they’re in a good spot.”

Maitland will now go on to face Edgeworth in the all-important grand final at No.2 Sportsground on Sunday.

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