Match of the Round
Edgeworth FC v Lambton Jaffas
Washed out. Match to be rescheduled.
Maitland FC 1-0 Lake Macquarie City
A clinical James Thompson goal ended Maitland’s winless run as the Magpies downed Lake Macquarie City 1-0 on Friday night.
Maitland entered the clash on the back of three games without a win which saw the Magpies crash from the top of the table to third.
They were handed the advantage on 23 minutes at Cooks Square Park when Lakes goalkeeper Shayne Van As was sent off after being adjudged to have deliberately handled the ball outside his penalty area with Maitland attacker Sean Pratt bearing down on a hopeful punt downfield.
Thompson was unable to make the most of the resulting free kick but did open the scoring eight minutes into the second half.
Pratt danced through the middle of the park before his through pass ran for Thompson, who rounded substitute goalkeeper Isaac Nyman before firing home.
Lakes were then handed a lifeline when Maitland’s Chris Fayers was sent off after being shown a second yellow card for a foul as Lakes attempted to break from their own defensive corner.
But the Magpies would hold on in the cold, wet and windy conditions for a valuable three points which sees them remain in striking distance of Lambton and Broadmeadow at the top.
It was a disappointing result for Lakes, their third in a row after defeats to Broadmeadow in the league and Coffs City United in the sixth preliminary round of the FFA Cup.
Maitland will look to build on the result when they host Newcastle Olympic in the match of the round on Sunday, while Lakes will attempt to bounce back when they travel to Jack McLaughlan Oval to face Edgeworth.
Weston Workers FC 2-1 Valentine FC
Nathan Morris celebrated his 300th first grade game for Weston in style as the Bears captain scored a 94th minute penalty to earn his side a 2-1 victory over Valentine on Saturday night.
Weston were desperate to turn their season around having failed to win any of their previous five games to slump to eighth on the table.
They would not get a better chance as they hosted a struggling Valentine side still looking for its first win of the campaign.
The visitors though were out to spoil Morris’ big night and took the lead on seven minutes as Weston defender Marcus Duncan headed Matthew Dobson’s cross into his own net.
The Bears though were on top and drew level 10 minutes before half-time thanks to Nathan Lozada.
Lozada waltzed through the Valentine midfield before playing a neat one-two with Aaron Niyonkuru and finishing beyond Otis Millard Jorda in the Valentine goal.
Weston dominated much of the possession and field position but were unable to break through a resolute Valentine defence, with Morris’ milestone match headed for a deflating conclusion.
That was until the 92nd minute when Weston were awarded a penalty after Morris was adjudged to have been fouled attempting to attack a late corner.
Morris then stepped up to take the penalty kick, with the Bears captain fortunate that the ball bobbled over the line after Millard Jorda appeared to have had most of his body behind Morris’ effort low to his right.
The eventually successful penalty sparked wild celebrations at Rockwell Automation Park with Morris the hero on his special night.
It was another desperately disappointing night for Valentine who remain winless and bottom of the table after 11 rounds.
The win saw Weston climb to sixth, two points outside the top five, though fifth-placed Newcastle Olympic have two matches in hand.
The Bears will back up to play Broadmeadow Magic in their FFA Cup seventh preliminary round clash at Magic Park on Wednesday night before travelling to Adamstown Oval to face Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday.
Valentine will host leaders Lambton Jaffas on Sunday, still looking for their first win of the campaign.
Charlestown Azzurri 3-3 Adamstown Rosebud
Adamstown Rosebud threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Charlestown Azzurri on Sunday.
Charlestown took the lead after 19 minutes at a soggy Lisle Carr Oval, with Rene Ferguson heading home a Dean Pettit free kick from out wide.
But Adamstown hit back 10 minutes before half-time with two goals in a minute.
First, Nathan Toby bundled the ball home after some neat play down the right. Toby then had his second moments later when he latched onto a flicked on goal kick to finish low past Nathan Archbold.
Adamstown had themselves in front 3-1 five minutes into the second half when James Lowe fired home, again following a tidy exchange down the right.
Riley Smith pulled a goal back for the hosts on 56 minutes following a deft touch from Ferguson to set up a thrilling second half.
Charlestown searched for an equaliser and finally found one five minutes from full-time. Adamstown failed to deal with a Joshua Hartage long throw, with Ferguson winning the initial header. The ball eventually fell kindly for Riley Smith to prod the ball home.
Both sides searched for a winner but one would not come, with both sides disappointed to have dropped points.
Charlestown slipped to seventh with the draw, while Adamstown remain ninth.
Azzurri face Broadmeadow at Magic Park next Sunday, while Adamstown host Weston on Saturday.
Newcastle Olympic v Broadmeadow Magic
Washed out. Match to be rescheduled