NPL NNSW – Round 14 Review

October 12th, 2020

 James Ward

 Sproule Sports Focus

Match of the Round

Broadmeadow Magic 1-1 Lambton Jaffas

Close rivals Broadmeadow Magic and Lambton Jaffas played out a 1-1 draw at Magic Park on Sunday in the final round of the 2020 regular season.

The result leaves the Jaffas outside the top five having needed to win against Magic and other results go their way.

Lambton had solid opening chances but it was the home side who grabbed the first goal with Mitch Rooke on hand to score from a James Virgili cross just before half-time.

The Jaffas’ finals hopes were fading but Lambton finished the season with a goal to remember with Kale Bradbery scoring a tremendous solo effort to equalise, his 11th goal of the campaign.

Broadmeadow will now head into the finals series in second place and take on arch rivals Newcastle Olympic in a qualifying final.

Lambton will be disappointed with their finish to the season but will be determined to bounce back in 2021.

Edgeworth Eagles 9-0 Adamstown Rosebud

Edgeworth have finished their incredible regular season in style putting nine past Adamstown in a rout at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Sunday.

Mitch Hunter opened the scoring in the first half before a Jose Atayde wonder strike in the 43rd minute followed by an own goal a few minutes later set the Eagles on their way.

The Eagles were in party mode and quickly switched back into attacking gear with Atayde scoring another special goal from distance in the 70th minute and Keanu Moore netting a penalty in the 83rd minute.

Kristian Brymora scored four goals in 10 minutes just before the end of time to put an exclamation mark on the result to move his season tally to 13. Brymora equalled Braedyn Crowley’s tally for the year to share the leading goalscorer title for the league.

Adamstown player-coach Shane Cansdell-Sheriiff signed off from his post with Adamstown with the final game of the season. Adamstown finished ninth, a point above Lake Macquarie in the battle to avoid last spot.

Edgeworth lifted the premiership on their home turf to notch their fifth league title in six years. The Eagles finished with 33 points out of a possible 39 to mark another remarkable regular season.

Valentine FC 0-3 Newcastle Olympic

Newcastle Olympic qualified for the finals after defeating Valentine with a commanding 3-0 win at CB Complex on Sunday.

Olympic will return to the finals for the first time since 2017 having finished the regular season in third, leapfrogging Maitland and Charlestown Azzurri with the victory.

Rhys Cooper notched his second goal in as many games to open the scoring for the home side with a tremendous solo run in the 18th minute.

Reece Papadimitrios scored from a corner in the 59th minute before Anthony Marenghi sealed the result in the 80th minute with Olympics’ third goal.

Newcastle will now play fierce rivals Broadmeadow in the finals in an enticing opening to the finals series.

Valentine finished their regular season in eighth and will look to take their positive back end to the season into 2021.

Lake Macquarie 1-2 Charlestown Azzurri

Charlestown Azzurri capped off a remarkable turnaround to qualify for the 2020 finals series with a 2-1 victory over Lake Macquarie at Macquarie Field on Sunday.

Azzurri finished fourth to complete the turnaround having lost their opening three games and sitting last at one stage of the season.

The win was sealed with two goals from their strikers with Scott Smith scoring a brilliant goal in the 60th minute before Rene Ferguson continued his magnificent spell in front of goal to score two minutes later and notch his seventh of the season.

Chris Berlin scored a late consolation goal for Lakes but it was Azzurri’s day with the club qualifying for the finals for the first time since 2014.

Azzurri will now take on 2019 Premiers Maitland in a sudden death final next weekend.

Lake Macquarie finished the regular season in last spot with only one win recorded in 13 games.

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