Match of the Round
Charlestown Azzurri 2-0 Broadmeadow Magic
Charlestown Azzurri have put themselves in a commanding position to finish in the top five after a strong 2-0 win over Broadmeadow Magic in the Match of the Round at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday.
The victory puts the Azzurri one win away from securing a long-awaited finals berth after the tremendous performance against the second-placed Magic.
Scott Smith converted a penalty in the 57th minute to open the scoring for the home side before in-form striker Rene Ferguson scored his sixth goal in as many games to make it 2-0.
Azzurri’s defence would hold firm against the league’s best attacking outfit to hold onto another clean sheet, their fourth in five games.
Charlestown now sit on 20 points in fifth place, equal with Newcastle Olympic, while a win against Lake Macquarie next round would assure a finals appearance for the first time since 2014.
Broadmeadow’s premiership tilt is now over with Edgeworth winning the title with a game to play. Magic sit five points away from the Eagles and will take on a determined Lambton outfit in the final round before entering the finals series.
Newcastle Olympic 2-0 Adamstown Rosebud
Newcastle Olympic are now one win away from finishing in the finals after a confident 2-0 win over Adamstown Rosebud at Darling Street Oval on Saturday.
Reece Papas opened the scoring for the home side in the 38th minute before Rhys Cooper doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time.
Olympic would see out the result with Adamstown going down to 10 men when Harry Frendo was shown a second yellow card.
The win was Olympics’ sixth of the season and puts them into fourth. A win over Valentine in the next round would assure Newcastle a top-five finish and a return to the finals arena.
Adamstown still sit ninth with the defeat and will be eyeing a positive send-off for coach Shane Cansdell-Sherriff when they travel to play Edgeworth next round.
Weston Workers 3-0 Lake Macquarie City
Weston secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Lake Macquarie at Rockwell Automation Park on Saturday.
The win was bittersweet for the Bears with the side unable to finish any higher than seventh after wrapping up their regular season against the Roosters.
Key player Aaron Niyonkuru again starred for the home side in the victory scoring one and playing provider in the 56th minute for Jordan Jackson. Jarryd Sutherland grabbed the first goal of the three to end his campaign with a goal.
Weston will finish on 18 points with five wins to miss out on the finals.
Lake Macquarie still sit in last spot and will look to finish their season on a high when they take on Charlestown next round.
Valentine FC 0-1 Maitland FC
Maitland won their must-win game against Valentine to seal a finals appearance with a 1-0 victory at CB Complex on Sunday.
The sole goal from Braedyn Crowley was enough to see the Magpies over the line with the talisman scoring another fantastic goal to move to 13 for the season.
The result moves Maitland onto 22 points and into third to lock up another finals berth. The match was the Magpies’ final game of the season before heading into the finals.
Valentine will now finish eighth but will close out their regular season against Newcastle Olympic next round.