NPL NNSW Round 1 Review

March 29th, 2021

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Match of the Round

Edgeworth FC 0-1 Maitland FC

Maitland gained some sort of revenge for their grand final defeat with a 1-0 victory over Edgeworth on Saturday.

The Magpies took the lead midway through the second half at Jack McLaughlan Oval, a lead they would not surrender to condemn Edgeworth to their first opening round loss since 2018.

Having won the ball in their own half Maitland broke quickly on transition, sweeping down the right before Alex Read teed up Flynn Goodman to score on his debut.

The former Adamstown Rosebud player did brilliantly to break into the penalty area and kept his composure to calmly slot the ball past Josh Low.

It was a disappointing start to Edgeworth’s new era under former Premier League striker Michael Bridges, while Maitland’s defence led by captain Carl Thornton did well to keep former A-League striker Jeremy Brockie quiet.

Edgeworth will look to bounce back when they travel to Arthur Edden Oval to face high-flying Lambton Jaffas on Friday.

Maitland meanwhile make the trip south to Macquarie Field to face Lake Macquarie City in their round two clash on Saturday.

Lake Macquarie City 2-2 Broadmeadow Magic

A stoppage time volley from Broadmeadow Magic’s Luke Callen denied Lake Macquarie City a thrilling opening round win on Saturday.

James Virgili gave Broadmeadow the lead in the 38th minute when he showed great speed to latch onto Jose Atayde’s through pass, with the former Newcastle Jets star coolly rounding Lakes goalkeeper Shayne Van As before rolling the ball home.

But Lakes were not daunted by the competition heavyweights, with Josh Rufo’s men fighting back to draw level just before the hour mark.

A brilliantly worked team goal eventually saw Nick Cowburn fire home from near the penalty spot to make it 1-1.

Lakes thought they had secured a memorable three points when Kaman Bol Bol rolled the ball home in injury time to give City a 2-1 lead to spark wild celebrations at Macquarie Field.

But Magic refused to quit and salvaged a point even deeper in stoppage time when Callen volleyed a loose ball past Van As.

It was a thrilling contest to mark Damian Zane’s first match in charge of Magic following his move from Edgeworth.

Broadmeadow face a short turnaround as they look to secure their first win of the season when they host rivals Newcastle Olympic on Thursday night.

Lakes will look to build on their early momentum when they host Maitland FC in their round two clash on Saturday.

Newcastle Olympic 6-2 Adamstown Rosebud

Newcastle Olympic got their 2021 campaign off to a flyer with a 6-2 thrashing of Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday night.

Olympic quickly settled into life under former Newcastle Jets hero Joel Griffiths as Rhys Cooper and Jared Muller scored doubles, while Ryan Griffiths and Tom Davies also found the back of the net.

It was a tough night for Adamstown, with Kyle Munns reducing the deficit before the Buds added a late consolation.

It was an emotional night at Darling Street as Newcastle Olympic paid tribute to recently passed club stalwarts, former president and life member Jim Papas and club founder Frank Safouris, before kick-off.

Olympic will look to continue their hot start when they travel to Magic Park to face rivals Broadmeadow Magic on Thursday night.

Adamstown will look to bounce back quickly when they host Charlestown Azzurri in their round two clash on Saturday.

Weston Workers 1-7 Lambton Jaffas

Lambton Jaffas fired a warning to the rest of the competition with a comprehensive 7-1 thrashing of Weston Workers on Sunday.

A double to Kale Bradbery, goals to Michael Kantarovski, Scott Pettit, Anthony Wood, Bren Hammel and a stunning effort from Ben Hay saw Lambton run out convincing winners.

The Jaffas led 4-0 at half-time as they overwhelmed a Weston side that continually struggled to play out from the back.

It was a quiet day in goal for Lambton goalkeeper Ben Kennedy until the 90th minute when Weston substitute Tom Duggan scored arguably the goal of the afternoon.

Duggan picked the ball up on halfway before smashing a drive past the former A-League keeper from 25 yards, with the ball pinging off the left-hand post on its way in.

It was a day to forget for Weston who will need to regroup quickly when they face Valentine FC in their round two clash on Saturday.

Lambton will face a much sterner test of their title credentials when they host reigning double winners Edgeworth FC on Friday.

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