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Match of the Round
Maitland FC 2-4 Edgeworth Eagles
Edgeworth made a statement to the rest of the competition as the Eagles came from behind to down Maitland 4-2 on Saturday.
It was a sloppy start from the reigning premiers and champions as Edgeworth trailed 2-0 inside 19 minutes at Cooks Square Park.
Sean Pratt gave Maitland the lead from the penalty spot after 12 minutes before Matt Swan doubled the advantage six minutes later when he charged down Josh Low’s attempted clearance.
Edgeworth were handed a lifeline in added time at the end of the first half when Josh Rose tucked home a loose ball following a Jakob Cresnar run and shot.
The Eagles were level three minutes after the break when Rose nodded home after a tidy passing move down the right.
Michael Bridges’ had turned it around just past the hour mark when Jeremy Brockie finished past Lachlan Watson after a Rose effort was blocked.
Rose completed his hat-trick with seven minutes to play to seal the result for Edgeworth. The former A-League player saw his initial header from Brockie’s cross saved by Watson, only for Rose to smash home the rebound.
The win saw Edgeworth climb to fourth, six points behind leaders Lambton.
Maitland knew they were going to be tested over the last three weeks having faced heavyweights Broadmeadow, Lambton and Edgeworth. But the Magpies were unable to win any of the three matches, a draw with Magic their only point, to slip from first place to third, five points back of the Jaffas.
Maitland will look to bounce back when they host Lake Macquarie City on Friday night, while Edgeworth host top of the table Lambton on Sunday.
Adamstown Rosebud 2-0 Newcastle Olympic
Adamstown Rosebud gave themselves some breathing room from Valentine at the bottom of the table as they upset Newcastle Olympic 2-0 on Saturday.
The hosts took the lead after eight minutes at Adamstown Oval when Torren Blanch slipped a delightful through pass for James Lowe who finished powerfully from a difficult angle.
Adamstown doubled their advantage just past the hour mark when Kaleb Cox whipped a corner onto the head of Kyle Munns who planted a dominant header past Daniel Eisenhauer.
It was a disappointing afternoon for Olympic who had been looking to keep the pressure on Lambton and Broadmeadow at the top of the table.
The defeat saw them slip to fifth, eight points off the top, though Olympic still have a game in hand against Charlestown Azzurri.
Adamstown remain ninth despite the victory though move to six points, four clear of Valentine at the bottom.
Rosebud will look to build on the result when they take on Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday, while Olympic will be desperate to bounce back when they host rivals Broadmeadow on Sunday.
Lambton Jaffas 4-1 Weston Workers FC
Lambton maintained their place at the top of the table with a convincing 4-1 win over Weston on Saturday.
The Jaffas had the lead inside six minutes at Arthur Edden Oval when Ben Hay appeared to get a slight touch on Tom Waller’s cross from the left, with the ball bouncing home off the far post.
Weston drew level against the run of play after 25 minutes when Mitch Dobson fired a brilliant first-time effort low past Ben Kennedy after Lambton had failed to clear a Bears corner.
Lambton regained the lead 10 minutes before half-time when Cooper Sargent was adjudged to have fouled Kale Bradbery in the penalty area.
Scott Pettit stepped up to stroke his penalty past Scott Carter into the bottom right corner.
Lambton were ahead 3-1 just 40 seconds into the second half when Hay produced a brilliant effort from all of 30 yards out, his powerful left foot effort nestling in the bottom right corner.
The Jaffas made sure of the result 10 minutes later when a scramble from a corner eventually saw Will McFarlane squeeze the ball past Carter.
The afternoon got worse for Weston when Carter was sent off in added time. The goalkeeper was cautioned for a late challenge outside the penalty area on Luke Remington.
Carter was then shown a second yellow card for his involvement in an altercation with Lambton’s Nathan Verity, who was also booked.
The defeat saw Weston slip to eighth, with the Bears now having taken just two points from their last five games.
Leo Bertos’ side will be desperate to bounce back when they host last-placed Valentine on Saturday evening.
Lambton meanwhile remained one point clear of Broadmeadow at the top of the table thanks to the victory, with Jaffas to endure a much tougher test when they travel to Jack McLaughlan Oval to face Edgeworth on Sunday.
Valentine FC 0-3 Charlestown Azzurri
Charlestown have almost climbed to within touching distance of the top five following a comfortable 3-0 victory over Valentine on Sunday.
Azzurri took the lead in the seventh minute at CB Complex when Harrison Frendo smashed home a finish as Valentine failed to deal with a Charlestown corner.
The visitors doubled their advantage just before the half hour mark when Frendo found Scott Smith with a precise through pass, with Smith firing past Keegan Hughes into the bottom right corner.
Charlestown secured the result just before half-time as Smith was fouled in the penalty area. The striker picked himself up to dispatch the penalty past Hughes to give Azzurri a 3-0 lead at the break.
The win saw Charlestown climb to seventh, five points behind fifth-placed Newcastle Olympic. Though Azzurri have a match in hand on the rest of the competition against Olympic to be played on 25 July.
While Valentine remain rooted to the foot of the table with two points and without a win so far in 2021.
Valentine travel to Weston on Saturday night.
Azzurri host ninth-placed Adamstown on Sunday, looking to continue their momentum as they attempt to chase down a finals place.
Broadmeadow Magic 4-1 Lake Macquarie City
Broadmeadow maintained the pressure on Lambton at the top of the table with a 4-1 victory over Lake Macquarie City on Sunday.
Magic thought they had taken the lead inside four minutes when Jayden Stewardson headed home, only for the goal to be ruled out thanks to a push in the build-up.
Instead it was the visitors who took the lead two minutes before half-time at Magic Park.
Carter Smith fired a cross from the right towards the back post, with the ball evading Noah Steinerts before falling to Jackson Burston. Burston’s excellent first touch allowed him to volley past Nate Cavaliere and give Lakes the advantage at the break.
It took Broadmeadow until just before the hour mark to draw level, with Stewardson producing a deft back heel into the path of Matt Hoole, who coolly finished into the bottom left corner with his only touch.
Magic took the lead with 20 minutes to play when Michael Bru was adjudged to have fouled Mitch Rooke in the penalty area, with James Virgili firing his penalty past Shayne Van As
The hosts all but sealed the result five minutes later when substitute Ryan Ensor got on the end of a Virgili cross to finish high past Van As.
Stewardson was finally rewarded for his effort in added time when he was played in on goal. The striker nodded the ball down before volleying home to make it 4-1.
The win saw Magic remain a point behind Lambton in second, while Lakes stay sixth with Josh Rufo’s side five points outside the top five.
Lakes travel to Cooks Square Park to face Maitland on Friday night, while Broadmeadow take on rivals Newcastle Olympic at Darling Street on Sunday.