NPL NNSW Round 2 Review

April 6th, 2021

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Match of the Round

Broadmeadow Magic 2-1 Newcastle Olympic

Broadmeadow Magic bounced back from their sluggish start to the season with an encouraging 2-1 victory over Newcastle Olympic on Thursday night.

A stunning Mitch Rooke freekick from almost 30 yards gave Broadmeadow the lead after 15 minutes at Magic Park.

Former Newcastle Jets attacker Ryan Griffiths equalised for Olympic on the half hour mark, heading home a well worked set piece.

But Magic regained the lead six minutes into the second half when Luke Virgili flicked on Rooke’s clever freekick to give Damian Zane his first win as Broadmeadow coach.

To add injury to derby insult for Olympic, the visitors lost Jacob Bailey and player-coach Joel Griffiths to groin problems in the second half.

Magic will look to build on their momentum when they take on Charlestown Azzurri at Lisle Carr Oval on Saturday, while Olympic will look to bounce back when they host top of the table Maitland at Darling Street in their round three clash.

Lambton Jaffas 0-2 Edgeworth FC

Michael Bridges earned his first win as Edgeworth coach as the Eagles produced a clinical 2-0 victory over Lambton Jaffas on Friday.

A swift counter attack saw Edgeworth go from one end of Arthur Edden Oval to the other before James Scott produced a low cross for Josh Rose.

Rose finished from close range past his former Central Coast Mariners teammate Ben Kennedy to give the visitors the lead on 12 minutes.

The reigning double winners added a second six minutes into the second half when some tidy passing down the left eventually saw Jake McGuiness play in Jeremy Brockie, with the former Newcastle Jets striker sweeping the ball past Kennedy.

The 2-0 win saw Edgeworth bounce back from their opening day defeat to Maitland and give former Premier League striker Bridges his first three points as Eagles boss.

Lambton looked sluggish following their short five-day turnaround after thrashing Weston in round one, though will know they could have earned a result on another day had they taken their chances.

Edgeworth travel to Macquarie Field to take on Lake Macquarie City in round three, while Lambton will look to bounce back when they travel to Valentine on Sunday.

Adamstown Rosebud 0-2 Charlestown Azzurri

Charlestown Azzurri belatedly got their 2021 campaign off and running with a 2-0 win over Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday.

Riley Smith gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot after 15 minutes at Adamstown Oval following a foul on Rene Ferguson.

Ferguson doubled Azzurri’s advantage six minutes into the second half when Charlestown won the ball in their own half from a long punt down field. Four intricate, first time passes later and Ferguson was in on goal, with the 2020 Graham Jennings Medal winner prodding the ball home.

It was a welcome result for Graham Law’s side who were forced to wait an extra week to start their season following a round one wash out.

The defeat made it back-to-back losses to start the campaign for Adamstown, who were smashed 6-2 by Newcastle Olympic in the opening round.

Charlestown will face a tougher test when they host Broadmeadow in their round three clash on Saturday, while Adamstown will look to kick start their season when they travel to Weston to face the Bears in the Match of the Round on Saturday night.

Lake Macquarie City 2-3 Maitland FC

A James Thompson double saw Maitland keep their 100 per cent record intact as the Magpies came from behind to down Lake Macquarie City 3-2 on Saturday.

Lakes took the lead just before half-time at Macquarie Field thanks to a stunning Campbell Ross strike from distance.

Thompson did brilliantly down the left before cutting inside to equalise for the Magpies on 66 minutes before Maitland took the lead five minutes later.

Flynn Goodman chased through an innocuous back pass and managed to tackle Lakes goalkeeper Shane Van As before prodding the ball into the net.

Maitland all but sealed the three points with nine minutes to play when Lakes failed to clear a cross, with Thompson volleying home from just inside the penalty area.

Lakes refused to quit and pulled a goal back three minutes later through veteran striker John Majourovski.

But it wasn’t enough as the Magpies held on to fly high at the top of the NPL NNSW table as the only club with two wins from the opening two rounds.

Maitland will look to continue their good early season form when they travel to Darling Street to take on Newcastle Olympic on Saturday night, while Lakes host reigning premiers and champions Edgeworth in their round three clash on Sunday.

Valentine FC 0-1 Weston Workers

Weston bounced back from their opening round humiliation to down Valentine 1-0 on Saturday.

The Bears, beaten 7-1 by Lambton in round one, took the lead inside the final 15 minutes when substitutes Jackson Eckford and Jackson Burston combined.

Weston coach Leo Bertos’ decision to bring on the pair in the second half paid off as Eckford showed great speed down the right before cutting the ball back for Burston to finish at the second attempt

The match had been transferred to Rockwell Automation Park late in the week, with the Bears making the most of the opportunity to make amends for their opening round embarrassment in front of their own fans.

It was a disappointing way for Valentine to belatedly start their campaign, having had their round one fixture with Charlestown washed out.

Valentine will look to get their season going when they host Lambton on Sunday, while Weston will look to make it back-to-back wins when they host Adamstown in the round three Match of the Round on Saturday night.

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