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Match of the Round
Maitland FC 3-1 Newcastle Olympic
Maitland climbed back to within a point of the summit after downing Newcastle Olympic 3-1 on Sunday.
The Magpies left it late at Cooks Square Park having taken the lead after 10 minutes through James Thompson.
The attacker produced a calm touch and finish after getting on the end of a fabulous diagonal through pass from Flynn Goodman.
Olympic equalised with just over 20 minutes to play when Tom Curran whipped in a free kick from the left, with Jared Muller’s flicked header turned into his own goal by Magpies captain Carl Thornton.
Both sides searched for a winner with Maitland finding one just as the clock ticked over to 90 minutes.
Substitute Ben Martin had only been on the pitch for three minutes when he got on the end of a Grant Brown corner, heading the ball powerfully past Daniel Eisenhauer in the Olympic goal.
Maitland had time to add a third with Ryan Clarke racing clear deep into added time, his effort deceiving Eisenhauer to make it 3-1.
The win saw the Magpies climb to third, level on points with Lambton and one point behind leaders Broadmeadow.
Olympic missed an opportunity to further entrench themselves in the top five though remain fifth with 16 points.
Maitland will look to continue to put the pressure on others at the top when they travel to Lisle Carr Oval to play Charlestown Azzurri on Sunday.
Olympic face a pair of important matches at Darling Street this week, hosting rivals Broadmeadow in their postponed round 11 clash on Wednesday night before welcoming Edgeworth on Sunday.
Adamstown Rosebud 1-1 Weston Workers FC
Weston missed the chance to climb into the top five when they were held to a 1-1 draw with Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday.
The Bears travelled to Adamstown Oval looking to build on the momentum of their last gasp win over Valentine last time out.
But Leo Bertos’ side went behind in the 18th minute when goalkeeper Stuart Plant slipped while attempting to clear a ball downfield.
The ball fell kindly to Adamstown attacker James Lowe, who drove into the Weston box before having his shot saved by Plant, only for Kyle Munns to score the rebound.
The Bears drew level one minute before half-time when a Nathan Morris free kick from 30 metres came back off the crossbar, with Liam Wilson turning the ball home past Thomas Jenkin.
The sides went in search of a winner that would not come, with both left disappointed with the draw.
Weston remain sixth with the point, one point behind Newcastle Olympic. Though the Bears have played two more games than their rivals for a finals place.
Weston host leaders Broadmeadow on Saturday night.
Adamstown are ninth with eight points and take on Valentine in the Match of the Round on Saturday.
Valentine FC 1-1 Lambton Jaffas
Lambton slipped from the top of the table as Valentine almost secured the upset of the season before the sides played out a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Bottom of the table and without a win all season, Valentine were desperate for their maiden victory as the Jaffas looked to further cement their place at the top.
Both sides were unable to break the deadlock until the 82nd minute when Valentine player-coach Adam Hughes prodded the ball home past Ben Kennedy following a free kick to give the hosts an unlikely lead.
But Lambton kept pushing and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 90th minute when Finn Parris deflected a shot home.
Neither side could find a winner, with Valentine’s Joshua Winiarczyk shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge right on full-time.
Valentine remain last with three points despite the draw, with Hughes’ side to host fellow strugglers Adamstown in the Match of the Round on Saturday.
Lambton slipped to second, one point behind Broadmeadow. The Jaffas will look to bounce back when they face Lake Macquarie City on Friday night.
Broadmeadow Magic 5-1 Charlestown Azzurri
Broadmeadow climbed to the top of the table with a 5-1 thrashing of Charlestown Azzurri on Sunday.
Damian Zane’s side took the lead in the eighth minute at Magic Park through a classy James Virgili strike.
Virgili had his second 10 minutes later when captain Luke Virgili angled a through pass into James’ path for the former Newcastle Jets player to score past Nathan Archbold.
The hosts had a third on the half hour mark when Mitch Rooke produced a sublime finish into the top left corner before Azzurri finally responded five minutes before half-time.
It was worth waiting for as Dean Pettit whipped an incredible free kick from distance past Nate Cavaliere to reduce the deficit to 3-1 at the break.
But Magic would go on with the job in the second half and added a fourth goal just before the hour. Rooke was played in down the left and did well to sum up the situation before rolling in Keanu Moore, who celebrated the end of his lengthy suspension with a tidy finish and acrobatic celebration.
Rooke then got himself a second 15 minutes before full-time. The Magic Park pitch gave Azzurri some headaches attempting to play out from the back, with Rooke pouncing on a loose ball to volley home past Archbold from distance.
The win saw Magic go one point clear of Lambton at the top of the table. Broadmeadow face a pair of difficult away trips this week, firstly to Darling Street to take on rivals Newcastle Olympic in their postponed round 11 clash on Wednesday night before facing Weston on Saturday night.
The defeat saw Azzurri remain seventh on 12 points, with Charlestown to host in-form Maitland on Sunday.